Fishing Reports and News

Here are some of the latest fishing reports that I received.  If you have any reports to share please send to   Send in photos too!

 Lake St. Claire, Michigan by Roger Wright - Fishing and Outdoor Radio

Fishing and Outdoor Radio Pro Staffer Roger send in a photo of Richie Lacien who caught a 23.5 inch,  7 pound  Smallmouth Bass from Lake St. Clair on Saturday 9/23/13.  Now how many of you guys and gals out there with years of fishing experience are still waiting to get a smallie that tips the scales at6 pounds or 5?  Good Job Richie!

Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welsh

The surface temps are running from 65 up around the 32 bridge all the way to 75 on the south end. This has the north end looking like turnover but it seams early to me but I have seen moss on the surface and that ugly brown mix on the surface indicating turnover. This is a welcome sign meaning good shallow jig bite is very soon on the north end.

I have been running a long ways every day in my Yart-Craft because I have a very good bite going on the down trees from Point 3 on down to Lithia but they are mostly fat black 9 3/4 inch crappie. We can catch 75 before ten-thirty then we start looking towards the north end for bigger fish but the bite is slower but you do get larger fish to try for our three man limit of forty-five which is ten over ten-inches and five under ten-inches per angler.

Every time I think I am done buying minnows and I have a good jig bite going I get snake bit and the minnows get all the big fish. So I am fishing a jig for the most part and the clients are fishing minnows under slip bobbers just like we have all summer.

I have two schools of deep white bass going and if the clients want to switch mid day to whites we have been getting some big fish this week. We are fishing a drop-shot rig on deep ledges in twenty-feet and we have seen some big whites in the 16 inch plus close to two-pound range. Pretty fun and we have been catching some big buffalo on this rig as well and those are real bruisers in the twenty-thirty pound range.

November is really our best crappie fishing month of the year.

Picture is of Dorian Lofton and his two buddies Rich and Lee holding up a huge stringer of crappie caught with me this past week.

Steve Welch


Rend Lake Report by Molly Rawlinson
Natural Resource Specialist


LARGEMOUTH BASS - Good Worms, black and blue jigs, minnows, and spinner baits. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky cove, and below the dam. 14” minimum length limit, 6 daily creel limit. 1 fish daily creel limit in PONDS 14” minimum length.

CRAPPIE - Good Jigs are working well. Quarter-Ounce pink and white tub jigs. Small & Medium Minnows. Meal worms. Fish are in about 5’-14’ of water. Fish the main lake drop off areas. Try the Gun Creek Area. From shore fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, and Marcum Coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. 25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer

BLUEGILL - Good Crickets, worms, wax worms, meal worms, small jigs. Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. From shore try Sailboat Harbor. 10 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.

CHANNEL CATFISH - Excellent Sonny’s stink bait, Hoss’s Hawg Bait, leeches, night crawlers, and large minnows. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area. Set line 3-4’ from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water. Try deeper water in the middle of the lake. Drift fish the flats. 6 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.

Jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.

WHITE BASS - Good Jig and curly tail grubs, inline spinners. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around along the rocks and dropoffs. Reports of fish being caught around the 154 bridges. 20 fish creel limit.

No more than 3 fish 17” or longer daily


Use of a minnow seine, cast net, or shad scoop for bait collecting within 1000 yards downstream of the Rend Lake dam and spillway is prohibited.

Maps of the Fish Attractor tree locations along with GPS readings are available at the Rend Lake Corps of Engineers Project Office. Contact Molly Rawlinson for more information at (618)724-2493. In order to maintain a cleaner recreation area, anglers and bow fishermen fishing below the dam are asked to return dead rough fish to the water.

Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,  Let me start off by saying I love this time of year. Bow season is starting and fish are starting to put on their feed bags, especially the bass. Big bass on southern lakes are being caught on lipless crankbaits on sunny days. On post frontal days, finesse presentations are the key mid morning and e evening hours. Attached is a solid 7 pound bass. Can't beat that action!!  TTYL

Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team

Lake Winnebago, WI by Don Dziedzina

Last week I was on Lake Winnebago with Jim DaRosa of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show.   We got to spend a few fun hours on the water with Pat Kalmerton of Wolf Pack Adventures out of Sheboygan and Ben Royce from the Plano and Frabill companies.


Chicagoland Muskie Hunters October Meeting

Hi Guys-This is the time of the year when the really big fish guys get goin'

Come join us-The Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc. We meet the second Tues. of the month at the Park Ridge VFW (Higgins and Canfield) at 7:30. Meetings feature top speakers, fishing reports, favorite lake presentations by our members, muskie info sharing, door prizes and raffles. All are welcome!!   Contact Dean—847-677-0017— or
To learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, join MI.   All are welcome! Next VFW meeting is Tues Oct 8- Spence Petros will talk about fall trolling patterns. Find out who won the special prize on the Gil Hamm team. A $5.00 donation will be accepted at the door.                    Dean

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