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Local Pond ice report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,  Fishing was good between fronts Saturday afternoon. Bass were good on tip ups and jigging spoons along outside weed lines and mid lake humps. Crappie were hitting on jigging spoons tipped with a fat head minnow. They were hitting three feet from bottom in main lake basin. Key was keeping up with the school. If the stopped hitting within 5 minutes, move to the next hole.  It was nice to be out in warmer temps as brief as it was.

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Huskeroutdoors - Waterworks fishing team

Lake Geneva Fishing Club – March 2015 Update by Bob Clark

We Welcome New Members to the Lake Geneva Fishing Club

The Fishing Club of Lake Geneva is dedicated to promoting sport fishing for all species on Lake Geneva. We also encourage kids to fish, and the club sponsors an annual Kids Free Fishing Day as described on our Kids Day page. The club has season long outings and contests on Geneva. At the monthly meetings, we have speakers that include member panels along with expert fishing and electronics professionals.

March 11th -– Luke Roffler | Senior Fisheries Biologist | Wisconsin DNR
“The Future of Lake Geneva: Bigger Fish and More of Them”

Luke Roffler is a Senior Fisheries Biologist for the Wisconsin DNR. His territory is within three counties. He is responsible for inland lakes in Kenosha & Racine Counties and all of Walworth County, Wisconsin. Luke's presentation will focus on the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative and its effects on walleye stocking this year and into the future, plus other DNR activities in the area.

With a resource like Luke, this will be a great opportunity for a lot of Q & A for someone who has the pulse of Geneva Lake as well as the inland lakes and streams of southeast Wisconsin. Now will be a great time to get your questions answered about Geneva or a specific body of water in Luke’s area. Luke has spoken to numerous clubs like ours and he has been well received with good reports about his information and presentation. This is another presentation that should provide quality information about our area lakes and streams.

Cabela’s Outdoor Expo | Hoffman Estates, IL | March 14th & 15th , Saturday at 8am with Doorbusters

Lake Geneva Fishing Club will participate in the event on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Stop by our booth to learn more about the club and our activities – also to join the club!

Kids Day | June 7, 2015 (9am-2pm) | Bigfoot Beach State Park | Lake Geneva, WI

The park is located on East Lake Shore Drive (Old WI 120) just north of The Geneva Inn and across the street from Geneva Lake. Snacks and lunch will be served to Kids.

Prizes for all kids entered (free registration), no fees to use the state parks and no license required to fish in Wisconsin on that weekend. Club members and volunteers will be on hand to loan rods and reels, fishing tackle, and bait. They will help if you need to know how to fish.

Thank you to those that contribute to help make this a great event for KIDS!

Monthly Meeting Information
Monthly Meetings | 2nd Wednesday of each month | March through November

Meetings are at Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400
Guests are always welcomed at our meetings - Guest Fee is only $5.00 - Meetings begin at 6:30 PM

Contact us if you have any questions CLICK HERE

Niagara New York Fishing Report from Bill Hilts Jr.

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – Fishing conditions have been horrible to say the least. Frigid cold combined with snow and winds have limited the amount of angling activity – even for the ice fishermen. There should be a little bit of open water at Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek and when conditions do improve in the temperature department fishing should be good. In the meantime, look for ice fishing to be your most viable option in Wilson and Olcott. Pike and panfish are leading the way for the kinds of fish being caught. If you are looking for something to do indoors, the Lockport Antique Tackle Show is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Elk’s Lodge located on North Canal Road from 11 am to 2 pm. Also, the State of Lake Ontario meeting for Region 9 will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport on March 16 starting at 6:30 pm. Let’s have a good showing!

2.       Lower Niagara River – The cold temperatures and the ensuing ice have posed major problems for anglers in the lower river below Niagara Falls. Most of the guides have cancelled trips the past couple of weeks but it looks like many of them will be working again starting on Friday of this week, Feb. 27. The launch ramp is now open and the ice has moved away from that staging area. Those fish should be hungry, but you will have to deal with clear water conditions. Minnows will probably be your best bet, but Kwikfish or MagLips will also catch fish when the winds are right, preferably out of the south or southwest. Use a three-way rig to maintain contact with the bottom and use smaller hooks and line to adapt your presentation to the clear water.  You may have to lengthen your lead, too, off the three way swivel.

3.       Upper Niagara River – Not too much changed from a few weeks ago.  Target the harbor off Buffalo or the marinas around Grand Island for the best ice action. 

Bill Hilts, Jr.- Director, Outdoor Promotions
Niagara Tourism   www.Niagara-USA.com

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Some monster walleyes this week with a nice mix of walleyes, saugers and jumbo perch in the buckets.  The northern part of Big Traverse from Knight and Bridges islands up to Garden Island in 26-32' still giving up fish.  Some resorts on south shore moving fish houses back closer to south shore with good results.  A hit and miss morning bite reported in 15-18' off of Zippel Bay and Pine Island.  Some big pike caught this week in front of Zippel Bay.  Reefs off of Long Point producing mixed bag with some jumbo perch mixed in.  Colors, good reports with gold, glow red, and pink.

On the Rainy River, locals still catching walleyes in 15-20'.   Best time is evening.  Some sturgeon being caught and released.  Please work through outfitters and bait shops and know where you are going on ice.

Up at the NW Angle good fishing continues around reefs in 22 - 30'.  Jig one line, dead stick second line.  A mixed bag, with walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch and tulibees.  NW Angle resorts targeting crappies having good success with crappies up to 16".  Fish houses on ice through March 31st.  Walleye season open to April 14th.  Pike open all year.  New Visitor's Guide - CLICK HERE

Joe Henry - Executive Director - Lake of the Woods Tourism www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com

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