Outdoor News - April 11, 2016

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Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,  Bass have been slow on area lakes. Most active bass have been on the inside weedlines using a Cordell Spot. A stop and go retrieve triggers a reaction strike. Multiple casts are needed to get the bass to strike.
The upcoming forecast looks promising as a consistent warm up will get the bite going. TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team

Walleyes Unlimited News  from Bob Clark

Upcoming Meetings and Event Dates.  Visit our updated monthly speaker line-up our site at: www.walleyesunlimitedusa.org

April 2016 – Door County, Wisconsin Month!
Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | Speaker: Capt. Dale Stroschein - National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Angler | Topic: Spring Smallmouth in Door County

Perhaps one of the area's most recognized fishermen, Dale Stroschein, prides himself on educating those who wish to learn to fish the Door County and Green Bay waters. Whether its trophy walleye or mammoth smallies you are seeking, Dale will safely navigate you to his favorite (and sometimes "secret") fishing spots. For his lifelong dedication and contributions to the sport of fishing, Dale was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2014.

Dale grew up on the waters of Green Bay, and has been chartering since 1985. His passion for fishing is evident to all his guide customers, seminar attendees, and TV viewers. Dale's main goal is to EDUCATE all those who wish to learn more about fishing in general, the industry or the local fishery. He takes his job as a charter captain and company representative very seriously and welcomes customers of all ages.

Mostly known for his regular guest appearances on John Gillespie's Wisconsin's Waters and Woods, Dale has built up his reputation for "trophy" fish. Door County offers an amazing fishery for both walleye and smallmouth bass-Dale's targeted species. There have been instances of 13 pound+ walleyes and 6 pound+ smallies! Dale feels truly blessed to have grown up in an area literally "swimming" with these monster fish!! He is eager to share what he has learned growing up on and fishing these waters with those seeking a charted fishing trip or fisherman staying at his resort, Sand Bay Beach Resort & Suites, Ltd.

Prior to chartering full time and maintaining his resort, Dale fished competitively on the Professional Walleye Trail for 12 years-each year qualifying for the national championship. He was the only angler to hold Big Fish records simultaneously for both the PWT and NAWA circuits. He built up quite a rapport with the companies that sponsored him, and he maintains several of those sponsors today, despite not currently competing at the professional level. Although there are no plans in the immediate future to return to the tournament scene, Dale has mentioned that he would like to return to the circuit someday.

Needless to say this will be a timely and we are sure a very informative presentation. You will want to get there early as the facility will be jammed to listen to Dale.

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031| Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | Speaker: Rob Korth from “Swamp Donkey Bait & Tackle” | Topic: River Walleyes & Smallmouth in Door County

Rob Korth has been in law enforcement for the past 13 years and currently serves as lieutenant for the Green Bay Police Department. He has always had a passion for the night shift as it creates more time on the water! Married with 3 young children Rob lives in Pulaski WI, minutes away from one of the best fisheries in the world, the bay of Green Bay.

Because of his career, Rob has chosen not to fish any Bassmaster Opens or FLW series tournaments. Although fishing and fishing bass in particular is his passion, family means more to him. With his fishing background, Rob & his wife started a small business called Swamp Donkey Bait & Tackle. They specialize in the spring run on the Fox River in Green Bay and are located in DePere by the Dairy Queen on the eastside of the river.

Rob fishes all and any open tournaments around the state, Green Lake north to Lake Noquebay. He fishes the Wolf River walleye tournaments in the spring and bass the remainder of the year. He was on the only team to repeat a championship in the Fort Fremont Walleye Tournament and have won, placed, and finished top ten in many more. Rob credits his father-in-law for helping him pick apart and learn the Wolf River system for walleyes, as he says, “I was born a bass guy.”

Speaking of bass, Rob fishes the First Cast and Angler’s Choice series. He fishes the Green Bay Bassmaster Opens, Bob James Memorial, T.N.T Opens, Shawano Bassmaster Opens, and the Redneck Bass Busters. A true multi-species angler that has been fortunate enough to take top honors, cash several checks, and take numerous top ten finishes, along with big fish honors.

This should be an excellent presentation from a true multi-species angler that emulates many of the same goals and ideals that we have at Walleyes Unlimited. Mark your calendar folks; you are going to pick up a lot of details with this presentation!

Guests always welcome | Guest Fee is only $5.00 | Meetings begin at 7:00 PM sharp.

Visit our web site at: walleyesunlimitedusa.org
Contact us if you have any questions at: info@walleyesunlimitedusa.org

Lake Geneva Fishing Club News by Bob Clark

We Welcome New Members to the Lake Geneva Fishing Club

The Fishing Club of Lake Geneva is dedicated to promoting sport fishing for all species on Lake Geneva. We also encourage kids to fish, and the club sponsors an annual Kids Free Fishing Day as described on our Kids Day page. The club has season long outings and contests on Geneva. At the monthly meetings, we have speakers that include members along with expert fishing and electronics professionals. We meet at Cabela’s the second Wednesday of the month from March through November. We welcome all – men, women, and youth.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Steve Everetts – Finseekers Guide Service | Topic: FISHING THE BREAK ON DELAVAN LAKE: Using your Tackle Box and Bait Bucket

Steve Everetts is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Charter Captain and Inland Guide. He is a Pro Staff member for many companies including St. Croix Rods, Mercury and Lowrance, to name a few.

Steve fishes 12 months of the year and pushes the open water season well into the winter months. In-Fisherman Magazine featured him several times and Everetts is a two time Walleyes Unlimited USA Club Champion where he currently serves as Vice President. The Milwaukee Boat Show features Steve’s seminars annually and he speaks at several local fishing clubs about various destinations including the Madison Chain, Lake Erie and Door County, Wisconsin.

Everetts is a true multi - species angler and follows the best bites throughout the calendar period. He has been guiding on Lake Delavan for 12 years and is coming to share his experience with Lake Geneva Fishing Club.

Monthly Meetings | 2nd Wednesday of each month | March through November
Meetings are at Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400
Guests are always welcomed at our meetings - Guest Fee is only $5.00 - Meetings begin at 6:30 PM
Contact us if you have any questions at: www.lakegenevafishingclub.com/contact-us

Salmon Unlimited News from Mark Sandahl

General Membership Meeting

Tues, April 12th , 7:00 pm
Speaker: Dave Engel

Dave is a top winning charter and tournament captain that operates Best Chance Too Charters out of  Saugatuck, Michigan. Dave has presented at our April kick off meeting in past years. He's always brought and shared a wealth of knowledge, whether it be tackle and technique related, or first hand knowledge of the fishery and current decisions being made by state agencies regarding the stocking of the lake.

Upcoming Club Meetings:
April 12 – General Membership
May 10 – General Membership
June 14 – General Membership

Club Tournaments
May 7 – 1st Club Tournament
May 21 – Club Tournament
June 11 – Club Tournament
June 25&26 – SU IL Pass the Passion

Salmon Unlimited General Membership Meetings at
VFW HALL - 7:30 to 10:00 PM
400 E Devon Ave, Elk Grove Village, IL

Illinois School takes Top Honors in National Archery Tournament

Schlarman Academy of Danville took first place, Saturday, April 2 in the National Archery in the Schools Program Illinois State Tournament (High School Division) with a score of 3,333. Central High School of Champaign was second with a score of 3,320, and Centennial High School also of Champaign was third with 3,299.

In the Middle School Division, Jefferson Middle School took first and third place with 3,314 and 3,156 respectively. Canton Ingersoll Middle School was second with 3,185. In the Elementary School Division, Canton Ingersoll was first with 2,961. Armstrong-Potomac Schools of Potomac was second with 2,728 and GRF Elementary of Georgetown was third with 2,624.

The top male score belonged to Ben Hannauer of Centennial High School with a score of 293. The top female score was earned by Elena Johnson of Champaign Jefferson Middle School with 286.

The NASP Illinois State Tournament, hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) with more than 1,000 students participating, was held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.  Top finishers qualify for the NASP National Tournament on May 12-14 in Louisville, KY.  For complete tournament results, check online:  http://www.nasptournaments.org/TournamentDetail.aspx?tid=1423

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:  03/29/2016LAKE LEVEL: 408.99       AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 407.81     WATER TEMP:  52°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.

 Niagara NY area Fishing Report by Bill Hilts Jr.

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – The topsy turvy weather has put a damper on fishing action for sure. Cold temperatures and a few inches of snow at the very least kept many fishermen home instead of on the water the past week. Piers were ice covered again when they weren’t under water; high winds kept boaters from trolling the shoreline. Some action in the tributaries for trout in places like 18 Mile Creek and Burt Dam, but water was high and muddy. The better fishing was in the smaller streams like Keg Creek. It probably won’t warm up at all until next week. A few bullhead and catfish are being caught in Wilson, but it’s not easy fishing. Worms and dead minnows are producing a few fish. The Wilson Conservation Club will be running a bullhead contest this weekend starting April 8 at 5 pm and running through April 10 at 1 pm. Weigh in for your best two fish will be held on Sunday morning between 9 am and 1 pm at the Wilson Conservation Club, Route 425, Wilson. Register at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott (778-0713) or CMC Auto Repair in Wilson. We told you about the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Assn. getting their pens ready to accept fish from the state on April 9th. Be at the Town of Newfane Marina at 9 am to help. They will also need help feeding the fish after they are put into the pens, which it was just announced that it would take place on April 13 at 1 pm. Check out the group’s website at LOTSA1.org for details on how you can help. Speaking of LOTSA, the group will be holding its monthly meeting on April 14 and keynote speaker will be Capt. Rich Hajecki with Crazy Yankee Sportfishing, one of the top tournament fishermen on the lake. The meeting will take place at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78), Lockport starting at 7 pm.

2.       Lower Niagara River – After the recent storms muddied the water up earlier in the week, things started getting clear by Tuesday. Wednesday was good for Capt. Frank Campbell with a couple customers from Georgia (Chip and Douglass Holloway) who were in town visiting Craig Avery of Lewiston. Using chartreuse colored Pautzke Fire Dye on minnows, they caught about a dozen steelies in three hours, the biggest tipping the scales at 13 pounds. However, we’ll have to wait and see what the 40-plus mile an hour winds will do on Wednesday afternoon and into the evening to the water conditions. Trout can be found from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar when it’s fishable, but the bigger numbers seemed to be down river. Minnows, egg sacs and wobbling baits like Kwikfish or MagLips are all good baits to try when you can get back out there. Steelhead and lake trout top the list; a few browns are also available. Shore casters can use spinners, egg sacs or egg imitations fished under a float. Remember that the stairs at Whirlpool State Park are closed. And when we get wintery weather like this, the NYPA fish platform gets shut down, as does the shoreline access and the reservoir. It will re-open when it gets warmer. No reports on smelt by dippers yet.

3.       Upper Niagara River – Stained water and winter conditions impacted fishing the past week. 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. On April 8, Oppenheim Park Pond in Wheatfield will receive 200 rainbow trout and 100 two year old browns at 10 am. That same day at 11 am, Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls received 1,720 brown trout and 200 two year old browns. Gill Creek, the outflow of the lake, will also receive 560 yearling browns. Get out there and take advantage of those trout!

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 main lake is continues to open up and the Rainy River is cutting away at the ice just past light house gap. The river is cleaning up as well. We continued to see success with the walleye bite heading into the weekend despite a cold snap. More eater fish combined with some big females. UV colored jigs with shiners and rainbow chubs the go to . Some anglers using jig and plastics. Water temperature dipped a bit but we heard reports that the snow didn't muddy up the water. River accesses are accessible by all boats. Walleyes open to April 14th.

Sturgeon fishing remained steady throughout the week. Decent numbers of large fish being caught in 4 Mile Bay and up river. Use a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker and a sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers. Please take good care of these prehistoric fish. Updated river info, sturgeon fishing info and boat access map at http://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/rainy-river-fishing/ 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. LOW lodging, river, walleye and sturgeon guides and more at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism | LakeoftheWoodsMN.com
office: 800-382-3474 | Joe.Henry@LakeoftheWoodsMN.com

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