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National Archery in the Schools Program Illinois State Tournament Results by Chris Young, IL DNR

Champaign Centennial High School took first place in the National Archery in the Schools Illinois State Tournament Saturday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Centennial's winning score was 3,336. Schlarman Academy of Danville was second with 3,331. Roberto Clemente High School was third with 3,288.
Two teams from Jefferson Middle School in Champaign took the top two places in the Middle School division. Jefferson scored 3,246 and 3,154. Canton Ingersoll Middle School was third with 3,120.

GRF Elementary of Georgetown was first in the Elementary School division with 2,651. Armstrong Potomac Grade School was second with 2,487.

Top male and female individual finishers were Meredith Black of Schlarman Academy with a score of 288 and Daniel Weyers of Canton High School with a score of 296.

Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welch

I am back fishing again so here is my report for next week. March 22-29

Lake Shelbyville is up 2 1/2 feet from winter pool and very stained from all the run-off. The water temps on the north end have already bounced up to 48 degrees from being frozen just six days prior. This due to the stained water warming much quicker than clear water.

With the water temps and the lake rising and all the dead shad that were trapped in the ice this has brought the crappie shallow and we are doing very well fishing about a foot to six-feet deep.

The colors on the north end we are using are your darker colors with chartreuse and some other dark color like red or black. We are using my 3/32 oz. Deep Ledge Jig and a shad body bait and fishing it very slow along any timber or rocks.

The south end is totally different. The clear water is only 40 degrees and the fish are still hiding where they did all winter. That is out on old river channel banks and on points leading into spawn coves. They are near any big brush pile suspended down about 12-15 feet in at least 20 feet of water. These are huge schools and you can get twenty to thirty or more from a school in no time. Lots of fun with the action. In that clear water we are using shad imitating colors like pearl or smoke color when the sun is out but darker colors when it is cloudy. Down there we are using my 1/4 oz. Deep Ledge Jig and swimming it back and forth over the top of this deep structure.

The Corp will be pulling lake back to winter pool soon so this stable bite on the south end is where you want to be then but for now take advantage of the shallow fish on the north end. They are the bigger white crappie that this lake has to offer.

Crappie is all I am fishing for right now so no report on walleye or white bass.



Quad County Hawg Hunters Chapter 17 of Muskies Inc. news by Duane Landmeier

Annual Seminar and Fundraising Seminar featuring Spencer Bermann speaking on patterning muskies
March 24, 2015 - Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Plano American Legion
210 E. Dearborn St. Plano, IL.
$8.00 Admission
Kids 12 and under free

Information: Duane Landmeier 815-286-7170
Bring a canned food item for a raffle to ticket to win a prize as many cans as you would like a ticket for each can.

Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader Deer Permit info from Chris Young, ILDNR

Resident hunters can apply now for first lottery drawings for 2015 Illinois Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader Deer permits online, or print out the application. Find links for the online application system and the application forms (PDF) here:  CLICK HERE

First lottery application deadline is 4/30/15.

Suburban Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

(Before the weekend, Husker wrote...) Hey Don, hard water is done on southern lakes. Shorelines opened up over the weekend and main pad is not stable. It's time to get boat ready. We may have open water by weekend.  (Then on Tuesday he said...)  We have open water today! Everything opened up yesterday, plus those winds overnight made any ice disappear.   Husker

Editor's Note:   Use extreme caution when going out on any of the existing ice.  Recently I heard ice has moved off Lake Michigan but before bringing a boat out.  Keep an eye on the winds that may bring ice (if it's still out there_ back to Illinois/Indiana shores.  

Niagara New York fishing report by Bill Hilts, Jr.

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – The gradual warming trend has served many local anglers well. Many of the creeks are flowing freely and when they start settling down they should have trout in them. At the top of the list is 18 Mile Creek, offering steelhead trout and the occasional brown from the dam to the beyond the stairs. The slow melt has given the water a decent stain, giving an added advantage for anglers looking to score on some fresh fish entering the system(s). Silver bullets were caught earlier this week and the action should continue until this weekend and into next. Best baits were jigs tipped with a wax worm or eggs according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott. Fish the jigs or eggs under a float, use the color that works best for the conditions. Brighter colors like pink or chartreuse work in the stained waters; white or black as the waters turn clear. Keg Creek was high and muddy earlier this week but it should start to settle down soon. There should be trout available. No word on any other tributaries. The ice is out of Olcott Harbor and a few casters have hit the piers already seeking out trout or an early Coho. Some pike are still hitting lures, but remember that the season is now closed until the first Saturday in May. No word on Wilson Harbor for ice fishing. Conditions must be deteriorating quickly though.
  2. Lower Niagara River – Trout action continues to be on fire for anglers taking advantage of the mild weather and relatively ice-free conditions in the main river. Minnows topped the list of favorite baits that also included Kwikfish, MapLips and egg sacs or single egg presentations and the water has a little more color to allow for more hook-ups. Brown trout are more likely downriver and on the Bar, proven by Capt. Matt Yablonsky in some trips this week; steelhead upriver and down, proven by Capt. Frank Campbell with some if his trips. A few lake trout are also being caught. Three-way rigs are the way to go to maintain contact with the bottom. Shore anglers have been picking up some trout but once again caution is advised with the melting shoreline ice. Spinners or spoons will work, as will eggs or egg imitations and fished under a float. Walleye season closed in New York waters on March 15. It is illegal to target them when the season is closed. Remember that the Niagara River Anglers Association will be holding its John Long Sr. Memorial Raffle and Feast at St. Vincent de Paul Hall on Military Road, Niagara Falls this Sunday, March 22 starting at 2 pm.
  3. Upper Niagara River – Not too much changed from last week other than there’s a bit more open water around. Ice fishing is still taking places on hard water like Buffalo Boat Harbor, but the ice is starting to dissipate. Most of the perch have been smaller. Remember that walleye and pike seasons are closed.

Bill Hilts Jr. - Director, Outdoor

Lake of the Woods MN fishing report by Joe Henry

Ice fishing continues for some resorts, others have pulled houses.  Rely and work through resorts.  Some resorts still transporting customers via ice transport.  In addition, here is an ice road report.  Conditions can change daily.  Cooler weather in forecast for this week.
Adrians...  Road open Monday to pickups and small 4 wheel drives, no wheel houses.  Tue and Wed, road closed to freeze up slop and potholes.  Plan now is for road open again Thursday.  Stay on marked trail.
Cyrus...  Using Morris Point road.  Pickups and ATV's.  No wheel houses.
Morris Point...Ice road in decent shape.  No wheel houses.  Pickups, small 4 wheel drives and ATV's.
Zippel Bay Resort...Road closed to vehicles and wheel houses.  ATV's and portables only.
Babbler's Road... 4 wheel drives trucks only, no wheel houses.
Long Point Resort...ATV's and collapsibles only, no vehicles.
Arnesen's Rocky Point...Moved houses closer, ice good where fishing.  Still ice fishing through week and possibly longer per conditions.
Young's Bay Resort (NW Angle)... Ice road closed to vehicles due to muddy / sloppy access point.  ATV's and snowmobiles only.  Snowmobile trail stakes on lake removed.  NW Angle Resorts doing pick ups with ice transportation.
Resorts monitoring ice daily.  Safety first.  Lake ice in decent shape where resorts are fishing.  Lots of resorts still on ice.  Bays getting sloppy.  Check with your resort if questions.Fishing has improved this week.  Mixed reports off of Pine Island with some good fishing coming in from 20 - 24'.  Morris Point area reports continued pike action as well as decent walleye bite in 26 - 28'.  Arnesen's and Long Point reporting better walleye fishing this week as well.  Some pike activity.On the Rainy River... The word is have your boats ready.  As of today (Monday), open water 5.5 miles east of Birchdale.  Open water showing in the middle of river in front of Birchdale.  Colder temps this week.  Keep posted to LOW Tourism Facebook and fishing reports on website.Up at the NW Angle, walleye action continues with mixed in jumbo perch.  Resorts still ice fishing.  Good morning / evening bite in 20-26' on south end of Oak Island.  Some fishing still on east side of Little Oak.  Picking away at fish during day.  Crappie action good on the Ontario side.  Pike anglers having success.  Use resort outfitters for safety.  Daily updates on Facebook at Lake of the Woods Tourism.  Lodging and river info at
Joe Henry -  Lake of the Woods Tourism -


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