Recent Fishing Reports

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South Side Pond Report by Ken O'Malley

Hey Don,  Area lakes continue give up good catches of bass. Evening time (last 2 hours) are the best. Working a bandit footloose crankbait along inside weedlines have produced good numbers. Key is working the bait parallel to the shoreline to keep it in the strike zone longer. Evenings with incoming fronts have really been good!   TTYL

Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team

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.


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.  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


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. 



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:  07/07/2014

LAKE LEVEL: 408.51     AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.76    WATER TEMP:  79°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 New York Area Fishing Report by Bill Hilts Jr.

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – After a few days of westerly winds, things started to change around a bit for salmon and trout trollers. According to Capt. Bob Cinelli of Olcott, things are starting to improve for the better. Best action off Wilson and Olcott for salmon, as well as other locations along the lake, seems to be in the 200 to 250 foot depth contour, using your baits in the top 80 feet of water. Use a mix of spoons and flasher-fly. For steelhead, best action has been from the 27 to 30 bar on the lake, using spoons in the top 40 feet of water. The summer Lake Ontario Counties Derby, which runs through July 27, still has a couple weeks of action to go. The fishing finally turned on a little bit out east as a new grand prize leader came on board – a 27 pound, 5 ounce king salmon reeled in by Paul Powers of Oswego. Nope, make that a 27 pound, 9 ounce fish caught by Nate Brewster of Dansville while fishing out of the Oak on Tuesday. Steve Klejdys of North Tonawanda is still leading the lake trout division with a 22 pound, six ounce fish from the Niagara Bar. Top brown is 16 pounds, seven ounces and the top rainbow is 12 pounds, 11 ounces from the Oak. Only the rainbow division is not filled at this point but there’s plenty of room for improvement all across the board. If you are a member of the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Assn., next weekend is the group’s big club fishing contests, starting with the Curt Meddaugh Memorial event on July 18 and the big King Salmon Contest on July 19 – and you must be a member. For $10 though, it’s a great investment. It’s 100 percent cash payback. For warm water fish species, you can target bass or pike in the harbors with live bait or artificials like spinnerbaits. Capt. Nick Calandrelli of Lewiston spanked the bass trolling the shoreline with stickbaits and Kwikfish in 10-12 feet of water earlier in the week.
  2. Lower Niagara River – The moss is still in the river, hampering all fishing action below the falls. Will it be gone in two weeks? According to Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston, the moss is starting to subside a bit. Hopefully it won’t be long. The Annual Niagara River Smallmouth Bass Contest is set for July 26 in the Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario from sunrise to 2 pm and it could make for a very interesting competition. Best two fish total weight wins. Contact or call 807-6111 for more info.
  3. Upper Niagara River-Erie Canal – Tony Scime at Scime’s Tackle in Buffalo sends word that bass fishing has been good in the river and moss wasn’t too much of a problem. Smallmouth and silver bass are being caught from the Foot of Ferry to the foot of Hertel streets. Some walleye were reported at the head of Strawberry Island on blue-silver or purple worm harnesses. The occasional musky is also showing up from anglers working large 8-10 inch tubes around the weeds. Good spots have been around Strawberry Island and around Thompson’s Hole. The Erie Canal Fishing Derby winds up on Sunday and it’s not over until the final lure is cast. Some pretty impressive catches have already come to the scales, including a 19 pound carp reeled in by Christina Corey of North Carolina; a 13 and a half pound catfish hauled in by Randy Thomas of Grand Island; and a 12 and a half pound sheepshead out-fought by Todd Wells of Medina. Other notable catches so far include a bass just under five pounds weighed in by Jessica Doran of Middleport; a 5.8 pound walleye boated by Mike Boncore of North Tonawanda; a 5 and a half pound Northern Pike caught by Jeff Stanton of Lockport; and a 2.2 pound bullhead entered by Camille Wells of Medina. Two tagged fish have been caught so far so there’s still another 48 swimming around in the Canal between Albion and the Niagara River. The derby continues through Sunday. Check out the leaderboard at

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

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