The Flats off Captiva Island Fishing Report by Don Dziedzina
Right now I'm on Captiva Island, outside of Ft. Myers Florida. Beautiful weather, great food and just a fun destination to be at when Chicago is struggling to dig out of the snow and keep warm.
We fished the flats out in front of the South Seas Island Resort with Capt. Tom Walsh of Captain Tom's Charter Service that operates out of South Seas.
The local air temps dropped to about 65 degrees today and the winds picked up where we had to deal with gusts up to about 35 and 40 MPH. None the less, Capt. Tom put us on fish.
No real big fish today. The majority were ladyfish. We also got some speckled trout, jack, lizardfish, and a couple other species that I really don't know what they were. Doesn't really matter, we had fun, caught a bunch of fish, and enjoyed the fact that we didn't have to shovel snow.
We used spinning gear throwing jigs tipped with twister tailed grubs or Berkley Gulp Alive shrimp. Photos will come later on a different post. We were able to shoot a segment for Illinois Outdoors TV so you'll have to check that out in mid March.
Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley
Hey Don, I had the opportunity to fish a friends lake up near Rochelle. This lake has springs, but the ice was very good at 10 inches. Parts remain open year round. Goes to show you how harsh this winter has been. Fishing was absolutely great on Saturday in-between fronts. Tip ups were on fire for 2 hours straight until the cloud cover lifted and the sun came out. Things slowed, but good numbers still prevailed. Finding the outside weed lines were key. The only downside of the day was I lost a very nice pike at the hole and the winds were brutal. I attached a few pics. Stay warm!
Ken - Husker Outdoors, Water Werks Fishing Team
Niagara Area (NY) Fishing Report by Bill Hilts
Lake Ontario and tributaries -- Arctic temperatures have invaded Western New York and they haven’t let up much, forcing many hunters and fishermen to stay home. That could change this weekend with the possibility of some rain on Saturday in the forecast. Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott reported that ice fishing action is still an option for area hard water anglers with the best places locally being Wilson Harbor and even Olcott Harbor once we get another inch or two of ice. The problem in Olcott is knowing where the main channel is. Water movement underneath the ice could pose a problem and Walker insists that they like to see at least six inches of ice there. It was at 4-5 inches at mid-week. He also reported that was some open water – but not a lot – between Burt Dam and the railroad bridge and that a few trout were being caught. The first annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo was held at the Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls last weekend. All in all, considering the weather, the event was a good one and look for a repeat performance in 2015 around the same general timeframe. Remember that the new license fee structure will be going into effect on Feb. 1st and when you purchase an annual fishing license it starts from the day you buy it!
Lower Niagara River -- The lower Niagara River has some good water conditions and there’s plenty of open water – if you can get your boat out there. The last report we had was that the Lewiston Launch area was filled with ice, but not to worry. When the weather starts to improve, the Village of Lewiston Public Works crew will be clearing the area to allow for river access very soon – say for this weekend when temperatures could reach a balmy 32 degrees! It’s not too late to start thinking about registering for the Niagara River Anglers Association’s Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest, set for Feb. 15 on the lower river and in area tributaries. To find out more information about the event, either check out the website at www.niagarariveranglers.com or call contest organizer Steve Drabczyk at 807-6248. The awards ceremony and festivities will be at the Three-F Club in Lewiston immediately following the competition.
Upper Niagara River -- Some of the embayments around Grand Island have been producing fish through the ice. One in particular was around the Holiday Inn on the Island where Matt Wilson of North Tonawanda was doing extremely well on perch and crappie.