Fishing Reports and News

I'm back in the ballgame.  After a week of fishing in the northwoods of Wisconsin I can now share some new blogs with my readers and many photos.  Photos and stories about my trip will be featured in different posts. I have many photos to share.   If you have a fishing report and photos to share, send them to me at

Now, let me give you the fishing reports I've recently received.

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.  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 Good 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. 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:  06/30/2014LAKE LEVEL: 408.93     AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.95    WATER TEMP:  81°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.

Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welsh

The lake has risen to 603.4 or just under three feet over summer pool and the water remains gin clear and the surface temps are running about 80-83.

Since the lake has come up another foot the flooded willows and smart weeds now have enough water on them to hold some fish on windy days. Sunday we caught a nice six-pound walleye and some smaller fish as well. Plus we are getting big bass doing this. Calm days you can forget about it since the flooded weeds only have a foot or so of water on them. We are using Big Dude blade baits and covering water very shallow.

It is the crappie that are really biting and myself and three clients are averaging about 200 fish a day and we have boated either a three or four man limit 19 straight days. Mostly on minnows and slip bobbers but I have been getting them on my Deep Ledge Jig Spinners and a Bass Pro Baby Shad Crystal Minnow. We are using main lake brush and down trees in about fifteen-feet of water and fishing the slip bobbers down about ten-feet.

White bass are chasing shad in the shallows of the windy flats and from what I have seen most of them are running small. There are a few nice ones mixed in but not nearly as good as we have seen in the past. There are balls of shad everywhere so just look for them and the whites will be close by.

This crappie bite will remain good all summer.

Steve Welch

Niagara Report on Lake Sturgeon by Johnny

Hi Don, Shedd Aquarium research biologists recently returned from the field where, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the research team successfully tagged 40 lake sturgeon in the Niagara River region. The satellite tags are recording real-time information on movement and health of lake sturgeon in the Niagara River, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario to provide data that can inform protection of the historic native fish.

In addition, the team conducted ultrasounds and collected blood and tissue samples for analysis. Shedd’s Senior Research Biologist, Phil Willink Ph.D., said many of the fish they tagged were 6-7 ft. long and well over 100 pounds! The team will return to the area in mid-August to retrieve some of the satellite data tags for further review. Check out photos and HD video from the trip:

Best,  Johnny

Niagara New York Area Fishing Report by Bill Hilts Jr.

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – In Lake Ontario, salmon and trout action has been poor due to a continuation of the east wind creating unstable conditions. If you want to take a chance at finding a fish or two, try for lake trout, steelhead or salmon in the 200 to 400 foot range or on the Niagara Bar area. Might as well try for a LOC Derby fish while you are at it with the sparse leaderboard that is up. Casey Prisco’s 23 pound, 13 ounce salmon is still leading the way for the salmon – which still isn’t filled yet. Top laker is a 22 pound, six ounce Niagara Bar fish weighed in by Steve Klejdys of North Tonawanda. First place steelhead is a 12 pound, 11 ounce fish weighed in by Kyle Carrigan of Montour Falls out of Point Breeze. Brown trout leader is Fred Setera of New York Mills with a 16 pound, 7 ounce Oswego County fish. Check out the leaderboard at The derby continues until July 27.
  2. Lower Niagara River – If you want to fish in the Niagara River, you might want to hold off for a while. The moss has gotten even worse since our last report – bad news for drifters and casters. Not much to report because no one has ventured out.
  3. Upper Niagara River-Erie Canal – Moss is posing a problem in the upper river, too, but some bass and perch are being reported around the islands and at the head of the river if you can keep away from the green stuff. Better off heading into the Erie Canal for more consistent action. The 24th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby is underway and will continue through July 13 in the 50 mile stretch of water from Albion to the Niagara River. Steve and Lynn Harrington of Gasport have done a fine job organizing this year’s event with many more sponsors and up to $20,000 in prizes up for grabs. Check out for details on registration points and weigh stations. Species categories include bass, pike, walleye, bullhead, catfish, carp and sheepshead. In the Hooked on the Tonawandas Fishing Tournament last weekend held out of Gateway Harbor, nearly 200 people competed in the fun contest. Winners in the adult division included Anthony Henley of Lockport with a 6 pound pike; Matt Steffan of Williamsville with a 16-1/2 pound carp; Ernie Kielbasa of Niagara Falls with a 3 pound catfish; Robert Grant of Niagara Falls with a 2.3 pound smallmouth bass; and John Green with a .73 pound perch. Three juniors won a trophy in the kids division including Tiffany Phelps of Buffalo with a 1.3 pound bass; Victoria Alciki of Clarence Center is a one pound bullhead; and Kalub Allen of North Tonawanda with a .36 pound perch. A good time was had by all.

Bill Hilts

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Fishing is excellent! Drifting with a crawler/leech harnesses the go to method as the water warms. On the entire south shore such as Twin Islands, Long Point, the fields, Zippel Bay, Morris Point and Lighthouse gaps, try 5-15 feet with hammered gold, orange, or rainbow minnow spinners. Big Traverse Bay, Garden, Knight and Bridges and Little Oak Islands are doing well in 12-30'. Some reports of jigging still in 26-32'.

On the Rainy River, water has cleared. Fishing still better near shorelines and docks throwing plugs or jigging in 10-15. Smallmouth bass bite strong near rocky areas.

Up at the NW Angle, Little Oak, Flag and Brush Islands doing well jigging or pulling spinners in 20-30'. On the Canada side, Falcon Island in 23-26 feet. Stay near reefs and island points for best bite. Muskies biting in sand bays and boulder areas. Resorts have availability, for info on lodging and guiding,

Joe Henry Lake of the Woods Tourism


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