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Illinois River Report by Don Dz...

Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show pro-staffers Roger Wright and Jeff Novak and I fished the Seneca area of the Illinois River area on Saturday.  There were 3 boat trailers in the Seneca boat lauch parking lot upon our arrival at about 9 AM but around 30 when we returned at 2 PM.  Lots of pleasure boat traffic on the river which was expected.

None the less, we got some fish, but not enough photos.  We tossed crankbaits, wacky worms and spinnerbaits.  Our catch for the day included smallmouth and largemouth bass, striper and catfish.  Most all fish came off shore by about 5 to 10 yards but near rocks.  Too, the water had to be a bit slower moving.  It was a fun day on the water.

The river is low, a bit murky but with the lack of rain, very little debris was floating in the river.   Surprisingly, very few anglers were seen on the water.

Niagara New York area by Bill Hilts

The catch of the week is seen here with Peter Campbell holding a Beautiful 13 pound steelhead.

Greater Niagara Fishing Forecast for Friday, August 23, 2013

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries - It was a battle of two Ultimate Fishing Town ports for the Orleans County Rotary Derby. Point Breeze, the Ultimate Fishing Town for 2013, came out the overall winner for the Grand Prize catch when Foster Miller of Holley weighed in a 34 pound, 13 ounce king salmon. Not far behind and leader of the Salmon Division was Jim Mazur of Varysburg with a 32 pound, 13 ounce Olcott fish. Top Brown trout went to Olcott, with a 15 pound, nine ounce fish reeled in by Charles Davis of Pennsylvania. It beat out the previous leader from Point Breeze by just one ounce. The reverse happened in the steelhead division when Gary Tubach of Pennsylvania hauled in a 13 pound, 13 ounce Point Breeze steelhead to beat out Dean Kapolka’s Olcott fish by three ounces. Lake trout winner was Hunter Westcott of Hamlin with an 18 pound, four ounce fish weighed in at Point Breeze. The competition continues with the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby going on until Sunday at 1 p.m. If you’d like to check out the leaderboard, visit It’s been a great week of fishing so far with more to come. Just check out some of the incredible fish that have come to the scales so far, like Paul Devlin of Niagara Falls with his 12 pound, 14 ounce walleye from the Niagara Bar; 14 year old Mike Creighton of Buffalo with a six pound smallmouth bass; Carl Hubler of Niagara Falls with a 28 pound carp; Bob Turton of Sanborn with a 24 pound, 13 ounce lake trout; Larry Goehring of Pennsylvania with a 17 pound, 13 ounce brown trout; and Sandra Brown of Pennsylvania with a 35 pound, three ounce salmon. A big part of the Fish Odyssey derby is the fact that a special Junior Division is available for kids 15 and under for FREE! Every kid in the county should be registered for it. Sign up on line at the same website. For every kid that shows up at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Newfane Community Center, a ticket will be given to them for a drawing for a new bike courtesy Charlie the Chimp and the Primate Sanctuary. You don’t even need to catch a fish! The kids that are catching fish, though, have been impressing the adults – like Jacob Velesko of Middleport with a 29 pound, seven ounce salmon or Peter Campbell of Niagara Falls with a 12 pound, 12 ounce steelhead. It’s not too late! Lake action has been good to very good for a mix of fish. You can pick up mature kings first thing in the morning as close as 75 feet of water in front of Wilson and Olcott. On the Niagara Bar, kings are also available at the drop off and beyond. Fish have been scattered from the 26 line to the 32 line out in front of Olcott, with flasher-fly, spoon or meat your top baits. Target the top 60 feet of water for trout; down a little deeper to 90-100 feet for kings. In the battle for the $25,000 LOC Derby king salmon, 36-1/2 pounds is leading the way right now. Twentieth place is 31-plus pounds. Three steelies are tied for first at 14 pounds, four ounces and Larry Goehring’s big brown is the current leader. The LOC continues through Labor Day. Tip of the week goes to Chris Zaganiaczyk of the Buffalo area who chartered with Capt. Bob Cinelli of Olcott this week. After being warned about the derbies going on, they opted not to enter into the contests. The result was a massive steelhead that tipped the scales at better than 18 pounds.

2.       Lower Niagara River – No reports of the first king salmon off the fishing platform yet, but it won’t be long. The big news this week is the hot walleye bite that’s going on in the river – just in time for the Lower Niagara River Walleye Tournament sponsored by the Niagara River Anglers Association on Aug. 24. Sign up at, Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston or register at the Lewiston Landing launch first thing in the morning. Capt. Steve Drabczyk sends word that good catches are being reported in the river, especially from the Stella Drift in 32 feet of water on worm harnesses fished off three-way rigs. The Niagara Bar seems to be producing the bigger fish, but you do have to work for them. Harnesses with larger blades seem to be attracting the big boys like Paul Devlin’s 12 pound, 14 ounce fish. Green has been a good color to use. Bass fishing has been spotty, but some nice fish have been reported from Devil’s Hole to the Bar. Live bait like crayfish or shiners will work for you, as will tube jigs or drop shot rigs. Shore fishermen are doing okay on bass with twistertails up in the gorge.

3.       Upper Niagara River – The Bird Island Pier is back up for shore fishing action and that area is a good bet for bass on the river side of the pier. Bass are also being caught at the Ontario Street launch area. Boat fishermen are picking up bass on the east side of Motor and Strawberry islands; in the west river on the west side of Grand Island; and at the head of the river. Target 10-20 feet of water with crayfish for best success. Two fish on the Fish Odyssey leaderboard were caught in the upper river.

Bill Hilts, Jr.
Outdoor Sports Specialist - Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation

Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,

Bass have been very active on farm ponds out south. Water levels are really low. We need some rain! With the low water levels, long casts are necessary. Carolina rigged lizards have produced good numbers of smaller bass during the evening hours. I have been averaging 8 bass. Nothing large, but plenty of action.

Talk to you later

Ken,  Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team

Lake Mille Lacs MN report by Jim DaRosa

Well its only a little more than a week before the "Illinois Invasion at Lake Mille Lacs".  Thought I would give you the latest fishing report so, if you need to do a little last minute shopping  for your trip.

LAKE CONDITIONS:  Water temps 75 and Warming....warming is a good thing, most of August we have seen water temps in the high 60's and combined with lots of food/forage (lake bug hatches and huge schools of small perch) the bite has been slow.  The fish are full and not aggressively feeding.  These warming temps will speed up the metabolism of the fish, forcing them to feed and feed often.

The lake bugs hatches seem be over and the schools of baby perch are being hammered.   This all means hungry aggressive fish....I think the bite will be very good by the time you guys and girls get here for all species i.e., walleye, bass and musky.

SM BASS:  Tube jigs 1/8 & 3/16 oz.  Colors green pumpkin, watermelon, I prefer to have either a red, orange or copper flake.  Crayfish are a bright redish orange.   Strike King Coffee tubes or bleeding tubes 4".

I've been playing with small swim jigs 1/8, 3/16 and 1/4 oz tipped with a plastic crayfish.  These are producing fish and I use them along side the above tubes.

Strike King Bitsy Bug.  green craw, green pumpkin.

Tipped with Berkley 3" Crazy leg chigger craw of regular  Chigger Craw.  Colors: green pumpkin, june bug, black/blue.

Grubs on 1/8, 1/4 darter head jig.  Katlin 5" Grub in chart, avocado green, or powerbait 4" grub in peanut butter and jelly.

WALLEYE:   Fish have transiitioned to deeper water 25-30'  Lead core line (17#lb test)  have at least 4 or 5 colors.  Use with 10 yard- 10 lb test leader  Tie direct to crankbait.

Shad Raps 5 and 7's, Berkleys Flicker shad 5 or 7.  Colors:  Firetiger, black back or blue back chrome body, Perch  are all good bet.

MUSKY:  Fish weed lines and areas with weeds.   Cow girls, black, chart,  steady retrieve.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show has hosted a fishing trip evey year for the past 12, bringing many anglers up north for a fun week of fishing following the Labor Day Weekend.  In the gallery are some photos from last year's trip.

Lake of Egypt by Ron DaRosa

Fishing for crappies has been good but caught this on 6 pound test.   (See Photo)

Lake Shelbyville by Steve Welsh

The lake is very close to summer pool and will be by middle of the week. The water temps are running 83 and the water is gin clear. This week the hot weather is returning but that hasn't stopped the crappie from biting. We have been catching them down about 12-17 feet in deeper water on both slip bobbers and minnows and tight lining 1/8oz. Deep Ledge Jigs and Midsouth tubes.

The black crappie are really jumping on the jigs and both the black and white crappie really want to see your bait moving. This is why I have started using jigs more and swimming them through brush and down trees. On Sunday we caught over a hundred crappie before noon so the bite is
very good.

I have started catching some very nice white bass and things are looking up for a ledge bite after all. I am using a drop-shot rig tipped with a  minnow and my 1/2oz. Candystriper. Both are being vertically jigged.

Steve Welch


Evergreen Lake Musky Tournament by Duane Landmeier

Quad CountyHawg Hunters Chapter of Muskies Inc. Musky Tournament -  September 28, 2013

Where:  Evergreen Lake, IL
Time: 6:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Take Off / Return: White Oak Boat Ramp.
Entry Fee: $50.00 per person
25 Boat Field

Mail Entry Fee by September 21, 2013 to:  Duane Landmeier, 220 W. Miller St., Hinckley, IL. 60520

Starting order in order of payment received..  3:00-3:30 or so there will be free burgers and chips following the event free to entrants after the awards and payout ceremony.  Raffle after event.

Boaters must have an EvergreenLake sticker on your boat to fish the event available at the ramp or call:   ComlaraParkEvergreenLake at Com Lara County Park13001Recreation DriveHudson, IL. 61748  309-434-6770.

Lodging if you want to stay the night: Super 8  25 Linco Dr., I-39 and Hwy 24 Exit 14, El Paso, IL 61738-1482  1-309-527-4949

Partnered with the Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail all points from fish registered in this event will count towards the IMTT.


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