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Latest Reports as of November 20, 2016

Northwoods Report by Don Dz...

Last week I was in Boulder Junction, staying at the Wildcat Lodge.   It was pretty cool out but none the less, warmer than usual for being just shy of the UP.   I touched bases with John YAGO Jagodzinski to see if he wanted to go fishing.  He was up for it and we went out for a short while.  I wanted to prove to myself that I could catch a bass when the water's surface temp was about 45 degrees.  I ended up catch two 16 inch largemouth bass on a wacky worm.  It was cold on the water and we didn't last long.  But I was happy prove that if you want to catch a fish, you can.  See Photos Below

Opening Weekend for Deer in Wisconsin

My friend, John YAGO Jagodzinski, owner of Angler's Paradise at Yago's Retreat in Mercer WI send me a hand full of photos of his son Chuck Dunham, son-in-law Kory Scholze and nephew Josh Jagodzinski with the deer they harvested during the bow season and this opening weekend for rifle in Wisconsin.

Josh Jagodzinski got an 10 point buck and a doe by the Dells area.  Chuck Dunham harvested a 6 point buck and a doe in Wood County.  In Lacrosse County, Kory Scholze arrowed a 15 point buck during the bow season.   He's having it scored by Boone and Crockett.

As Yago says, it was a trifecta for the Jagodzinski family.    See Photos Below

Illinois Deer Harvest Report - Archery

Through Sunday, November 13, 2016, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 39,370 deer, compared to 38,076 for the same period in 2015.

Harvest  to date has consisted of 44% does and 56% males (17386: 21984).  During the past week, harvest consisted of 69% males with strong rutting activity ongoing.  Top five counties were Pike (1562), Fulton (1116), Adams (936), Jefferson (894), and JoDaviess (807).   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 http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/IDNRHarvestQuery.aspx

Paul Shelton, Manager - Forest Wildlife Program

Rend Lake Waterfowl Report by Randy Cordray





CANADA GEESE 50 Nov. 11 – Jan 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2

Possession Limit -- 6



100 Nov. 11 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit - 20 Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese 1 Brant

Possession Limit – Unlimited Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese, 3 Brant



50 Nov. 11 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2

Possession Limit - 6

Information as of:  11/21/2016

LAKE LEVEL: 406.00
CASEY FORK: 411.84
BIG MUDDY: 411.04



Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

LAST WEEK - Hey Don,  Bass are very good on area lakes. Focus on outside weedlines during frontal days. Slowly dragging 1/4 oz jig with a 4 inch chigger craw is producing numbers and size. Post frontal days have been much slower.

Bluegill have been good on small fatheads under slips floats.  TTYL
THIS WEEK - Hey Don,  Area lakes have slowed dramatically after the cold front hit. Prior to the front, bass were being caught on lipless crank baits and jigs worked along the outside weed edges. Stable weather may bring the bite back prior to ice up.   TTYL    See Photos Below

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team

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. 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


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. 



Good 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:  11/14/2016


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.

Greater Niagara Fishing Report for Nov. 17, 2016 by Bill Hilts, Jr.

Big game season is just around the corner, opening on Nov. 19. If you don’t hunt, this is the perfect time to wet a line and chase some fish since fishing pressure will ultimately be down across the board.

Lake Ontario and tributaries – The hottest tributary in Niagara continues to be 18 Mike Creek and Burt Dam. Brown trout are taking up residence in greater numbers, there are still a few salmon hanging around, and anglers are reported a few steelhead and Atlantic salmon to keep them busy. They are calling for some rain and possibly some snow by Sunday night. In the meantime, conditions have been low and clear so downsize your baits and line. Egg sacs, egg imitations, woolly buggers in black and small streamer flies will catch fish. When you can get on the piers, try tossing a spoon or spinner at Olcott or Wilson. The harbors are still holding perch and pike, as well as an occasional bass.

Lower Niagara River – Lake trout have been dominating catches from both boat and shore. A few steelhead, muskellunge and salmon have been reported. Steelheads are in the early stages of the run; musky season runs through Dec. 15 in the lower river and Lake Ontario; and salmon are at the very end of its life cycle for mature fish. Casting spoons, spinners, jigs or egg sacs/beads will work from shore; boaters have been drifting Kwikfish and MapLips off three-way rigs. Bass and walleye can still be caught, too, if you want to try and target them. Lake trout season is closed until the end of the year. However, the Province of Ontario lake trout season opens on Dec. 1. If you do venture across the border, make sure you abide by all of the rules. The most recent rule is requiring charter boat skippers to obtain working papers to fish in Canadian waters. Once they call in, they are hit with GST and PST taxes for their trip.

Upper Niagara River – Musky action has picked up for trollers, casters, jiggers and drifters. Water temp has hit that 50 degree mark. Biggest fish we heard about this week was a heavy 48-inch slob reeled in by Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island. It probably weighed in the upper 30 pound range. Musky season in the upper river closes on November 30th.    See Photos Below

Lakee of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

THIS WEEK -  Strong late fall fishing continues for anglers who have been out.  Deer hunting and colder temps have kept many off of the water but now is excellent fishing if you dress warm! Many hawg walleyes reaching over 30" boated.  Lots of fish all along south shore from the gap to Morris Point to Rocky Point. 15-20 feet of water is seeing great action. Bring lots of bait. Walleyes, sauger, and perch in the mix.  Ice fishing looking good with ice forming on bays.  We still need a cold snap to begin locking things up, but getting closer.

Good numbers of walleyes remain in river.  Some will stay all winter, others will make their way out to the lake we believe starting in late December.  Excellent river fishing continues.  Walleyes are in 10-25 feet of water.  Jig and a shiner is best tactic with bright colors or glow. .
Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes going strong in 10-30'.  Jig and a minnow producing limits. Fishing remains excellent for the hearty that are still getting out.  Most resorts preparing for ice fishing.  Ice forming in back bays and harbors.  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.
LAST WEEK - Fishing continues to be steady with some hog walleyes reaching over 30" boated.  Lots of fish all along south shore from the gap to Morris Point to Rocky Point.. 15-20 feet of water is seeing great action. Bring lots of bait. Walleyes, sauger, and perch in the mix.  Ice fishing looking good with numbers of fish on south shore and in river.

Many walleyes in river and they definitely have the feed bag on. Shiners are still running.  Walleyes are in 10-25 feet of water.  Jig and a shiner is best tactic with bright colors or glow. Stinger hooks on jigs are helpful.  Sturgeon fishing remains on fire as the dinosaurs are feeding.

Up at the Northwest Angle, active walleyes  in 10-30'.  Jig and a minnow producing limits. Traditional for Lake of the Woods, gold working good when accompanied by a bright color. Areas between Oak and Flag Island, Little Oak Island, and Hay Island continue to be top producing spots. On the Ontario side 30 foot holes near sunken trees or near deep points near islands holding big crappies. Jig and a minnow preferred method. Walleye fishing is crazy good in depths of 15-30 feet near points and in bays. Muskie anglers trolling with large crankbaits in bays and over rocks still producing big fish.  Resorts and guides at LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.    See Photos Below

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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