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Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,  The frog bite had really taken off on area lakes that have substantial weed growth. Evening has been better for numbers than morning, but bigger fish have been showing up in the morning hours. Spro frogs because of their casting distance has been the best choice.  Trimming the legs and bending the hooks out have helped the landing percentage.  TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team

LaSalle Lake Report by Jim Hartley

Don,  Nothing to report on LaSalle Lake this week due to poor weather and high winds.  You may want to report to your readers this.  May be wise to call the ranger station before departing to the Lake.( 815-357-1608). If the ranger does not answer you will get a recording with the daily update on the boat launch. Per the ranger yesterday, Boat Launches will not open should the winds exceed 12MPH.

Personally I believe this is a little too cautious, but there was a recent drowning at the site in a small 14’ watercraft. I also believe the DNR should enforce a minimum boat size of 16’ for this lake, but these are just my opinions.  JIM

Your Deer Hunter Survey Closes June 9 

Everyone, just a reminder that the survey on bag limits for deer taken by archery hunters closes June 9. You can read about that and other proposed deer hunting rule changes here:

You can access the survey directly at:

Chris Young - Communications Director
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

We meet the second Tues. of the month at the ? 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—847-256-322. Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, - join MI. All are welcome! NO July VFW meeting. On- the-water Sat Contact: Joe Pavilonis  773-556-1038

New Date:  Bilka Blowout -  June 13th, 2015
Where – Fox Chain of Lakes, IL
Time – 5am – 11am will be the fishing hours.

If it happens to be a rainy day or little boating traffic occurs then the hours may be extended into the afternoon.  Lunch – 11:30am – Sandbar - Located on the south end of Lake Marie -40870 N. Douglas Rd Antioch, IL.
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      
Note: The next meeting is August. Place TBA.


Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welch

The lake is very stained on the north end from the heavy rains of Saturday night. The water temps have fallen slightly to 70 and the lake should really be rising over the next few days since some of the area towns got five-inches of rain.

We are fishing primarily for walleye and white bass. For the walleye we are pulling spinners and bottom bouncers. 1 & 1/2 oz. bottom bouncers with a single hook spinner that I make myself much shorter in length to allow us to work through stump fields on edges of flats. Wind is the key to finding both the walleye and the white bass. On days the lake is flat the whites just disappear but you can still get some walleye they are just deeper. When the wind is blowing up onto a flat the whites push the shad up against the break and both the walleye and the white bass go on a feeding frenzy. We just pull back and forth through the huge schools of whites and then the walleye are close by.

We are also marking off the big schools of whites with a buoy and staying back and throwing my Candystriper into them with a light hair jig tied a foot above it so you can get two at a time. This is a ball and a change of pace over pulling spinners. Just allow the Candystriper to go to the bottom and then rip it up and let it free fall back. If that does not work then try letting it go to the bottom then reel it as fast as you can for five cranks then let it fall back to the bottom. On days that the wind has them schooled up we are cleaning over a hundred so I would say the white bass are really back.

The crappie are out on main lake summer structure like points or ledges suspended over deep brush. They are not bunched up on them so get a couple fish and be prepared to move. Minnows on a slip bobber are your best bet and sunny days are much better than cloudy.

Steve Welch

Walleyes Unlimited News by Bob Clark

Updated speaker information will always be posted at and click on the Speaker link.

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

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:00 pm | Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Speaker: Bob Graham 2014 Club Champion Walleyes Unlimited USA | Topic: Road to the 2014 Club Championship

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:00 pm | Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Speaker: TBA

Wednesday, July 8, 2015Wisconsin Meeting: M-W Marine | 11901 W. Janesville Rd. Hales Corners, WI 53130
Speaker: Boat Night & Fish Fry - No formal Speaker

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | Illinois Meeting: Fox Lake American Legion Grounds |703N. US Highway 12 | Fox Lake, IL 60020
Speaker: Social Night with Brats & Burgers - No formal Speaker

Best Regards,  Bob Clark - Secretary and Media Director - Walleyes Unlimited

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray

LARGEMOUTH BASS Good 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  Good 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  Excellent 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:  06/1/2015LAKE LEVEL: 408.19        AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 407.60     WATER TEMP:  69°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.

Lake Geneva Fishing Club News by Bob Clark

Please see the attached for information on Lake Geneva Fishing Club Activities. The club appreciates any publicity you provide so that the fishing and outdoor community will be aware of the club's activities.

Sunday, June 7, 2015 | 9 AM to 2 PM | Kid's Day - Free Fishing Weekend | Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva, WI

Wednesday, June 10 th,  6:30 PM | C | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Carl Kaufman | Carl Kaufman Guide Service | Topic: Early Season Geneva Bass Techniques

Wedensday, July 8th, 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Rick Fry Presented by Cabela's Boat Centers | Boat Mainteneance & Rigging - Throughout the Seasons
Wednesday, August 12th, 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Dave Kranz | Dave's Bait, Tackle & Taxidermy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Thanks for your help,  Bob Clark - Speaker/Media Liaison
Lake Geneva Fishing Club

Niagara NY Fishing Report by Bill Hilts Jr.

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – May … it was the best of times. June … it was the worst of times. The super hard northeast wind last Sunday messed the lake all up and the cold water is everywhere. East wind most of the week was still creating problems. Your best bet will be to seek out warm water discharges like the Niagara River, off other rivers and creek mouths or head out deep for stable water – those seem to be your only options for salmon and trout. Combine that with the fact that Pro-Am tournament teams are not sharing information with the high stakes this weekend and you are pretty much on your own if you are heading out onto the lake. In a weather-shortened, fishing-challenged contest, it was Team Thrillseeker led by Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane who rose to the top of the 12-fish Classic Division and Yankee Troller and Capt. Rich Hajecki of Rochester setting the pace in the five-fish Trophy Division as the 31st Annual Niagara USA Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament held its first weekend of competition May 30-31 out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott. It set the stage for an exciting second weekend of action June 6-7 for round two with a tight field of 28 teams vying for nearly $100,000 in prize money between the two weekends. The tournament has a long history of exciting fishing contests and challenging conditions. This year involved its own kind of challenges, first with the fact that an east wind on Friday changed the lake fishing entirely. Strong southwest wind on Saturday moved things back around again, forcing teams to change strategies. Rounding out the top seven were: Vision Quest, Runnin’ Rebel, Free Spirit, Mother Moose, 5 More Minutes, and White Mule. In the Trophy Division, what competitors call the “short box,” the best five fish are weighed in separately. Leading the way was the Yankee Troller team with a total score of 122.71 points. They won $2,500 for their efforts. It was another tight race with first through seventh place separated by just 13 points. Second place was Thrillseeker; followed by Screamer (last year’s big Trophy Division winner), Hideout, Tall Tails, Shark and Vision Quest. Big fish was a 21 pound king salmon caught by Black Jaw. In the Recreational Open Division for Saturday, Tom Pearse of Grand Island and the Summer School Team won the day with a three-fish score of 74.70 points. They also earned Big Fish honors with an 18.26 pound king salmon. The total prize package was a check for $650, a Scotty downrigger, a Moor Subtroll unit and a variety of lures and subscriptions from sponsors. For more information on the tournament check out In the harbors of Wilson and Olcott, warm water fish are turning on including bass, pike, perch and other panfish. Carp are available, too. Things are finally starting to settle down after the record-breaking rainfall last Sunday. The Summer Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby is set to kick off next Saturday, the same dates as the Orleans County Open Tournament, both slated for a June 13 kickoff.
  2. Lower Niagara River – River action was decent for a mixed bag of fish, but the dreaded moss is starting to rear its ugly head. John Antone of Lewiston fished in Devil’s Hole and caught 12 smallmouth bass using a Cabela’s Blue No. 4 spinner in the morning. He repeated the effort in the afternoon/early evening. He also hooked into a musky who won that battle. Remember that musky season opens the third Saturday in June. Joe Oliverio was dragging a three-way rig around the river and catching a mixed bag of trout and other species. Things will slow down even more when the moss becomes more of a nuisance.
  3. Upper Niagara River – Not too much has changed from last week with a mixed bag of fish being reported – walleye, bass, pike and a mix of panfish. No reports on the Erie Canal but there are a few big fishing contests coming up – the Hooked on the Tonawandas set for June 27-28 and the Erie Canal Fishing Derby kicking off on July 1. Another big event is the City of Tonawanda Youth Fishing Derby on June 20 out of Niawanda Park in Tonawanda. Just show up around 7:30-8 am.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Fishing Lake Ontario by Niagara NY will be on Illinois Outdoors TV, July 4, 2015 at 8 AM on Comcast Cable, CH 138.

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Anglers reporting a good mix of eaters and slot walleyes this week using a variety of methods. Anchoring and jigging is favored.  When it's windy,spinners are the go to method.  The mud flats outside of Pine were good in 15-22 feet. Pine Island to Zippel Bay had walleyes in 24-30. Long Point over to 12 Mile Reef had numbers in the 19-22 foot range. Those that headed north to the reefs got lucky in 16-21 feet. Hot colors were gold, chartreuse, or pink.

On the Rainy River, smallmouth bass and northern pike very active with walleyes in the mix as well. Best bite in 17-20 feet jigging with a minnow or frozen shiner on pink or gold. On cloudier days with less clarity try shallower waters in 14-16 feet.

Up at the NW Angle, good fishing continues with mixed bags of fish.  Walleyes and pike very active in 20-25 feet near Oak Island and Blackbird Island or the west side of Garden using gold or orange. Perch are spawning and the smallmouth bass are in the shallows as well.  In Ontario waters, numerous spots producing as well.  Try Falcon Island in 25 feet for walleye and crappies.  For more info on lodging and fishing, go to

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism |

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