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Outdoor News for August 25, 2016 Photos are at the end of this Post.
Chicago River Report by Pat Harrison
Last week was a hot one surface temps in the mid eighties most of the week with rain and hi temps. We worked hard to get fish a couple trips were put off due to weather etc. Two ½ day trips for Saturday were a wash due to weather it cleared up in the afternoon but clients decided before that to rebook the trip. Got out Sunday and got a pleasant surprise surface temps 67 to 72 degrees about a 15 to 20 degree change depending on where you were. There was a lot of boat traffic due to the air show but the fish were moving a bit and we got a few to make their way into the boat. By the time I got off the river at 6;30 the surface temps were back up in the mid seventies. With these cooler nights and morning the temps are going to start to drop through out the water column and the fish are going to start to turn on I’m looking forward to an improvement for sure. This coming week should start to produce some nice fish. Yesterday we had a couple smallies about 17/18 inches and lost a Nice Large mouth at boat side about 18 to 20 but the ones that get away are always Bigger. Here’s hoping next weeks report has some nice catches reported. Have a Great week Fish on.
Pat Harrison - Guide
2016 Rayjus Outdoors – Oak Lawn Community High School Bass Tournament
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Hey Don, Top water bite for bass have been good on area lakes. Popping baits like the pop r have been best. Bass slowed after the cold front pushed through. Working a BPS tri-color worm on a drop shot rig along outside weedlines took larger bass. Key was working the bait slowly. TTYL
Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team
|SPECIES||RATING||BAIT OF CHOICE||SUGGESTED LOCATIONS||REGULATIONS|
|LARGEMOUTH BASS||Good||Minnows spinner baits, worms, and black and blue jigs.||Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks||14” minimum length limit, 6 daily creel limit. 1 fish daily creel limit in PONDS 14” minimum length.|
|CRAPPIE||Excellent||Meal worms. Small & medium minnows. Quarter-ounce pink and white tub jigs.||From shore, fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. Try the Gun Creek Area. Fish the main lake drop off areas.||25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer|
|BLUEGILL||Good||Small jigs, worms, meal worms, wax worms, crickets.||From shore try Sailboat Harbor. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks.||10 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.|
|CHANNELCATFISH||Excellent||Large minnows, leeches, Hoss’s Hawg Bait, night crawlers, and Sonny’s stink bait.||Try leeches in moving water. Drift fish the flats. Set line 3-4’ from the shore over rocks. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area.||6 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.Jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.|
|WHITE BASS||Fair||In-line spinners, jig and curly tail grubs.||Reports of fish being caught around the 154 bridges. Fish around along the rocks and drop-offs Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes.||20 fish creel limit.No more than 3 fish 17” or longer daily|
|Information as of: 08/21/2016LAKE LEVEL: 410.16 AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.15 WATER TEMP: 81°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 Fishing Forecast for Friday, August 26, 2016 by Bill Hilts, Jr.
1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – The Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey and Lake Ontario Counties derbies are dominating the catching scene as things settle back into more favorable conditions after some nasty winds blew through and messed the lake up. On Monday, it was cold water everywhere but by Tuesday places like the Niagara Bar had fish stacked up like cord wood as Karen Evarts at the Boat Doctor put it. That was confirmed by Walt Zebker and Mike Mongan of Grand Island as they reported excellent fishing at the drop off in 65 to 80 feet of water. That drop sees the bottom plummet from 60 to 220 feet in a very short amount of time and running your baits along that ledge was the ticket for both salmon and lake trout. Best bait set-up for them was a cutbait rig and a double-crush glow spin doctor with a no-see-em fly on or near the bottom. To the east, off Wilson and Olcott, trollers are still working the 50 to 100 foot stretch for mature kings getting ready to stage. Flasher-fly, cutbait, J-plugs and even magnum spoons will all take fish according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. The deep water program was returning to normal … if you can stay out of the weeds. Trout and salmon are available from the 24 to the 27 line south of the Niagara river current or north of the 31 line or north of the Niagara River current. Primarily spoons for a mix of fish. Some nice browns have been taken inside 55 feet of water. Just ask Dennis Stabler of Lockport who hit a 17 pounder to lead both the Fish Odyssey and LOC Derby – taking a spin doctor and fly in 55 feet of water. The inaugural Reelin’ for a Cure last Friday was a resounding success according to Stephanie Pierleoni of Newfane. They had 12 ladies teams signed up and the winning team was"Hooked on a Cure" fishing with Dave Peterson aboard the Hotline boat. They scored a six fish limit that totaled 117.11 points - based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound. Second place went to Smelting Hearts fishing with Capt. Kurt Driscoll and his Stalker boat with a score of 115.07 points. Big fish in the contest went to Chrissy's Crew, fishing with 716 Sportfishing and Capt. Matt Bedient with a 20.94 pound king salmon. Congrats to all of the winners in the Orleans County Rotary Derby that ended last Sunday. Grand Prize was a 30 pound, 14 ounce king salmon reeled in by Julie Schaeffer of Sligo, Pennsylvania. Top steelhead was a 14 pound, 1 ounce fish caught Robert Griffith of Akron, Ohio. Scott Bengsch of Webster had the top lake trout with 21 pounds, 1 ounce and Patrick Pullinzi of Hamlin was the leading brown trout catcher at 15 pounds, 7 ounces. The Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby is underway and some impressive catches have been coming to the scales. Grand Prize leader for the $25,000 check is a 33 pound, 13 ounce king caught by Richard Clark of Tyler Hill, Pennsylvania while fishing out east. Go to www.loc.org for details. The 40th Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby honoring the late, great Capt. Jeremiah Heffernan, is also underway through Sunday. Some nice fish have come to the weigh in sites in Niagara, Erie and Orleans counties including Mike Pinkham’s 28 pound, 7 ounce king; Jim Janese with a 24 and a half pound carp; Dave Muir’s 6 pound, 6 ounce smallmouth bass; Richard Barber with a 15 pound, 2 ounce lake trout; and Chris Pitek with an 11 pound, 15 ounce walleye caught on the Niagara Bar. Nice fish in the Junior Division, too. Check out www.fishodyssey.net for a leaderboard. It’s still not too late to register and kids are free!
2. Lower Niagara River - Speaking of walleye, the Niagara River Anglers Assn. will give it another go this Saturday for its Lower River Walleye Contest after the event was postponed last weekend. Sign up at Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. All the action will be held at the Lewiston Landing area, including the weigh in. Best two fish. For more info call Mike Heylek at 510-9750. A few walleye are being caught but most anglers are being tight-lipped on the action as they prepare for the contest. Worm harnesses or yellow sally flies with a spinner and a worm are the tried and true methods. Bass continue to be spotty, but there have been some nice smallmouth caught from shore along Artpark with in-line spinners in blue and silver. The first salmon of the year have shown up in small numbers in the lower Niagara River.
3. Upper Niagara River – Bass action continues to be decent, but some of the better fishing has been in Canadian Waters. If you are fishing in Canadian waters, make sure you call in to Customs and report your entry. Passports are now at the top of the list when you call in, but you can get by with an enhanced driver’s license. A third option is a driver’s license and a birth certificate. Capt. Terry Jones of 1stClass Bass reports that tube jigs have been working in some of the deeper holes in the river. In fact, he noted that a 7 pound, 3 ounce smallmouth was caught from Thompson’s Hole last weekend during a local bass club contest – a tournament that was won by Ted Barth of Bolivar with 18-plus pounds. Many of his winning catch were reeled in at the head of the river. Lyndon Hilts of Gasport is in third place in the Odyssey with a 5 pound, 4 ounce upper river smallie caught on a tube. Look for some deeper holes this time of year. Some big sheepshead are also being reported.
Walleye fishing continues to be good as the walleyes have the feed bags on. Water temps starting to slowly cool. Drifting with spinners, anchoring and jigging, and downrigging crankbaits all were successful depending upon the location. 28-32 feet still holding fish four miles out of Lighthouse Gap. Jig and minnow has been good. Gold, pink, white, blue, and silver for colors. Scattered schools across the lake to Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point catching good numbers of fish. Reefs along with "no man's land" holding walleyes . Trolling crankbaits still very effective. Smallies are active along shoreline structure.
On the Rainy River, some eyes being boated daily but lots of rain Friday night dirtied the water. Anglers pulling cranks and spinners as top choice to cover as much water as possible. Bass biting well. Sturgeon fishing is slow but many spotted jumping or "breaching". Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30.
Up at the NW Angle, fishing in 18-22 feet with orange, green and gold spinners tipped with shiners and crawlers on warmer days and 20-27 feet when its cooler. Fish have been caught in mud and rubble rock, west bar off Little Oak, Crow Duck, west bar off Garden Island and in the mud south of Oak Island. Spinners outproducing downrigging. Crappies are being found in deep holes of 26-30 feet. In Ontario waters, spinners are successful but the jig bite is back. The preferred depth is 24-30 feet on top of reefs, saddles, points, and wind swept areas. For muskies a large percentage of fish seen are being caught, patience is key. Bucktails, stickbaits and topwater producing over bare rocks, reeds with rocks and rocks adjacent deep water. Resorts, guides, and hot deals at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.
Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism