Latest Reports October 28, 2016 - Update

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Illinois River Report by Don Dziedzina

This past weekend I fished the Illinois River in the Ottawa Pool.  Talking with one boater, he mentioned getting several sauger near the mouth of the Fox River.  For me, fishing was slow.  One 17 inch largemouth bass was caught in a back water area where water was moving through a tube.   The fish was caught on a 3 inch white wacky worm.  If fished with Roger Wright and we tried minnows for sauger and crappies but had no success.  Water temps on the surface were 60-61 degrees.  Winds were high.  Still it was a great day to be on the water.

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.


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


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. 



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 Good 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:  10/23/2016


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.

Chicago River Report 10/10 – 10/16 by Capt. Pat Harrison

Water temps have come down to around 63 degrees on the surface and fish are moving. We've been reeling them in from tight against concrete walls in 18' of water. While I was also tracking a ton on the Humminbird at around 8' - 10' as well.

Small crank baits, jig and worm, and my personal favorite 1/8 oz. white jig and a 1 ½ white twister tail was the presentation of choice. The Bass absolutely love it!

Other species caught were Crappie, Bluegill, Warmouth, Perch, Catfish and a Tilapia.

Fish ranged for 4” to 13”. We boated a couple hundred in total throughout the week. All fish were CPR (catch photo release).

The next few weeks fishing should get better and better as the water temps drop and the fish put the feed bags on for winter. Looking for numbers and size of Bass to go way up. We didn’t do much Lake Michigan fishing due to wind and weather.

I'll be back at it this Wednesday (10/19). Hoping to get out on the Lake a bit if the weather lets us. Otherwise I may be starting to run up the South branch.

Make sure to follow me on Facebook for realtime updates.

Thanks Capt. Pat Harrison

Local Pond report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don, (last week)  Despite the cold front that pushed through, Muskie were still active at Shabbona. Double 10 bucktails produced a few follows, but no hookups. Water temps are 60-61 with visibility at about foot. Water was clearer at southern end of the lake.  Leaves have just started to turn. Should be prime in about week and half.  Highlight of the day had to be the two eagles that did a flyby over my head. One had a fish in its talons. Very cool. 

(This week) Bass are being caught on a variety of baits on area lakes. Work Pop-R's for topwater early morning hours. Overcast days best. The rest of the morning and early evening bass can be caught on chatterbaits, jigs, and lipless crankbaits.  TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team

Illinois Deer archery report

Through Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 6,235 deer, compared to 8,868 for the same period in 2015.

Harvest  to date has consisted of 71% does and 29% males (4425; 1810).  Top five counties were Pike (228), Fulton (167), Adams (159), Jefferson (151), and JoDaviess (140).   A table of county results is attached.

Up-to-date archery harvest figures (for either deer or turkey) by county/state sites can be tracked on the web at

Paul Shelton, Manager - Forest Wildlife Program

Kentucky Lake fishing report for October 20, 2016 by Capt. Rich Bay

From the deck of the Kick’n Bass pontoon

The last several weeks have been excellent fishing weather temps and catching rates. Every fish that swims in the lake has been hitting cranks including a 4 to 5  foot longnose gar that broke off near the toon. He took my crankbait with him but not sure that I really wanted him in the boat! Crappies are great and we have even boated numerous catfish. The yellowbass have been keeping us busy in between crappies. We have had several sauger this week also but no giants…yet!

Lake conditions

Water temps are 69 degrees in the morning and warming up to about 75.5 degrees in the afternoons. These temps are perfect which means Crappie time!! Water color on the main lake is clear to about 3 feet. Levels are at 354.5 which is darn near winter pool and normal for this time of year. The TVA is pulling just enough water to keep the level where it is now for the foreseeable future.

You can view the lake levels here:


Crappies are on fire right now and even though their bellies are already bulging from shad they are still feeding heavily for the winter months. I have been pulling Arkie crankbaits in the 220, 250 and 350 series for weeks now. Fish have been caught in 8 feet out to 20 feet in all areas of the lake. Average speed of 1.8 mph has been my best speed but on the windy days I have gone up to 2.2 mph and have still caught fish. Lately any lure with at least some pink on it has been the best choice. Put in your time on the water and it pays off. I see this feeding frenzy picking up now that the water has cooled and the crops are schooling up.


The white and yellow bass report is basically the same. Whitebass and Yellowbass are scattered on river channels and shallow flats mid lake. Also in some of the deeper bays. We haven’t fished for them in a while but we have caught quite a few. The yellows seem to be all over the lake right now. They have really put on the feed bag now. The average size for yellows has been great this fall…some in the 11 inch range and real fighters.


Bass have been caught mainly in the bays from the main lake points all the way to the back in 2 feet of water. Topwaters, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms have been best baits. The BFL this past weekend sported many huge bags of fish…both large and smallmouth bass.


We caught many channel cats and a few blues while pulling cranks this week. Also saw a bunch of cats at the cleaning station that were caught jugging.


I did not get the chance to fish for gills and redears this week so I do not have a report. We did catch several in 12 feet of water on crankbaits though.

HiTec Outdoor Open House

Hitec Outdoor Pro Shop is hosting an open house Friday October 28th from 12 to 5pm, and Saturday the 29th from 9am to 3pm. Along with other seminars, Captain Rich will be presenting a seminar on pulling crankbaits, sharing his experience and knowledge of this technique that’s catching on. The Pro Shop is located at 3243 E. US-68, Benton, KY. Hope to see you there. For more info go to


Thanks for the pictures Rich! Had a wonderful time fishing with you. We will spread a good word!
—Linda and Don B, Troy, Mo.

Captain Rich!

Fall Colors Report from Travel Wisconsin

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More than 100 fall color reporters throughout the state provide updates for all 72 counties, making the Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report the most timely and comprehensive report available. It is updated "virtually live," meaning reporters from chambers of commerce, visitor bureaus, tourism organizations and state parks and forests update their area’s status as conditions change.

Wi Women Fish report by Barb Carey

WI Women Fish held it’s 10th Annual Fish Camp in Mercer, WI last weekend.  This year’s theme was chosen by a logo contest and Rikki Pardun’s, “Rosie the Riveter, holding a fish” won.  Three adjacent Iron County resorts, Donner's, Cedar Cove, and Cedar Lodge were filled. A new record attendance brought 70 women from five states including IA, IL, MI, WI and MN. The three day fishing clinic included various seminars, guest speakers, a fun tournament, and the annual WI Women Fish club awards. This annual event started 10 years ago with a group of 20 women camping and fishing from shore.
Over the last decade, the membership, along with the skills, have increased significantly. All of the anglers were able to get out on the water in boats, and hundreds of fish were caught. Fish were even caught on the lures sponsors provided in the goodie bags. The event was held on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, and the fall colors put on quite a show. The morning fog created an interesting start to the Sunday morning tournament. Laughter and cheers could be heard coming from boats, indicating some were catching fish. The dense fog kept boats fairly close to the shore until the sun burned it off.
The Annual Club Awards were a special part of the weekend. Kori Snedigar won Angler of the Year; Christina Lemke, Rookie of the Year; Bonnie Timm, Most Improved Boater; Rikki Pardun, Service Award; Pat McGrath, Most Determined Angler; Paula Wilson, Most Improved Angler; Samantha Sukupcak the Mentor Award, and Holly Hanson, Meritorious Service Award for 10 years of contributions.
Sponsors of the event included Lund Boats, Jerry's Sport Service, Clam Outdoors, Plano, Cabela’s, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, Rod Sox, Off Shore Tackle, Turtle River Trading Co., Wampum Shop, Subway, Costa Sunglasses, IL Outdoors, RP Custom Lures, Northland Fishing Tackle, Dorn Hardware, Pure Fishing, St. Croix Rods, St. Croix Adventures, Skyline Lodge, Keweenaw Tackle Company, Vexilar, Ego Nets, Gateway Lodge, Ontario Women Anglers, Seafoam, Traditions Media, Great Wild Radio Show, Hobie, Hot Spots Maps,Cubby Mini-Mites, and Two Way Fillet.
2017 Fish Camp will be held at the same location on Oct. 6th - 8th.

Lake of the Woods, Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Excellent fall fishing continues!  Walleye in 15-25 feet of water with a jig and a minnow all along south shore, Pine Island, Long Point, Zippel Bay and up north near Garden, Knight Bridges Islands and NW Point. Both gaps, Morris Point and Lighthouse producing walleyes.  Bright colors or gold tipped with a frozen or live shiner. Good numbers of jumbo perch along south shore mixed in with walleye and saugers. Big pike active in bays.


The Rainy River walleye fishing is going well. Definitely good numbers of walleyes in the River. Some big fish also.  Anywhere from Four Mile Bay all the way up to Birchdale eyes are being caught in good numbers. These fish are transient, but once you find them, game on.  Jig and a shiner doing best. Pink, gold and glow.  15-25' of water.  Mornings / evenings are best. Sturgeon bite has been strong.

Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes in 12 to 30 feet.  Jigging the preferred method. Gold, pink and green tipped with minnows have been hot. Areas to check out are the gap between Oak and Flag Islands, Soldier Point, South side of Oak and Hay Islands. On the Ontario side, crappie action continues with quite a few nice slabs! Look for deep points off Islands 30 feet or more and places where sunken trees and timber are present. Use electronics to locate schools of fish, then use a jig and minnow or plastic combo to put slabs in the boat. Walleye fishing continues to be lights out! Depths of 15 to 30 feet have been best with a jig and minnow combo being the best producer. Points and bays best.  Musky anglers trolling large crankbaits with success, lots of big fish. Red is hot color. Resorts and guides are available at


Joe Henry - Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism |
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