News and Reports - April 20, 2016

LaSalle Lake Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don, Hit LaSalle this past Friday. Fishing was excellent. Catfish were very good on drop shot with gulp worm. Smallmouth were caught on a jig and Kalin's grub hopped along the bottom. Bigger fish were found along mud line and ledge if the rocks. Water temps ranged between 60's at launch to 90's in the hot water shoot. It was important to have current and lower 70 water temps to find the most aggressive fish. TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks Fishing Team

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:  04/19/2016LAKE LEVEL: 408.88       AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 407.93     WATER TEMP:  54°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.

Riverside Fishing Club News

On March 10th, the Riverside Fishing Club honored Victor A. Mejias and John Von Kerens with Lifetime Membership/Achievement Awards.  After 13 years as a member Mejias spent every year as a board member.   Von Kerens has been a member for 14 years and has been on the Board for 12.  He finally retired but has and will do a lot for kids fishing, donations, etc.   Mejias and Von Kerens worked together to resurrect the club when it disbanded about 13 years ago.  Now the club is very active and strong.

Club Vice President George Carbray presented the awards at the club's March meeting.

For more information about the Riverside Fishing Club, visit .  They meet monthly at the American Legion Hall at 900 S. La Grange Road in La Grange.

Illinois  Turkey Harvest Numbers

This is an update on the Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season from Paul Shelton:

North Zone:  Turkey Hunters in the North Zone harvested 2,263 birds first season, compared to 2,343 during first season 2015.

South Zone:  Turkey Hunters in the South Zone harvested 1,614 birds first season, and 1,272 birds second season.  Last year’s totals were 1,526 and 1,333, respectively.  Total harvest through 2 seasons was 2,886, compared to last year at 2,859.

Niagara NY Area Fishing Forecast by Bill Hilts, Jr.

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – The spring weather has continued and more people have been taking advantage of some inshore trout fishing – browns and lake trout primarily with an occasional Coho or Chinook also showing up.  For the browns, troll inside of 20 feet with stickbaits or spoons off boards. Look where the water is a little stained if you can find something off color. Firetiger, rainbow, brown trout and natural colors are all working. Fish off boards away from your boat. Lake trout have been everywhere. John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda was fishing just west of the river in 50 feet of water and couldn’t keep four lines in. Their biggest laker was 20 pounds. In front of Wilson it was the same story – lakers in 60 feet of water. Some lake trout have been reported in water as deep as 80 and as shallow as 35 according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. In the streams, 18 Mile Creek was down to a trickle on Wednesday and some of the smaller streams could use a fresh slug of water. We could get some rain on Thursday but we will be at the mercy of Mother Nature. We are on the downhill slide of the trout run, but a few fish are still being reported. The upswing is with warm water fish species like bass (catch and release), suckers and panfish. The LOC Derby will be May 6-15 and registrations are coming in hot and heavy now. Go to www.loc.orgfor details or sign up at any Niagara County location. The Lake Ontario Pro-Am Tournament, set for May 20-22 this year, has a live website now for registrations at The Wilson Harbor Invitational is May 7 this year. Website is

2.       Lower Niagara River – Mike Fox of Lewiston reported good numbers of smelt are still being caught in the river, but who knows for how long. It’s been a much better run than last year. The Lewiston smelt festival will be held May 6. Trout action has been decent the past week. They can be found from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar. Minnows, egg sacs and wobbling baits like Kwikfish or MagLips are all good baits to use, but it seems to change daily and you need to be flexible. Steelhead and lake trout top the list; a few browns are also available. Spoons and spinners top the list of lures from shore. Warm water fish are starting to pick up. Remember that the stairs at Whirlpool State Park are closed.

3.       Upper Niagara River –Some keeper perch have been reported in Buffalo harbor area. Trout should still be available off Unity Island and out of Broderick Park, as well as off Bird Island Pier when you can get out there. Egg sacs, minnows and spoons or spinners will catch fish. Use emerald shiners for perch or other panfish along traditional river sites. Speaking of panfish, they should be turning on soon around Grand Island in the canals, bays and shallows.

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

The spring walleye season ended in a big way. Lots of boats with lots of success.  The river was full of walleyes.  Largest we heard of was over 32"!  Walleye season opens back up May 14.  Sights are turned to Pike now as the season never closes.  Big pike over 40" are traditional in Four Mile Bay, Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay which have open water.  Majority of lake is still ice covered.

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing is improving every day. Use a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker, 18" lead and 5/0 circle hook loaded with crawlers, frozen shiners, or anything else that produces a smell.  Find a river hole and hang on.  Good numbers of sturgeon being boated up and down the river.  Please take good care of these prehistoric fish.  For the spring, sturgeon catch and release open through April 23.  Keep season April 24 - May 7.  C/R again May 8 - 15.

Up at the NW angle, resorts and guides are gearing up for open water season.  Areas of open water exists amongst lots of dark ice.  LOW lodging, sturgeon guides, area attractions and more at

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism |
m: 320-260-7727 | office: 800-382-3474 |


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