Fishing and Hunting reports and some photos

Here are some of the fishing and hunting reports that were recently received along with a few photos for the gallery.  If you have a fishing or hunting report, send them to iloutdoors@comcast.net.  Send photos as well.

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:  12/16/2013LAKE LEVEL: 405.63      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 405.53    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.

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 0 Nov. 9 – Jan 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2Possession Limit -- 6
SNOWS/BLUES 0 Nov. 9 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit - 20 Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese 1 BrantPossession Limit – Unlimited Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese, 3 Brant
WHITE-FRONTS 0 Nov. 19 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2Possession Limit - 6
TOTAL DUCKS 1,250 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:  12/16/2013

LAKE LEVEL: 405.63  AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 405.53  CASEY FORK: 412.11       BIG MUDDY: 411.97

***AERIAL SURVEY DATA IS FROM THE IDNR DECEMBER 10, 2013
SOUTHERN IL AERIAL DUCK AND GOOSE SURVEY***

IDNR WATERFOWL SURVEY
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/SI10Dec2013.pdf

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

 

Ice Photos by Pat Kalemrton

Don, enjoy the photos from the Fond du Lac area.  Got ice shelters?

Pat Kalmerton, Wolf Pack Adventures

Niagara NY Area Fishing Report by Bill Hilts

Greater Niagara Fishing Forecast for Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries -- Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek is in decent shape right now according to Greg Stanley at All in the Same Boat Tackle shop in Newfane. Water flow was good and they were generating power at the dam. Water was slightly stained. He fished the creek earlier in the week and managed to pick up Coho Salmon, brown trout and steelhead. His best bait was either a chartreuse or black colored jig tipped with a wax worm or a meal worm.  You might have some shore ice to contend with if things stay cold so waiting until later in the day is a good plan of attack if it’s going to warm up any. No reports from Wilson or Olcott harbors, but fish should be available if the weather cooperates. We’re still a ways off for hard water. With Christmas just around the corner, you might want to think about buying a derby pass for the Lake Ontario Counties derbies at www.loc.org or buy a seat for the Salmon School sponsored by the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association January 25 at www.lotsa.org. There’s also Bass University in Niagara Falls Jan. 25-26 for those of you that dream about becoming a bass legend. Books also make great gifts for the avid outdoorsman or woman in your life.

2.       Lower Niagara River -- In the lower Niagara River, you can always find open water someplace. The concern is whether the water is fishable due to muddy conditions. Wind earlier this week riled the waters again to shut the boat action down, but some shore fishing is still going on in the gorge along Artpark and Devil’s Hole. Be careful of icy conditions. When conditions are stained, use brightly colored baits to attract attention. If the water does clear, use a more natural color to entice a trout to hit. Just prior to the wind, the trout action was hot from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar for boaters. Kwikfish, minnows or egg sacs were catching fish. On the bar, the occasional Chinook or Coho was being caught, but most of the action has been for lakers, browns and a few steelies. Artpark is another good drift for trout. Remember that musky season is open until Dec. 15 and that lake trout season is open on the Canadian side of the river. It opens on the NY side on Jan. 1, 2014. The stairs at Artpark are down for the winter.

3.       Upper Niagara River – Best spot of late has been Broderick Park where shoreline casters can pick up either perch or trout. Perch like emerald shiners to much on; trout prefer egg sacs or spoons.

Catch of the week: It might be cold out but fishing can be hot!

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

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