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Illinois Fishing Licenses Expire March 31, 2015
I'ts time to get your new 2015 Illinois Fishing License. Illinois fishing licenses and stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. For a location near you, check the IDNR website at this link: http://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx
Fishing licenses and stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov, or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).
If you plan on enjoying Fishing AND Hunting in Illinois get a Sportsman's license which will cover both at a discount. And if you're going to fish Lake Michigan for salmon or trout you'll need a 2015 salmon stamp. If you're going to fish any of Illinois inland lakes for the trout that will be stocked soon, you will need an inland trout stamp.
Braidwood Lake Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley
Hey Don, Here's the first open water report of 2015.
Ken "Husker" O'Malley - Huskeroutdoors
Waterworks fishing team
DES PLAINES CANOE AND KAYAK MARATHON from Lambrini Lukidis, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Sunday, May 17 • 8 am. Join the second oldest continual canoe race in the United States! Race begins at Oak Springs Rd in Libertyville and ends at Dam #2 in Mount Prospect. Free for spectators. Race start: 8 am. Activities at Dam #2 start at 11 am. Register canoemarathon.com.
All About Water from Lambrini Lukidis, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Wednesday, April 29 • 5 – 7 pm - Saganashkee Slough Boat Launch, 11672 W 107th St, Willow Springs
Help us test a nearby lake to see how “healthy” it is; we’ll also use dip nets to find out what critters call the lake home and why clean bodies of water are essential. We’ll end with a quick paddle on the water.
PADDLING (series) - from Lambrini Lukidis, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Bring your own canoe or use one of ours! We have a limited number of boats available. Canoe instruction provided. Call 708-386-4042 x23 to reserve a spot.
Little Calumet River Trip Saturday, April 4th • 11 am – 3 pm, Beaubien Woods Boat Launch, 950 E 134th St, Chicago
Explore the Little Calumet as we paddle from Beaubien Woods to Whistler Woods. We’ll provide a free shuttle bus back to Beaubien Woods after we finish the paddle. Don’t forget to pack a lunch!
Tampier Lake Evening Paddle Wednesday, May 20 • 6 – 8 pm Tampier Lake Boat Launch, 31st St west of Wolf Rd, Orland Park. Pack a picnic and enjoy a spring evening canoeing with us. Beginners welcome!
Niagara New York area fishing report by Bill Hilts, Jr.
1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – Warm rains are filling area streams on Wednesday and Thursday, which means it will be “trout-on” when things settle back down – probably this weekend. The warm again, cold again roller coaster temperature ride has been both a blessing and a curse for anglers. Places like the piers in Olcott and Wilson open up and become fishable, only to have the combination of cold cold night and north winds cover them back up again. Safe to say, after the rain the piers will be ice free again ... at least for a few days. Cast spoons or spinners to take a trout or two. A minnow fished under a bobber is another good way to get a fish to hit. The warmer water coming out of 18 Mile Creek should turn some fish on in the lake, too. Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott reported a few boats heading out and the action was slow as they trolled the shoreline to seek out warmer waters. The rain could be the ticket to pulling in some baitfish. Up at Burt Dam, good action was being reported for fresh steelies by anglers using egg sacs, jigs tipped with wax worms and live minnows. Keg Creek was low and clear with a few fish being reported from the big pool, but that will change with the rain. Four Mile Creek was showing a few fish and a couple mid-sized trout were caught by one Niagara Falls angler looking to get an early bite. Wilson still had ice in the harbor but it was unsafe.
2. Lower Niagara River – Water color was good according to boat drifting looking for trout. Steelhead could be found through the river. Some lake trout and the occasional brown trout are also being netted at the boat or along the shoreline for casters. Boat fishermen are using minnows, egg sacs or Kwikfish-type lures, fished off three-way rigs. Shore fishermen are using spoons, spinners or egg sacs/egg imitations to take fish in the gorge.
3. Upper Niagara River – At last report there was still a little ice action going on at Buffalo Harbor, but that will probably history after the rain this week. We’ve not heard anything else this week. Casting the upper rapids area in Niagara Falls could produce a trout or two as one option.
Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation
Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry
Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism