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Local Pond report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,  Bass continue to be very good on area lakes. The cold front that hit mid week pushed bass out from the shorelines to the outside weed edge. Downsizing was the key. Lite line and a 4 and a quarter inch senko in a camo pattern was the bait of choice.  TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team

Mazonia Report by Mark Stewart

1st time out too Mazonia Fish and Wildlife Area this year water levels are starting to drop with all the recent rains we been having. So I went out on the 4th of July Sat @ 11:30 caught this Big Girl @ 1:00 pm caught 3 more over 3 lbs 30 minutes earlier fished till 4:30 caught a total of 24 Bass the Big One went 4.20 I have a Fishers of Men Legacy Tournament out there on the 11th next Saturday Won both of them out there last year & Big Bass in both also. Have a good day Don.   See Photo

Walleyes Unlimited News by Bob Clark

Updated speaker information will always be posted at http://walleyesunlimitedusa.org/index.htm and click on the Speaker link.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015  Wisconsin Meeting: M-W Marine | 11901 W. Janesville Rd. Hales Corners, WI 53130 | Note location change for July only   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 | Note location change for July only

Speaker: Social Night with Brats & Burgers - No formal Speaker

Wednesday, August 8, 2015, 7:00 pm | Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129| Speaker: TBA at http://walleyesunlimitedusa.org/index.htm and click on the Speaker link.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:00 pm | Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Speaker: TBA athttp://walleyesunlimitedusa.org/index.htm and click on the Speaker link.

Big Cat Photos received from Ray Thompson
Ray said..   On Sunday, July 5, 2015 3:07 PM, Jim Hartley wrote: Big boy blues on dt -16 rapala.42.5" and a 34".   My neighbor Tom Norton.

Lake Geneva Fishing Club News by Bob Clark

Wednesday, 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 | Topic: Boat Maintenance & Rigging - Throughout the SeasonsWednesday, 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 | Topic: Geneva Bass - Tournament Winning StrategiesWednesday, September 9th, 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Will McClamroch | Lake Geneva Fishing Club Outings Director | Topic: Artificial Intelligence - Geneva Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass Strategies
Lake Geneva Fishing Club http://lakegenevafishingclub.com
Chicagoland Muskie Hunters news by Dean Rosset

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE  We meet the second Tues. of the month at Giuseppe’s La Cantina, 1062 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL. 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 or chicagolandmuskiehunters@hotmail.com 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 joepavs1@gmail.com 773-556-1038

July On the Water Meeting – July 11th, 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 – Thirsty Turtle - Located on the south west end of Channel Lake – 42273 N. Woodbine Ave #7 Antioch, IL. Contact Joe Pavilonis if you plan to be there joepavs1@gmail.com 773-556-1039

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 chicagolandmuskiehunters@hotmail.com.--SUBJ:muskie

Turtle Flambeau Flowage Report by Don Dz....
I just returned from the Mercer Wisconsin area after a week of fishing.  I'm showing a few photos here.   More will be in another blog post.
Fishing was good dispite a few days of cold, rain and wind.  Smallmouth bass were good around the islands. Strike King Ocho and ShimEStick Wacky worms worked  the bests.  Crappies were hanging around the cribs.  Slip bobber rigs with minnow held just above the cribs worked best.  Walleye were taking minnows on jigs but they were small.  I stayed at Yago's Retreat a really nice resport with beautiful, clean and comfortable cabins. www.anglersparadisemercer.com
Niagara NY Fishing Report by Bill Hilts1.       Lake Ontario and Tributaries – Action on the big lake has slowly been improving, with some bigger fish arriving on the angling scene for lake trollers looking for salmon and trout. In the Summer Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby, July 3 was the trigger for five fish to show up on the Salmon Division board, led by Michael Venti of Walworth with a 25 pound, 14 ounce fish. But like with most anything competitive, you have to be in it to win it. Joe Calvert of Oregon City, Oregon was trolling with Capt. Bob Cinelli of Newfane aboard the White Mule out of Olcott last Monday and he learned that lesson the hard way. He didn’t enter into the LOC contest and managed to reel in a 23-1/2 pound king while trolling between 150 and 210 feet of water with a spoon – his first salmon ever and it was first fish of the day. His wife Laurie caught the only lake trout and a small salmon. Joe’s brother and wife, Tom and Kathy Calvert from Lynchburg, Virginia, also caught some nice salmon and steelhead – their first trip on the Great Lake. Nine fish in four hours is a pretty good morning and they were impressed by what they experienced. With the exception of one salmon taken on a flasher and ITO fly, they were all enticed by trolling spoons in the top 70 feet of water. A second option in the lake right now is to head north 10 to 12 miles and target a mix of salmon and steelhead. The day before, Cinelli caught four Coho salmon as part of a mixed bag after heading out 11 miles. With an extra $1,750 per week riding on the biggest fish coming the scales, it’s worth the extra ducats to cash in with a big fish. Tom Calvert’s 10 pound steelhead would be on the board, too. Other leading LOC Derby fish include: A 23 pound, 14 ounce lake trout; a 14 pound steelhead; and a 15 pound 13 ounce brown trout. Check out www.loc.org for a current leaderboard. The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association has a couple of events coming up for club members, including the Curt Meddaugh Memorial Derby on July 17 and the King Salmon Tournament set for July 18 with the club picnic to follow. Check out www.lotsa.org for details. The next LOTSA meeting is this coming Thursday (July 9) at the 4-H Building of Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport starting at 7 pm. Guest speaker will be Capt. Pete Kelly talking Lake Erie walleye fishing.

2.       Lower Niagara River – Nothing changed too much from last week, although the moss really hasn’t been as much of an issue according to Capt. Joe Marra of Lewiston. Capt. Jake Joseph of Youngstown took contest winner James Findlay of Burlington, Wisconsin out recently. Using crayfish and shiners off three-way rigs, they produced 15 fish in quick order – mostly smallmouth bass, but including sheepshead and silver bass. Jim also brought his daughter Anne along and they had a grand time. Most of the fishing took place along the Coast Guard drift along Fort Niagara. According to Joseph, bass are stacking up in the river in 12 to 18 feet of water, which usually happens after a hard northeast blow. Keep that in mind the next time that happens on Lake Ontario. Best shore fishing spot has been the NYPA fishing platform where a mix of bass, sheepshead and silver bass are hitting live bait.

3.       Upper Niagara River and Erie Canal – The 25th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby is more than half over. Anglers have until Sunday to weigh in fish in any one of seven fish categories. Leading the way at the time of this report was Corey House of Middleport with a 2.51 pound bass; Brandon McKenny of Lockport with a 2.02 pound walleye; Anthony Ravas of Lockport with a 5.30 pound Northern pike; Joshua Woods of Ransomville with a 1.45 pound bullhead; Carleen Beback of North Tonawanda with a 10.57 pound catfish; Joe Henneberger of Tonawanda with a 21.41 pound carp; and Holly Sewar of Lockport with a 16.51 pound sheepshead. Check out the website at www.eriecanalderby.com for a current leaderboard. Three different tagged fish have been caught already. In the upper Niagara River, bass action continues to be good according to Mike George. Live bait like shiners are the best baits to use for smallmouth bass in the west river and around Navy Island. Also around Strawberry Island, where some walleye are also being caught. The head of the river is another good bass or walleye option.

Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions

Lake of the Woods MN fishing report by Joe Henry

The mayfly hatch happened on parts of the lake this week and has set fishing on fire! Lots of anglers catching limits of walleye and sauger. Trophy and picture worthy walleyes in the mix, usually deeper. Pine Island, Light House Gap, Graceton, and Zippel Bay have been good for jigging 25-30 feet. Long Point to Archie's Reef jigging 22-26'. Those pulling spinners have had luck in the same areas 10-15 feet. Knight and Garden Island reefs have also been good for pulling spinners 8-16 feet. Hot colors are pink, gold, and orange. Some resorts starting downrigging in similar areas.

On the Rainy River, sturgeon season opened July 1st. Strong currents call for more weight and more crawlers, but hit pockets around 22 feet. Anchor up and fish the bottom. Walleyes and saugers making anglers work a little harder on the river. Evenings best in 16-18 feet.
 Up at the NW Angle, walleyes actively filling limits along shorelines of islands. Try shallow depths of 14-16 feet. Jigging with leeches best.  Reefs in Little Traverse heating up on flat days. For pike and bass, bays and weed beds. Many muskies caught and released this week, some by walleye anglers.  For info on lodging and guides, go to www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

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