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Conservation World events at the Illinois State Fair by Chris Young IL DNR

Free activities and free entertainment for youth and families will give Illinois State Fair visitors a chance to sample great ways to spend time in the great outdoors in Illinois at Conservation World at this year’s state fair, on Aug. 8-17 in Springfield.

Conservation World, the 30-acre park with grass, shade trees, and ponds, is located on the northwest corner of the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  Conservation World is open to state fair visitors on weekend days (both Saturdays and Sundays of the fair) from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on weekdays during the fair (Monday-Friday) from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Conservation World is easily accessible through a pedestrian gate near the JuniorLivestockBuilding, and via a state fair tram stop next to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) headquarters.

“Free activities and entertainment for youth and families are a tradition at Conservation World, and we want Illinoisans of all ages to visit and make memories at the Illinois State Fair this year,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.  “We will show state fair visitors great ways for youth to spend time outdoors and enjoy outdoor recreation – all of which are part of Governor Pat Quinn’s initiative to the ‘Leave No Child Inside’ in Illinois.”

Traditional free activities for youth at Conservation World include kids fishing clinics at the pond inside the Conservation World gate, with all bait and tackle provided; and, archery and BB gun practice ranges for youth are hosted by the IDNR Shooting Sports Development Program and the IDNR Safety Education Program.

Featured free entertainment includes:

  • Green Acres Sportsmen’s Club Hunting Dog Demonstrations - North of Main Pond
  • Ultimate Air Dogs - The Ultimate Air Dogs are the premier dog dock jumping organization in the country
  • The Whip Guy Wild West Show - World-champion whip cracker Chris Camp performs daily shows at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Illinois Green Industry Association Outdoor Amphitheater - Free musical performances
  • Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations - Chainsaw carving team of Wendy and Mike Rhodes demonstrate throughout the day

IDNR fisheries and wildlife staffs will host displays and answer questions about fishing and hunting prospects, habitat enhancement projects, and programs that are available to assist private landowners.  Visitors to the Fisheries Tent can try to “Whack-a-Mussel” – a fun game teaching kids a way to stop aquatic invasive species.  Members of the Illinois Bowfishing Association will be available to answer questions and will conduct demonstrations of fishing with a bow and arrow.

The IDNR Division of Education will host “Monarch Mania” at Conservation World, with displays of live monarch butterflies, offering information about helping monarch survival, and providing activities for children. The first 10,000 families who pledge to plant milkweeds for monarchs will receive a packet of milkweed seeds.

State fair visitors can purchase Illinois hunting and fishing licenses, get a photo and application for a FOID card, and learn about the duties of a Conservation Police officer at the IDNR Law Enforcement tent.

The IDNR Division of Forest Resources invites state fair visitors to help celebrate Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday in 2014 with visits by the fire safety icon.  Smokey Bear will tour Conservation World and pose for photos to remind those attending the fair of his famed message:  “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.”

Illinois State Fair admission includes free admission to Conservation World.

For a detailed schedule of Conservation World events, activities and times, go to this link on the IDNR website:


Hunting Classic info by Don Dziedzina

Continuing now thru August 17 Bass Pro Shops are having their annual Hunting Classic.  Yesterday my wife Judy, daughter Lisa and I went to the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Bolingbrook to do a little shopping for our Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show fall Fishing Trip

While we were there we got to spend a few minutes talking with General Manager Bryan and Hunting Pro Staffer Ken Ingo.  Ken's been giving duck and goose calling demos and will be there again next weekend to work with store visitors helping them get ready for the 2014/2015 hunting season.  It's not that far off.  Dove opens September 1, Deer, waterfowl following not far after that.  Right up front they have tables with dove decoys and many other items relative to the hunting season.  Go upstairs and you'll see much much more.

Lots of seminars going on, trade in's for discount purchases and pro-staffers on hand to help you out.  Many kid events too over the next two weekends.

To find out more on what's going on at the Bolingbrook BPS, CLICK HERE.

Ken Ingo will be talking about the Classic on the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show this Wednesday.  CLICK HERE to locate one of our 6 stations that we broadcast on every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

Kankakee River report from Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,  I had the opportunity to hit the Kankakee this past Friday. River is in perfect wading condition. Slightly below normal with a slight stain to it. Smallmouth are scattered though.  Best baits were topwater (early) and Erie darters fished on a 1/0 keeper hook.  Pools, current seams, and faster moving water produced fish. Each area we hit only held a small number of fish.

Area lakes continue to be better in the evening hours. Crankbaits worked parallel to shore have taken smaller bass. The larger bass continue to be a mystery.    TTYL

Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team

Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welch

The Corp is still pulling the lake down to summer pool. They have slowed that down and this has brought the crappie out of the coves back onto the main lake by the gazillions. Saturday we had our four man 60 fish limit in ninety minutes and caught close to 200 in that time frame. One right after another bringing in four at a time. Now that is what I call crappie fishing. Anglers all just fish for them in the spring and right now this is the best action of the year thus far.

The water temps have rebounded back to 81-83 and with very little rain the water color is gin clear. This has helped with the crappie bite as well. They feed primarily by sight and we fishing minnows just above very thick brush and coaxing them to come up and inhale them. We are catching a little of everything doing this which includes white bass large mouth bass and channel catfish.

I have been swimming my 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jigs back and forth over these same piles with pretty good success. So much I was tempted to put three jig poles in the boat and go after them that way. Not quite yet the minnows are still doing way better. The jigs I have been using are some clear shad bodied baits that a friend of mine had made for me and one of my white jig heads.

The attached picture is of Lee, Rich & Dorian with a 60 fish 4-man limit
of crappie caught in 90min on Saturday August 2nd.

Steve Welch


Niagara New York Area Fishing Report by Bill Hilt's Jr.

Catch of the week in Niagara USA - Josh Poeller with a nice brown trout caught out of Olcott last weekend with Capt. Dave Tripiciano, Captain Dave's Boat Cruises

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – Fishing is slowly starting to improve on the big lake for salmon and trout according to Capt. Bob Cinelli of Newfane, fishing out of Olcott. Most of the salmon action has been in the 100 to 300 foot area, targeting the top 60-70 feet of water with spoons, flasher-fly or cut bait. Some of action has been out deeper, from the 27 to the 30 line, offering a mix of steelhead and salmon. One suggestion that was made is to head north out of the port at Wilson or Olcott and motor until you see a pod of bait. At that point set up and continue to head north, seeking out active fish and looking for the best areas. Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker reports that a few early mature kings are starting to show up early in the morning inside of 100 feet of water and some browns are being taken inside of 60 foot depths. A few browns have even been caught off the piers in Olcott on spoons. Fish could be just about anywhere. Ask Capt. Roger Young of Connecticut with Papa Smurf charters out of Wilson. In the Lake Ontario Counties Derby that ended last Sunday, Young reeled in the first place brown trout last weekend while trolling between Wilson and Olcott in 300 plus feet of water with a Silver Streak spoon. He had just lost a 30-plus pound salmon at the back of the boat due to some netting issues when his wire diver set back 130 feet went off. They thought they had another salmon. Instead, it turned out to be the first place brown trout at 21 pounds, four ounces. Top lake trout was also from Niagara, a 24 pound, 10 ounce fish reeled in by Bob Turton of Sanborn while fishing the Niagara Bar. Second place was Richard Barber of Niagara Falls with a Niagara Bar laker, just two ounces back. Both were caught on the final weekend of the derby. Stephanie Brace of Oswego held on to win the $10,000 Grand Prize by weighing in a 31 pound, 11 ounce fish while pre-fishing a tournament out of Sodus Bay. Top rainbow was reeled in by Mike Sabo of New Jersey, a 16 pound, 8 ounce trout caught during the Sodus Bay Pro-Am. Next LOC event is the fall derby August 15 to Sept. 1. Check out for details. Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey registrations are now on sale at registration outlets. The derby is August 16-24 and the website is
  2. Lower Niagara River – Capt. Lloyd Schrack of Niagara Falls reported some decent fishing last weekend for bass and sheepshead while targeting bass. Using a mix of live bait and Kwikfish lures, the managed to catch around 20 bass and at least that many sheepshead. After fishing the lower stretches of the river, a north wind sent them motoring up to Devil’s Hole and they proceeded to catch bass and sheepies. They did reel in a bonus muskellunge that stretched out at 42-inches long and released. It hit a Kwikfish. The Niagara River Anglers bass contest was held last Saturday and top angler was Brandon Walsh of Niagara Falls with 9.96 pounds for two fish. He didn’t have the biggest single bass though. Ron Mrzygut of Grand Island walked in with a 5.74 pound smallmouth for lunker prize and he ended up in second overall with a two fish weight of 9.8 pounds. They were all caught on the Niagara Bar using shiners, tube jigs and jigging spoons. The Independent Living Center of Niagara County will be holding its annual bass contest on Sunday, August 3. Walleye fishing is starting to pick up a little, too. Worm harnesses on the bar, but you can also catch some ‘eyes along drifts in the river like Stella, Artpark, Peggy’s Eddy and Johnson.
  3. Upper Niagara River – Not too much changed from last week with decent bass fishing being reported around the river – in the West River near Navy Island and around Staley’s Reef; at the head of the river; and around Strawberry Island, as well as Motor Island. Musky action is also an option, especially working large tubes around weed edges like the Strawberry Island area. Live bait is working for shore fishermen around the traditional Buffalo-area spots like Broderick Park, the foot of Ferry and Ontario streets, and the Bird Island Pier. Finally, congratulations to Todd Wells of Medina who won the Grand Prize in the Erie Canal Derby after the awards ceremony drawing was held. He won a boat, motor and trailer.

Bill Hilts Jr.

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing report by Joe Henry

Summer patterns holding true as we head into August. Downrigging getting good reports 20-36 feet using blue/silver or orange/gold shad raps or wally divers. Many anglers still having success near Garden Island. There are still good reports of drifting with hammered gold spinner tipped with crawlers. Try Pine Island 12-25', out from Zippel Bay Gap in 35', or the west bar of Garden Island in 18-20 feet. Shallow rocks, reefs, and island points having good numbers.

On the Rainy River, use 1 oz jigs in 17-19' for walleyes. Good reports of eater fish. Smallmouth bass on boulders and current seams. Sturgeon still active, fish in deep pockets.
Up at the NW Angle, fishing continues to be good in 18-24 feet near Four Blocks, Crow Duck and Little Oak. Drifting with spinners the go to method tipped with crawler or shiner. Muskie hunters still finding good action in Ontario waters over weed beds.  Info on lodging, guides and more at

Joe Henry

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