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Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don, The big bass bite slowed from last week's rains. Smaller bass and crappie were hitting on lipless crankbaits retrieved over humid and channels.  It was more of a reaction bite with the stained water due from those heavy rains.

The weather also pushed a fresh group of Sandhills down. I always love listening to them while they fly to their destination. Always signals the end of a season or the beginning of one. Look forward to seeing them again in March.   TTYL

 Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

Hi Guys-Another year! Our chapter has grown in numbers and the catch list is the best in years. We have an amazing 12 junior members who have entered fish!

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 Dec. 8th meeting is election night-Program – Mark Anderson of Dave’s Reel Service will answer your questions about muskie reels—AND G’S DELICIOUS PIZZA FREE!

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

Walleyes Unlimited info by Bob Clark

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

Wednesday Dec, 9: Walleyes Unlimited USA, Wisconsin Meeting, 7 p.m., | American Legion Greendale Post 416, 6351 W. Grange Ave., Greendale, Speaker: Dean Marshall, Topic: Winter Walleye & Sauger on the Mississippi

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

Wednesday Jan. 13: Walleyes Unlimited USA, Wisconsin meeting, 7 p.m., American Legion Greendale Post 416, 6351 W. Grange Ave., Greendale, Speaker: Steve Everetts, Topic: Club Contests and 2016 Rules Changes

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

Wednesday Jan. 27, 2016, Walleyes Unlimited USA, 7 p.m., Gurnee American Legion, 749 Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee, Speaker: Corey Yarmuth, Topic: Being Mobile on the Ice to Catch More Fish

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

Best Regards,   Bob Clark - Secretary and Media Director - Walleyes Unlimited USA

Lake Geneva Fishing Club by Bob Clark

Special Event - Thursday to Saturday, Jan 28 -31, 2016, Walleyes Unlimited USA, Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Show, , Booth 901, Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL

Next Meeting - Wednesday, Mar. 9th, 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL, Speaker: TBA, Topic: TBA

Regards, Bob Clark - Media Relations/Speaker Booker
Lake Geneva Fishing Club

Niagara NY Fishing Report by Bill Hilts, Jr.

Niagara River is Where It’s at

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – All the Lake Ontario tributaries continue to be low and clear across the board for anglers pursuing trout in the streams. There has not been any additional flow of water from the Erie Canal in 18 Mile Creek due to construction near the Canal in Lockport. With warmer temperatures still around this month and no rain in the forecast, the fall fishing continues to be hampered in the creeks. Pier casters should be able to toss spoons and spinners to take trout and not worry about things icing up. Both Wilson and Olcott harbors should also be holding fish – a mix of pike, perch and panfish, as well as bass and trout. Remember that the regular bass season is closed and everything reverts to catch and release, artificial baits only for smallmouth and largemouth.

2.       Lower Niagara River – Niagara River boat fishing has taken off for trout this week, while shore fishing has slowed a bit due to clear water conditions. Boat drifters are doing well on trout – steelhead and lake trout. Vince Iacovitti and Gary Hall (both from Niagara Falls) were fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls on Tuesday and the result was 23 trout for the morning – all caught on Kwikfish and MagLips off three-way rigs. Off the total, 13 were steelies and the better steel spot was Devil’s Hole. On Wednesday, Tim Wassberg with Sirk TV spent a couple hours on the water to film a quick segment with Michelle Blackley Glynn of Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. From there it was a direct shot to the Culinary Institute of Niagara Falls to prepare their steelhead with a special recipe. Check the two of them out in the crossover event between the Outdoor Beat and Niagara Now on Channel 22, Time Warner Cable all week or on the website at Remember that lake trout season is closed in New York waters of Lake Ontario and the river until Dec. 31. However, the Canadian side of the river is now open for lakers as of Dec. 1. Shore fishermen are struggling a bit due to the clear water from Artpark to the Whirlpool. Use spoons, spinners and eggs or egg imitations for your best chance of taking a trout. Remember that the NYPA fishing platform is now closed, as is the upper reservoir. Bass season is closed for catching, but not catch and release. Musky season will continue until Dec. 15 in the Lower River and Lake Ontario. If you are a member of the Niagara Musky Association, the John Henning memorial tournament (catch and release) is set for Sunday, Dec. 6 from 7 am to 4 pm. Call Adam Kazmark for details at 623-205-9939. Cost is $25.

3.       Upper Niagara River – With the water clearing finally, some trout are available for casters at Broderick Park or off the Bird island pier areas. Along Ontario Street, some shoreline action for a mix of perch and panfish is available. Bass, too, but it’s only catch-and-release with artificial lures only. The Erie Canal is still de-watering from the dam at Feigel Road in Pendleton to the east. 

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions

Lake of the Woods Minnesota fishing report from Joe Henry

Part fishing report, part ice report this time of year.  Most are waiting to get out on the hard water with very few boats fishing.  Thin ice on the bays.  Zippel Bay, Bostic Bay and Baudette Bay all reporting 1-3 inches.  A few daring pike anglers, but travel on the ice not yet recommended,  4 Mile Bay is partially covered in ice with some open spots.  Some ice forming on the basin in the west side of the lake initially but a ways to go.

On the Rainy River, bays are getting locked up with open water on the river.  A few boats on river with anglers catching a handful of walleyes and sauger and a sturgeon here and there.

Up at the NW Angle, not many fishing as ice is showing up but still only 2-4 inches. It won't be long, but safety first. Come and say hello at the Lake of the Woods Tourism booth this weekend at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show.  Info on resorts and upcoming ice fishing at

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism

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