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Walleye Limits Raised in Iron County Wisconsin by Don Dziedzina

I just received some great information from the Mercer Chamber of Commerce regarding the Wisconsin DNR making an announceent only moments ago about raising the walleye limits on some Iron County lakes.

Walleye bag limits are increased as of tomorrow (May 23, 2014) on 447 Wisconsin  lakes.

Limits raised in Iron County waters include Echo, Gile Flowage , Lake of the Falls,   Long, Mercer, Spider, Trude lakes and the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, all raised to 3 walleye limit.  Other lakes not listed in the Wisconsin DNR notice are said to be a limit of 5 walleyes.

To view the entire list pubished by the Wisconson DNR, CLICK HERE

Things are looking up for the walleye anglers for this summer.

Lake Shelbyville Report from Steve Welsh

The lake has been rising pretty quick and now stablized and dropping slightly. It is 598.6 or just under a foot below normal summer pool. The crappie have hit the bank in many coves and now since the lake is dropping they are pulling back out. The water temps are running 66-70 and I would guess 90% of the spawn is done on the north end. There are still plenty of shallow males guarding nests and you will catch plenty of male bass guarding nests as well. I have not fished the south end but I guess the spawn is still going strong down there.

As for walleye/sauger I haven't had time to fish very long for them since we are still crappie fishing every day but those that I have talked to it is slow but you can catch some. I caught five the other day casting blade baits on shallow flats in less than an hour but most were small. Some anglers are pulling spinner rigs in 14-20 feet of water and doing better than the shallow fish. I talked with one on Saturday that had nine legal sized fish. I am going to start walleye fishing all day long very soon instead of crappie most of the day then a little walleye at the end.

The white bass are all still up in the rivers so no report as of yet.

Steve Welch

Powerton Lake Closure by Chris Young, IL DNR

The Powerton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area in Tazewell County will be closed June 16-18 at the request of Powerton Lake owner NRG Energy for levee maintenance and repairs.  No public access will be allowed during the three-day closure.  Powerton Lake will re-open on June 19 at 6:00 a.m.

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray, Natural Resource Specialist, US Army Corps of Engineers

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 Excellent Jigs are working well. Quarter-Ounce pink and white tub jigs. Small & Medium Minnows. Meal worms. Spawning fish are biting in 1-3 feet of water in the bushes.  Fish the main lake drop off areas.  Try the Gun Creek Area. From shore fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky,  Sailboat Harbor, 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 Excellent Sonny’s stink bait, Hoss’s Hawg Bait, leeches, night crawlers, and large minnows. Recent success when fishing a few feet inside the bushes from the lake side.Otherwise: 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 Fair 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:  05/20/2014


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 Fishing Forecast by Bill Hilts Jr.

Lake Ontario and tributaries - Lake action reports have been few and far between because of the fact that this is Pro-Am tournament week. From what we’ve heard through the fish line is that king salmon have started to turn on as waters started to warm, attracting baitfish into the area. With the baitfish come the big kings seeking out food after a long winter. Limit catches were reported on the Niagara Bar going into last weekend and that should continue barring any major storms. Greg Stanley at All in the Same Boat in Newfane pointed out that magnum size Cotton Candy Stinger spoons were hot last weekend in the lake with no specific details … because of the tournament. Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker said that most of the action is starting to move a little more away from shore. Salmon were hitting in the 80 to 150 range; Cohos, browns and steelies were in the 30 to 60 foot range. It’s a mix of baits right now. Lake trout are also available in the 70 to 100 foot range. In 18 Mile Creek around the Burt Dam area, Walker noted that the dam area was crazy with rock bass right now. In addition, Stanley reported taking a half-dozen steelhead the past few days by casting firetiger E-Chip rattlebaits in a ½ ounce size. Smallmouth bass were also hitting. Spinnerbaits will also work. Pier action is also producing a few trout and occasional coho according to Walker. Some perch are hitting as well. The 30th Annual Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament is finally here and teams from all over the northeast are plying the water in search of salmon and trout May 24-25. Because of the 30th anniversary celebration there will be two events this year, with over $40,000 extra cash in cup money. You have to fish in both events to be eligible for the big bucks. It looks like over $30,000 in prize money will be up for grabs each weekend, too, over and above the cup cash – making it a total purse of $100,000 for Niagara! The tournament uses a unique scoring system based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound. In addition, cup scoring is also different in that no one can really run away with the top slot. No one knows who’s going to win until the very end. There’s a new tackle shop in Wilson Harbor – Colville Outfitters located at 125 Ontario Street, Wilson. Stop in and say hello. Their phone number is 716-572-9268.

Lower Niagara River - Lower River action continues to be good for trout and bass. Best spot for trout has been in Devil’s Hole; best spot for bass has been at the mouth of the river on the bar or just off the structure on tubes. For trout, the Mag Lip produced a 15 pound steelhead for Tom Bricker of Lancaster, PA while fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell earlier this week. In addition to several steelies, they also managed to catch a few browns and lake trout to round out their day while fishing with Tom’s wife Donna. A few cohos showed up on the bar, too, while drifting mag lips and minnows. Smelt run has died down with no reports from anyone. If you missed it you are out of luck. Catch of the week has to be the five-plus foot long sturgeon reeled in by Marlin Meyers of Harrisburg, PA while drifting a minnow along the Coast Guard on Wednesday. It was released quickly and unharmed. Don’t forget that the World Fish Migration Day event is Saturday at Joseph Davis State Park starting at 10 am with a talk on sturgeon by Dr. Dimitry Gorsky. He will have his research vessel there alone with a sturgeon that they will be releasing. That will be followed up with a walk and talk from Devil’s Hole State Park into the gorge for a hike along the shoreline in search of spawning sturgeon.

Upper Niagara River – The fish are starting to turn on as the waters continue to warm in the upper river. All the harbors and marinas are good bets for perch and panfish. Some bass are also available – largemouth and smallmouth – but north of the Peace Bridge is all catch and release until June 21. You must use artificial baits for bass until then. Better bass action is usually around Strawberry and Motor islands. Don’t rule out the Erie Canal either. There are a couple of kids fishing contests coming up soon – one in Widewaters Marina in Lockport and the other in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge – both on June 7 starting at 8 am.

Captions: Tom Bricker of Lancaster, PA with a nice steelie from Devil's Hole; Marlin Meyers of Harrisburg with a big sturgeon caught on the Niagara Bar area.

Bill Hilts, Jr. Director, Outdoor Promotions
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Report from Joe Henry by Walleye Capital

Fishing continues to be hot. Anglers catching lots of slot and trophy walleyes with eaters and saugers mixed in. Good numbers of fish in front of Pine Island, Morris Point gap, Lighthouse gap, 4 Mile Bay and Zippel Bay.  With the ice out on Sunday eve, typically Long Point and Twin Rocks near Rocky Point will light up also.

Plenty of fish still in the river. Anchoring and jigging 4-17 feet has been effective. On the Rainy River, many anchoring and jigging just off ends of docks and closer to shore. Try 6-12 feet in river. Hot colors this week are gold, pink, pink/white, and white glow tipped with minnow or frozen shiner.

Up at the NW Angle, ice is out and fishing is awesome.  Fish are shallow.  Anglers targeting shoreline structure with some resorts catching fish off the docks.  Limits of walleyes with pike mixed in.  Jig and minnow.

Lake Wisconsin, WI  Report by Roger Wright

Fishing last weekend was good on Lake Wisconsin.  I got the biggest fish of the weekend while enjoying a fun fishing tournament with about 30 friends.  Got the big bass in the photo on a plastic worm that I tossed under a dock.  Great way to start of the season.  Roger

Lake Mille Lacs, MN Report by Jim DaRosa

Here's a photo of my first smallmouth bass of the year caught at Lake Mille Lacs.   Good to be back on the water.  Got this fish on a fluke in about 6feet of water by some rocks using a grub.  Water up here is about  53 degrees.  Warming up a little every day.  Jim

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