Fishing Reports and News

Fishing Reports and News
Larry Goehring of Spraggs, PA caught this Lake Ontario 17 pound, 13 ounce brown trout east of Olcott

Here's this week's fishing report and news.  We at Illinois Outdoors Inc hope all of you have a safe and fun Holiday weekend.

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IL DNR Reminder

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police want to remind the public to play it safe this Labor Day weekend.  Conservation Police officers (CPOs) will be stepping up enforcements across the state looking for individuals operating under the influence (OUI) in an effort to keep the public safe on Illinois waters.

“Alcohol and operating a boat never mix, but that is especially true during holiday weekends when there are traditionally more people on the water,” said IDNR Conservation Police Deputy Chief Joe Morelock. “It’s important to remember to celebrate responsibly. Wear a life jacket and always have a designated skipper onboard if you are going to be consuming alcohol. Following these two basic rules will help save lives.”

In 2012, Illinois Conservation Police and other agencies made 209 reported OUI arrests on Illinois waters.

OUI is a Class ‘A’ Misdemeanor for a first time offense and is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or up to a $2,500 fine.  CPOs will also be conducting standard vessel inspections to ensure that all safety rules are being followed.  Illinois law requires that personal floatation devices (PFDs) – life jackets or life vests – be available for each person onboard.

State law also requires that anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket while aboard any watercraft under 26 feet in length at all times the boat is underway, unless they are below deck in an enclosed cabin or operating on private property.  Individuals are also required to wear a PFD while operating a personal watercraft or jet ski.

CPOs will also be on the lookout for drunk drivers in and around lakes, rivers and state parks.

Rend Lake report by Molly Rawlinson
Natural Resource Specialist
US Army Corps of Engineers

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 6’-16’ 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 North Marcum 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. Fish in the back of necks in shallow water or along rocks. Hot spot off the rocks under the sailboat harbor bridge in 1-4 ft of water. 10 fish daily creel limit in PONDS. 
CHANNELCATFISH  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 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. 20 fish creel limit.No more than 3 fish 17” or longer daily

Information as of:  08/20/2013


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.

Lake Shelbyville report 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. Candy striper. Both are being vertically jigged.

Steve Welch

 Niagara NY Area by Bill Hilts

Here's the report for this week. Thanks Don!

Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Report for Friday, August 30, 2013

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – Action in the lake has been good, with some days better than others. One of those good days was last Tuesday when everyone seemed to be catching salmon and trout. According to Capt. Bob Cinelli of Olcott, trollers were picking up fish in the 70 to 90 foot contour from the Niagara Bar to east of Olcott. Boats were also catching fish in the waters out to 250 feet, as well as 450 to 550 feet of water. The near shore bite has been good for mature kings getting ready to stage off the creek and river mouths. Cut bait behind a flasher is a top bait right now, followed by flasher-fly and magnum spoons. Out in deeper waters, flasher-flies and spoons are both working. One of the hot lures for steelhead out deep is the “Highway to Hilts” spoon taped up by Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors in Olcott. Karen Cinelli of Olcott reported six nice steelies off that particular spoon. The 37th Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby ended last weekend and Larry Goehring of Spraggs, Pennsylvania won the Grand Prize when his 17 pound, 13 ounce brown trout was selected from the six first place adult winners to win the check for $2,500. Goehring is also currently in first place in the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby. He caught it east of Olcott in 72 feet of water. Sandra Brown, also of Pennsylvania, won the Salmon Division with a 35 pound, three ounce fish that is also currently in first place in the LOC Derby. It was caught out of Point Breeze. Other first place fish in the Odyssey included Bob Turton of Sanborn with a 24 pound, 13 ounce Niagara Bar lake trout; Karen Cinelli of Newfane with a 28 pound, four ounce Olcott carp; Michael Creighton of Buffalo with a six pound Lake Erie smallmouth bass; and Paul Devlin of Niagara Falls with a 12 pound, 14 ounce Niagara Bar walleye. Speaking of walleye, congratulations to Patrick Foote of Grand Island who won the Lower Niagara River Walleye Tournament last Saturday with an 11 pound, 12 ounce fish and a kicker fish that brought his two-fish total to 16 pounds. No, he wasn’t in the Fish Odyssey. Back to the Fish Odyssey where the Kids got into the action, too. Grand Prize was Steve Moskaluk of North Tonawanda with a 9 pound Niagara Bar walleye; Gabe Schank of Olcott won the panfish division with an 11 ounce Olcott rock bass; Ethan Long of Batavia won the carp division with an 18-1/2 pound fish from the Oak; Andon Woodward of North Tonawanda topped the bass division with a 5 pound, four ounce upper Niagara River smallie; Peter Campbell of Niagara Falls led the trout division with a 12 pound, 12 ounce steelhead from Lake Ontario; and Jacob Velesko caught the salmon of his life out of Olcott, reeling in a 29 pound, seven ounce king. The only derby left is the LOC which continues to Labor Day. Leading the way for the $25,000 Grand Prize is a 36-1/2 pound king weighed in by Fred Dedrick of Cairo. Leading steelhead is Mike Mongan of Grand Island with a 14 pound, 8 ounce fish caught north of the Niagara River. Check out for the current leaderboard. Tip of the week comes from Capt. Dan Evans. When netting salmon and trout in the lake, pay attention to where the head of the fish is pointed and be quick! If not, you could be late to the draw and knock a few fish off in the process!

2.       Lower Niagara River – There are good days and bad days on the river for bass. Capt. Frank Campbell reported nine bass for four people one day, followed by more than twice that many the following day using a mix of live bait like crayfish and shiners. Tube jigs will also work nicely for bass. The walleye bite for numbers is still better in the river, but the bigger fish are on the Niagara Bar. Paul Devlin’s monster was caught on the bar power trolling with the current with a worm harness on the bottom just west of the green can. Pat Foote caught both his fish on a worm harness using a chartreuse-colored willow leaf blade, green and yellow beads off a 3-way rig. They had 40 anglers in the contest. Still no reports on salmon in the river, although Campbell did see an expired fish floating down through the system … which means some fish are in the river. Try the fishing platform to catch the first salmon of the season. Some shore line action in the gorge for bass is still going on, too.

3.       Upper Niagara River – Lots of white bass are providing good to very good action for shore casters at Broderick Park right now. Emerald shiners are a good bait to use. Use small white twister tails on a hook or jig to take fish, too. Perch and bass are also available there. Thompson’s Hole was a hot spot for the Fish Odyssey derby where the winning Junior Division smallmouth came from, as well as two of the top three Adult Division fish. Live bait was used for all three, crayfish and chubs. If you plan on fish over or near the Canadian line, be forewarned that increased enforcement has been reported by Canadian authorities. In addition, it was noted that you must report back to U.S. authorities when you return back to New York waters. Bass are also available to the east of Strawberry and Motor islands, as well as in the west river on the western side of Grand Island.

Catch of the week: Larry Goehring of Spraggs, PA caught this 17 pound, 13 ounce brown trout east of Olcott to win the Grand Prize in the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby. He currently leads the LOC Derby Brown Trout Division with the same fish.

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

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

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 Sept 10 at the VFW. This is a “no miss meeting” for all Gil Hamm fisher guys and everyone else. Bring your Vermilion Map  (Hot Spots recommended) This will be a Vermilion when, where, and how by members with great  success on this lake plus a mystery announcement. There will be a guide marked map projected.                                                   Dean



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