Fishing Reports

Lake Wisconsin Report by Ken Husker O'Malley

Hey Don,  I had an extended weekend, so headed up to Lake Wisconsin for a couple of days. Sauger in the 15-18 inch range on floating jig heads kept us busy most of the time. Crappie in the 11-14 inch range in wood and smallmouth on humps using drop shot rigs finished of the days. Water temps were in the 58-62 range with very brisk mornings to start the day. Good trip altogether.   TTYL

Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team

Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welch

With this weeks cool weather the surface temps are getting there and the crappie bite will be better than it already is. I have been seeing the surface temps bounce around from 68-70 and the north end is trying to turnover.

Even with the north end trying to turnover I have still been able to catch some nice crappie and have seen many 13-14 inch crappie this past week. Over the weekend we actually caught over 400 crappie or about 200 a day and that is plain putting them in the boat.

I have been letting the wind tell me which end of the lake I am going to fish. If it is blowing to hard on the north end it is stirring up the turnover water and the bite slows. But if it is calm I am getting bigger fish on the north end. Otherwise I am catching twice as many on the south end and a little wind helps down there due to the water being so clear.

I have been using my 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jig and a Midsouth tube either 102 or 108 which is white sparkle and white and chartreuse and some spots they are working better than minnows but other spots I am still using a slip bobber and minnow set at about 12-15 feet deep. I have spots on the south end that I am pulling 40 crappie from one brush pile before moving on to the next and doing it again so we are seeing some very good crappie fishing and everyone is having a ball.

Steve Welch

Niagara Fish Forecast for Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 by Bill Hilts Jr.

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – Fishing action in area tributaries continues to be slow for one reason or another, leaving many anglers chomping at the bit to hook into a nice trout or salmon. Some fish have been reported at Burt Dam according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott, but the water has been muddy since the weekend, contributing to the problems. Egg skein or egg sacs fished under a float is the best approach, but anything smaller will be difficult to see until the waters clear. Some fish are also being caught off the piers and in the lake, but the big run of fish still hasn’t started. Pier fishermen can use spoons, stickbaits or fish egg skein under a float. Trollers are using J-plugs, J-13 Rapalas or any deep diving stickbaits. At mid-week, large numbers of salmon were seen jumping near the mouth of 18 Mile Creek so it’s just a matter of time before they succumb to their natural urges. Keg Creek is low and the mouth appears to be closed off. Both Twelve Mile Creeks in Wilson are low and muddy right now and four mile creek was not holding many fish, either – but the mouth is still open. Perch have been hitting in the clean water on the lake side of the pier in Olcott. The rain in the forecast should help.

2.       Lower Niagara River – The lower river is going the opposite way for the salmon as the run is slowing down. However, the trout are starting to move in. Small Kwikfish or egg sacs are the way to go right now. However, bass and walleye can still be caught down river toward the mouth. Monday is the annual meeting of the Niagara River Anglers Assn.  Because of a conflict in dates, the Monday meeting has been moved from the Jetport Restaurant to the Sanborn Area Farm Museum Meeting Hall, 2660 Saunders Settlement Rd. Sanborn for this meeting only. Guest speaker will be 90 year old ice fishing expert Joe Montgomery from Southern Ontario. The meeting starts at 7pm sharp. NRAA member Bill Mayes and some of his member friends send word that something spooky is happening at the NRAA Nature Preserve in the Town of Porter on Balmer Road. The last weekend of the month the NRAA clan will be hosting its first annual Haunted Hay Ride. Check out the website at

3.       Upper Niagara River – Bass action is still the hottest ticket on the upper river with live bait the best opportunity to hook up. The head of the river, Strawberry Island, the Huntley plant … all good spots to give it a go. As waters cool, the musky should start to turn on, too. Large tubes at weedline edges are good spots to try, but don’t rule out trolling large body baits.

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

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