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Walleyes Unlimited News by Bob Clark

Walleyes Unlimited USA – May/June, 2015 Update
Upcoming Meetings and Event Dates
Visit our updated monthly speaker line-up our site at:

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Speaker: John Trossen of The Pier, Lake Geneva, Wi
Topic: Lake Geneva Effective Multi – Species Techniques

Sunday June 7, 2015 | Richard Bong Recreation Area | WI Hy 142 | Kansasville, WI | 9:30 am – 2:30 pm | Free Fishing Weekend | Drop in to fish with Walleye's Unlimited USA

Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Speaker: Bob Graham Walleyes Unlimited USA 2014 Club Champion
Topic: Road to the Championship
Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA

Wisconsin Meetings - 2nd Wednesday of each month
Greendale American Legion
6351 W. Grange Avenue.
Greendale, WI 53129
The post is located close to downtown Greendale and the Southridge Shopping Mall

Illinois Meetings - Last Wednesday of each month
Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL  60031
2 miles east of Gurnee Mills on Grand Ave. (Rt. 132)
Near the intersection of Milwaukee Ave. (Rt. 21)
Guests always welcome | Guest Fee is only $5.00 | Meetings begin at 7:00 PM sharp.
Visit our web site at:
Contact us if you have any questions at:

2014 Club Officers
President – Steve Kappel | Vice President – John Ansell | Treasurer - John Zegar| Secretary – Bob Clark

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordry

LARGEMOUTH BASS Fair Worms, black and blue jigs, minnows, and spinner baits. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam. 14” minimum length limit, 6 daily creel limit. 1 fish daily creel limit in PONDS 14” minimum length.
CRAPPIE Good Jigs are working well. Quarter-Ounce pink and white tub jigs. Small & Medium Minnows. Meal worms. Lately, many fishermen have been fishing in the bushes.  Fish the main lake drop off areas.  Try the Gun Creek Area. From shore fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky,  Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. 25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer
BLUEGILL Fair Crickets, worms, wax worms, meal worms, small jigs. Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. From shore try Sailboat Harbor. 10 fish daily creel limit in PONDS. 
CHANNELCATFISH Good Sonny’s stink bait, Hoss’s Hawg Bait, leeches, night crawlers, and large minnows. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area. Set line 3-4’ from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water.  Drift fish the flats. 6 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.Jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.
WHITE BASS Fair Jig and curly tail grubs, inline spinners. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around along the rocks and dropoffs. Reports of fish being caught around  the 154 bridges. 20 fish creel limit.No more than 3 fish 17” or longer daily
Information as of:  05/04/2015LAKE LEVEL: 409.07        AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 408.18     WATER TEMP:  62°F

Use of a minnow seine, cast net, or shad scoop for bait collecting within 1000 yards downstream of the Rend Lake dam and spillway is prohibited.

Maps of the Fish Attractor tree locations along with GPS readings are available at the Rend Lake Corps of Engineers Project Office.  Contact Randy Cordray for more information at (618) 724-2493.  In order to maintain a cleaner recreation area, anglers and bow fishermen fishing below the dam are asked to return dead rough fish to the water.

LaSalle Lake Fishing Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,  Hit LaSalle this past Friday. Picture perfect day for Lasalle. Water temps were in the 50's when we launched in the morning. Made the run to the third pool only to find water temps in the upper 80's and lower 90's. So the goal was to find water temps in the lower 70's to mid 70's. That's were our success was at. It was a multi species day of largemouth and smallmouth bass, drum, whites, and plenty of catfish! Fish were caught with crankbaits, twitch baits, pitching plastics, and drop shotting. Drop shotting gulp was the most productive method of the day. By the time we pulled out at the end of the day, water temps at the launch were in the upper 70's. Attached is the best smallmouth of the day.

On area lakes, bass are starting to bed. Pitching senkos was the best method to catch this fish along with a stealth approach.

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

We meet the second Tues. of the month at the Park Ridge VFW (Higgins and Canfield) at 7:30pm. Come join us——The Chicagoland Muskie Hunters (03) chapter of Muskies Inc. Meetings feature top speakers, fishing reports, favorite lake presentations by our members, muskie info sharing, door prizes and raffles. All are welcome!! Contact Dean—847-256-9322 Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, - join MI. All are welcome! The May 12 meeting speaker is the always interesting and informative Sean Bermingham who will talk about lure modification!!!

The Chicagoland Muskie Hunters full color Newsletter with color fish catch pictures, catch data, articles, info re meetings and outings is available to you. To receive this free Blue Ribbon column and to learn more about our chapter and Muskies Inc.--contact       Dean

Youth Outdoors Festival info by Chris Young, IL DNR

Youth and families are invited to a free event to enjoy hands-on activities and learn about outdoor recreation and outdoors skills at the 14th annual “Links to the Future” youth outdoors festival on Saturday, May 16 at Wolf Creek State Park on Lake Shelbyville.

The “Links to the Future” festival features fishing, casting contests and fly fishing demonstrations, trap shooting, archery, slingshot shooting, geocaching, and other outdoors skills activities.  Demonstrations are also planned on falconry, wildlife, dog training and chainsaw carving.

“This festival is one of the largest free outdoors events for youth held anywhere – all with the idea of linking kids and families to our outdoors heritage,” said Richard Glazebrook, site superintendent at Wolf Creek State Park and Eagle Creek State Recreation Area. “Those of us who enjoy camping, fishing, hunting and the outdoors want to share the excitement of outdoor activities with kids.  We want to link youth to the fun of the outdoors – and that’s what this popular festival is all about.”

Activities are scheduled from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. For more information on the “Links to the Future” festival, call the Eagle Creek/Wolf Creek site office at (217) 756-8260 or email Richard Glazebrook at Individuals or organizations interested in assisting event organizers should also contact the site office.

Illinois Conservation Foundation News from Chris Young, IL DNR

Illinois hunters and anglers have raised $726,000 for youth hunting and fishing programs since 2006.  This year’s license renewals pushed total donations past the $726,000 mark, and well on the way to a goal of $1 million raised, hopefully sometime in 2019. When licenses are purchased, individuals are asked to make a $5 donation for the Illinois Conservation Foundation.

“Our long-time supporters know that the ICF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating youth about the outdoors,” said ICF Executive Director Eric Schmidt. “We couldn’t do this without the support of so many hunters and anglers who have a vested interest in making sure our children have the same outdoor experiences as we did growing up.”

“Hunters and anglers already support our conservation efforts through their purchases of licenses and stamps,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Wayne Rosenthal. “I’m not surprised that our sportsmen and women have stepped up again to fund the Foundation’s important work to educate the next generation of conservationists.”

As the charitable partner of the IDNR, the ICF serves more than 6,000 children annually at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center (TYCEC) outside of Rockford, where kids are introduced to hunting, camping and nature observation and sustainability on site, often for the first times in their lives.

Youth hunting education around the state includes mentored experiences with deer, turkey, duck, pheasant, dove, goose and squirrel hunts. These hunts are often in partnership with other organizations, such as Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Pheasants Forever.

This spring, thanks to several donors, the ICF will have a brand new fishing pond at the TYCEC. The IDNR will help to fully stock this pond so children who visit the property will have a chance to learn about and experience catch-and-release fishing. Education can also be taken off the property anywhere in the state with the Torstenson Education Station, a mobile classroom equipped with a myriad of hunting and fishing gear available for children to get hands-on experience with.

With a mission of inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders and outdoor sportsmen and women, the ICF uses all funding to support programs such as the ones above. You can learn more about the ICF at Most licenses are renewed in April, May and June. When you go online or to your favorite retailer to renew your fishing license, please consider making that $5 donation to the ICF.

For more information on the ICF, or to arrange individual or corporate support for ICF educational and other programs, contact the Foundation at 217-785-2003 or online at

Boulder Junction WI News

The Boulder Junction Town Wide Garage Sale is taking place Memorial Day Weekend - Friday, May 22 thru Sunday, May 24.  Sale hours and days vary by individual location.  Find that treasure you have been looking for, everything from antiques, toys, clothes, sporting goods, household items, and furniture.  Stop in to the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce beginning Wednesday, May 19 to pick up your map to the sales around town.  Sale listings and the map will also be available on the week of the sale.  For more information contact the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, 715-385-2400.

Lake Geneva Fishing Club News 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 members along with expert fishing and electronics professionals.
Wednesday, May 13th – Jim Tostrud | Wildlife
Tips & Techniques on Targeting Geneva Slab Crappies

Jim Tostrud is an accomplished Hunter, Fisherman, Wildlife Artist and Video Producer. He grew up fishing Lake Geneva for most species that swim in the lake.

Jim provides fishing guide services on Southeast Wisconsin's finest fisheries, specializing on Lake Geneva.  He grew up fishing on Lake Geneva and has over 30 years’ experience finding the big ones

Jim's’ favorite species are the large pan fish, ie; bluegill, crappies, perch or pumpkin seed sunfish. He relishes seeing his clients experience a great time on the water. While he enjoys sharing time on the water with people of all ages Jim really loves family trips and turning the kids on to our great sport of fishing.

Jim is also a nationally recognized wildlife artist and the Host of WILDLIFE VISIONS OUTDOORS TV SHOW. Learn more about Wildlife Visions at

Kids Day | Sunday, June 7, 2015 | Bigfoot Beach State Park | Lake Geneva, WI  Hours: 9am-2pm
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!

Wednesday, June 10th – Carl Kaufman | Carl Kaufman Guide Service
Early Season Geneva Bass Techniques

A day on the water with guide Carl Kaufman is a learning experience as he demonstrates techniques in bait selections, presentations, and reading conditions on the water. Use of spinning and casting gear is taught to the novice and fine-tuned for the more experienced fisherman. Whether it is pursuing bass, walleye, pike or any other Midwest species, your day on the water will be well spent

Carl is among the list of guides recommended by Steve Sarley Shaw Media Outdoor Writer. Sarley writes … Kaufmann perfectly defines the word “gentleman.” He is truly one of the nicest guys in the business. Kaufmann is superb at finding big bass and pike on both Lake Geneva and Lake Delavan. If one is off, the other is usually on, so Carl’s knowledge of both of them gives him a big edge. Kaufmann is great with kids and first-timers and nobody works harder to make sure that you catch fish.

Kaufman fishes many of the prime waters of the Midwest including the Great Lakes. A multi-species fisherman, Carl has caught countless smallmouth bass exceeding 5 lbs. including one over 7 lbs., well over 100 walleyes exceeding 8 lbs. including one that weighed 14 lbs., and he has landed several large muskies including one that measured 50 in.

Kaufman is a Past President and Club Champion of Walleyes Unlimited USA, and a MWC Tournament Champion. Carl has been a well renowned Seminar Speaker for many years; we are extremely privileged to have him speak at the Lake Geneva Fishing Club this year.

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 at:

2015 Club Officers
President – Mark O’Neill | Vice President – Scott Fricke | Treasurer – Jim Cunningham | Secretary Ben Garvin



Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

The Lake of the Woods MN walleye opener is this Saturday, May 9th! Same limit as last year includes a combined limit of 6 walleyes and saugers, with up to 4 of those walleyes.  Anglers can keep walleyes under 19.5" and one walleye 28 inches and over per day.  Check MN DNR for specifics.

Rainy River sturgeon fishing is still going strong. The keep one season continues through May 7th, then it is catch and release through May 15th. Low water levels are keeping sturgeon in the deeper holes with some current. Use a 2 ounce no roll sinker with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook with a gob of crawlers bottom fishing near these deeper pockets.

Northern Pike season is open all year. Anglers have had luck casting with spoons and crankbaits in depths of 3-10 feet. Anglers who are bobber fishing are using dead smelt or a cisco for bait with a treble hook with a spinner. Reports of many keeper pike under 30" and a handful of trophies over 40".  Info on lodging, charters and the entire area at

Joe Henry - Executive Director, Lake of the Woods Tourism


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