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Young Turkey Hunter Gets a Nice Tom

John Wade Gotter (14) got a nice Tom while hunting in Livingston County.  He was hunting along the Vermillion River when he got the big bird.   John's Dad, makes his own Turkey decoys and as you can see, they work.  Congrats John.  See Photos Below.

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 Excellent 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 Excellent 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:  05/10/2016LAKE LEVEL: 408.96       AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 408.09     WATER TEMP:  67°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.

Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don, Bass remain excellent during early morning hours. Some bass are on their beds, while others have finished up. Good numbers are being picked up along the inside and outside weedlines depending on how cool the overnight temps get. A four inch BPS stik-o rigged wacky with a 1/0 octopus hook remains the bait of choice. Using an o-ring allows multiple fish caught on the same bait. TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team

Braidwood/Exelon's Fishing for a Cure Tournament Results

Fish, family fun and fundraising were the predominant focuses at Exelon’s 15th annual Fishing for a Cure charity bass tournament held Saturday on Braidwood Lake. In the end, the biggest winner was Easter Seals Joliet Region, which will receive $43,761 in proceeds raised at the tournament.

Eighty two-person teams from around the Midwest competed in the tournament sponsored annually by Exelon Generation’s Braidwood Generating Station. Mitch DeLand and Danny Marcolini of Plainfield, Ill., captured first place and the $4,000 top prize with their three-fish total of 10.74 lbs. Coming in second was the team of Chuck and Chris Lide of Braidwood, Ill., whose catch for the day totaled 9.94 lbs. and netted the duo $2,500. Taking home the third place trophy and $1,000 for a three-fish total of 9.36 lbs. was Edward and Kristen Gad, also of Braidwood. Teams placing fourth though 10th place split the remaining $2,500 in prize money.

Jim Horvath of Crete, Ill., set a tournament record of 12.43 lbs. for the largest catfish. The previous record of 7.84 lbs. was set in 2014. The biggest bass at 4.3 lbs. was reeled in byEdward Gad of Braidwood.

“We are honored to have been chosen as this year’s charity,” said Easter Seals Joliet Region Chief Executive Officer Deb Condotti. “The proceeds from the event will help greatly with our agency’s pediatric services.”

Forty young anglers from age two to 12 competed in their own fishing derby at the Godley Park District pond Saturday. Vinny Malinowski of Elwood, Ill., took first place in the 5-years-old and under category, with Mason Gardner of Custer Park, Ill., taking second. Angelina Lopez of Plainfield took first place in the 6- to 8-year-old category with second place going to Sam Racutt of Joliet, Ill., and third place going to Liberty Gardner of Custer Park, Ill. Two 10-year-olds took the honors in the 9- to 12-year-old category. Myles Gardner of Custer Park took first place and Makenna Boyle of Morris, Ill., took second. Lopez also snared the biggest fish, while Liberty Gardner reeled in the tournament’s smallest fish.

More than 40 volunteers including employees and family members from Braidwood Station and members of the Reed Custer High School Casting Comets staffed the event. Braidwood Station employees Brian Daniels, Steve Friddle and Mike Kap served as weigh-in officials.

Boulder Junction WI Preps for 2nd Annual White Deer Triathlon

Final preparations are underway for the second annual White Deer Triathlon, which returns to Boulder Junction in Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods on Saturday, May 21.

Interested racers can still register for this year’s event by visiting the White Deer Triathlon website,  Signing up electronically ends on Thursday, May 19th; however, racers can sign up in person on Friday, May 20th, from 5:00 until 8:30pm in the Boulder Junction Community Center during the registration/orientation session.

“We’re looking forward to the return of the White Deer Triathlon,” said Theresa Smith, executive director of the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce. “We’re excited to welcome all the participants, friends and family members to the race, and our volunteers and sponsors are helping us to ensure another successful triathlon here in Boulder Junction.”

Instead of the typical swim/bike/run format of most triathlons, the White Deer Triathlon features a unique paddle/bike/run format—ideal for the still-cold waters of northern Wisconsin in May. Participants will complete a 3-kilometer canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard route on Boulder Lake, a 23-kilometer bike ride on rustic roads and a 6.5-kilometer run on rustic trails.

Racers can compete individually or in teams.

Last year’s race attracted more than 250 athletes and hundreds of spectators to Boulder Junction. Racers ranged in age from 15 to 71 and came from as far away as Colorado, Florida and Massachusetts.

More information and registration links can be found on or on the White Deer Triathlon Facebook page,

“This is one of the more unique triathlons out there, and we’ve got such a beautiful setting for it here in Boulder Junction,” Smith said. “If you’re looking for a reason to get out and explore the Northwoods this spring, this is a great way to do it.”

The White Deer Triathlon is part of the Northwoods of Wisconsin (NOW) Tri-Master Series, a group of triathlons held in Vilas, Oneida and Langlade counties throughout the spring, summer and fall. The 2016 series also includes the Just Tri It Triathlon (Manitowish Waters, July 2), the See Me Tri Triathlon (Woodruff, Aug. 13), the WILD Hodag Mini-Triathlon (Rhinelander, Aug. 27) and the Wolfman Triathlon (Langlade County, Sept. 10).

To learn more about Boulder Junction, go to or call 1-800-GO-MUSKY. Visitor information can also be found on FacebookInstagramTwitterPinterest and YouTube.

Turtle Flambeau Flowage Fishing Report from John YAGO Jagodzienski

Although central and southern Wisconsin has been getting a lot of rain, as is northern Illinois, the Northern part of Wisconsin  including Iron County and the Mercer Area has been blessed with some nice weather.   With this past weekends walleye open, the walleye bite has been good with fish from keeper size up to some real trophies being caught on worms used with a slip bobber float in about 8 - 10 feet of water.

John Jagodzienski
Angler's Paradise at Yago's Retreat

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Minnesota fishing opener opens Saturday, May 14 and walleye numbers are exceptional on The Walleye Capital of the World. The opener is traditionally very successful with most anglers jigging with a minnow. Fish will be found in the Rainy River, 4 Mile Bay and along shorelines and islands across the lake. Pike fishing this week was great with reports of fish still in the bays. Using a frozen cisco just off or on bottom worked best. Trolling crank baits or casting into the shallows with a spoon or spinnerbait is heating up. The entire lake is free of ice and the walleyes are waiting.

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing great this past week. A potential state record was caught. Sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers, frozen shiners, or frozen ciscos works great. Fishing deeper holes in the river and still fish on the bottom. Please take good care of these prehistoric fish by not grabbing gills and supporting weight horizontally vs vertically. Catch and release May 8 - 15. Season closes

Up at the NW angle, resorts and guides are gearing up for the MN Fishing Opener May 14th which will boast limits of fish. It's "Go Time" at LOW. Lodging, guides, charters, 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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