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Save the Date - Join us for the Boat Show and Schaumburg Show
The Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show will be doing a live remote broadcasts of the show on the opening nights of the Progressive Chicago Boat, Sports and RV Show - 16 to 20 January 2014 at McCormick Place and the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo - 23 - 26 January 2014 at the Schaumburg Convention Center. The opening night show broadcasts will be from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Come on out to meet show hosts Don Dziedzina and Jim DaRosa.
The show airs on WCSJ AM 1550, WCSJ FM 103.1, WSPY FM 107.1, WSPY AM 1480, WSQR FM 93.5 and WSQR AM 1180.
Shabbona Lake report from Ken HUSKER O'Malley
Hey Don, I spent the day at Shabbona yesterday. Had Tony P and Pat Harrison join me for the outing. We made breakfast burritos on the grill, caught some nice gills, and good conversation made for a great day on the ice. We focused mainly on cribs in 15 FOW. Tungsten jigs tipped with spikes or waxies caught quality gills with a few crappie mixed in. Utilizing a slow jigging motion with slight pauses triggered the bites. Ice is good at 10 inches and building. I attached a few pics from the day.
Water Werks Fishing Team
Illinois Muskie Alliance News from Ron Skala
|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: 01/07/2014
|LAKE LEVEL: 407.91 AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.26 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, US Army Corps of Engineers
# BIRDS SURVEYED
(SOUTH CENTRAL ZONE)
BAG LIMIT REGULATIONS
CONTACT SITE FOR COMPLETE REGULATIONS
|CANADA GEESE||1,650||Nov. 9 – Jan 31||Daily Bag Limit – 2Possession Limit -- 6|
|SNOWS/BLUES||2,900||Nov. 9 – Jan. 31||Daily Bag Limit - 20 Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese 1 BrantPossession Limit – Unlimited Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese, 3 Brant|
|WHITE-FRONTS||1,500||Nov. 19 – Jan. 31||Daily Bag Limit – 2Possession Limit - 6|
|TOTAL DUCKS||3,300||Nov. 9 – Jan. 7||SEE DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS 2013-2014 FOR BAG LIMITS|
AS OF DECEMBER 21, 2013 6,601 DUCKS HAVE BEEN HARVESTED
Information as of: 01/07/2014
|LAKE LEVEL: 407.91 AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.26 CASEY FORK: 411.97 BIG MUDDY: 411.88|
***AERIAL SURVEY DATA IS FROM THE IDNR DECEMBER 23, 2013 SOUTHERN IL AERIAL DUCK AND GOOSE SURVEY***
IDNR WATERFOWL SURVEY
IDNR DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS 2013-2014 http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/DigestWaterfowlHuntingRegulations.pdf
Boulder Junction Wisconsin report from Janie Harpster
Don, Here's a couple recent photos of fish caught up here. First one is of a nice 33" northern caught by Tora Hellyer on a large golden shiner and a tip up on area lake. The big walleye was caught from High Lake in 20 feet of water using tip up with a medium golden shiner.
Janie - Janie's Flys
Hayward Wisconsin Report by Tom Hamilton
My wife Raquel caught this Ice fishing in Hayward last night.
Editor's Note: Tom, when I got the photo a note was attached saying that it will be hard to leave and come back home. Welcome back to the south suburbs with 15 below temps and 10 inches of snow.
Greater Niagara Fishing Forecast for Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – Happy New Year! In the fishing department, ice fishing in the Wilson area has taken back off again with some safe ice of up to 5 inches being reported according to Matt Wilson of North Tonawanda. There’s been a good mix of perch and panfish with an occasional trout with one of the best baits being small chartreuse tear drop ice jigs tipped with wax worms. Fish were being caught at both Wilson Harbor in the back bay and at Roosevelt Beach. While 18 Mile Creek was a bit muddy earlier in the week, look for conditions to improve by the weekend with the influx of cold weather for both steelhead and browns. One of the best spots has been at the dam at Lyndonville on Johnson Creek. Greg Stanley at All in the Same Boat in Newfane landed a 16 pound steelhead there earlier in the week on a black and red jig. Chartreuse will also work, clean or tipped with a wax worm. Olive colored jigs in a 1/32nd ounce size and tipped with a wax worm or meal worm will also catch trout. There’s still been no word as to when the sporting license site will be up and running again as they switch over to a new system. If you are in need of a license before then, you are out of luck. The website will announce when it’s working again or you can contact your local license issuing agent as to operational status. It is cold out there this week, with temperatures into the single digits and wind chills below zero. There will be a slight warm up over the weekend, but it will return to cold temperatures by Monday.
2. Lower Niagara River – Just when things were looking for up last weekend, the dirty water finally caught up with the lower river and shut things down. And with 40 miles per hour winds in the forecast blowing in the new year, water conditions probably won’t improve much by the weekend. Single digit temperatures and below zero wind chills will keep people from fishing until the short warm up over the weekend. Add in the fact that access will be limited due to construction issues at the NYPA access road, Artpark and cold weather and you might be better off staying in front of the fireplace until things settle down. Remember that the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Show is set for the Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls Jan. 24-26, which also includes two days of The Bass University (thebassuniversity.com) and the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association Salmon School and Marketplace (lotsa.org). Be sure to mark it on your calendar. A few exhibit spaces are available if you want to be an active participant. Call Chris S. at 278-2123 for more info.
3. Upper Niagara River – Water conditions are poor for upper river action in the open water, but ice fishing at the Buffalo Boat Harbor is starting to take off according to Matt Wilson of North Tonawanda. He was reporting 5-6 inches of ice earlier in the week and it’s probably thicker now. When he made it out, he did very well on perch in the 8 to 12 inch range using chartreuse tear drop ice jigs tipped with soft plastic Trout Magnets or an emerald shiner.
Bill Hilts, Jr. - Outdoor Sports Specialist
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation