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Seminar News for DRiFT from Tom Steele

Hey Don, Tom Steele with DRiFT here, keeping you up to date on area events and happenings.  I hope the fishing is good where you are...

Special Guest Speaker - April Vokey - Fly Fishing Ambasador
Tue Nov 03, 2015  07:00 PM - Health Science Center (HSC), Room 1234

Though she wasnt born into a fishing family, April somehow entered this world genetically programmed to fish. Shes been on the water ever since. Today, when shes not guiding the fabled rivers of British Columbia, teaching fly tying and casting, writing about fishing and appearing in fishing films, April fights to protect wild fish. On her days off, she goes fishing

Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission

Fish ON,  Tom Steele  Director Marketing - DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers

Rend Lake Fishing Report from 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:  10/26/2015LAKE LEVEL: 405.71       AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 404.69     WATER TEMP:  60°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

Walleyes Unlimited Seminar Speaker News from Bob Clark

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

Wednesday Nov. 11: Walleyes Unlimited USA, Wisconsin Meeting, 7 p.m., American Legion Greendale Post 416, 6351 W. Grange Ave., Greendale, check website for speaker, topic TBA .

Wednesday, Nov. 25: Walleyes Unlimited USA, Illinois meeting, 7 p.m., Gurnee American Legion, 749 Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee, Speaker will be Club Members, topic Customized Tackle Rigging.

Wednesday Dec, 9: Walleyes Unlimited USA, Wisconsin Meeting, 7 p.m., | American Legion Greendale Post 416, 6351 W. Grange Ave., Greendale, check website for speaker, topic TBA.

Wednesday Dec. 30: Walleyes Unlimited USA, Illinois meeting, 7 p.m., Gurnee American Legion, 749 Milwaukee Ave.,Gurnee, Swap Meet, no speaker.

Saturday Jan. 16, 2016, Walleyes Unlimited USA, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ice Jamboree and Meat Raffle open to public, AJ's Bar & Grill, S90 W13970 Boxhorn Dr, Muskego.

Thursday to Saturday, Jan 28 -31, 2016, Walleyes Unlimited USA, Chicagoland Fishing travel & Outdoor Show, Schaumburg Convention Center, Booth 906, Schaumburg, IL.
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 - Secretary and Media Director - Walleyes Unlimited

Illinois Deer Archery report from the IL DNR

Through Monday, October 26, 2015, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 17,187 deer, compared to 15,610 for the same period in 2014.

Harvest  to date has consisted of 66% does and 34% males (11415; 5772).  Twenty-five percent of the harvest has been antlered bucks (4,334).  Top five counties are currently Pike (524), Fulton (480), Jefferson (464), JoDaviess (354), and Williamson (343).   A table of county results is attached.

Up-to-date archery harvest figures (for either deer or turkey) by county/state sites can be tracked on the web at

Paul Shelton, Manager, Forest Wildlife Program

Waterfowl Migration Reports from John Gordon - Avery Outdoors

Name: Brandon Geweke
Date: 10-19-2015
Location: Antioch Illinois
Weather: Sunny, Wind WNW 10-15 mph, 0 rain.
Snow Cover: 0
Water Conditions: Have not had any rain for two weeks. Water levels are down.
Feeding Conditions: 50% of fields have been harvested. Geese are feeding in cornfields.
Species and Numbers: Lots of geese in the area. Mallard count is down for our area, we need a new push of birds. Any ducks in the area seem to be local
Migrations: Hard pushes of geese. Some have left since the weekend
Season Stage: Opening day was last Saturday.
Hunting Report: Geese are being very receptive to the calls. Two 5-man limits of honkers this past weekend
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Ryan Eder
Date: October 20, 2015
Location: Lindenhurst, IL
Weather: Clear, 65-70 degrees, no rain.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: All water is open, some fields holding rain from previous weeks but that is depleting.  Recent frost overnight causes small ice layers early A.M.
Feeding Conditions: more and more food available each day as harvest continues; beans, corn
Species and Numbers: Seeing a slight decrease in mallards, but Canada geese are here in very large numbers (thousands per feed).
Migrations: Geese are moving!
Season Stage: Just opened in IL.
Hunting Report: Shot 16 birds Saturday in flooded wheat field (10 geese, 6 ducks) and then shot 5 geese and 2 ducks Sunday in the same spot.
Gossip: Large goose feeds in fresh harvested cornfields (and beans). Birds are also staging on the inland lakes. Not seeing as much duck activity in our area this week but geese are everywhere.

Lake Shelbyville report by Steve Welch

The white crappie have moved into the deeper brush and we are flat out hammering them on jigs. Gone are the minnow rods and the triple seat is in for three of us to hover over deep brush and catch one after another. I have had days this past week when we boated over 100 easily.

We are using my 1/8,3/16 and 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jigs depending on how windy it is and how deep we need to get into the thick brush. On sunny days the slow falling 1/8oz. is getting the nod as we are fishing up and over the deep brush and these fish are hammering it on the fall. On cloudy days we are using the heavier jigs and getting it right down in the brush and holding them very still. With the big 1/4oz. jig and the braided line you think a big bass just hit your line they thump it so hard.

We are fishing anywhere from 10-15ft. down in water depths of 20 or so. We are radically jigging your bait up and down to entice a hit on the fall. Then settling in and holding it very still alongside deep branches.

Even on bright sunny days and fairly clear water we are using a white jig head with either an orange and chartreuse or pink and chartreuse or plain chartreuse glow Midsouth tube. On dark days we are using the same colors for tubes but changing the jig to orange.

Water temps have bounced all over the place this week and settled in at about 62.

With the jig bite going strong you will now start to see some real big whites caught in these next few weeks and plenty of fish since November is the best jigging month we have.

For a more up to date daily fishing report refer to my Illinois Fish Talk Forum and feel free to join up.

Steve Welch Crappie Specialties

 Niagara NY Fishing Report by Bill Hilts, Jr.      Lake Ontario and tributaries – Like the saying goes, be careful what you ask for – you just might get it! The rain at mid-week should make a huge difference with fish runs –both salmon and trout – in the tributaries. We needed water to bring more fish in, especially to the smaller tributaries that have been low and clear if there was any flow at all. Hopefully that will make a difference in places like Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek; 12 Mile Creek in Wilson; and smaller streams like 4 Mile and Keg. The much-needed rain should bring both flow and color to the water. This weekend should be a great time to wet a line in the Lake Ontario tributaries. Fish should also be available in the lower stretches and in the harbors of Wilson and Olcott. In addition to salmon and trout, pike and perch, as well as bass, should also be available. Plans are in place for the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Assn. Salmon School, set for Jan. 23, 2016 at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. In addition, the Lake Ontario Marketplace will be held on Jan. 24 at the same venue. Go to the LOTSA website at to find out more details or to register for either (or both) events. 

2.       Lower Niagara River –Action was pretty good for trout the past week … as well as monster smallmouth bass. Capt. Jeff Draper of Grand Island has taken some lunker smallies on Kwikfish that have tipped the scale around 6 pounds earlier this week, fishing the Niagara Bar area. The salmon run seems to be all but over in Devil’s Hole with an occasional king or coho being reported. However, those fish are being replaced by trout – steelhead and lake trout. Remember that lake trout season is closed. Don’t rule out the occasional brown trout either – if you fish in the right places. A recent study this week conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources on baitfish found smaller smelt in tight to the shoreline. Also showing up in those same nettings were brown trout in the 12 to 15 inch range, with a few bigger ones mixed in. They were in waters as shallow as three foot. Musky season will continue through Dec. 15 in the lower river and Lake Ontario and don’t rule out these waters for some nice fish.


3.       Upper Niagara River – Bass fishing continues to be good throughout the river system and there has been a little uptick in musky action, too, as water temperatures have dropped into the mid-50s. Kwikfish, live bait, tubes and spinners will all work for you to take bass. Dr. John Syracuse was out last week with Pastor Dave Emmons and took a 5 pound smallie on a black rubber worm. They also took more than a dozen nice fish, using a variety of baits. If you want to find out what’s going on with the musky fishing, attend the next Niagara Musky Assn. meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Eldridge Club, 17 Broad Street in Tonawanda. Guest speaker will be DEC fisheries biologist Chris Legard. The meeting starts at 7 pm.


Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Great fishing continues on the big lake with a jig and a emerald shiner the go to presentation. Gold with chartreuse or orange and bubble gum the hot colors.  Stinger hook helpful for light biters. Big numbers of fish north of the Lighthouse Gap in 21-25'.  Anglers also finding walleyes in front of Morris Point, Zippel Bay, and near Twin Islands.  Evening hours showing results in shallower water in gaps, Zippel Rock and Long Point area.

On the Rainy River, the strong run of walleyes has not yet happened.  There are some fish being caught but not in big numbers.  Mornings and evenings are best!  Colder weather should help bite. Try 16-18 feet jigging or drifting during windier days. Orange, and gold mixed with bright color the ticket tipped with minnow.  Sturgeon fishing good.  Some walleye anglers hooking into sturgeon.  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 Oak Island, Rabbit Ears, Hay Island and NW Point east of Garden Island. On the Ontario side, areas with current adjacent to deep holes best. Walleye and crappie bite excellent.  Lodging, guides and charter boats are available at

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

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