Fishing reports and news

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Illinois Fishing Report by Chris Young, IL DNR

Chris Young of the IL DNR gathers a fishing report on lakes and rivers here in Illinois and it can be found on the DNR website.  To view the latest report CLICK HERE

Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don, Most of the local lakes now have floating weed mats. Some are thicker than others. That means its time to throw a frog. Last hour of light and into night have been good. A black bottom Spro has produced the best. 65lb braid and a heavy action 7"6' rod are a must to pull big bass out of that cover. Bass have been relatively shallow (3ft) that time of evening. Nothing beats a huge bass blowing up on a frog. Remember to bring lots of deet as well.

Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report by Steve Welch

We have seen the lake come up a foot and a half this week but it still remains very clear and the fishing hasn't slowed any at least for the crappie. Currently the lake in at 603.8 or roughly four-feet over summer pool. Water temps are bouncing around the eighty mark.

What I have seen on the north end is that the very distinct thermocline we had has now broken up. This has fish scattered somewhat and some have moved shallow. Minnows are still the best way to catch them. I am still using brush and down trees at about fifteen-feet of water. My Brush Bugs in chartreuse and pearl have been working well. Every day we are getting a fish or two at fourteen-inches or better. So we are seeing some real nice fish as well as plenty of fish as we are still catching over a hundred a day.

The white bass are scattered and some are being caught shallow in the flooded weeds. We haven't had much wind this past week so that bite has slowed.

I have seen a few walleye caught trolling crankbaits out on the flats but they are scattered as well.

Steve Welch

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray, Natural Resource Specialist - U.S. 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.  Large crappie have been caught lately off points in 6-10 feet of water using minnows.  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. A lot of fish have been caught from the sub-impoundment dams lately.  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.  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:  07/14/2014LAKE LEVEL: 408.35     AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.62    WATER TEMP:  78°F       1.42 inches of rainfall in last 24 hours

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

Muskie Capitol of World - Musky Jamboree News

The Musky Capital of the World will be celebrating the 58th Annual Musky Jamboree from Friday, August 8 - Sunday, August 10, 2014, with different activities happening daily.

For more information about the Musky Jamboree or for general information about Boulder Junction visit or call 715-385-2400.

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Rachel Krohn

Great reports this week as anglers experience quick fills of limits with numbers of trophy walleye in the mix. Drifting with spinners the most common method. Try Stony Point, West Bar of Garden Island and Starren Shoal in 26-28'. Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island doing well in 8-16 feet. Reports of jigging 10-14. Mayflies have hatched, some reports of down rigging starting. hammered gold the hot color still tipped with crawlers, leeches, or minnows. Northern pike in 6-8 feet along South Shore. Trolling with cranks most popular, good numbers on little river rockers and shad raps.

Up at the NW Angle, fish the rocks on the MN side. Crow Duck. Four Blocks and Little Oak area still holding good fish. On the Canadian side, fish deeper current areas, 25' and deeper. Good reports at Little Traverse Jig and minnow has been to go to method. Bass fishing has continued to be productive along the boulder shorelines. Try using a topwater bait if the bass are breaking the surface for mayflies.  More info at

Niagara NY Fishing Forecast and News by Bill Hilts Jr.

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – The fishing is finally coming around in Lake Ontario – at least at this end of the lake. According to Capt. Bob Cinelli of Olcott, the best trolling depths have been in the 200 to 250 foot depth contour from the Niagara River to Point Breeze. Put spoons or flasher-fly combos in the 60 to 80 foot range, wherever the temperatures are best. Current has also been an issue so be aware of what’s going on down below while trolling. Capt. Jim Gordon of Appleton did well on Tuesday, recording five mature kings among his catch that also included some steelhead and lake trout. Steelhead and the occasional salmon are also available in deeper waters if you want to venture out beyond 350 foot depths. The Lake Ontario Counties Summer Derby is ending on July 27 and there’s still plenty of room for improvement. The Grand Prize leader changed hand five times in the past week and the current leader is Jim Foltz of Pennsylvania with a 30 pound, 3 ounce fish. Top Brown trout is now 17 pounds, 12 ounces caught by Kay Boekel of W. Henrietta with a Point Breeze fish. Niagara County has the first place fish in both the lake trout and steelhead divisions. Top laker taker is Steve Klejdys of North Tonawanda is still in first with his 22 pound, 6 ounce Niagara Bar fish. Ed Wilson of Wexford, PA is leading the steelhead category with a 13 pound, 10 ounce Wilson fish.  Check out for the current leaderboard. And if you are heading out onto Lake Ontario for a day of fishing, the derby does offer a one day pass. Grab one! Tip of the week comes from Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown who recognizes how slippery goose excrement can be: “Make sure the launch ramp is clean so that your truck doesn’t slide down into the water while you are in the boat.” Geese are known for that.
  2. Lower Niagara River – The moss is finally starting to clear and according to Capt. Nick Calandrelli of Lewiston it should be gone in less than two weeks – perfecting timing for the Niagara River Anglers bass contest. According to Calandrelli, he had a couple of good outings this week for bass using shiners and crabs. Some drifts are still mossy but not all of them. You will have to figure out which ones on your own. He also caught some bass trolling stickbaits along the lake shore, but information is tight with the NRAA contest fast approaching. The Niagara River Anglers Association annual Lower River and Lake Ontario Bass Contest next weekend on July 26. To sign up, check out
  3. Upper Niagara River-Erie Canal – Action is picking up in the upper river as well, so good news all the way around for Niagara USA anglers. Moss is improving and the head of Strawberry Island has been good for bass and walleye. The Buffalo shoreline has been good for a mix of bass, perch and panfish. Emerald shiners are a good bait to start with. The 24th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby is now in the books and the unofficial results are currently being evaluated according to contest coordinator Steve Harrington of Gasport. As of right now, in looking at the leaders for the various divisions, the catches are pretty impressive. The derby is a great tool to help get the word out about some excellent fishing that is available in the Erie Canal – from the Niagara River to Albion and all points in between. Big bass is a smallmouth just under 5 pounds caught by Jessica Doran of Middleport. Walleye leader is Michael Boncore of North Tonawanda at just under 6 pounds. Pike leader is Carleen Beback of North Tonawanda, weighing in at 6 and a quarter pounds. In the bullhead division, Camille Wells of Medina set the pace with a 2.2 pound fish and the top cat-fish was a 15 pounder caught by Alonso Maxwell of Lockport. It was a 21 pound carp that topped all anglers, caught by Bryan Dragan of Williamsville. First place sheepshead is a 12-1/2 pound fish hauled in by Todd Wells of Medina. The awards ceremony takes place in Gasport at the fire hall on Sunday, July 20 starting at 3 pm. Incidentally, four tagged fish were caught during the derby, too. Check out their website at

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions



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