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Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

Hi guys-Hope most of the snow is gone. Usually we get our first contest entry of the year in March!! Here is info on our MAJOR fund raiser of the year--the Flea Market on Sat Mar 8 at Rolling Meadows High School.

Come join us——The Chicagoland Muskie Hunters (03) chapter of Muskies Inc. We meet the second Tues. of the month at the Park Ridge VFW (Higgins and Canfield) at 7:30. Meetings feature top speakers, fishing reports, favorite lake presentations by our members, muskie info sharing, door prizes and raffles. All are welcome!! Contact Dean—847-677-0017— or Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, or join MI. All are welcome! The Tues. Mar 11 meeting will present  Ryan McMahon who will give us the scoop on Mille Lacs and Minnesota metro waters.   Dean

 Niagara New York area Report by Bill Hilts

Lake Ontario and tributaries – Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek opened up nicely for anglers looking to fish some open water, but it’s anyone’s guess how long that will last with another polar vortex coming down from Canada. The fish – a mix of brown trout and steelhead – were hungry and as long as the presentation was right, you would catch fish. Jigs fished under a float and tipped with a wax worm or meal worm would work. So did egg sacs or single eggs, the latter a preference of Greg Stanley of Newfane who did well earlier this week. To the east, there is open water at Waterport Dam to the Archer’s Club on the Oak. Johnson Creek was also open at the Lyndonville Dam, Blood Road and Kuckville Bridge areas. Ice fishing is still an option, especially over in Wilson Harbor. If it’s too cold to fish, you might want to check out the Western New York Boat Show going on right now through Sunday at the Buffalo Bills Field House in Orchard Park. For more information check out Parking is free.

Lower Niagara River – The warmer weather didn’t hurt the Niagara River fishery as was forecast, so trout fishermen continue to enjoy success from Devil’s Hole to Lake Ontario. Waters were slightly stained but fishable. Kwikfish and minnows were both taking fish, but the hot bait was brown trout eggs cured with Pautzke fire brine and tied up into sacs according to Capt. Frank Campbell. Steelhead is the hot ticket for catching right now, but a few browns and lake trout have also been reported. The occasional musky will also hit a lure, as Matt Tall and Taz Morrison found out last week while drifting a Kwikfish. The fish was nearly 50 inches long! Remember that musky season is closed and they must be released immediately. Walleye season is closing soon, with the final day on March 15. Only one fish per person can be kept if you decide to keep one. On the Niagara Bar, a few browns and lakers have been caught on minnows or Kwikfish lures, but northerly winds have hampered proper drifting techniques. Next week – from March 6 to 9  –  the 24th Annual Western New York Sport and Travel Expo will be held at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. For more information check out the website at Parking is free.

Upper Niagara River – Ice fishing around Beaver Island State Park and the Holiday Inn is still an option for hardwater anglers. Ditto for Buffalo Boat Harbor where most of the panfish action continues to be small with an occasional keeper. Biggest perch were being reported at Beaver Island State Park marina. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 9th Annual John Long, Sr. Raffle and Feast sponsored by the Niagara River Anglers Association on March 23 from 2 pm to 6 pm. The event, which is the major fund-raiser for the club – supports youth conservation and fishing activities. The feast will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Hall located on Military Road in Niagara Falls. For tickets call 628-1460.

Bill Hilts, Jr.  



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