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Ice Fishing Derby at Nielsen's Channel by Marcy P.

Save the date!  We've scheduled our famous Hermann's Ice Fishing Derby for Sunday, February 9th, 2014 on Nielson's Channels in Port Barrington, IL at Hermann's Rest-A-While (300 Center Street).
Sign up starting at 6:30 am in the bar.
$5 to park
$5 entry fee for the 4 categories (bluegill, crappie, striper, perch)
$5 entry fee for the "Big Fish Kitty" (biggest fish not included the above categories)
Raffle tickets sold for bunches of fun prizes! Waxworms available. Chili (Editor's Note: Which is my favorite.), cheeseburgers, pizza & beer available for delivery to you on the ice, or eat inside where it's warm! :)
Can't wait to see y'all, you KNOW we'll have crazy fun!
Marcy P. and Wayne K.

Local Ice Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,  I had to stay close to home this weekend due to my mother being in the hospital. Good news is that she is going to be fine. So I hit one of my favorite ponds out here in the southern suburbs for a few hours. I can easily say we have great ice even out south. Nine inches and counting. It's been a while since we had that much ice. On to fishing. My goal was to go after big bass. The bass did not disappoint. Jigging blade baits along deep weed lines and staying mobile were key to this pattern. If I didn't mark any fish within 10 minutes, on to the next hole. I attached the best bass of the day.

Husker Outdoors - Water Werks Fishing Team

Spartan Fishing News by the Oak Lawn High School Spartan Fishing Team

The year 2013 will go down as the year of the big fish in Spartan Fishing Team history. Since the teams inception in 2008, there has never been a summer/fall with some many large fish being caught by Spartan anglers. Check out the pictures on page 9.

The team also hosted one of the largest fall high school bass tournaments in the state. You can read about the Rayjus Outdoors-Oak Lawn High School Bass Tournament on page 3.

Team new comer and freshmen Jonathon Osipczuk discusses his favorite fishing memory on page 5, which just happened to be his first bass tournament experience. Andy Jensen researches whether or not fish feel pain when hooked on page 5, and Nate Nauseda researches the senses of a bass on page 7.

Junior Mike Sutko finishes off the issue with a great article about his experience in making soft plastic baits with the owner of Convincing Custom Baits.

The final page of our newsletter is a “fun page”. Check out our Fish Fact, Stewardship Tip, Video of the Month, Fishing Quote, and our Recipe of the Month.

http://www.olchs.org/assets/athletics/Fall%202013.pdf


Rend Lake Waterfowl Report by Randy Cordray - US Army Corps of Engineers

SPECIES

# BIRDS SURVEYED

SEASON DATES

(SOUTH CENTRAL ZONE)

BAG LIMIT REGULATIONS

CONTACT SITE FOR COMPLETE REGULATIONS

CANADA GEESE 25 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 5,100 Nov. 9 – Jan. 7 SEE DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS 2013-2014 FOR BAG LIMITS

 AS OF JANUARY 7, 2014 - 6,924 DUCKS HAVE BEEN HARVESTED

 Information as of:  01/13/2014

LAKE LEVEL: 408.18      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.26   CASEY FORK: 412.27       BIG MUDDY: 412.34

***AERIAL SURVEY DATA IS FROM THE IDNR DECEMBER 23, 2013 SOUTHERN IL AERIAL DUCK AND GOOSE SURVEY***

IDNR WATERFOWL SURVEY

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/SI13Jan2014.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 - 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:  01/13/2014

LAKE LEVEL: 408.18     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.

Niagara NY Area Fishing Report by Bill Hilts

Greater Niagara Fishing Forecast for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.  Fishing is Improving; New Niagara Fishing Expo in One Week.

Lake Ontario and tributaries – Jamie Stanley at All in the Same Boat reports that tributary action is drawing mixed reviews. Her husband Greg was fishing Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek on Wednesday and he managed to produce a few browns on jigs and minnows but found the water very stained. It should start to clear up by the weekend. Keg Creek was too high and muddy to fish and Johnson Creek to the east also had turbid conditions and fishing was slow. When things start to clear those trout should be hungry. Wilson Harbor was still sporting up to 8 inches of ice but caution is advised after the recent warm snap that brought temperatures into the 50s and some rain. Some trout were being reported along with the traditional perch, bluegills and crappie. Use ice jigs tipped with minnows, wax worms and spikes. Pike minnows are being used, too.

Lower Niagara River – Action starting to pick back up again at mid-week, but high winds on Wednesday could rile things back up again. We’ll have to play that by ear. Trout were hitting wherever you could find a bit cleaner water. Devil’s Hole and some of the mid-river drifts were producing some steelhead, browns and lake trout. The Niagara Bar and the mouth of the river was too muddy to fish but that could change by the weekend. Trout have been hitting minnows and egg sacks consistently. Kwikfish lures will also work if the wind conditions are right.

Upper Niagara River – Not too much to report. We’re only a week away from the first annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, set for Jan. 24 thru 26 at the Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls – in the shadow of the Seneca Niagara Casino in downtown Niagara Falls. Parking is for free in the casino parking areas for this show, including the lot right across the street from the conference center. The speaker schedule is now finalized and it looks like it’s a good one if you want to learn about fish and fishing – from bass, walleye and musky to salmon and trout. The Expo has put together an excellent lineup of top name fishing experts like Mike Iaconelli, Pete Gluszek, Bernie Schultz, Ott DaFoe, John Murray and Chris Zaldain on the bass front; Capt. Pete Alex and Capt. Brian Garrett on the Lake Ontario salmon and trout front; Capt. Frank Campbell on the Niagara River; Lance Valentine giving a Walleye 101 instruction for beginners; Nick Lange, a Salmon River fishing guide, will give a talk on bead fishing; Jeff Snyder will be talking ice fishing tactics; Chuck Booker will be talking about stream fishing in the local tributaries; and there will also be seminars on the history of hunting and fishing from Fort Niagara; the different species of fish available locally from the Aquarium of Niagara Falls; and Helen Domske of Seagrant will discuss invasive species. There will also be kids fishing seminars and beginning and intermediate salmon trolling instructions by the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association. Go to www.lotsa.org to find out when some of these things are going on; log on to www.niagarafishingexpo.com for the complete seminar schedule. If you want to improve your fishing skills, there really is something for everyone at this expo. See you there!

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

 

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