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North West Wisconsin Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don, Weather so far in NW Wisconsin has been awesome. So has the fishing. Water temps are still on the cool side in the lower 60's. Largemouth Bass have been very good on senkos pitched to shoreline cover. Smallmouth have been very good on Erie darters and shadow raps on rock points. Top water in the evening for smallmouths have been fabulous. A Strike King KVD Sexy Dawg with the walk the dog action has been the bait of choice.

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team

Lake St. Claire Michigan Photos from Tony Renella

Tony Renella and his son Tyler and fishing buddy Guy Price fished Lake St. Claire in Michigan and did well on Bass and Stripers.  Check out the photos.

Riverside Fishing Club Swap Meet from Victor Mejias

Riverside Fishing Club's 6th Annual Swap Meet - Saturday August, 8th 2015
Set up at 7:00am • Doors open at 8:00am • Sales start @ 8:00am-Noon
American Legion Hall • 900 S. LaGrange Road, LaGrange, Illinois 60525
( NO sales of Firearms or Ammunition allowed )
*All sales are final and RFC is not responsible for any items sold.
*Fishing, Hunting, Boating and Camping related equipment only
Tables are $15.00 for non-members - $10.00 for members
(Limited Tables Available)
For more information or to reserve a table please contact OTTO: or call: 312-806-0540

Fishing, Hunting, Boating and Camping gear only.
FREE Admittance

Midwest Musky Club Swap Meet from Ray Thompson

Midwest Musky Club presents our annual SWAP MEET  - THURSDAY, JUNE 11 @7:30PM Alsip, IL.  Bring your old and new lures to sell or trade. Always a fun event. Come on out and join us at the Village Sportsman's Club in Alsip, IL.
Guests are always welcome and admission is FREE. Food is FREE and Domestic beer buckets are 6 for $14. Multiple raffles and split the pot every month. Our meetings start at 7:30PM. Food is usually out by 7 and beer is always available at the bar.
Thanks and Hope to see you there!

Village Sportsman's Club
5201 W. 115th Street
Alsip, IL 60803

 Mississippi River Report by John Campbell

I caught 10 pike that day and about the same amount of bass, all on a spinner bait.


I've been doing pretty good though this yr.

See Photos

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report by Steve Welch

The lake rose to five inches over summer pool and is now slowly going back to summer pool. The water temps have bounced from 70-77 with cold nights and warm days. The lake is very clear on south end and just slightly stained on the north end.

We are still pulling bottom bouncers and spinners for walleye and finding most of them in 8-15 feet of water on ledges. Some are getting them out in 20 or deeper. Various ways to catch them but patience is the key.

With no wind this past week the white bass have spread out and we are picking them up every now and then. We need wind to get them on a sharp ledge. The water is not hot enough to see them busting yet.

The crappie are getting back on deep summer structure but be prepared to move often. You will pick up a couple very quickly then the spot will dry up. We are getting most in twenty feet of water fishing over structure on minnows.

Steve Welch

Walleyes Unlimited Update 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

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. 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:  06/6/2015LAKE LEVEL: 408.20        AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 407.50     WATER TEMP:  71°F       The lake level is rising due to current rains.

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 of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Fish are on the move daily and resorters are hot on their tails. Great mix of slot walleyes and limits made of walleye and saugers. Some are headed across the lake to Stony, Garden, Knight, and Bridges Islands anchoring and jigging with a frozen shiner 19-21 feet. Those staying close are hitting up Lighthouse Gap 16-25, Morris wash-out 14-22, Graceton Beach 24-27, Zippel Rock 19-23, Long Point to Gull Rock Reef 20-28. On windier days all locations are great for pulling crawler harnesses and spinners. Hot colors are gold, pink, and white.

On the Rainy River, move in toward the shore lines 14-16 feet. Jigging with a shiner favored using gold, green, and orange. Fish the
mud flats by Wabanica, the International Bridge, the windsock by the resorts, or east between Timbermill Park and Clementson.
 Up at the NW Angle, awesome fishing continues.  Walleyes are moving a little deeper in the 18-22 foot range near Crow Duck, Little Oak, and Oak Islands. Sticking with the same bright colors jigging with a minnow is the way to go. Pike and small mouth bass have been active with flashy spoons near shallow bays. Fish full of insect larvae.  Starting to relate to reefs, about 1 week ahead of schedule.  Lodging and guides available,
Joe Henry, Lake of the Woods MN Tourism

Niagara NY Fishing Report by Bill Hilts

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries - It’s all about the wind right now. After consistent east wind on the lake, cold water is stacked along the shoreline as well as elsewhere. Your best bet is to head to the east or to the north to find active fish. Locating bait and some warmer water temperatures should both be important to finding some hungry fish. For the recent tournaments, spoon programs worked best. The second and final weekend for the Niagara USA Pro-Am Tournament on Lake Ontario held June 6-7 had a little bit of everything – including some last minute heroics that producing some exciting results for a few of the teams. Weekend two started out with a small craft advisory … again. Fishing teams held on for a late start on Saturday and fished until 6 pm. However, the fishing was tough. Sunday was a bit better and more fish came to the scales, but strategies were important. When the final fish was weighed in, it was the Oh Baby team from Plattsburgh winning the Trophy Division and 5 More Minutes winning the Classic Division for the weekend. In the Recreational Open, it was Blue Eyed Lady and Salmon Obsession winning the Saturday and Sunday events respectively. In the Niagara USA Challenge Cup for both combined tournaments, there was a two team tie for the $20,000 prize. Thrillseeker of Newfane and 5 More Minutes from West Monroe, NY tied for the big money, which meant that first and second place was combined and the overall total was split between the two competitors. They each earned a cup prize of $15,000 plus their tournament winnings for the weekend. In the Trophy Division, it was the Yankee Troller team from Rochester setting the pace between the two events to re-take the cup he earned in 2013 and a check for $4,000. For more information on the tournament check out The Wilson Conservation Club youth fishing contest is June 20th and it is a county-wide derby, with measuring to take place at the club located at Route 425, Wilson. Noon is usually the cut-off for getting those fish in. The Orleans County Open Tournament is this weekend out of Point Breeze, as well as the start of the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby for the summer. Check out for details.
  2. Lower Niagara River – The moss is starting to show up, but that hasn’t kept people from fishing yet. Shore fishermen in the gorge and off the fishing platform have been doing well on smallmouth bass. Remember that it’s still a catch and release season going on so you must use artificial baits and you can’t keep anything. Bass can also be found toward the mouth of the river. Look at casting tubes, spinners or jerk baits in 5 to 8 feet of water as some of these fish start to spawn. A few trout are still hanging around the river system, but it won’t be long before they are gone for the summer. Boaters are using three-way rigs baited with an egg sac, a minnow or a Kwikfish. Both steelhead and lake trout are being reported. Tip of the week comes from Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. If you see large baitfish this time of year, there’s a good chance that those fish are alewives … not smelt. A handful of people showed up last week to purchase dip nets and head down to Lewiston Landing to net at night thinking that the smelt finally showed up. Instead it produced a bucketful of alewives. They do make some great cut bait in Lake Ontario though!
  3. Upper Niagara River – Catch and release bass fishing has been decent throughout the river system. Remember you must use artificial baits if you are targeting bass this time of year. That changes on June 20 when the regular season opens. Great Lakes musky season opens on June 20, too. Kelly’s Korners in Niagara Falls has an opening day bass contest from 5 am to 4 pm that day. You must be signed up by June 19. Best two fish total weigh wins the prize money. For more information call 283-2040. DEC will be holding it annual youth fishing clinic this Saturday, June 13 from 9:30 am to 1 pm at Tifft Nature Preserve up in Buffalo. Kids 15 years of age and younger are eligible to attend. Remember that the City of Tonawanda Youth Fishing Contest is June 20 at Niawanda Park with registration starting at 7:30 am. Show up at the band shell on River Road. The Hooked on the Tonawandas fishing contest is set for June 27-28, the state’s Free Fishing Days weekend. For info go to or call the Tonawandas Chamber.

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

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