Fishing and Hunting reports

Shabbona Lake Ice Report from Ken O'Malley

Hey Don, Hit the ice on Shabbona yesterday. Ice is at 4 inches with another 1/2 inch to inch of frozen slop on top. I focused mainly on brush piles in 14 fow. I managed good numbers of crappie and bluegill with a bonus bass. All fish were caught on a tungsten jig tipped with colored spikes. It was great to be on the ice in December. I attached a few pics from yesterday.

I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas

Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team


Rend Lake Waterfowl Report by  Randy Cordray

Natural Resource Specialist - US Army Corps of Engineers

SPECIES

# BIRDS SURVEYED

SEASON DATES

(SOUTH CENTRAL ZONE)

BAG LIMIT REGULATIONS

CONTACT SITE FOR COMPLETE REGULATIONS

CANADA GEESE 150 Nov. 9 – Jan 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2Possession Limit -- 6
SNOWS/BLUES  1,250 Nov. 9 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit - 20 Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese 1 BrantPossession Limit – Unlimited Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese, 3 Brant
WHITE-FRONTS  100 Nov. 19 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2Possession Limit - 6
TOTAL DUCKS  1,800 Nov. 9 – Jan. 7 SEE DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS 2013-2014 FOR BAG LIMITS

  AS OF NOVEMBER 30, 2013   6,300 DUCKS HAVE BEEN HARVESTED

 Information as of:  12/19/2013

LAKE LEVEL: 405.66      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 405.47                                                                 CASEY FORK: 412.09       BIG MUDDY: 411.98

***AERIAL SURVEY DATA IS FROM THE IDNR DECEMBER 18, 2013 SOUTHERN IL AERIAL DUCK AND GOOSE SURVEY***

IDNR WATERFOWL SURVEY

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/SI18Dec2013.pdf

IDNR DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS 2013-2014 http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/DigestWaterfowlHuntingRegulations.pdf

 

Rend Lake Fishing Report by  Randy Cordray
Natural Resource Specialist - US Army Corps of Engineers

SPECIES RATING    BAIT OF CHOICE              SUGGESTED LOCATIONS REGULATIONS
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  Fair 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. 
CHANNELCATFISH

 

Good 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

Information as of:  12/19/2013

LAKE LEVEL: 405.66      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 405.47    WATER TEMP: 37°F

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 Randy Cordray 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.


Niagara NY Area Fishing Report by Bill Hilts

Merry Christmas Don!   Greater Niagara Fishing Forecast for Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

Lake Ontario and tributaries -- While fishing was pretty much shut down for any reports for this week because of the weather, we can still dream about fishing by making plans to attend Bass University and the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Show in Niagara Falls the weekend of Jan. 24-26, 2014. Headliner for both events will be the bass magic man, Mike Iaconelli. Other professional bass fishermen who will be in town giving instruction will be Pete Gluszek, another co-founder of the Bass University concept, John Murray, Bernie Schultz, Chris Zaldain and Ott DeFoe – a pretty impressive lineup of great fishermen. Check out thebassuniversity.com or the show website at niagarafishingexpo.com. Tributaries should be starting to settle back down after all the rain and snowmelt last weekend, but with the cold weather ice cover could pose an additional problem. Your best bet will be Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek if you want any chance for success according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. Water was still high and stained as of this report, but it was fishable – steelhead and browns. There was concern over some downed trees that were posing some additional problems there. With the off-color conditions, use brightly colored jigs tipped with a wax worm or meal worm and fish it under a float. Trout beads will also work. It appeared that Keg Creek was finally blown out at the mouth and that could bring some fish into that tributary. No reports on ice yet in places like Wilson Harbor. The Oak was reporting steelhead and browns, too.

Lower Niagara River – Water conditions were greatly affected by the rain and run off of snow melt, but that was already starting to improve at mid-week. From boat, the Lewiston launch ramp was in good shape and gravel supplied by the Village of Lewiston is on hand to assist with any icy conditions. As soon as the fish can see your bait, you’ll be able to catch steelhead, lake trout and the occasional brown trout. A few walleye were also being reported the last time there were fishermen on the water. Minnows and Kwikfish lures were the top two baits, but egg sacs should also be an option, too. Remember that lake trout season opens up on Jan. 1, 2014 in the lower river and Lake Ontario on the New York side. The Province of Ontario side is already open. And speaking of the Canadian side, the new license year starts up on Jan. 1, 2014. On the New York side, the sporting license website is still shut down so you are out of luck if you need a license until after the first of the year. No exact date has been announced as to when it will be up and running again. Shore fishermen can do well this time of year, but caution is advised due to ice and slippery conditions. Remember that the stairs at Artpark are out of commission.

Upper Niagara River – The conditions in the upper river have been muddy and no reports have come in since the storm last weekend. As waters clear, look for perch action to pick back up around Broderick Park, with an occasional trout being caught on spoons and egg sacs.

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

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