Latest Outdoor News, November 11, 2016 - Update

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LATEST NEWS AND REPORTS

Illinois Deer Archery Harvest Report

Through Sunday, November 6, 2016, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 25,479 deer, compared to 25,677 for the same period in 2015.

Harvest  to date has consisted of 51% does and 48% males (13065: 12414), but harvest during the past week was 2/3 male as rutting activity increased.  Top five counties were Pike (968), Fulton (679), Adams (598), Jefferson (579), andJoDaviess (541).   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 athttp://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/IDNRHarvestQuery.aspx

Paul Shelton, Manager - Forest Wildlife Program

Salmon Unlimited News from Mark Sandahl, Hook'n Line Editor

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Walleyes Unlimited News by Bob Clark

November 2016 - Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | Speaker:  Luke Roffler | Topic: Proposed Walleyes Regulation Changes for Southeast Wisconsin

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | Speaker: Club Member Panel Discussion Featuring - Bob Needles, Mike Orawiec & Steve Everetts | Topic: Late Season Trolling on Lake Erie

Illinois Department of Natural Resources News

Upland Hunting: What are the prospects for the 2016-17 pheasant, quail and rabbit seasons in Illinois? Check the IDNR website for the annual hunting prospects reports prepared by the IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources.  The links to the reports can be found on the IDNR website at: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame/Pages/PheasantQuailAndRabbitAnnualStatusReports.aspx

Remaining Firearm Deer Permits: A limited number of Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors through Dec. 4, or until quotas are exhausted.  Find a vendor near you at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx

Archery Deer and Fall Turkey Permits:  Illinois Archery Deer and Illinois Archery Fall Turkey seasons are open through Jan. 15, 2017.  Permits are available over-the-counter at DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor near you at this link:  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx

CWD Sampling: Deer hunters statewide are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing from adult deer they harvest.  Check the IDNR website at this link for locations that are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads through Jan. 15, 2017:http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/programs/CWD/Documents/CWDSamplingLocations.pdf

Spring Turkey Applications:  Resident hunters may now apply for the first lottery for 2017 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online. Go to the IDNR website for more information at this link: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/TurkeyHunting.aspx

The application deadline for the first lottery for 2017 resident spring turkey permits is Dec. 1, 2016.

Online Free Site Hunting Permits:  Hunters are reminded that Free Site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) to hunt upland, forest game and waterfowl at IDNR sites are available online from the IDNR website athttps://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/PublicHuntingAreas.aspx.

Follow the link to windshield card page. For information or assistance, hunters should contact the site where they intend to hunt.

Hunting Regulations:  For information on Illinois hunting seasons and regulations, click here for the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2016-2017http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/HuntTrapDigest.pdf

For information on waterfowl hunting seasons and regulations in Illinois, click on the Illinois Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2016-2017 here: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/DigestWaterfowlHuntingRegulations.pdf

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray

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. Route 154 Causeway!  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. 
CHANNEL

CATFISH

 

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:  11/06/2016

LAKE LEVEL: 406.49      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 405.05     WATER TEMP:  64°F

Local Ponds Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

THIS WEEK - Hey Don, Hit the Illinois River the other day. The river rose 2 feet from the rains on Wednesday. River was still fishable with clarity around 8 inches. Sauger were decent early morning hours under lower light conditions. Focus on slack areas with a jig and minnow. Water temps were 56-57 so sauger are still spread out. White bass were slow in the Vermillon as it was up and dirty river with good current flow.

Crappie are good on area lakes during mid day hours on road runners. Bass remain good as well on lipless crankbaits. Sunny days are best.   TTYL

LAST WEEK - 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.

Hey Don,  Bass have been good on area lakes. Work jigs and lipless crankbaits during the late morning and early afternoon hours. Sunny warmer days in-between fronts have produced best consistent bite. Crappie have been good also on lipless cranks as well.  TTYL
Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Huskeroutdoors
Waterworks fishing team

Lake Geneva Fishing Club News from Bob Clark

We Welcome New Members to the Lake Geneva Fishing Club.  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.

Note – November Meeting will be the Annual Member Award Banquet.   There will be NO Speaker!

Greater Niagara Fishing Forecast by Bill Hilts Jr.

THIS WEEK

Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

Lake Ontario and tributaries – With high winds in the forecast today, you might be better off waiting to cast a lure. DEC reminds us that tomorrow, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – is a free fishing day for any veteran out there that wants to dunk a worm or wet a line. Go to the DEC website at dec.ny.gov to find our more details. Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott reported a fresh push of kings, but it was a smaller school of fish. The numbers of browns in 18 Mile Creek have increased, too. With water temps below 60 degrees, the steelhead won’t be far behind. Pike and perch are regulars in Wilson and Olcott harbors. Some browns and steelies are being reported in Wilson, too, but in much smaller numbers. When you can get on the piers at Olcott, browns and a few coho salmon were reported. Spoons and spinners work off the piers, but you can drift egg sacs or skein under a float, too. The latter works at the dam along with egg imitations. In the King of the Creek contest run by All in the Same Boat Tackle in Newfane, it was Josh Wittcop as the Grand Prize winner in the Stream Division with a 27.93 pound king.  Bob Rustowicz was the Grand Prize winner of the Boat Division with a 29.85 pound salmon.

Lower Niagara River – Not too many salmon are left in the Devil’s Hole area. Those salmon have been replaced by trout. Water temps are around the 55 degree mark and shore anglers are doing well along Artpark on lake trout and the occasional steelhead. Casting spoons or spinners should produce fish. Best colors have been green and orange, but don’t be afraid to mix it up. Egg sacs or egg imitations under a float should trick a trout to hit, as well. Boaters are also focused on either Artpark or the Niagara Bar at the mouth of the river near Fort Niagara. Kwikfish or Mag Lips fished off three-way rigs is the way to go. Remember that Lake Trout season is closed so release those fish as quickly as you can … unharmed. If you want to try and target bass, try drifting a minnow or toss out a tube jig

Upper Niagara River – Musky action has picked up a little the past week. In the Niagara Musky Assn.’s Tim Wittek Memorial Tourney last weekend, the top three fish were caught trolling, jigging and casting – in that order. Ken Szymanski of Buffalo was the top fish catcher with a 48-inch musky. Quite a few smaller fish were also reported. All were released unharmed. The musky season in the upper river and Lake Erie will end on Nov. 30. Bass action should also be picking up in that section of river. The regular bass season also ends Nov. 30.

 

LAST WEEK

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – The big news locally was the announcement yesterday that three poachers – we can’t call them fishermen – took two enforcement agencies on a wild fish chase around the Burt Dam area of 18 Mile Creek. They were finally caught and brought to justice. In their possession were 69 salmon ranging from 5 to 35 pounds, using weighted treble hooks at night to illegally take the fish. They were charged with 32 violations. Yes, 69 fish in one night. If you were wondering why the salmon run has been down a bit when you arrive in the morning, this could very well be one of the reasons. It’s highly unlikely that this is the first time that this has ever happened. It’s important to police our own ranks. There are nearly 70 fish that law-abiding citizens CAN’T catch. Call 844-DEC ECOs for any fish and game law infraction. You can remain anonymous. In the meantime, despite the illegal activity, there has still been some decent numbers of fish around at Burt Dam and in 18 Mile Creek. At the dam, eggs or egg imitations top the list of best baits to use for salmon. Brown trout like small flies, egg sacs and live bait like worms. Down the creek further, some salmon are still being caught in some of the deeper holes from boat by using treated egg skein under a float. Casters off the piers – at least when you can get out there – are doing pretty well on brown trout right now. Cast spoons or spinners. Both harbors – Wilson and Olcott – are good spots for pike and perch. If you want to target bass, both largemouth and smallmouth can be caught. The Wilson pier is a good spot for browns, too.
  2. Lower Niagara River – The salmon run is slowly being replaced by the trout run – steelhead, lake trout and even an occasional brown. In fact, a stocking of brown trout is going to take place next week along with a Coho stocking. In the meantime, one of the best drifts on the river has been along Artpark with Kwikfish lures from boat. Shoreline casters are tossing eggs or egg imitations and fishing under a float to take trout. Spoons and spinners will also work for you. Part of the gorge trail under the Whirlpool Bridge is closed down for some repairs right now. Devil’s Hole is still producing a few salmon and some trout are moving in. Bass and walleye can also be caught on occasion. Remember that lake trout season is closed through Dec. 31. If you catch one, please release it as soon as possible.
  3. Upper Niagara River – With water temperatures in the lower 50’s now, the muskellunge are responding nicely. A nice musky was caught at the foot of Ferry Street earlier in the week while he was casting for bass and walleye. Walleye have also hitting off the wall at Broderick Park. Bass and walleye are on their fall feed right now. Our biggest recommendation we can give you is to know exactly where you are in the river and make sure you stay in New York waters if you don’t have a Canadian fishing license or failed to call into the Canada Border Services Agency. They are really starting to play hardball over there, enforcing laws on the books for bait, working papers (if you are a charter captain), licenses and customs issues.

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions
www.Niagara-USA.com

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

This Week - Excellent fall fishing continues.  Lots of fish in front of the gap and Pine Island.  Anglers have been catching walleyes, saugers, and perch in 15-20 feet on the lake. Action has been hot with anglers going through a lot of bait and catching good numbers of walleyes and saugers.  Spots along the entire south shore producing. Twin Islands to Long Point to Zippel to Morris and Lighthouse gaps putting out fish.  So much bait and so many walleyes on south shore setting up for good ice fishing year.

 
Good numbers of walleyes in river chasing shiners. Shiners still running.  Walleyes are in 10-25 feet of water.  The go to is a jig and shiner with hot pink, bright orange, gold, and glow hot colors.  Stinger hook on jig a good idea.  Many big walleyes being caught.  Sturgeon fishing remains excellent. 
 
Up at the Northwest Angle, excellent walleye fishing remains in 10-30'.  Jig and a minnow producing best. Bright colors with gold working best. Areas between Oak and Flag Island, Little Oak Island, and Hay Island are doing well. On the Ontario side slab crappies are being boated in 30 foot holes near sunken trees or near deep points near islands. Jig and a minnow preferred method. Walleye fishing unbelievable in depths of 15-30 feet near points and in bays. Muskie anglers trolling with large crankbaits boating large fish feeding before winter freeze up.  Resorts and guides at LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.
Last Week - Some of the best fishing of the year taking place as we head into deer hunting opener this weekend in MN.  Anglers have been catching walleyes, saugers, and perch in 15-20 feet on the lake. Anglers are sorting through the small fish to get larger keeper fish.  Spots along the entire south shore producing. Twin Islands to Long Point to Zippel to Morris and Lighthouse gaps putting out fish.  Up north Hay Island and Starren Shoal off of Garden Island are producing some nice limits. Walleyes are on the move so finding fish with electronics is key. Pike are feasting on dead smelt or ciscos placed on bottom.
 
Fishing on the river is excellent once you find the walleyes as they are chasing shiners. Shiners still running.  Walleyes are in 10-25 feet of water.  The go to is a jig and shiner with hot pink, bright orange, gold, and glow hot colors.  Stinger hook on jig a good idea.  Many big walleyes being caught.  Sturgeon fishing is crazy good right now as groups are having many of these prehistoric fish boated daily. 
 
Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes are in 12-30 feet of water.  Jig and a minnow producing best. Bright colors with gold working best. Areas between Oak and Flag Island, Little Oak Island, and Hay Island are doing well. On the Ontario side slab crappies are being boated in 30 foot holes near sunken trees or near deep points near islands. Jig and a minnow preferred method. Walleye fishing unbelievable in depths of 15-30 feet near points and in bays. Muskie anglers trolling with large crankbaits boating large fish feeding before winter freeze up.  Resorts and guides at LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

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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