Outdoor News and Reports May 4, 2016

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Riverside Fishing Club News

Join us on Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. for a fishing presentation to boost your catch from Musky Pro, Duane Landmeier. Duane will be speaking on Musky Fishing.  He will be talking muskie fishing tactics and will help you catch more muskies in Illinois! He is a Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail Angler with 36 top ten finishes in tournament trails and with 17 first place finishes combined in both muskie trails.  Duane is a 30-year Member and officer of Muskies Inc. and President of the Quad County Hawg Hunter Chapter of Muskies inc. Duane is a Illinois Muskie Fishing Guide 15 years and can also take you out to hook into some big lake monsters. Duane fished and studied Illinois waters for muskies since they were stocked in the early 80`s. Come visit our club as our guest in May – speaker, dinner served all included for just $10 admission. Mention Midwest Outdoors and save $5 off a guest admission and check our fishing club – we meet in La Grange.

Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Bass bite continues to be good on area lakes even with the passing cold front. Not surprising,  bass did move out from the shallows with the drop in temps. Working a strike king 4 inch ocho as slow as you can possibly work a bait was the ticket. Bite was very subtle. If you felt any kind of weight, set the hook. Line watching was also key. Bass should move back in with the warm up later in the week. Bite should be very good this weekend.

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks Fishing Team

Walleyes Unlimited News by Bob Clark

Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI53129 | Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Speaker: Mark Krmpotich | Topic: Largemouth, Smallmouth & Musky Tactics on High Pressured Lakes

Mark Krmpotich specializes in Largemouth, Smallmouth and Musky fishing in Southeast Wisconsin. One of his unique specialties is his successful techniques on local pressured lakes. A tournament angler for 25+ years for bass and musky Mark approaches fishing scientifically and looks for unique solutions.

To say Mark is involved is an understatement. He is a member of Walleyes Unlimited USA, Okauchee Fishing Club, Walleyes For Tomorrow, Wisconsin Fishing Club, Muskies Inc, Muskellunge Club of Wisconsin and the Waukesha County Conservation Alliance. He also contributes as a member of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress for Waukesha county working on Warm Water and The Rules and Resolutions committees along with CDAC.

Krmpotich really enjoys teaching people, including children, the joys of fishing, reading electronics, conservation, and handling fish safely. Mark owns Mark K Guide Service and BIG fish are his specialty! For more information contact Mark at 262 751-6255 or email him mkrmpotich@wi.rr.com­

This should be a timely and interesting presentation. Several club members fished with Mark over the years and the comments have all been very positive about his approach and skill level. Mark your calendars for this one.

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031| Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Speaker: John "Rocky" Mannerino | Topic: Walleye & Bass on Heideke Lake

Our May speaker is John "Rocky" Mannerino. John is fully licensed and insured guide through the State of Illinois. He specializes in walleye and sauger fishing on HeidekeLake.

After spending 15 years as a tournament walleye fisherman on all types of water, Rocky decided to switch gears and start teaching the art of walleye and sauger fishing in the Chicago-land area. he realized that there is good fishing close to home without having to make long trips out of town. He also found personal enjoyment teaching others how to fish walleye and sauger in rivers all year long!

John is also a seminar speaker that has made numerous presentations to clubs and organization throughout Illinois. Sounds like an angler that has some of the same goals & ideals as Walleyes Unlimited USA. Be ready for another interesting presentation on waters that are close to home and overlooked by some.

Visit our updated monthly speaker line-up our site at: www.walleyesunlimitedusa.org

Lake Geneva Fishing Club News by Bob Clark

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, May 11, 2016 | 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: John Trossen of “The Pier” and www.lakegenevafishing.com | Topic: Multi – Species Fishing: Successful Geneva Lake Tactics              

John Trossen of The Pier Guide Service will be our featured speaker at this meeting. Learn from one of the most successful guides to fish Geneva.  John has fished the Geneva since the 80’s and professionally since the 90’s as a guide. He is the owner and operator of “The Pier” bait, tackle, and general store since the fall of 2000. It is located just up the road from the Linn Pier access ramp.  Trossen was one of the founding members of the Walworth County Chapter of Walleyes of Tomorrow and an advocate of Geneva muskie stocking.

While John is probably best known for his trophy walleye catches and ability to hunt down the lake’s crappie but he is well versed on all species the lake has to offer. Trossen will include a few of his successful bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, techniques at this meeting. For more information go to fishinglakegeneva.com.

It will be a real treat to have John as he does not commit to many public speaking engagements, so mark the date as you do not want to miss this meeting.

For additional information visit our website at: www.lakegenevafishingclub.com 

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report by Steve Welsh

The water temps are running 62 on the south end and 68 on the north. The water is clear and the crappie spawn is in full swing. The last three days we have been averaging about 150 a day. The big fish have not moved in yet so you go through tons of 9 to 9 1/2 in. fish with some big fish mixed in. I think the big fish are just waiting on the lake to come up. We are currently four-feet below summer pool. So you must be careful out there as there are tons of under water hazards.

Steve Welch
Website: www.lakeshelbyvilleguide.com

Kentucky Lake Fishing Report byCapt. Rich Bay

From the deck of The Kick’n Bass Fishing Pontoon
The weather has been steady for the most part this week.Weather temps have been normal this week and the sun is starting to bring the water temps up quickly. Fishing in general is picking up and steady temps will increase the bite. Fish are in prespawn and spawning modes right now. Male crappies are sporting their dark colors and the females eggs have turned runny as they get ready to drop them in a nest. With the weather settling down the same techniques that we have been using are paying off better dividends this week. Several more 2 pound plus fish this week,and the females eggs have turned runny as they get ready to drop them
in a nest.

Lake Conditions Water Clarity and Temperature …
Water is the clearest right now than all spring. The rain Thursday brought some color back to it but visibility to 2 to 3 feet is good for Ol Kentucky Lake! Water temps have risen steadily this week.  They range from about 69 to 76. The TVA has raised the lake to 359.2 elevation earlier than normal this year. Normal is 358 elevation. Still alot of floating sticks, leaves and logs in the water. Saw two big trees floating down the lake. Checked them because at a distance it almost looked like a boat. You can view the lake levels here: tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Kentucky

The spawn has begun here on the North end of Kentucky Lake. Fish are scattered from 2 feet to 22 feet. The KnB pontoon has been pulling Arkie 220 and 350 series cranks exclusively this week with our Todd Huckabee brand trolling rods. Excellent rods with a great backbone and fast tip.The reasoning for pulling cranks is just my theory from experience. The crappies move in from the main
lake into the bays to stage and feed getting ready for the spawn. Then some fish move up to spawn in the shallows while others do not. We catch the fish waiting to spawn (prespawn) and those fish who have spawned (post spawn) who need to fill up on food to transition back to the main lake. This has worked for us and we are relatively alone to fish this way. Not many folks fishing as deep
of water and still catching fish as we are. I like to cover alot of water when the fish are as scattered as they are now. They do seem to be schooling up as we have caught several doubles this week! Not to say that we never fish shallow but with the size of our boat it can be tough to sneak up on the crappies because they can be skittish.

Crappies are being caught up shallow and a few females this week. Minnows under a float about 2 feet down are working. I like to use a jig under an ESB bobber tipped with a minnow to mimic the size of shad that the fish are eating. Best colors have been pearl or chartreuse/black. Casting twister tails in Kentucky green has also worked.

Largemouth Bass:
Most of the bass fishing has moved back to main lake points and deeper secondary points and flats. Seems that up shallow many buck bass are being caught. Bass that have been caught on the toon have not had their underbellies and tails scarred up. To me that means they have not spawned. Chatterbaits, A rigs and jigs in black/blue have caught fish. Steelshad blade baits have been
catching fish on the secondary ledges.

Other species:
Bluegills and redear have started to be caught shallower. Not alot of numbers but have seen both and even a jumbo redear being cleaned. Mainly a redworm bite. Also catfish are being caught all over the lake. The shallower fish I believe are raiding the nests of spawning fish. Night crawlers have been catching cats but we also catch them on minnows and cranks. Whitebass, yellow bass
and sauger have been caught on our cranks in the deeper bays.

Capt. Rich Bay - 270-205-7603 • kylakefish@gmail.com • kicknbass.net

Salmon Unlimited Upcoming Events

General Membership Meeting, Tues, May 10th , 7:30 pm, Speaker: Richard Holm
Richard is the owner and operator of Sea Quest Lure Inc. and has been fishing the Lake for over 25 yrs. He'll be our speaker for the May 10th general meeting talking about perch fishing on the Lake. Specifically, he'll be giving a PowerPoint presentation on various perch fishing techniques employed mainly by anglers on the south end of the Lake.

Upcoming Club Meetings:
June 14 – General Membership
July 12– General Membership
August 9 – General Membership
Club Tournaments
May 7 – Club Tournament
May 21 – Club Tournament
June 11 – Club Tournament
June 25&26 – SU IL Pass the

General Membership Meetings at VFW Hall, 321 Railroad Ave, Bartlett, IL - 7:30 to 10:00 PM   www.salmonunlimitedinc.com

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

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 Chicagolandmuskiehunters@hotmail.com Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, - join MI. All are welcome! The May10th meeting is awards night- Danielle Hilbrich will talk about the effect on fishing that Aquatic Invasive Species have. And FREE PIZZA!!

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 chicagolandmuskiehunters@hotmail.com.--SUBJ:muskie

Muskie Report by Duane Landmeier

Hi all of you. I hope that you are doing well. Here are some pictures of my partner and I we finished in 9th Place at Cave Run Kentucky event of the Professional Musky Tournament Trail.

I am Duane Landmeier of Hinckley, IL. holding the fish (President of Quad County Hawg Hunters Muskies Inc. Plano, IL.) and my partner is Eric Peterson of Genoa, IL. in the green shirt It was pretty exciting. I thought that I would send all of you some information since you are in Illinois close to us.  Also a good friend of mine Kevin Nash of Aurora, IL. won the event he is also a member of the Quad County Hawg Hunters Chapter of Muskies Inc. Plano, IL.

Thanks, Duane Landmeier

Rend Lake Fishing Report from 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:  05/02/2016LAKE LEVEL: 409.21       AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 408.22     WATER TEMP:  66°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 Fishing Report by Bill Hilts Jr.

THIS WEEK        Lake Ontario and tributaries – Mark Romanack of Michigan reported that his son, Jake Romanack of Fishing 411 and Jarod Higginbotham of Yakima Bait fished the Niagara Bar Tuesday morning while filming an episode of Fishing 411 TV.  The much anticipated salmon bite kicked into high gear. The crew boated three kings over 20 pounds, plus three bonus coho and countless lake trout. The Yakima 3.5 Mag Lip plug stole the show producing all the big kings and lakers. The top colors included NFL, gold/orange flame and Pay Day. Most of the fish came in 100 feet of water, east of the Red Can.  Riggers 50 to 60 feet down produced well as did 300 foot wire rigs fished with Off Shore boards. A few coho were in the top 20 feet of water. That’s the best piece of information that we can give you with what is happening starting on Friday. If you are looking for lake trout, they seem to be all over the place. Bill Fekete of Ransomville was fishing with his son, Corey, every chance they got and have been doing well on lakers. Fire tiger pattern has been working the best – spoons or sticks. Best depth was 50 down over 70 feet of water on the Niagara Bar for them. Friday, May 6 kicks off the spring Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby – a 10 day contest that focuses much of the angling effort on the waters off Niagara County. This is the spot on the lake that offers the best chance at winning the $15,000 Grand Prize for the biggest salmon. There’s another $25,000 in other prizes, too, with divisions for salmon, brown trout, lake trout and walleye – the latter starting at one minute after midnight on May 7, the opening of walleye season in New York. Check out www.loc.org for details. Also on May 7 is the start of the Wilson Harbor Invitational Tournament. Best six salmon for the day wins the big bucks, based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound. Less than two weeks after that one is the granddaddy of trout and salmon tournaments, the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament, held out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott May 20-22. Deadline to register is May 16 atwww.lakeontarioproam.net. With a bigger emphasis on the amateurs, each single day is an event with more than 100 percent return on your registration dollar for the Amateur Open and for the Pro Division. The Don Johannes and Pete DeAngelo Memorial one fish-three fish contest is May 19 this year, another fun event leading up to the Pro-Am. Sign up at the Boat Doctors or the Slippery Sinker in Olcott; Bootleggers Cove Marina or the Gas Shack in Wilson.


2.       Lower Niagara River – Plenty of excitement around town for the Smelt Festival on Friday, May 6. Things kick off at 5 pm at Lewiston Landing. Trout fishing has been holding on, but it hasn’t been easy for sure. Steelhead and lake trout are still available with minnows or egg sacs. At the mouth of the river, the bass are just starting to turn on (catch and release only, no live bait) and Capt. Bruce Blakelock of Lewiston was guiding Mitch Grant and George Thomas of Virginia, co-owners of the Trailer Hook Pal. They were in town for a media event that was going on all week and they had some new products to use. Best baits were tubes and swim baits in a green pumpkin color. The tubes were rigged with Tube Mate Spinners by Trailer Hook Pal, a new added enticement that really seemed to trigger the fish to hit. They were just starting to turn on Tuesday and it will continue to improve as the waters continue to warm. Several fish were over 5 pounds.


3.       Upper Niagara River – The head of the river at the Buffalo Harbor was really starting to turn on for bass fishing Tuesday. Buddy Prause, VP of Sales and Marketing for Yo-Zuri, was in town from the Florida office, along with three factory reps from Japan. They were testing some new baits that really seemed to work wonders on the smallmouth, despite 43 degree water around the breakwalls. All they used were hardbaits – specifically the Hardcore Longbill Series in 90 mm Orange Tiger and Ayu, as well as the Hardcore Spin in several different colors. The blade seemed to mimic the flash of the emerald shiner. Prause caught is two personal best smallmouth on the trip and they were amazed at how good they worked in the cold water. The bite was tough overall, too, and plastics did not seem to be as effective. At least on this day. May 7 is the opening of walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger musky seasons throughout the state. However, tiger musky is still closed on the Great Lakes until the regular musky season opener on June 18 this year.

LAST WEEK    1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – The first king salmon started showing up in slightly more reliable numbers as anglers prepare for May fishing contests. However, sharing information as far as locations and details is a bit more difficult. Remember that a study on king salmon will be starting up on May 1. The primary focus is three year old kings with an adipose fin clip. Be sure to save the head of any king with a clip and deposit them into the freezers located at Fort Niagara at the fish cleaning station; Bootleggers Cove and Wilson Boat Yard in Wilson, as well as at Wilson-Tuscarora State Park; in Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina. That said, the county Fisheries Board is looking to collect a bit more information including the total number of salmon caught during the month of May. Pick up at copy of the form at the Town of Newfane Marina or emailncfdb1@gmail.com for a copy. We need your help! Trolling the shoreline for browns and Cohos with stickbaits is still an option and the lake trout bite continues to be very good out to 80 foot depths. Spoons are the lure of choice. A few trout are still up for grabs in area tributaries, but the warm water fish like bass are slowly turning on to replace the trout. Derbies and tournaments are starting up for salmon and trout very soon, with the Spring LOC Derby kicking off on Friday, May 6. There is a $15,000 Grand Prize for the biggest salmon and Niagara County is where you want to be based on previous winners. Details at www.loc.org on weigh stations and registration outlets. The Wilson Harbor Invitational Derby is set for May 7. Their website is www.wilsonharborinvitational.com.  And the granddaddy of tournaments, the 31st Annual Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament is set for May 20-22 out of the ports of Olcott and Wilson. Website iswww.lakeontarioproam.net.

2.       Lower Niagara River – Trout are still cooperating for anglers drifting and casting in the lower river, but some trips produce more bass than steelhead or lakers. Minnows or small egg sacs are the top enticement for drifters and are also working for shoreline casters. Spinners are another top casting lure. Boaters have been taking trout in the Devil’s Hole area, but the lower river sections can also be productive if the winds cooperate out in the lake at the Bar. It’s been a little lumpy out there. For all you smelters, the smelt run is still going on but it seems to be on the downhill slide. Remember that the Lewiston Smelt Festival is set for May 6 at Lewiston Landing complete with a smelt fry courtesy of the Niagara River Anglers Assn. and the Lower River Chamber of Commerce.

3.       Upper Niagara River – As the waters slowly start to warm, the perch and panfish action will continue to improve along the river shoreline and around Grand Island. Bass fishing is all catch and release with no live bait so if you are targeting largemouth or smallmouth, keep that in mind. Fishing for panfish, though, Emerald shiners are the bait of choice. Buffalo Boat Harbor is seeing a fair amount of keeper perch being caught on shiners, too. 

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

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

LAST WEEK   Anglers had to deal with lots of rain and colder weather this weekend up on Lake of the Woods. Pike fishing was decent with some reports of big fish in the bays. Big pike over 40" are traditional in Four Mile Bay, Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay which have open water. Using a large bobber with a frozen cisco just off or on bottom worked best as the fish are somewhat lethargic still. Most of the lake is still ice covered.

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing dropped off slightly from the previous week due to rain and cold but anglers still pulled a pile of dinosaurs from the depths. The most popular sturgeon rig is a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker, 18" lead and 5/0 circle hook loaded with crawlers, frozen shiners, or frozen ciscos. Find a deeper hole in the river and still fish on the bottom. Good numbers of sturgeon being boated up and down the river. Please take good care of these prehistoric fish by not grabbing gills and supporting weight horizontally vs vertically. For the spring, the keep season is April 24 - May 7. Catch and release 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 www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

THIS WEEK -  The weather was beautiful this weekend besides some wind at times. Pike fishing was good with reports of big fish in the bays.  Using  a frozen cisco just off or on bottom worked best as the fish are somewhat lethargic. Some anglers caught casting lures into the shallows as well.  Most of the Lake is open and free of ice with the only remaining ice in Muskeg Bay and some amongst the islands.

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing was in full force with mixed varying results.  Some boats had lots of success and others were quieter.  With the current moving pretty quickly this week, at least a 4-5 oz no roll sinker was required to stay on bottom combined with a sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers, frozen shiners, or frozen ciscos.  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.  For the spring, the keep season ends May 7.  Catch and release again May 8 - 15.

Up at the NW angle, resorts and guides are gearing up for the MN Fishing Opener May 14th.  With mainly open water, there is more boat activity amongst resorts.  Lodging, guides, charters, area attractions and more at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

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


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