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LATEST PHOTOS, REPORTS AND NEWS - January 11, 2016
Tower Shoot at Rooster Heaven Hunt Club Info
My Daughter Lisa and I really enjoy hunting at the Rooster Heaven Hunt Clube in Forrest Illinois. Actually and more probably our dogs, Wager and Profit enjoy it even more. Just to let you know there is a Big Blast scheduled for this Saturday, January 16th. Everyone is welcome to come out. You'll get 12 pheasants for $200.
Also their famous and highly enjoyed Tower Hunt is also on Saturday and for $200 you get 15 pheasants. Ducks are still available at special pricing! Call T.Cope at (630)-669-0163.
Rend Lake Waterfowl Report by Randy Cordray
# BIRDS SURVEYED
(SOUTH CENTRAL ZONE)
BAG LIMIT REGULATIONS
CONTACT SITE FOR COMPLETE REGULATIONS
|CANADA GEESE||575||Nov. 14 – Jan 31||Daily Bag Limit – 2Possession Limit -- 6|
|SNOWS/BLUES||10,000||Nov. 14 – Jan. 31||Daily Bag Limit - 20 Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese 1 BrantPossession Limit – Unlimited Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese, 3 Brant|
|WHITE-FRONTS||4,300||Nov. 14 – Jan. 31||Daily Bag Limit – 2Possession Limit - 6|
|TOTAL DUCKS||11,900||Nov. 14 – Jan. 12||SEE DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS FOR BAG LIMITS|
***AERIAL SURVEY DATA IS FROM THE IDNR SOUTHERN IL AERIAL DUCK AND GOOSE SURVEY***
IDNR DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS 2015-2016
Meeting News from the Quad County Hawg Hunters by Duane Landmeier
The Quad County Hawg Hunters Chapter of Muskies Inc. of Plano invite you to their meeting January 14 at the Plano American Legion at 7:30 p.m. The featured speaker will start immediately following the regular meeting. His name is Micah Langkamp fishing guide from Hayward, WI. He specializes in fishing the Hayward Area Rivers for Muskies and Walleye. He will be mainly speaking on muskie fishing small rivers. There will be a $5.00 charge for entry at this meeting. There will be a raffle and door prizes. Refreshments available. We hope to see a few of you there. For information call Duane Landmeier 815-286-7170.
Local Pond Ice Report from Ken HUSKER O'Malley
Waiting is the game. Area lakes are locked up and are building ice. Should be good by weekend provided we don't see much rain on Friday. Husker
Meet the Masters at the Schaumburg Show
Fishing’s top anglers will be sharing their secrets at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo from January 28-31, 2016 at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL. Presented by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Expo is an incredible opportunity for fishing enthusiasts to learn from pros at the peak of their game and improve their own fishing efforts as a result.
Heading the list is Mike “Ike” Iaconelli, one of only 11 anglers who have won both the Bassmaster Angler of the Year and the Bassmaster Classic. In fact, he has appeared in the Classic an amazing 15 times and won eight B.A.S.S. tournaments since 1999. Iaconelli is a lifelong fisherman who spends approximately 200 days a year on the water, enhancing his knowledge of numerous lakes, rivers and reservoirs around the countryAn experienced speaker, he is in demand as a seminar presenter at sportshows around the country. He will be speaking on Friday.
Joining Iaconnelli is Brandon Palaniuk, one of the most popular anglers on the professional bass fishing tournament trail today. At age 27, he has accomplished more than most fishermen do in a lifetime. After winning the Federation Nation National Championship, he has accumulated eight top 10 finishes on the Bassmaster Elite Trails, including two wins. Palaniuk has advanced to the Classic six years in a row, including a second place finish on Grand Lake in 2013
One of the most dynamic and inspiring speakers featured at the Expo is the ever-popular Tommy Skarlis who is always eager to share fishing secrets and tactics with fans. Skarlis has won more than 10 major titles, including the FLW Walleye Tour Championships, the PWT Angler of the Year, and the Crappie Masters Championship. For sheer enthusiasm and excitement, he is one speaker attendees will not want to miss!
Back by popular demand is Joe Bucher, a National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Legendary Angler and one of the most highly regarded multi-species fishing authorities in the fishing world. An on-camera talent for 24 years, Bucher hosts the popular television series “Fishing with Joe Bucher.”
Be sure to catch Jim Saric, a Legendary Angler in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He is the host and executive producer of “The Musky Hunter” television series, editor and publisher of Musky Hunter magazine, author of the recently released book “Muskies My Way,” and a seven-time musky tournament winner. An acclaimed author and videographer, Saric conducts more than 30 seminars annually and teaches the University of Esox musky schools throughout the country.
New to the Expo is Jen Ripple; Ripple is the editor-in-chief of Dun Magazine and the executive editor of Tight Loop Magazine. When not on the water, she spends her time empowering women in fly fishing by teaching fly tying and fly casting clinics, speaking nationwide on issues regarding women in fly fishing, and devoting her time to conservation efforts through her involvement in several nonprofits. A sounding board for women in this currently male-dominated sport, Ripple has created a home base for women worldwide to connect and engage in the art of fly fishing.
Don’t miss “Musky Madness” on January 29th, with musky seminars presented all day by some of the best musky anglers in the business, including Jim Saric, Joe Bucher, and others soon to be announced. That evening, all musky pros will attend a question-and-answer forum hosted by Jim Saric. Two lucky attendees will win a musky tackle package, including a St. Croix rod, Daiwa reel, Plano Tackle Management Pack, and Joe Bucher Outdoors lures.
A full list of all the talented speakers, their seminar dates and times is available at www.sportshows.com/chicago.
Mark your calendars for the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, January 28-31, 2016, at the Schaumburg Convention Center, in Schaumburg, IL. The Schaumburg Convention Center is easy to reach. Take I-90 to Route 53 North to East Algonquin Road (Route 62) West to North Thoreau Drive to the Convention Center. (The GPS address is 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173). Box office admission is $12.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 5 to 11. Children under age five are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sportshows.com. (At the door is cash only.) Show hours are Thursday, noon to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, noon to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Expo is sponsored by Costa Sunglasses, Daily Herald Media Group, The Zancudo Lodge, Plano Tackle Company, Eppinger Manufacturing Company, Daiwa, Cabela’s, Berkley, and Keep America Fishing. For more information, visit www.sportshows.com. And don't forget you can save $2 and not have to stand in line if you buy your tickets online.
I'll be at the show in the Wildcat Lodge Booth in the 800 aisle. Stop by to say hello. It would be great to see you at the Expo!
January Illinois DNR News from Chris Young
2016 Illinois Licenses Available Jan. 18: Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman’s combination licenses and usage stamps for 2016 will be available starting Jan. 18 from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov, or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). The automated license system is available 24 hours a day. The 2016 licenses and usage stamps purchased beginning Jan. 18 will be valid through Mar. 31, 2017 unless otherwise noted.
Youth Hunting License: A change in Illinois law for the 2016 Illinois license year allows any resident youth hunter age 18 and under (formerly 16 and under) to purchase a Youth Hunting License, which does not require the hunter to have a Hunter Education Card. A youth hunter with this license must hunt while supervised by a parent, grandparent, or guardian who is 21 years of age or older and has a valid Illinois hunting license. The youth hunter shall not hunt or carry a hunting device unless the youth is accompanied by and under close personal supervision of these individuals. 2016 Illinois hunting and fishing licenses will be available from IDNR license and permit vendors beginning Jan. 18.
Late-Winter/CWD Deer Season Reminder: Hunters are reminded that the Late-Winter Antlerless-only and Special CWD deer hunting seasons conclude on Jan. 15-17. There will be 27 counties open for Late-Winter season and 14 counties open for the Special CWD season. Hunters should check the information page on the IDNR website to make sure the county they intend to hunt is open for the Late-Winter or Special CWD season: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/Late-WinterSHAHuntingPermitInformation.pdf
Pere Marquette Bald Eagle Days: Enjoy watching bald eagles on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers near Pere Marquette State Park this winter by participating in one of the park’s popular Bald Eagle Days tours. The informative programs about bald eagles are conducted on select winter dates. All programs begin at the Pere Marquette Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m., and reservations are required by calling 618-786-3323. To check the dates on the Bald Eagle Days flyer: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/Documents/BaldEagleDaysPereMarquette.pdf
Eagle Days – Old Chain of Rocks Bridge: The Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival is scheduled for Sat. and Sun., Jan. 16-17. Hours both days are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors can view eagles through spotting scopes from the historic Old Chain of Rocks Bridge at Granite City. The World Bird Sanctuary will present education programs throughout the festival. The Eagle Days event is cohosted by the IDNR, Missouri Department of Conservation and other partners.
Bald Eagle Watch Weekend: The annual Starved Rock Bald Eagle Watch Weekend is the last weekend of January on Jan. 30-31, with activities from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days. Activities are planned for the Illinois Waterway Lock and Dam Visitor Center, Starved Rock Visitor Center and Starved Rock Lodge. Bring your smartphone and participate in the IDNR Bald Eagle Watch InstaMeet at the lodge. The Bald Eagle Watch Weekend is hosted by the Illinois Audubon Society, IDNR, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock Audubon and Starved Rock Foundation. #EagleWknd #OutdoorIllinois
Spring Turkey Applications: Hunters may apply for the second lottery for 2016 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online. The application deadline for the second lottery is Jan. 11. Go to the IDNR website for more information at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey
Illinois Sportsman’s Raffle: Tickets are available for the Illinois Sportsman’s Raffle, raising money for the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s youth outdoor education and conservation programs. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets cost $100 each, or buyers can purchase three for $250. The grand prize winner will receive $50,000, with $5,000 to a first-place winner, $2,500 to second place and eight additional $1,000 winners. Raffle tickets may be purchased online at www.ilcf.org, by check to ICF, #1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702, or by calling the Foundation at 217-785-2003. If all 2,000 tickets are not sold, prizes will be adjusted to reflect the percentage of tickets sold. All business transactions and operations of this raffle take place exclusively in Sangamon County, Illinois. This raffle is being conducted in accordance with the Raffles and Poker Runs Act, 230 ILCS 15/0.01 et seq. and the Sangamon County Raffle Ordinance. All funds are held in private accounts at the ICF. The drawings will take place on Jan. 29, 2016.
Fishing Information Booklet: The 2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available in PDF format through the IDNR website: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/fishing/Pages/FishingInformation.aspx
Regulations in the guide will be effective from April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Anglers and would-be anglers take note: Illinois Free Fishing Days for 2016 will be during the Father’s Day weekend on June 17-20.
Frog and Toad Survey: IDNR will host a Frog and Toad Survey Orientation on Sat., Feb. 6 from 1-3 p.m. at the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center. Volunteers are needed to help conduct surveys of the frogs and toads of the Cache River watershed during their breeding seasons. At the orientation, volunteers will learn about the 19 frog and toad species in southern Illinois, and receive data sheets for a chosen route, survey protocol, and other information. The surveys are to be conducted four times from February through June. Individuals and families are welcome to participate. The Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center is at 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL 62923.
Camping Reservations: Make your reservations now for campsites and shelters for many Illinois state parks and other IDNR sites for 2016. Reservations can be made online through the ReserveAmerica website at www.reserveamerica.com using a Visa or MasterCard. For more information, check the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Programs/Camping/
Bald Eagles: Check out the Bald Eagles in Illinois webpage for more information on events this winter at http://www.illinois.gov/gov/eagles/Pages/EagleWatching.aspx.
Niagara New York area fishing report by Bill Hilts Jr.
1. Lake Ontario and tributaries - With the recent lake effect storms and winds blowing around Western New York, not too much as taken place on the outdoor front. The tributaries had to deal with the on-slaught of rain, snow and wind. Despite the most recent winter blast, there have been some people fishing on 18 Mile Creek and Burt Dam. Water flow was around 170 cfs and the water was stained, but they are catching some steelhead there according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. Jigs fished under a float and tipped with a wax worm has been the most popular set-up but minnows will also work if you want to carry a bucket down. Egg sacks or trout beads will also catch fish. If the water is stained, use bright colors like pink, orange or chartreuse. Ice fishing could be taking place in Wilson harbor by this weekend but make sure there is safe ice of at least 4 inches beneath you. Make your plans to attend the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo indoors! You better have Jan. 22 to 24 marked down on the calendar at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. There are so many things going on, you may have to prioritize what you want to see and do. Buy the weekend pass for just $16! And kids under 10 years of age are free. There are over 120 educational seminars on a wide variety of topics and fish species. Listen to the experts giving tips on fishing for salmon, trout, bass, walleye, musky and perch. Some of the names headlining the WNY Fishing Academy include Dave Genz – the Godfather of ice fishing – and Mark Romanack with the Fishing 411 TV show. Charlie Alsheimer, Mr. Whitetail, will be giving three talks on Saturday – two on deer and one on photography. Learn how to rig a boat and use your electronics. Over 160 booth spaces are occupied with show-stopping vendors. And for the kids, there’s a fishing pond and air rifle trailer to keep you busy, as well as a simulated ice fishing experience. Lots of animals, too, from birds of prey to monkeys. Check outwww.niagarafishingexpo.com for all of the details.
2. Lower Niagara River – The water looked like chocolate milk earlier in the week and with the winds and lake effect storms in the forecast through Thursday, it probably won’t change too much for the weekend for the boaters. That said, the water in Devil’s Hole above the power plant didn’t seem as dirty as the area below the power plant so casting spoons, spinners or beads from shore is still an option. Some steelies and lake trout have been reported from shore and the hot colors have been pink, orange, yellow and blue according to reports. If you can get out on the bar when the waters clear, you can still do well on a variety of fish species. Even an 18 pound salmon was caught last week! Minnows have been a hot bait from boats when conditions allow for it, followed by Kwikfish and eggs. You can learn about Niagara River fishing from local guides at the Expo such as Capt. Frank Campbell and Capt. Matt Yablonsky.
3. Upper Niagara River – There have been a few people fishing in the upper river because of recent reports on the Capt. Bob’s Fishing Contest where some nice rudd have been weighed in. “California Joe” Pavalonis of Buffalo took the lead with a 3.34 pound upper river fish caught on a Charlie Brewer Crappie Slider jig while fishing off Grand Island this week. When the waters clear, the trout should resume off Broderick Park. The upper river will also have its share of speakers at the Expo, including musky masters Scott McKee and Marc Arena. Check out the show website at www.niagarafishingexpo.com for a complete list of seminar speakers.
Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry
Ice fishing remains good during cold snap of -24! Some ice roads allowing midsize and smaller vehicles out on the ice. As always, stay on the marked resort trails. On the south shore, most fishing in 24-31'. Gold, glow red, pink, glow white and orange hot colors. Some anglers downsizing presentation for success. A mix of walleyes and saugers with a few burbot (eelpout) and sturgeon. Many limits with a few trophies. The current cold snap will continue to build ice with 9-14 inches of ice reported where resorts are traveling.
The Rainy River is iced over in most areas but not safe overall. For safety, work through resorts. Some locals out on ice but they know exact conditions. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.
Up at the NW Angle, good fishing reported. Snowmobile trails to south end of lake are open. Resorts are on fish. Good bite with limits in 20-27'. Jumbo perch, pike, and eelpout in with walleye and sauger mix. Some crappies being caught on Ontario side. Resort listings at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.
Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism | LakeoftheWoodsMN.com
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