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Minneapolis MN Fishing Report by Don Dz...

At the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writer Conference in Minneapolis MN I had the opportunity to fish with Dave Genz out of an 8 inch hole in his boat.  Sound interesting?   To find out more CLICK HERE.

Rayjus Outdoors High School Fishing Tournament News

Excitement was running high for over 115 high school anglers from 20 schools from across Illinois at the DesPlaines Conservation Area on October 3, 2015. Rayjus Outdoors, Unique Bassmasters, Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation, and the Oak Lawn High School Spartan Fishing Team partnered together to present the 2015 Rayjus Outdoors – Oak Lawn Community High School Bass Tournament on the Kankakee/DesPlaines River.

A steady stream of teams began to arrive at the Conservation Area at 5:20am. As teams registered, each student angler received a gift bag from Rayjus Outdoors containing merchandise from Rayjus, Strike King, Rat-L-Trap, Shimano, and Crème Lures. All 33 boats were in the water by 7am and tournament began at 7:10am.

With morning temperatures in the upper 40’s and a light rain throughout the morning hours, student anglers braved through the wind and rain and fished hard.

Jake Korpics and Seung-Kook You of Streamwood High School won the tournament with a five fish limit, four smallmouth and one largemouth. Most of their fish came off a tiny black and blue jig. Korpics stated about the team’s 5th fish, “I caught that largemouth on a figure 8 with a swim jig. He missed it the first time and came back for it.” That bass made for a memorable day and propelled the team into a first place finish.

Maciek Chmielewski, from Hinsdale South, caught the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass of the tournament. Maciek recalled “I caught the fish near shore on a soft plastic. It hit hard and started pulling drag and I let it tire itself out before having my partner net it.” For his catch, Maciek was awarded a Bass Pro Shops XPS Stalker Backpack Tackle Bag courtesy of Bass Pro Shops, Bolingbrook, IL.

The top six finishing teams in the tournament were Streamwood, Minooka, Joliet Central, Morris, and Oak Lawn.

This tournament was also an Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship qualifying event. Congratulations to Minooka 2, Hinsdale South, Team Ciesliski, Minooka 1, and Momence.

The creature fish tournament winner was Shane Skeffington of Oak Lawn Community High School. While casting a worm, Shane caught a nice 15 inch walleye from shore.

Many people/organizations came together to make this tournament possible. A special thanks goes out to Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation, Unique Bassmasters, Rayjus Outdoors, and the Oak Lawn Community High School Fishing Team. If you would like to take part in next years tournament, please email Coach Kuchyt at
For more details and photos, CLICK HERE

Hi Guys-Moving right along. Halloween, Turkey, Santa then another fishing season!!

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset


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 Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, - join MI. All are welcome!  The Oct. 13th meeting speaker is Capt. Doug Kloet-Local and Southern Wisconsin guide and lure manufacturer.

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

Illinois Proposed Waterfowl Seasons and Zone Lines from Chris Young, IL DNR

Everyone, you can review the proposed waterfowl season dates and zone lines for the next five years on the IDNR Website:

A PDF of the proposal is here:

Chris Young - Communications Director
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Walleyes Unlimited Info by Bob Clark

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

Wednesday October 14, 2015 | 7:00 PM | American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Speaker: check website for info | Topic: TBA
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 7:00 PM | Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Speaker: check website for info | Topic: TBA

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | 7:00 PM | Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Speaker: check website for info | Topic: TBA

Wednesday November 25, 2015 7:00 PM | Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Speaker: Club Members | Topic: Customized Tackle Rigging
We appreciate your promotion of these events! If you need additional information, need an earlier deadline, or you prefer another format please let me know.

Best Regards, Bob Clark

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 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:  10/13/2015LAKE LEVEL: 406.09       AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 404.82     WATER TEMP:  66°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 Shelbyville Fishing Report by Steve Welch

The surface temps have bounced all over the place this past week and this week it is going to bring them up even higher. I am seeing 65-69 and the lake is gin clear with no rain in sight. The lake is about four-inches down from summer pool as well.

The bait is stacked in the coves mid lake to south end so we are bouncing from tree to tree fishing a slip bobber and minnow set anywhere from three-feet to fifteen-inches depending on the water depth. The water depths we are concentrating on are two-eight-feet. Moving is the key since you will only get a few crappie from each tree.

We are also using a 3/32oz. Deep Ledge jig under the cork with a Midsouth tube in some sort of chartreuse. We are also tight lining the jig over deeper brush.

We boated several limits of crappie this week so the fishing is pretty good and will get even better once the water temps fall into the fifties. Then the big white crappie will show up right now most of our limits are blacks. Crappie fishing is all we are doing for the remainder of the year.

Steve Welch

Lake Geneva Fishing Club info from Bob Clark

Wednesday, 14th, 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Club Member Expert Panel - Frank Miller, Jim Bloede, Ben Garvens, and Paul Beran |Topic: Recapping the 2015 Season - Successful Strategies and Techniques

Wednesday, November 11th, 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Awards Banquet, No Scheduled Speaker Note this is the last meeting of 2015; we will meet again in March, 2016

Bob Clark

Niagara NY Fishing Report by Bill Hilts, Jr.

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – A decent slug of salmon arrived on the scene in Olcott earlier this week, probably a trigger from the rain last weekend. Combining that we more rain and colder temperatures this week, it might just be enough to get more anglers out there to take advantage of the extra fish. It should spread some fishermen out, as well, because many of those fish have made it to Fisherman’s Park and Burt Dam according to Wes Walker and The Slippery Sinker. In addition, decent numbers of brown trout and a few steelhead have been available to casters working the waters from the dam to the stairs. Boat trollers or drifters have been picking up salmon and trout in some of the deeper holes closer to the harbor and pier casters are still picking up fish … when you can get out there. It has been a little tough with the recent winds blowing from the north. Wilson has also seen some fishing being caught off the piers and in the harbor. No reports from the creeks, but most of the creeks have been low and clear and we need some rain to change that condition. Hopefully that will be this week.
  2. Lower Niagara River – Not too much changed from last week except maybe a few less fish to target. Boat drifters are averaging a couple fish a day, bouncing fire red treated egg skein off three way rigs. A few steelhead are mixed in with the salmon and some lake trout are arriving on the scene, too, according to Capt. Jake Joseph. Capt. Jake also reports good numbers of bass and walleye swimming around for anyone who wants to try and target them. Worm harnesses for the walleye; bass shiners for the smallmouth. Shore fishermen are picking up a few fish off the NYPA fishing platform – salmon, trout and silver bass. In the gorge at Devil’s Hole and along Artpark a few trout are showing up for those casting spoons, spinners or using egg imitations like trout beads.
  3. Upper Niagara River – Bass fishing continues to be decent throughout the river. Live bait or tubes top the list of options. Musky action should improve as the waters cool and the weather this week should get those fish thinking. Shore anglers on Squaw Island (now called Unity Island) are reporting good perch action, but access is restricted to the north end due to construction.

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Good numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught around the lake. Jig and a emerald shiner the go to presentation. Gold, bubble gum or orange hot colors.  Stinger hook helpful for light biters. Big numbers of fish in front of the Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point Gap, Zippel Bay in 25-30'.  12 Mile Reef and Archie's Reef also producing. Some still headed to Knight, Bridges and Garden Islands in 25-31 feet. Trollers using crankbaits still producing with unseasonably warm temps.  Evening hours showing results in shallower water in gaps, Zippel Rock and Long Point area.

On the Rainy River, good amount of bait but with warm weather, walleye fishing has been so so.  There are some fish being caught in 4 Mile Bay and the Lighthouse Gap.  Mornings and evenings are best!  Colder weather should bring fish into river. Try 16-18 feet jigging or drifting during windier days. Pink, Orange, and gold hot colors tipped with minnow. Areas of Wheeler's Point, Wabanica Bay, and Baudette Airport best. Catch and release season for lake sturgeon in effect.

Up at the NW Angle, hot walleye action in a range of depth 15-26 feet jigging near Little Oak, Oak, and NW Point east of Garden Island. On the Ontario side, areas with current adjacent to deep holes best, Johnson's Passage still producing. Water temps in mid 50's. Crappie bite near Falcon and Firebag Islands jigging using gold/pink.  Nice muskies still being caught as water cools.  Lodging, guides and charter boats are available at

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

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