Outdoor News and Reports September 7, 2016

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Chicago River Report by Capt. Pat Harrison

Surface temps in the mid to lower 70’s and the fish are moving a bit. We caught Bass on jigs and plastics in water from 4 to 18 feet fishing the River and out on the lake. The river is starting to turn on a little some nice Crappie and big gills on small plastic baits. Had a couple out from Sweden that really enjoyed the River and Lake Michigan and they caught fish. Saturday had a friend Vic (Buster) and Mike out for Busters Birthday Cruise, and it started more like a cruise than a fishing trip we fished quite a few spots before we finally got fish to go. We ended up with some pretty nice fish Bass 12”’ to 17” Crappie up to about 12” and some Gills. Buster caught his best gill to date just over 10”. At weeks end I was thinking it was Great having air and water temps in the 70’s and I am listening to the weather for today and the next few days Heat Index 100 degrees. May take a little work to find them but we will. Enjoy your week and fish on.

Capt.Pat Harrison

Salmon Unlimited Hook'n Line Newsletter by Mark Sandahl

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Mark Sandahl - Hook'n Line Editor

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray

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:  09/05/2016LAKE LEVEL: 408.98      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 405.89     WATER TEMP:  80°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 Waters report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,Bass on area lakes have been good as water temps continue to cool down with the cooler nights. Focus on outside weedlines during evening hours. Finesse presentations are key to numbers. 4 1/4 inch senkos and drop shot worms have been best.

Smallmouth have been very good on area creeks. Work 3 inch craw imitation baits on a 1/0 keeper hook. Work the bait slowly over the bottom during mowing hours.

Fishing will only get better as we approach the fall season.   TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team

Illinois DNR News

Resident Archery Deer Permits:  Resident combination and antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor link here: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx

Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits:  Illinois Non-Resident Archery Deer combination permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors.  The Illinois Archery Deer Season is Oct. 1, 2016 through Jan. 15, 2017.

Firearm Deer Permits:  Illinois Firearm Deer permits and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits remaining after this year’s lottery drawings will be available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors beginning Oct. 18.

Hunting and Trapping Digest:  The Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2016-2017 edition is available in PDF format on the IDNR website: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/HuntingTrappingDigests.aspx

Youth Deer Permits:  Resident and non-resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. The Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 8-10, 2016. For more information: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Pages/YouthFirearmDeerHunting.aspx

Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits:  Hunters may apply online for the Illinois 2016 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program.  The second lottery application period deadline is Sept.14 for those unsuccessful resident applicants from the first lottery, residents who didn’t apply in the first lottery, and non-residents.  The third lottery application period will be Sept. 15-28.  All initial applications must be made online: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx

Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun Permits:  Hunters may apply for the third lottery for 2016 Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun permits through Sept. 19.  The dates for the Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun season are Oct. 22-30.  For more information:  www.dnr.Illinois.gov/hunting/turkey

Controlled Pheasant Permits:  Hunters can apply online now for 2016-17 Illinois controlled pheasant hunting opportunities available at 18 IDNR sites.  Fourteen of the sites are operated by the IDNR, while four other sites are managed by concessionaire T. Miller, Inc.  For application information, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov or www.tmillerinc.com.

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

So  soon into fall fishing
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 Sept. 13 meeting will feature Bill Schwartz of Slammer Tackle on Fall Trolling

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

Walleyes Unlimited Info by Bob Clark

RECAP OF EVENTS:September 2016
Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | Note change from August Media Release Speaker: Doug Wegner – Fishing Guide | Topic: Early Ice Walleye & Pike in Southeast Wisconsin
Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031| Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | Speaker: Kevin Yeska – FLW Angler | Topic: Jigging Heavy Grass for Bass – Southern Wisconsin
October 2016
Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | Speaker: Paul Delany - Late Eyes Sportfishing Guide Service, LLC | Topic: Shallow Water WalleyesIllinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | Speaker: Andy Bushman – Bushman Sport-Fishing Team | Topic: Late Fall Fishing in Door County Best Regards,

Bob Clark
Secretary and Media Director - Walleyes Unlimited USA

Greater Niagara Fishing Forecast for Sept. 8, 2016  by Bill Hilts, Jr.

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – The $25,000 winner in the Fall LOC Derby was Drew Kersic of Philadelphia with a 34 pound, 9 ounce king out of Oswego. He caught it the second last day of the 18 day contest – his first salmon ever on his first fishing trip ever on Lake Ontario. He’s already booked his charter with Capt. Chad Gehrig and “Son of a Gun” for next year. Salmon were caught during the derby all along the lakeshore and the largest caught locally was a 33 pound, 8 ounce king caught by Derrick Martek of Clearfield, PA while fishing with Capt. Harry Zimmerman of Northfork Charters. It was caught on a DW spoon, placing 4th. Mature salmon are continuing to stage and one of the hotspots right now is the drop off at the Niagara Bar. Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown sends word that fish are holding in 100 to 150 feet of water and flasher-fly is the way to go. Green has been a good color. In Olcott, Wes Walker reports salmon in 60 to 90 feet of water; even shallower under low light conditions. A few salmon and brown trout are starting to show up off the piers, too. Cast heavy spoons like Cleos and Wobblers. A mix of trout and salmon are also available out deep. In the harbors, panfish, pike and bass are available. Not too much to report at Burt Dam. We heard a few browns caught but it was mostly bass and a mix of other fish. Continuing with the LOC Derby, the Niagara USA area did extremely well in the other two divisions – brown trout and steelhead. In the Brown Trout category, the top three fish came from the waters between Wilson and Olcott. First place was Skip Foster of Wilson using a Bay Rat Lure, a stickbait, called “My Secret” behind a dipsy set back 120 feet in 50 feet of water. His son, Scott, also caught the third place brown, a 15 pound, 13 ounce fish on the same day. Second place was Dennis Stabler of Lockport with a 17 pound brown. In the steelhead class, John Jankowski of Sloan reeled in a 15 pound, 15 ounce fish off Olcott and Wilson, 65 feet down over 490 feet of water with a doctored up DW black and silver spoon dressed up with a pink ladderback. Overall, more than 50 percent of all the winning fish came from Niagara USA waters! Go to www.loc.org for a complete leaderboard.
  2. Lower Niagara River – Bass fishing in the river has been pretty good. So has the walleye fishing, especially on the Bar off the mouth. For bass, Capt. Bruce Blakelock has been using tubes and Ned rigs to take smallmouth up to 5 pounds. Last week, Kim Stricker and the Hook ‘n Look TV Show were putting a hurt on smallmouth and then filming the bottom structure to show off why the fish were hanging out there. They also used a drone to show the effects of current. Look for that episode of the show in February. For walleye, the duo of John Van Hoff and Randy Tyrrell of N. Tonawanda did well with worm harnesses, catching fish up to 12 pounds. A few fish are being caught off the NYPA platform, but only a couple have been salmon. Mostly it’s been a mix of other fish … including a musky.
  3. Upper Niagara River – Bass fishing in the upper river has been decent, but you do have to work for them. To find out more about upper river bass fishing, check out the new outdoor page with the Buffalo News this Thursday … and every Thursday. Bill Hilts, Jr. shares his insights each week. He no longer writes for Niagara Falls and Lockport papers after making the switch to the Buffalo News last week. For musky, the Niagara Musky Assn. is recommending that you NOT target those fish because it’s just too warm. Water temps are 75 degrees right now. If you do catch a musky incidentally, don’t take it out of the water – release it immediately. Be aware that if you are taking a picture of a musky, do NOT hold it vertically. That’s a no-no. Horizonally-positioned fish only. Be sure to like the Niagara USA Fishing and Outdoors Facebook page, too!

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation
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Lake Geneva Fishing Club Info by Bob Clark

Recap of events:
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 5:30 PM | Big Foot Archers | N960 Hillside Drive | Lake Geneva, WI. 53147 | (262) 275-3889 | Speaker: Luke Roffler – WI DNR Biologist | Topic: Geneva Lake Status & Proposed DNR Regulations | Plus Fishing Report Discussion led by Guide Billy Heim – The Night Prowler
Note meeting date, time, and Location change. We will not meet at Cabela’s for this meeting.Guest Fee (dinner included) for this meeting - $15.00; Beverages avaialble for purchase
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Dave Floberg LGFC Member – 2015 Angler of the Year | Topic: October Is Football Season – Catching Football Sized Geneva Smallmouth
Note – November Meeting will be the Annual Member Award Banquet
There will be NO Speaker!Best Regards,

Bob Clark, Lake Geneva Fishing Club - Media Relations/Speakers
Lake Geneva Fishing Club http://lakegenevafishingclub.com

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

September has arrived along with cooler nights.  Having options on Lake of the Woods right now will improve your chances of boating more fish. Trolling crankbaits in 30-34' 10 miles out of Lighthouse Gap is producing nice walleyes. Chrome, blue, red, and a purple-pink are hot colors. The scattered schools are starting to move closer in to shore. Pulling spinners and vertical jigging with a jig and a minnow in 12-18 feet producing some nice fish.  Reefs are holding walleyes with a few pike thrown in the mix.  Smallies are active on shallow rocks and shoreline structure.

On the Rainy River, rain continues to be a factor but the fishing is heating up regardless. As fall approaches, Rainy River fall fishing can be excellent as shiners run up the river and walleyes are close behind.  As of right now covering lots of water to find fish is key.  More walleyes are showing up in 4 Mile Bay and at mouth of river each day as the water cools.  Anglers sturgeon fishing boating some nice dinos this week. Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing has moved to bays and shallow water. Walleye and saugers are being caught in 10-13 feet around Flag Island and Oak Island, and in 16-27 feet south of Oak.  Some drifting with spinners in shallower areas.  Others trolling cranks away from structure with success.  Spinners with bottom bouncers are best option but pulling plugs while downrigging or using leadcore good as well. In Ontario waters, walleyes in 14-24 feet and 20-32 feet and moving daily. Crappies starting to school up in deep holes. Good electronics are helpful in finding walleyes this time of year as they are in many different places and depths.  Muskies being boated in Minnesota and Canadian waters. Cast large bucktails, stickbaits and subsurface baits over rock points, reefs and shorelines as they begin to pack on the pounds throughout the fall! Resorts, guides, and hot deals at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism

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