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Neilsen's Channel by Marcy - Hermann's Lowlife Bar & Grill

Today's Ice Report: (12/11/14) one guy out today, says two - two & a half inches solid this morning, hard ice, but with sun on it now, may not be good this afternoon...
Tonight will be cold, but then the weekend warming up...fish at own risk, I can't call this safe.  :(
Illinois Firearm Deer Season harvest by Chris Young IL DNR

Illinois Firearm Deer Hunters Harvest Preliminary Total of 76,547 Deer during Seven-Day Season

Deer Harvest up Slightly Over 2013

llinois deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 76,547 deer during the seven-day traditional firearm deer hunting season that closed Sunday, Dec. 7. That figure compares to 74,318 deer harvested during the 2013 firearm season. Preliminary figures for the second segment of the firearm season totaled 24,717, up 34 percent from 18,483 in 2013. Overall, the total represented a slight increase from 2013, with a preliminary first segment harvest of 51,830 compared with 55,708 deer harvested during the first weekend of the 2013 Firearm Season.

Hunters are reminded that an additional 20 counties have been closed to the Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Seasons, Jan. 1-4 and Jan. 16-18. To see a map of counties that are open for the Late-Winter Season, visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/wildlife/Documents/LateWinterDeerSeasonMap.pdf

Additional deer hunting opportunities remain.

  • The Illinois Muzzleloader Season is Dec. 12-14.
  • The first Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons will be Jan. 1 - 4, 2015.
  • The second Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons will be Jan. 16 - 18, 2015.
  • Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 18, 2015.

For more deer hunting information, visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Pages/default.aspx

Rend Lake Waterfowl Report by Randy Cordray







CANADA GEESE 50 Nov. 8 – Jan 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2Possession Limit -- 6
SNOWS/BLUES 4,000 Nov. 8 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit - 20 Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese 1 BrantPossession Limit – Unlimited Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese, 3 Brant
WHITE-FRONTS 1,600 Nov. 19 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2Possession Limit - 6


Niagara New York Area report from BIll Hilts

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries - Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek are still holding fair numbers of trout. Best bait is a jig tipped with a wax worm and fished under a float, but egg sacs or egg imitations will also work for you. We received roughly a foot of snow on Wednesday and Thursday this week and temperatures will be forecast into the 40’s soon so that should melt the white stuff and possible stain the water a bit and add a bit more flow. It was low and clear as of this report. It should also bring in a few more fish. The Niagara River Anglers Christmas meeting is Dec. 15 at the Sanborn Farm Museum located on Route 31 at 7 pm and the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs will be meeting at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, Route 78 in Lockport at 7 pm on Dec. 17.

2.       Lower Niagara River – The Lower Niagara River turned muddy again last weekend with the high winds on the previous Wednesday night and that could happen again this week if the wind directions and severity of the blowing is right. Right now, with wind out of the north, it shouldn’t be a problem. However, that direction does make for some tougher fishing conditions. Fishing was good when things finally cleared last weekend, especially at Artpark and the Niagara Bar, and it continued to be good when north wind wasn’t blowing too hard. Steelhead, browns and lake trout were all cooperating in the river; browns and lakers on the bar. All the traditional baits will catch fish including minnows, wobbling baits like Kwikfish and MagLips, and egg sacs or egg imitations. Devil’s hole was producing some fish, too. Shore fishermen are back to catching fish, as well. Spoons, spinners, beads and egg sacs are good to use. Tip of the week comes from Capt. Jeff Draper of Grand Island. Make sure you have oil in the oil reservoir for your outboard. If your motor starts making a strange beeping noise, be sure to check the oil first.

3.       Upper Niagara River – The waters finally cleared again but another snow storm this week will probably limit the amount of fishing going on. Musky season is closed, bass is catch and release, but there is some trout and perch fishing going on. Broderick Park, the northern tip of Squaw Island and Ontario should produce both. Minnows for perch; spoons, spinners or egg sacs for trout. Casting the upper rapids area along the Robert Moses Parkway is another good trout hang-out this time of year.

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry, LOW MN Tourism

Resorts are on the move this week chasing the fish. Anglers working lines are catching fish.  Jig in one hole, dead stick in the other. Good variety of saugers, walleyes, perch, eel pout, and even some crappies. From 4 Mile Bay, Pine Island, and Morris Point Gap try 18-28' or 31'. From Zippel Bay, Long Point, Twin Islands, and Rocky Point try 24-26'. Hot colors are bubble gum, gold, and glow/red.  On dead stick a plain hook tipped with a live minnow. Mornings and afternoons having better reports with a light bite midday. Electronics helpful,  finding some suspended fish cruising 5-6' off bottom. Ice averages 14-17".

All snowmobile trails on the Rainy River, across the lake, and NW Angle are open, staked, and marked. Some cracks areas near Knight Island, look for double flags or warning signs, stay on trail and proceed with caution. Land trails are open as of December 1st, but will be groomed after 12" of snowfall as some areas are still bare.

Up at the NW Angle, limits of walleyes in 18-26' using gold, pink, and chartreuse. Ice Roads from Young's Bay to islands are open. Snowmobile trails marked. Ice thickness 14-15 inches on roads.  Stay on trails!  Info at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

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