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Latest News Reports and Photos - January 9, 2017

2017 Chicago Outdoor Sport Show

Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

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Outdoor Sports Group is proud to announce the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL. This year’s show continues a 37 year tradition of great sports shows at Rosemont gracing the shores of Lake Michigan and providing the greater Chicagoland area a break from cabin fever.

The show team is proud to present dozens of fishing and hunting seminars, tons of new family-friendly attractions and hundreds of quality vendors and exhibitors preferred by the outdoor enthusiast.

The Chicago Outdoor Sports Show’s goal is to deliver seminars, attractions and exhibits designed to speak to sportsmen and women of all ages with a focus on activities that the entire family can enjoy.

Attendees will have an opportunity to shop for amazing deals on fishing tackle, boats, archery, outfitters, wildlife art, hunting supplies, charters, rafting, gun safes and knives, taxidermy plus so much more. The countries and worlds most prestigious fishing and hunting lodges will be on hand to provide you with unique travel opportunities. Destinations and family fun attractions await you around every corner at the sports show. You never know what you will see.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
1 PM to 8 PM

Friday, January 20, 2017
1 PM to 8 PM

Saturday, January 21, 2017
10 AM to 8 PM

Sunday, January 22, 2017
10 AM to 5 PM

Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,   The recent cold snap has been building ice on area lakes. Ice is at 8 1/2 inches of good clear ice. Bass are good on jigging spoons tipped  with fat heads along outside weedlines. Over cast days are better due to the clear ice. Bluegill are good in 14-16 feet using tungsten jigs tipped with Berkley Gulp maggots. A slow steady rising jigging motion pulls the aggressive gills away from the school. Late morning has been better during this cold front.  TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Huskeroutdoors
Waterworks fishing team

Fish Tales Fishing Club Special Event

Fish Tales Fishing Club Presents Professional Walleye Angler and Guide 2012 Pro Walleye Angler of the Year MARIANNE HUSKEY Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:30 P.M — 10:00 P.M. Gaelic Park Banquet Hall 6119 West 147thStreet, Oak Forest, IL 60452 Two Hour Seminar / Split the Pot Raffle / Cash Bar Door Prizes 1stPrize — 5 Person Lake Michigan Charter Trip aboard Triple Catch Charters 2nd Prize — Walleye Rod and Reel Combo 3rd Prize - $100.00 Bass Pro Gift Card "COME AND JOIN YOUR FELLOW ANGLERS FOR THIS GREAT EVENT" Tickets: $10.00 Pre-Sale or $12.00 at the Door (Your admission enters you into the Door Prize Raffle) For pre-sale tickets contact Lenny Michalski @ 708-415-1763 or Fred Howes @708-525-0051

IL DNR News

Spring Turkey Applications:  Hunters still have time to apply for the second lottery for 2017 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits. The application deadline for the second lottery for 2017 spring turkey permits is Jan. 11. Go to the IDNR website for more information athttps://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/TurkeyHunting.aspx

Starved Rock Bald Eagle Watch Weekend:  The annual Starved Rock Bald Eagle Watch Weekend is Jan. 28-29 in and around Starved Rock State Park.  Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days at the Illinois Waterway Lock and Dam Visitor Center, Starved Rock Visitor Center and Starved Rock Lodge. The Bald Eagle Watch Weekend is hosted by the Illinois Audubon Society, IDNR, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock Audubon and Starved Rock Foundation. For more details: http://illinoisaudubon.org/PROGRAMSEVENTS/PDFs/2017%20Bald%20Eagle%20Weekend%20Brochure.pdf

Ice Fishing Safety:  Take ice fishing safety seriously this winter in Illinois.  Review important ice fishing safety information on the I Fish Illinois website:  http://www.ifishillinois.org/programs/ice.php

ICF at Chicago Outdoor Sports Show:  Visit the Illinois Conservation Foundation booth at the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show at the Rosemont Convention Center on Jan. 19-22.  IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal will cut the ribbon opening the show’s Youth Conservation Day on Sat., Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.; stop by the ICF booth and visit with the Director until 12 noon that day.   For more information: http://chicagosportshow.com/inside.php

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

Possession Limit -- 6

SNOWS/BLUES

 

0 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

 

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

Possession Limit - 6

TOTAL DUCKS 4,000 Nov. 11 – Jan. 9 SEE DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS FOR BAG LIMITS
Information as of:  1/11/2017
LAKE LEVEL: 405.97     AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.68                                                              CASEY FORK: 412.02     BIG MUDDY: 411.87

***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

Walleyes Unlimited News by Bob Clark

Upcoming Meetings and Event Dates - January 2017

Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2017 | Speaker: Ty Sennett – Musky Fishing Guide Service | Topic: Muskie Fishing on the Famed "Chippewa Flowage"

Ty Sennett has over 25 years’ experience fishing on the Chippewa Flowage, with 23 years as a licensed guide. Ty is dedicated to finding and teaching new techniques and locations to land you the elusive Musky, Walleye, bass, crappie and Northern Pike. The largest number of muskie caught and released out of any other boat on the Chippewa Flowage has been Ty Sennett's Boat.

Other notable accomplishments: 3rd Place PMTT, October 2008- Lake Bemidji, Minnesota; 8th Place PMTT, April 2008- Cave Run Lake, Kentucky; 2nd Place Simply Fishing Muskie Classic 2004 - Vermillion, Minnesota; 3rd Place PMTT, August 2005- Chippewa Flowage, Wisconsin; 6th Place PMTT, 1999 - Chippewa Flowage, Wisconsin; 7th Place PMTT April, 2000 - Cave Run Lake, Kentucky; 4th Place PMTT May, 2001 - Fox Chain O Lakes, Illinois; 10th Place PMTT - June 2001 - Three Lake Chain, Wisconsin; 1st Place release division Muskies, Inc. South of the Border Chapter for two consecutive years.

Ty is a guide, tournament angler and former owner of Sennett Tackle Company which was purchased by Drifter Tackle. Sennett Tackle is famous for the Pacemaker & Rough Rider musky lures. Ty is still actively involved in the research and testing department at Drifter Tackle.

As a Seminar Speaker, Ty Sennett teaches proper release techniques along with new strategies and time proven techniques. He is on the Pro Staff for: Legend Boats, Thorne Brothers Custom Rods, Mercury Motors, Cortland Fishing Line, and Drifter Tackle. Learn more at http://www.tysennett.com/.

18th Annual Ice Fishing Jamboree & Meat Raffle
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - See details at http://walleyesunlimitedusa.org/jamboree.html
A J's Bar & Grill | S90 W13970 Boxhorn Dr. | Muskego, WI  53150

Special Appearance - Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | Speaker: Jeremy Smith – Lindner Media Productions | Topic: Multi-Species Strategies to Increase Your Fishing Success

Join us in January at our Gurnee, IL meeting for this very special appearance. We are fortunate to have Jeremy Smith speak while he is in Chicago for the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo. He is Sales and Media director for Linder Media Productions and Field Director for the FLW Bass Tournaments produced by Linder. Most probably know Smith best as one of the hosts for Linder’s Angling Edge TV shows.

Jeremy has been fishing since he was old enough to hold a rod and reel. From an early age his passion for fishing as never stopped growing. He has an education from Gustavus Adolphus College (Biology/Business) and Bemidji State University (Education). Throughout the summers of his college years, Jeremy was a fishing guide in northern Minnesota, specializing in musky fishing. Upon graduating from college, he bypassed using his education to become an educator and dove head first into the fishing business.

Since then Jeremy has worked in almost every element of the business: magazine sales, television sales, magazine writing and editing, television editing and producing, tournament organization, still photography, videography and on camera talent to name a few of his endeavors. Jeremy works with Lindner Media on the production of much of their commercial work, operates as a field director for the FLW Bass Tournaments Lindner Media produces, and assists with television operations.

Jeremy loves to catch anything that swims and tries to take full advantage of the best bite going. Given the time he is going searching for new water off the beaten path. Whether it is for largemouth, smallmouth, muskies, cats, sturgeon, lake trout, whitefish or carp, anything is fair game.

Learn more about Jeremy at http://www.lindnermedia.com/

Jeremy's presentation will focus on multi-specie strategies to increase your fishing success. The room will be packed so get there early, this will be a presentation you won't want to pass up. If his past presentations are any indication Jeremy usually brings lots of giveaways for the audience!

Lake Geneva Fishing Club News by 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.

Monthly Meeting Information - January 2017 - No Meeting but look for us at …

Thursday – Saturday, January 26 – 29, 2017 | Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Show
Schaumburg Convention Center | Schaumburg, IL

Look for Times & Seminar Schedule at: www.sportshows.com/chicago.Stop by and visit with us in Booth 901 at the show!

Boulder Junction WI celebrated between the Holidays

The snow was falling, a bonfire roared and music was playing as residents and visitors gathered at the Boulder Junction Winter Park for a magical evening at the Between the Holidays Community Celebration on Wednesday, December 28.

Nearly 200 individuals attended the event that was presented by the Boulder Junction Community Foundation in conjunction with the Boulder Junction Lioness, Boulder Junction Lions, Boulder Junction Public Library, Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department, Boulder Junction Snowmobile Club and the Town of Boulder Junction.

Highlights of the evening included families skating on the smooth as can be regulation sized ice skating rink, children waiting in line to be next on the adventurous sledding hill, smores being roasted over an open fire, hot coffee donated by Northern Lattes, hot dogs served by inviting Lioness volunteers behind the counter of the picnic shelter, petting soft and sweet sled dog Chewy of M.J. Sloane’s Two Moons Kennels, caroling during sleigh rides around the 1-mile snowshoe loop and finishing the evening with a bang up fireworks display.

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance Boulder Junction for present and future generations. For more information on the Boulder Junction Community Foundation and how you can give towards the future of Boulder Junction, visit boulderjunctioncf.org.

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Salmon Unlimited News

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Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, Jan 13, 2017

THIS WEEK - Lake Ontario and tributaries – The recent weather rollercoaster has been tough on fishermen. Many areas received a pile of rain this past week, creating higher flows in the streams like 18 Mile Creek below Burt Dam and into the Harbor at Olcott. The water was pushing 170 cubic feet per second down the creek, which should attract some fresh fish into the system. The water is stained, though, so use brightly-colored jigs fished under a float, salted minnows, live emerald shiners or nightcrawlers to try and trick a trout to hit. Steelhead, brown trout and the occasional Coho salmon are still showing up. The harbor is wide open, thanks to the rain and temperatures in the upper 50’s this past week. Both pike and perch should be available if you want to try and chase them. Off the piers, casting spoons or spinners are options, but only if the wind is not blowing out of the north. Today that wind is out of the northwest and the piers are under water. Ice over in Wilson is shot. You also have an opportunity to do some pier fishing there if the winds cooperate. Some of the smaller streams like Keg or 4 Mile could be open if the flow has increased enough, but we’ve not had any reports yet on those tribs. This could be your lucky day!

Niagara River – Ice is still coming down the river and the water is stained – two strikes against anglers from both boat and shore. The ice was causing some problems for drifters and casters, ice coming down from Lake Erie after the high winds and rain really created quite a turmoil. We’ll have to play it by ear when anglers can get back on the water again. Steelhead and lake trout top the list of targets right now, but you have an outside chance at catching a brown trout or a walleye, as well. Shore casters are using spoons and spinners in bright colors; boaters are drifting plugs like MagLips and Kwikfish lures; egg sacks or egg imitations; as well as minnows. Use those baits from three-way rigs from boats, once the ice has disappeared. If the winds cooperate, take a drift or two out on the Niagara Bar to see if there are any active trout around. If you’ve never tried the Niagara River from a boat, give one of the lower river educational lessons a try through the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo set for Jan. 20-22 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. Morning trips are being offered by several charter captains for $100 each to give you an on-water lesson. Sign up at the Expo website at www.niagarafishingexpo.com. While you are on the site, check out the long list of speakers – a total of 70 giving some 130 seminars over the course of the three days. One keynote speaker that just came on board last week was Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Mark Menendez, giving talks Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10 a.m. There is a little bit of everything for the angler – from beginner to seasoned veteran. There’s a big section on ice fishing, too. Check outwww.niagarafishingexpo.com to see what’s happening Jan. 20-22 at the Conference Center in Niagara Falls. Huge!    SEE PHOTOS BELOW

LAST WEEK - Get ready for the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo Jan. 20-22 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. Just today, the show announced that Bassmaster Pro Mark Menendez will be stopping by the Rapid Fishing Solutions booth Saturday and Sunday, as well as give a couple of seminars in the Rapid Fishing Solutions Bass Seminar Room! How cool is that! Squeezing in a couple seminars isn’t an easy proposition for a show that already has 130 talks lined up with 70 different speakers. Clam Outdoors will be there with Thorne Brothers taking up a big chunk of floor space for all you ice fishermen out there, bringing with them some of the ice team … like Dave Genz! Mark Romanack with the Fishing 411 TV show will be there with his son, Jake to talk walleye and salmon fishing and Lance Valentine with Walleye 101 will be talking boat electronics. The list goes on and on. Go to the website at www.niagarafishingexpo.com for all of the details. And make sure you grab your $5 parking pass voucher!!

Lake Ontario and tributaries – Fishing was tough at 18 Mile Creek and Burt Dam due to the rain, creating muddy conditions on Tuesday. Today’s temperatures are in the teens and there’s no one fishing. When things settle down, look for the extra flow to bring in a few more fish. Last weekend we saw a few more salmon showing up – a mix of kings and cohos. Steelies and browns are still available, too. Use jigs tipped with wax worms and fished under a float. Wooly buggers, egg flies and other baits will work, but with the water off color, use bright colors like chartreuse and orange. Using scent can also help.

Lower Niagara River – Water was like chocolate milk this morning. We’ll have to wait and see what the weather brings us. Winds with gusts up to 50 mph yesterday did some damage to the water and with lake effect storms happening up on Lake Erie as this is being written, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen. The shoreline usually clears up first. Casting spoons and spinners is the best approach, but eggs or egg imitations will also work; jigs, too. Lake trout, steelhead and the occasional brown can be caught along Artpark and Devil’s Hole. Be careful of icy conditions. Walleye is still open but the daily limit is now one fish through March 15. The Niagara River Anglers have announced that the Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest is set for Feb. 4 this year. Check out information on their website at www.niagarariveranglers.com.

Upper Niagara River – Not too much happening above the falls except for late season duck hunting. Action has been good for divers.    SEE PHOTOS BELOW

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Director, Outdoor Promotions
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation
1.877 FALLS US   www.Niagara-USA.com

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Ice fishing has heated back up quickly with stable weather. The key depth's remain 24 - 31 ft and glow red, pink and gold.  A one-two punch of jigging with a rattle spoon tipped with a tail or head of a shiner and a deadstick with a plain hook has been most effective. Walleyes and saugers mix. Some big saugers and trophy walleyes being iced. 15-20" of ice on the lake. Some resorts are allowing 3/4 ton trucks with wheel houses. Day by day decisions 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. More of a morning / evening bite.  Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety.   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 fishing continues strong.  Reports of 16-18 inches of ice in areas traveled by resorts. The ice road from Young's Bay to resorts on Flag Island and Oak Island is open to vehicles.  The snowmobile trail from the south shore to the NW Angle is open and groomed.  Resorts are fishing in 19-28 feet of water with a nice walleye and sauger bite. Best colors include glow pink and gold.  Big crappies being caught in Ontario in 28+'.  Walleyes in Ontario 22'-28'. 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.

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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