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2016 Hobie® Bass Open Announced Today by Ingrid Niehaus

Hobie announces that the third annual Hobie Bass Open, presented by Kentucky Lake Convention Visitor’s Bureau, will take place at Kentucky Dam Village State Park, June 4-5, 2016. The Open will be one of a series of U.S. and Canadian qualifying events for the 2016 Hobie Fishing Worlds Vl. The first place winner will not only take home the crown, cash and prizes but will also be invited, along with the second place winner, to join Team USA at the World’s next fall.

The event is a catch, photograph and release (CPR) tournament where anglers measure and photograph their top three bass during each of the two days, to be scored by total aggregate length. Eligible species include largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass on human powered kayaks. Anglers are invited to register for the event by logging onto .

A Hobie Fun Fest consumer event will be held simultaneously off the Kentucky Dam beach.  Hobie invites all competitors as well as the general public to bring their family and friends and join in the festivities that will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5.  Fun seekers will have the opportunity to demo Hobie Islands, kayaks and SUP’s.

The complete schedule of qualifying events together with a date and location for the World’s Vl will be announced over the next few months and posted on

Take Precautions to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Cabins, Boats and Campers From the IL DNR

The Illinois Conservation Police remind hunters, boaters, and campers to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) produced by portable heaters and generators. As the weather cools, outdoorsmen and women often rely on portable heating devices to stay warm during fall hunting and fishing trips. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) urges the use of carbon monoxide detectors in enclosed spaces and recommends equipment be inspected to be sure it is operable prior to use.

“Carbon monoxide detectors should also be used on your boat, cabin or in your camper. CO is colorless and odorless, and often isn’t detected until it’s too late,” said Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez.

On Nov. 7, a man was hospitalized for CO poisoning after spending the night on his boat docked just off the Illinois River in Jersey County. The victim was taken by ambulance to Jersey Community Hospital and later airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital. He is expected to survive. The man’s boat had a leaky exhaust system, and the CO detector was not functioning due to a loose fuse connection.

Many carbon monoxide deaths occur during colder months when windows and doors are locked up at night leaving little or no ventilation inside.

Carbon monoxide accidents can happen in boat cabins because, in most cases, these areas are small enclosures, but there are other places where precautions need to be taken. Small hunting cabins, campers, and hunting blinds where a kerosene heater or internal combustion engine may be used for warmth are also places where people need to take precautions. In cabins or campers that have not been used recently, check vents for leaves, nests or other obstructions.

Illinois Conservation Police offer the following tips when using heating devices:

  • Make sure your equipment such as generators, internal combustion engines, or any heater that burns petroleum products are vented and maintained properly.
  • Always have a working carbon monoxide detector in any enclosure where people will be.
  • Always use replacement parts or components intended solely for the equipment being used.
  • Make sure the area you are in is ventilated at all times.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 400 people die each year in the United States from carbon monoxide poisoning, while thousands more are sickened by the gas. More than 4,000 are hospitalized. Many victims are overcome in their sleep, unaware of the elevated carbon monoxide levels in their homes.

Deer Report from Kankakee River State Park and Carroll Countyfrom Mark Stewart

Wednesday night I received a call from my friend Jason Capps, that he took a Big Buck and needed help getting it out of the woods, took us over 2 1/2 hrs out @ Kankakee State Park. Took it to Cliffs Taxidermy in Plainfield.  It's the Biggest one brought in so far this season.

Here's my 3 Deer.  The Buck was taken Opening Day.  And the Doe's were taken on October 29th about 4 minutes apart.
Shot the 1st Doe and the second one came by and sniffed the arrow that went threw the 1st one Don, 27 yards. Carroll Co.

Rend Lake Fishing Report from Randy Cordray








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.



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



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.




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.



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 aroundthe 154 bridges.

20 fish creel limit.

No more than 3 fish 17” or longer daily

Information as of:11/09/2015


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.

Waterfowl Migration report from John Gordon, Avery Outdoors

Name: Ryan Eder
Date: November 3, 2015
Location: Lake County, IL
Weather: Clear, 65-70 degrees, warmer weather.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: All water is open, some fields holding rain from previous weeks but that is depleting.Warmer weather has dried up the fields.
Feeding Conditions: More and more food available each day as harvest continues; beans, corn.
Species and Numbers: Geese are showing up in larger flocks each day, seeing high flyers/migrators and very large numbers.Some feeds are thousands of birds.Duck numbers still low
Migrations: Geese are moving.
Season Stage: 4th week
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: Large goose feeds in fresh harvested corn fields (and beans).Birds are also staging on the inland lakes.Minimal success around here with ducks; some mallards being harvested and few divers out on the chain of lakes.

2015 Illinois Muskie Stocking Report Summarized by Ray Thompson
Note: This article is in part, a summary of the 2015 Jake Wolf Hatchery report. It also includes muskie fingerlings purchased by the Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies, Inc.
A total of 34 Illinois bodies of water were stocked with 23,160-10.5”-14” muskies, produced at the Jake Wolf Hatchery, by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in 2015. This number includes 447-12” fish which were received from Iowa, and 5-14” muskie, which were removed from a crappie rearing pond.
Additionally, the Fox River Valley Chapter of Muskies, Inc. donated 475, eleven to thirteen inch fingerlings purchased from the Gollon Hatchery in Dodgeville Wisconsin, which brings the total number of advanced fingerlings stocked in Illinois waters to 23,635.
We’d like to congratulate the Department on another outstanding effort, compared to 2014, when a total of 29 Illinois bodies of water were stocked with 15,327-11”+ muskies.
The hatchery also produced and stocked surplus fry and under-sized fingerlings. Note, fry and under-sized fingerlings have been proven by past studies to have insignificant survival and amount, in my opinion, to nothing more than food for existing fish in stocked lakes.
Lake Shelbyville fishing report by Steve Welch

The water temps have bounced all over this week but they are now about 57. The jig bite is on and we got a three person or four person 45 or 60 fish crappie limit each and every day this past week. Some days it has only taken three to four hours.I am catching them on both ends of the lake so if you can find brush you can catch them.

On the south end I am over deeper brush that is in about 15-20 feet of water but the brush tops out at about 10-feet below the surface. I am fishing right on top of the brush jigging my Deep Ledge Jig with a Midsouth tube on it up and down about three-feet trying to get a reaction bite.

On the north end you don't have to fish that deep. I am fishing down in brush in about 10-12 ft. of water. Both ends I am moving often since you will only catch about a dozen from each spot. By the end of the day we have boated about a hundred so the action is very good.

The lake is very clear on both ends of the lake so I am using a white or silver painted jig head on a Midsouth 111 or 102 which is light blue sparkle or white sparkle. I am also using my Wally Marshall Shadpoles in the same colors.

The weather this week is going to be beautiful with overnight temps in the mid thirties and day time highs in the sixties. Ideal to catch a ton of crappie.

Steve Welch

Niagara NY Fishing Report by Bill Hilts Jr.

Prime Time Deer Hunting Helping Fishermen

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries - With the advent of the regular big game season on the horizon, that’s good news for fishermen who will be getting a little more elbow room in their favorite areas. In the streams, more rain this week should be just what the doctor ordered for casters to reel in salmon and trout out of Wilson and Olcott. Fish will be available in the harbors, off the piers – if the winds cooperate – and up the streams. Speaking of wind, there were high wind warnings for Thursday and Friday. The rain should really turn things on again. More water could be added with the dewatering of the Erie Canal next week. If you missed the Free Fishing Day that was held on Veterans Day, we received the DEC announcement on Tuesday, the day before – sorry. Thank you to the veterans for your service!

2.       Lower Niagara River – In the Niagara River, trout fishing has improved – from both boat and shore. Shore anglers were doing well last weekend and Chuck Booker’s homemade spinners worked magic on trout along the Artpark area. If you hook into a lake trout, remember that season is closed until the end of the year. Steelhead and brown trout are still available, as well. Spoons and eggs – real or imitation – will also catch you fish if you are casting from shore. In boats, the best artificial lures you can use are silver or gold Kwikfish or Mag Lip lure fished off a three-way rig.  With a high wind warning in the forecast, you may need a little luck to get out this Friday the 13th. And you better check to see what the water conditions are before heading down. They are predicting winds in excess of 50 mph and that could rile Lake Erie up and send muddy water down the river. When that happens, shore fishermen just need to find some cleaner water some place and use baits that are more visible like chartreuse, pink or orange colorations. Things that make some noise or give a vibration will also help you catch fish.

3.       Upper Niagara River – High winds could create turbidity problems in the upper river but we won’t know the effects until later on Friday. The wind will definitely keep people off the water. Trout are still being reported off the Bird Island Pier and off Broderick Park. Cast spoons, spinners or eggs. Bass are still bulking up for the winter and can be caught from head to the upper reef at the intakes. The Erie Canal will be closing up shop next week so dewatering will take place soon from Feigel Road in Pendleton to the east.

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report from Joe Henry

The fish are biting but everyone is deer hunting! Some guests are hunting morning and evening and fishing during the day. Walleyes are being caught in 20' of water in front of Pine Island jigging with a minnow. This school of fish have been there for weeks. Looks good for early ice. Fishing has been good near NW Point, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, and near Twin Islands. We believe those fish are still there to be had.

On the Rainy River, water temp is about 44 degrees. More walleyes and larger walleyes are showing up in the river. Good reports at various spots from Wheeler's Point to Frontier Access. Wabanica Chapel, Winter Road River, Baudette Bridge, Hattie's Hole have produced this week. Orange, and gold mixed with bright color the ticket tipped with minnow. Sturgeon fishing is catch and release and is in effect.

Up at the NW Angle, not many fishing as hunting is stealing the show. For those out, walleye action in a range of depth 15-26 feet jigging near Oak Island, Rabbit Ears, and Hay Island. On the Ontario side, areas with current adjacent to deep holes best. Walleye and crappie bite excellent at various locations along Falcon Island. Muskie fishing going well trolling in 10-18' adjacent to wind blown points. Info on resorts and upcoming ice fishing at

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism

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