Fishing and Hunting Reports

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Pond Report by Ben Grant

Its Ben from down the street. Crappie are hitting in my pond along with bass gills and a 10# cat on ultra-lite. My favorite time of year to fish. Fish bite well after dark too. Been using minnows twisters and my new favorite the fly rod. Will county opened new lake in Channahon. It fished better out of float tube years back with forest preserve guy. Now boats allowed but no launch and bad parking. No float tubes. I have an 11ft pelican with swivel seats perfect for the place your hobby would be fun. Route 6 is dissappointing as often as it is good. I did well early April rest of year down hill though. Anticipating fishing big basin this winter. Let me know if you want to get out on my pond or big basin.

Kankakee River Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,vThis might be more of a "lack of "report". Tried to fish the Kankakee yesterday. River came up a foot and a half from all the rain we received during the week. That put it way above normal pool for this time of year. Wading the main river was impossible. Focused more on fishing tight to the bank behind log jams with a jig and minnow. Managed some rock bass but that was about it.   TTYL

Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team

Rend Lake Waterfowl Report by Molly Rawlinson
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welch

Water temps are running about 51 and the lake has very good color. I am only crappie fishing now and I we are fishing a 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jig and a white and chartreuse or white sparkle Midsouth tube. Their numbers are 108 and 102. We are fishing brush in the ten-foot range and tight lining a long rod over them and fishing vertically. The big fish are really biting and I saw some nice 13 and 14-inch fish over the weekend. I am fishing up on the north end but they are biting everywhere. You just catch bigger fish up on the north end in the fall. This is my favorite time of the year to crappie fish and we limit out each and every day weather or wind doesn't matter. This bite will continue on through the rest of the month and for at least two weeks into December.

Steve Welch

Southeast Missouri Duck Hunting Report by Ron DaRosa

Ron DaRosa of Carbondale IL reports some great duck hunting in a flooded rice field.  See the photos.  Several days of hunting resulted in limits for all hunters.    Thanks for the pics Ron.

Sheboygan River, Wisconsin Repourt by Jan Michael Hulstedt

Hi Don,  Just got my first trophy fish after 2 years of busting my backside. Got this yesterday morning on the Sheboygan river in Kohler, WI. 32 inches long, 20.5 girth. According to the internet magic, I guess it weighed 17.38 pounds.

I still can't believe it.

I live in Chicago, Lakeview neighborhood. I'm originally from Milwaukee though. Fly fishing, wading. 9' 7wt Scott radian rod, Abel Super 7 reel. 8' 8lb bass leader with 10 lb fluorocarbon between streamer and egg. Was fishing a purple streamer with a blue egg pattern below. Fish took the egg. Hooked into the fish Saturday morning (November 2) at about 8:40 a.m. and landed it around 9:15 a.m. Took off my entire line and was well into the backing. I could barely keep up as (she?) charged down the river. Truth be told, I think I'm lucky to have landed this fish. So strong until the very end. I fish by myself almost exclusively so I was thrilled to see a couple other anglers come around the bend. They netted the fish for me, otherwise it would have taken far, far longer. They were also nice enough to measure the fish (32" long, 20.5" girth) and take some pictures.

I owe the guys at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters (chifly) a ton of gratitude for their help and advice. Also to guide Gordon Martin at Tie 1 On guide service for letting me pick his brain again and again. Gordy knows that river inside and out. I only started fly fishing 2.5 years ago so this is my best fish ever. I've got a lot of catching up to do so I take it pretty seriously. I'm hoping for a similar brown trout in the coming weeks. Fingers crossed.


Niagara New York Report by Bill Hilts

Hey Don, another Greater Niagara Fishing Report for Nov. 8, 2013
1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries - On the local fishing scene, Burt Dam is still holding on and both salmon and brown trout are being caught at the dam area – but there’s been quite a bit of competition from anglers. Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker reported some fresh salmon and trout came in with the last rain. There is decent flow now and the water is stained. Egg or egg pattern flies are good to use to entice these fish to hit, fished under a float. Pier casters can do well at either Wilson or Olcott with spoons if the winds allow for it. One hot spot of late has been the pier at the foot of Route 425 in Wilson. Browns and steelhead are showing up with an occasional salmon. Browns and salmon are also be caught be small boat drifters in the Roosevelt Beach area of Wilson (west branch of 12 Mile Creek). Drift egg sacks or treated egg skein under a float. Most of the other tribs are too low like Hopkins and Keg. Four Mile Creek has flow but not too many fish. With the opening of deer season just around the corner, it could be a great time to wet a line if you are not a big game hunter.

2.       Lower Niagara River – The lower Niagara River finally picked back up again, only to have the water destroyed with the high winds. Muddy water from Lake Erie shut the fishing down for a few days, but it should be just fine going into the weekend. In fact, trout starting hitting with regularity on Wednesday. Remember that lake trout season is closed. Trout started showing up in greater numbers with the Artpark area one of the best for boat and shore anglers. Best bait was golden shiners or Kwikfish. Shoreline casters are using eggs under a float, spoons or spinners. No. 5 Super Vibrax was one lure that was tough to keep on the shelf at Creek Road Bait and Tackle. Bass action should continue to be good if you want to target them and some perch are still hanging off the sand docks area.

3.       Upper Niagara River – Bass and musky action can be decent in the upper river if the water clarity isn’t too bad – like it was last weekend after the hard blow. It should be fine again this weekend but it will probably turn cold again. Bass have been liking the golden shiners and musky have been chomping down on large common shiners. Shore fishermen are doing well on perch up toward Buffalo from the traditional shore fishing spots. An occasional trout will show up hitting a minnow. Speaking of trout, a few anglers are picking some up at the head of the rapids area before the water turns white.

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


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