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Boat Ramp at Starved Rock Re-opened by Kathy Casstevens, Starved Rock Lodge

The Starved Rock State Park boat ramp has been reopened to fishermen and boaters on Thursday morning. The roadway and adjacent picnic areas have been cleared of storm damage and are available for park visitor use.   The West Picnic area near the boat ramp remains closed as tree crews clear the debris and limbs.
Trails from the Visitor Center and the Starved Rock Lodge were opened last Friday to Wildcat Canyon and trails to LaSalle Canyon are near completion.
High School Bass Tournament hosted by Oak Lawn HS Spartans, by Coach Chris Kuchyt
My name is Chris Kuchyt and I am the fishing team sponsor for the Oak Lawn Community High School Spartan Fishing Team.  We have partnered with Rayjus Outdoors to present the 2014 Rayjus Outdoors – Oak Lawn High School Bass Tournament.  The school year has just begun and we are only about five short weeks away from the event.  Any help you can provide in getting word out about the tournament and helping get the kids out fishing would be greatly appreciated.  Last year we had 50 boats and over 170 kids participate in the tournament.  We hope this years tournament will be just as successful.  The link below and the attachment provide all information about the tournament.Your help is greatly appreciated.  See more info, CLICK HERE
Evergreen Lake Muskie Tournament Scheduled by Duane Landmeier
Quad County Hawg Hunters Chapter of Muskies Inc. Musky Tournament
Where:            Evergreen Lake, IL
When:             September 27, 2014
Time:               6:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Take Off / Return: White Oak Boat Ramp.
Entry Fee:      $50.00 per person.
25 Boat Field
Mail Entry Fee by September 21, 2013 to:
Duane Landmeier
220 W. Miller St.
Hinckley, IL. 60520Starting order in order of payment received.   Boaters must have an Evergreen Lake sticker on your boat to fish the event available at the ramp or call:   Comlara Park Evergreen Lake at Com Lara County Park 13001 Recreation Drive Hudson, IL. 61748 309-434-6770.Lodging if you want to stay the night: Super 8  25 Linco Dr., I-39 and Hwy 24 Exit 14, El Paso, IL 61738-1482  1-309-527-4949Partnered with the Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail all points from fish registered in this event will count towards the IMTT.There will be a raffle at the awards ceremony following the event at the white oaks shelter right by the boat ramp.  The raffle will include a Plano Big Water Muskie Box and a nice Lure Card. $5 a chance. First ticket drawn gets choice.
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. 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.  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:  08/19/2014

LAKE LEVEL: 408.20     AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 405.72    WATER TEMP:  78°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 Welch

The fishing has been pretty stable with the sunny days really being good. The lake is right at summer pool so the Corp quit dropping it. The water temps are running about 76 which is very cool for August.

We are still using a slip bobber and minnow set at the same depth as the structure of a down tree. We are targeting about fifteen-feet deep mid lake to south end. This will be the same pattern for several more weeks. We are catching crappie, large mouth bass and white bass in these same trees.

The white bass are showing up all over the lake on the bank on cloudy days and on drops on sunny days. Hard to stay with but once you find them you can get a bunch. Cloudy days we are throwing twisters and blade baits. Sunny days we are using Candy stripers and jigging spoons and fishing both vertically right on ledges. My Deep Ledge Jigs are also working fishing the same way.

Steve Welch

Niagara NY Area Fishing Report by Bill Hilts
  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – The Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey and the Lake Ontario Counties fall derbies are still going on with the Fish Odyssey ending August 24 and the LOC ending on Labor Day. The early leader in the salmon division for both is a 31 pound, two ounce fish weighed in by Richard Acer of Appleton while fishing out off 30 Mile Point – the same general area that was a hot spot this past spring. He was using a tried and true bass lure to take his big fish – a Zara Spook in black and silver. It does give an erratic action, similar to a J-plug, when trolling. Some mature kings are being caught while staging off creek mouths in as shallow as 40 feet of water first thing according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. Fish can be caught out as deep as 100 foot depths or deeper for mature kings. Karen Evarts of The Boat Doctors suggests a new cut bait that has really caught on fire, a Pacific-based herring that is both appealing and hearty. Meat is also producing its share of fish. The 350 to 450 foot depth contour is another good stretch of lake that is producing a mix of steelhead and kings. Spoons up high; flasher-fly down deer. For the Fish Odyssey, other early leaders are Roger Turton with an 22 pound, 4 ounce lake trout; Scott Mrzygut with a 18 pound, 14 ounce carp; Dave Muir with a 5 pound 9 ounce smallmouth bass; Paul Hovis with a 12 pound, 13 ounce steelhead; and Kevin Flaherty with a 9 pound 7 ounce walleye. It’s still anyone’s game and it’s not too late to enter any of these fishing contests – even if you are only fishing for the day. Special one day passes are available. For the Fish Odyssey, check out www.fishodyssey.net. For the LOC it’s www.loc.org. Kid can fish for free in the Odyssey.The Orleans County Fishing Derby is now history and winner of the Grand Prize was Debbie Murphy of New Albany, Pennsylvania with a 27 pound, 7 ounce salmon caught out of Point Breeze. First place in the Salmon Division was Bill Magee of Northwood, Ohio with a 26 pound, 13 ounce fish. Top brown trout was an 18 pound 11 ounce slob reeled in by Destiny Bickel of Burt while fishing out of Olcott. Top lake trout was a 17 pound, 6 ounce fish weighed in by David Johnson of Rochester and first place rainbow checked in at 14 pounds, 1 ounce – hauled in by Mike Schaeffer of Sligo, Pennsylvania.
  2. Lower Niagara River – Fishing has been hot and cold in the lower river – kind of like the weather recently. Bass action can be good one day; spotty the next. Best bass bait has been crabs; tubes are a close second. Walleye action has also been spotty. The Niagara River Anglers will hold its annual Lower River Walleye Contest on August 23. Check out www.niagarariveranglers.com for details.
  3. Upper Niagara River – Bass are starting to go on their fall feed so look for good action to continue in all the traditional bass areas. Live bait like shiners, crabs and worms will catch a mix of fish; tubes will focus in on bass and sometimes produce bigger fish. Focus your efforts in the 10-20 foot areas for numbers of fish; deeper holes for larger fish. Large tubes will work for bigger fish like muskellunge. The northern tip of Squaw Island has been producing some walleye from shore. Try casting spoons in the late afternoon or early morning. Bass and a mix of other fish are also available by using live bait or jigs. Ditto for other shore fishing spots like the foot of Ferry or Ontario streets.

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

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Down rigging and pulling spinners effective this week with lots of trophy walleyes in the mix. Good eater fish north of Garden Island around Crow Duck Island and Glen's Reef 16-22 feet and the West Bar in 14-22' pulling spinners.  Western reefs such as Archie's starting to heat up.  Good walleyes this week in the Lighthouse Gap in 15-20' and 6 miles out from gap.  Hot blade colors are hammered gold and silver baited with crawlers. Down riggers effective in 30-34 feet using Shad Raps, Wally Divers, and Reef Runners.  Clown, pink UV and black the ticket.

Up at the NW Angle, north of Garden Island, Little Oak and Four Blocks producing in 19-24 feet bringing in a good mix of fish. 51" pike caught on charter while walleye fishing.  Good Muskie reports from Canadian waters, shallow, 10 feet or less in weed beds along shore. Bucktails and cowgirls effective.

On the Rainy River, jigging with a frozen shiner doing well 14-20 feet. Try gold, glow, and pink/gold. Some reports of spinners tipped with crawlers in 16-18 feet. Sturgeon anglers doing well in front of Timbermill and heading east towards Birchdale. Sturgeon keep one season goes through September 31.  Info on resorts and fishing charters at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.


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