Latest News and Reports Update - 30 December 2016

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Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

This Week - Hey Don,  Our spring like temps (earlier this week) are not helping out the ice on area lakes. Some shorelines have 1 to 1 1/2 inches of ice. Main pad is locked up but ice does not look good to travel on. Areas that have current have some open water. I recommend staying of the ice until we get some colder temps.  TTYL

Last Week - Hey Don,  Ice thickness on area lakes vary depending on the lake. Most have 4-5 inches along the shorelines. Middle basin drops down to only 3 inches. Next few days will build those areas up. Bass were good mid day on tip ups using medium roaches in shallow weedy areas. Right were they should be at first ice. Things are shaping up for an excellent ice fishing season.    TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Huskeroutdoors
Waterworks fishing team

Rend Lake Waterfowl Report by Randy Cordray

SPECIES # BIRDS SURVEYED SEASON DATES

(SOUTH CENTRAL ZONE)

BAG LIMIT REGULATIONS

CONTACT SITE FOR COMPLETE REGULATIONS

CANADA GEESE 650 Nov. 11 – Jan 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2

Possession Limit -- 6

SNOWS/BLUES

 

3,000 Nov. 11 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit - 20 Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese 1 Brant

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

WHITE-FRONTS

 

1,300 Nov. 11 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2

Possession Limit - 6

TOTAL DUCKS 2,450 Nov. 11 – Jan. 9 SEE DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS FOR BAG LIMITS

 

Information as of:  12/29/2016

LAKE LEVEL: 406.08      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.48                                                              CASEY FORK: 412.05     BIG MUDDY: 411.91

***AERIAL SURVEY DATA IS FROM THE IDNR SOUTHERN IL AERIAL DUCK AND GOOSE SURVEY***https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Pages/SIAerialSurveys.aspx

IDNR DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS 2016-2017
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Document/DigestWaterfowlHuntingRegulations.pdf

2017 Chicago Outdoor Sport Show

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Friday, January 20, 2017
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Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show
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2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
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Wednesday 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

This Week - Ice fishing is in full swing and remains excellent. The key depth's are 20 - 25 ft and glow red or pink rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head or tail has been the best for the jigging line.  Use a plain hook or an ice jig with a live minnow for the dead stick. As of right now we are sitting at 14-15" of ice on Four Mile Bay and 12-15" on the lake. Some resorts are allowing trucks without wheel houses. Others not quite yet.  Day by day decision for each resort.  Work through resorts as their ice roads are monitored. Know where you are going.  As always, safety first.

The Rainy River has been good for walleyes. With the huge shiner run this year, a lot of shiners and walleyes are still in the river. There is good ice in areas but there will be problem areas. Like every year, work through resorts when ice fishing river as current and ice thickness will vary.   The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler's Point to Baudette on the river.  Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

Up at the Northwest Angle walleye reports are excellent.  Reports of 10-15 inches of ice. The ice road from Young's Bay to resorts is open.  The snowmobile trail from the south shore to the NW Angle is open.  Resorts are fishing in 20-24 feet of water with nice walleyes and healthy saugers biting. Work through resorts and stay on ice road.  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.  Check out the Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page www.facebook.com/lakeofthewoodsmn for day to day reports.

Last Week - Fishing so far is excellent. The key depth's are 20 - 25 ft and glow red or pink rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head or tail has been the best for the jigging line.  Use a plain hook or an ice jig with a live minnow. As of right now we are sitting at 9.5-14 inches of ice. Work through resorts and their ice roads as they are tested, flooded and plowed. Know where you are going.  As always, safety first.
The Rainy River has been good for walleyes. With the huge shiner run this year, a lot of fish still in the river. There is good ice in areas but there will be problem areas. Like every year, work through resorts when ice fishing river as current and ice thickness will vary.   We don't encourage travel on the river unless through a resort or outfitter.

Up at the Northwest Angle the walleyes are on fire.  Reports of 9-14 inches of ice. Resorts are fishing in 20 feet of water with a good stream of 17 inch walleyes and healthy saugers biting. Work through resorts who are constantly routing trails on the best ice, around cracks, etc.  Stay on resort trails, do not deviate.  We are excited, but safety first!  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.  Check out the Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page for day to day reports.

Joe Henry, Lake of the Woods Tourism | www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com
218-634-1174 | Toll Free: 800-382-3474 | fax: 218-634-2915 | info@LakeoftheWoodsMN.com

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