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Mississippi Flyway Walterfowl report by Travis Madden - Avery Outdoors
Name: Richard Shamla
Location: Clara City MN
Weather: Daytime highs getting up into the teens and twenties for this week.
Snow Cover: A new dusting of about an inch of snow arrived last night.
Water Conditions: Mostly all water is frozen except the river and a goose hole on Lac Qui Parle Lake.
Feeding Conditions: Remaining geese are feeding on the refuge in cornfields.
Species and Numbers: Not many geese remain on the refuge.
Season Stage: Closed
Hunting Report: None
Gossip: Even the ice fishing has been slow with the cold front and highs below zero for most of last week.
Name: Greg Owens
Date: Jan 12 2015
Location: Rochester, MN
Weather: really really cold!
Snow Cover: about 5”
Water Conditions: Everything is frozen up except the rivers through town.
Feeding Conditions: There is still plenty of food around for the birds that are still in town.
Species and Numbers: Duck and Goose numbers are pretty low right now. But with no hunting pressure, the birds that are still here will probably stay here through the winter.
Migrations: None noted.
Season Stage: The season is closed now.
Hunting Report: Things were pretty slow at the end of the season.
Gossip: Ice fishing is really starting to heat up.
Niagara New York area Fishing Reports by Bill Hilts
- Lake Ontario and tributaries – Action below Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek should be heating up quite literally this weekend as temperatures are finally being forecast into the upper 30’s – allowing for some anglers to be a bit more comfortable as they cast for trout. There have been reports of good numbers of steelhead below the dam and the best approach continues to be a small jig tipped with a wax worm and fished under a float. Egg sacs or egg imitations are also options for taking trout, including the occasional brownie. Wilson ice fishing is going on right now but no good reports so far. Better reports are coming from the east. Important! The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo is all set for next weekend, Jan. 23-25 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. With the recent weather we’ve been experiencing, this is the perfect cabin fever reliever that’s ideal for the entire family! For the kids, the Niagara River Anglers has their trout pond and kids get one free try to catch a fish 10 and under. There’s even fishing seminars for the kids … and the parents. To find out more about the three day expo, go online at www.niagarafishingexpo.com. Local fishing seminars are crazy, with over 60 speakers giving over 100 fishing seminars in three days. If there’s any species you want to expand your knowledge on, this is the show for you. It’s only $8 admission for adults; kids 10 and under are free. Show organizers have gone out of their way to make this year’s show on the best three day fishing shows on the Great Lakes. Don’t forget that the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association still has its Salmon School this year. Instructors include Capt. Paul Czarnecki of Pennsylvania; Capt. Greg Gehrig of Oswego; and Mark McClutchey of Michigan. It’s a full day of in-depth instruction Jan. 24 on salmon and trout fishing for just $75 – and that includes lunch, admission to the show Saturday and Sunday and a goodie bag. The deadline for signing up is Jan. 18 on the LOTSA website at www.lotsa.org. And don’t forget about the Lake Ontario Marketplace that LOTSA will conduct on that Sunday of the Expo, Jan. 25. More than 60 additional tables – over and above the 100 booth expo – will be showcased.
- Lower Niagara River – Waters started to clear up at mid-week so there should be boaters and shore guys fishing by the time you read this. Those fish should be hungry! For drifters, Kwikfish, MagLips and minnows will top the list of baits being used. Shore guys use spinners, spoons, egg sacs or egg imitations like trout beads. After two weeks of no fishing due to muddy water and extremely cold temperatures, this weekend should be near perfect. Look for waters to continue to clear as Lake Erie freezes over, too. Right now it’s between 30 and 40 percent ice covered. If you like fishing the river or want to learn more about it, you’ll want to attend the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo Jan. 23-25. Lots of seminars on river fishing for a wide variety of species.
- Upper Niagara River – No one has really been out fishing because of the extreme cold. If you are looking for ice, the Small Boat Harbor has good ice up to 6 inches thick if not more. Yellow perch is the primary target on small jigs and grubs but reports have been slow for the most part. A few pike are being reported, too. Don’t rule out the Grand Island marinas because with the cold snap we should be seeing some action.
Bill Hilts, Jr.
Director, Outdoor Promotions
Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry
Combo of walleyes and saugers coming in off of the south shore. Clearer waters have allowed some anglers to catch in 21-24 feet in the mud off Pine Island and Morris Point. Others are making the venture to deep water 30+ feet 25 miles past Pine near Garden Island and Knight and Bridges Islands. Some finding fish in shallow 13-15 feet low light. Hot colors have been pink, gold, chartreuse, or plain hook 4-6" off bottom. A nice mix of perch and eel pout have been showing up in limits. Pike anglers doing well 8-10 feet using red, orange, or gold.
On the Rainy River, anglers catching limits 14-17 feet. Glass eyes, pink, hammered gold the hot colors. From the river to the lake, the ice depth averages 22 inches with at least 8 inches of snow coverage in most areas good for snowmobiles.
Up at the NW Angle, 27-29 feet on the south side of Oak Island has been filling limits of walleye, sauger, and perch over the sand. Quality trophy walleye shallower 18-22 over the rocks. Gold and pink the best. Lots of crappie action in Ontario waters 32-34 feet. Light bite so coaxing off bottom best using red gulp on hot pink tungsten jigs. Don't be afraid to hole hop. For short term reservations, use lodging availability request at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.
Editor's Note: The Chicagoland Fishing Travel and Outdoor Expo will be held at the Schaumburg Convention Center, 29 January - 1 February. Joe Henry will be speaking on catching big walleye on Lake of the Wood on Thursday at 4PM and Sunday at 10 AM.