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Outdoor News - UPDATE February 13, 2017
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Wisconsin Fishing Expo to add Second Floor
Anglers can expect the same quality vendors, and many new ones as well, but the new second floor will feature a extensive wildlife art gallery with fishing/hunting art, including, prints, paintings, photography and sculpture!
I'll be at the show in the Wildcat Lodge booth in the 1500 aisle. Stop by and say hello, it would be great to meet you. Also, fellow AGLOW member and outdoor writer Dan Small of Dan Small Outdoors will be in the 100 Aisle. Stop by Dan's booth too. Members from the Boulder Junction and Mercer Chambers will be at the show
Consumer can still expect mom-and-pop fishing vendors with gear that anglers simply can’t find at box stores, there will also be a tremendous presence from some of the leading national brands in the fishing industry, like: Berkley, Beaver Dam, ACME, Fenwick, Okuma, Gamakatsu, Ray Marine, Garmin, St. Croix, Fishing Hot Spots, Stren, and many, many more. As for boats, over 20 brands will be ready to sell from top bets like Crestliner, Alumacraft, Bass Cat, Yar Craft, Tracker, Ranger, Triton, Recon, Smoker Craft, Bennington, and others.
It doesn’t matter if a person is new to fishing or an advanced angler- there is something for EVERYONE at the WFE!
Salmon Unlimited News
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Quad County Hawg Hunters News by Duane Landmeier
Walleyes Unlimited News for February by Bob Clark
Wisconsin Meeting | American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | Speaker: Scott Hansen - WIDNR Fisheries Biologist Sturgeon Bay | Topic: Status of the Sturgeon Bay Fishery
Scott Hansen is the Fisheries Biologist out of the Sturgeon Bay office. Scott has been involved in surveying fish from Washington Island to Green Bay and west to the Menominee river. Recently the DNR has just finished a large survey of the area waters surrounding Sturgeon Bay & Green Bay. Scott will talk to us about what the DNR findings are and what they are doing to make sure we have great fishery for years to come.
With a resource like Scott, this will be a great opportunity for a lot of Q & A from someone who has the pulse on all the waters and rivers within the Green Bay/Sturgeon Bay area. We believe this will be a unique opportunity for Walleyes Unlimited members and guests to get a complete understanding of fishing conditions and fishery’s health for one of the most popular areas of Wisconsin.
Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Speaker: Lee Tauchen | Topic: A Season on the Madison Chain
Raised in Madison Lee grew up primarily chasing Bass and Pike on the "Mad-Chain" and the Wisconsin River every moment possible. First wade fishing, to canoe, to Jon boat, then to my first v-hull guide boat in 1995… “where I started living the dream"… fishing for a living but only after selling his first car, a 1969 Chevy Chevelle, to buy that first guide boat!
The years went fast while spent on the water and working at various sport shops. Increasing exposure through giving seminars, writing for Esox Angler Magazine, and being a featured guest on a few of the Midwest most acclaimed fishing programs such as Lindner’s Angling Edge, The Next Bite, and John Gillespie’s Waters and Woods have added to my fishing carrier. In addition, Lee also started Lee Lures Surface Baits. “What I have strived to do is to make smaller numbers of higher quality wooden lures in classic muskie catching actions. Each is made one by one, and completely assembled by me only.”
In 2005, Tauchen relocated his summer and fall business to the Muskie Mecca of Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, which was certainly a milestone. The "Big Pond" is perhaps one’s best chance of catching a forty pound plus fish. Capitalizing on this unique lake was a reputation making decision. As they say "timing is everything". Some of the largest muskies taken in recent years have made their way into Lee’s boat including some seventy fish over fifty inches, with many over forty pounds, and several breaking the fifty-pound mark. The largest specimen in the boat was a 55.5" x 27.5" fish, which flirted with the current Minnesota State record of 54 pounds. That fish was released to assure that a record fish would swim in those waters.
Fast forward to 2011, which marked the beginning of Big Fish 365 Television. Partnering up with guide Eric Haataja and producer Jim Steinmetz, Lee spent the year filming a season shows. January 8th, 2012 marked the debut of Lee's dream of hosting a fishing show, Big Fish 365.
Lee's presentation will be concentrating on fishing the Madison Chain throughout the year. You will have the opportunity learn what to fish for and when as well as what tackle to use on the chain.
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
Cabela’s new store hours (closing at 8 PM) necessitates a change in our meeting time. We are thinking of having a simple food and drink option as the new start time of 5:30 does not allow much time to stop for a bite to eat on the way to the meeting. Feel free to arrive early to nuy raffle tickets, etc. We anticipate having food and soft drinks available for purchase at about 5:00 -5:15 PM so that we can settle into our seats by the 5:30 PM start. Please bear with us as we deal with this timing issue. Stay tuned for more details.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 5:30 PM – Note new start time! | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy. | Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Paul Beran LGFC Member | Topic: SPRING STRATEGIES FOR FINICKY GENEVA BASS
Paul Beran grew up in northern Illinois and many days of his youth were spent exploring the Fox River. He eventually discovered Geneva Lake 30 years ago. Paul has fished Geneva as a tournament angler and fishing guide as well as an avid angler with his friends. He is a member of Walleyes Unlimited and is a long - time member of the Lake Geneva Fishing Club.
Beran has actively studied Geneva’s lake structure and fishing patterns to develop seasonal techniques. His experience expanded over the years to include many of the upper Midwest’s hottest seasonal bites to make him a well-rounded versatile angler.
Paul has a passion for both speaking and teaching people about fishing, He will devote the next stage of his fishing life to develop a series of educational fishing presentations based on seasonal patterns. His first installment in the series is named Spring Strategies for Finicky Lake Geneva Bass.
Beran will explain his step by step process for targeting bass that an angler of any experience level can apply to both largemouth and smallmouth. His main focus in this presentation will be finesse strategies for these highly-pressured fish on a clear body of water. With the amount of fishing pressure Lake Geneva receives, Paul’s tactics will help others to learn and enjoy the outdoor experience of fishing and to catch more fish.
Local pond report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley
Hey Don, Break out the long rods as open water is back on area lakes. I started out slowly dragging a bitsy bug jig with a chigger craw, but that yielded no bites. Water clarity was not great with the high winds, so I switched to a lipless crank bait. Slowly retrieving the bait over what is left of green weeds triggered a few bass to bite. Ticking the bait on the weeds was key as it caused a slight pause. Bass were small but it was good to catch them on hard baits. TTYL
Ken "Husker" O'Malley
Waterworks fishing team
Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rossett
We meet the second Tues. of the month at Giuseppe’s La Cantina, 1062 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL. 7:30pm. Come join us.
The Chicagoland Muskie Hunters (03) chapter of Muskies Inc. Meetings feature top speakers, fishing reports, favorite lake presentations by our members, muskie info sharing, door prizes and raffles. All are welcome!! Contact Dean—847-256-9322 or email@example.com Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, - join MI. All are welcome! The Feb 14 meeting will be the always interesting and informative Sean Bermingham on Early Season Patterns.
The Chicagoland Muskie Hunters full color Newsletter with color fish catch pictures, catch data, articles, info re meetings and outings is available to you. To receive this free Blue Ribbon column and to learn more about our chapter and Muskies Inc.--contact firstname.lastname@example.org.--SUBJ: muskie
IL DNR News
Spring Turkey Applications: Hunters can apply for the third lottery for 2017 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits, with the application deadline on Feb. 9. Go to the IDNR website for more information at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/TurkeyHunting.aspx
Get Your 2017 Illinois Licenses Now: Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman’s combination licenses for 2017 are available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR website atwww.dnr.illinois.gov, or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). The automated license system is available 24 hours a day. The 2017 licenses are valid through Mar. 31, 2018, unless otherwise noted.
Hunter and Boating Safety Education Courses: Register now for Hunter Safety Education and Boating Safety Education courses from the IDNR. Spring classes are being scheduled. Check the IDNR website for class dates and locations: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety/Pages/ListOfEducationCoursesByCounty.aspx
Camping Reservations: Make your reservations now for campsites and shelters for many Illinois state parks and other IDNR sites for 2017. Reservations can be made online through the Reserve America website at www.reserveamerica.com using a Visa or MasterCard.
Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season Opens April 1
Spring Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing-Only Season Opens March 18 at select sites
The 2017 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday, April 1 at 52 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state.
A new location for spring trout fishing this year is Horsetail Lake in the Cook County Forest Preserve District system.
The Spring Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing-only season will be available at nine sites beginning onMarch 18. Fly fishing anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch and release trout beginning March 18 at the nine select sites designated in the list below. No trout may be kept during the fly fishing-only period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning April 1.
The Illinois Catchable Trout Program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season, and an additional 80,000 trout for the fall season.
No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from March 15 until the Spring Trout Season opens at 5 a.m. on April 1. Anyone attempting to take (harvest) trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.
All anglers – including those using fly fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before April 1 – must have a fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.
For more information on trout seasons and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the website a at www.ifishillinois.org.
Illinois fishing licenses and Inland Trout Stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. For a location near you, check the IDNR website at this link: http://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx
Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov, or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).
For more information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. Not all sites open at 5 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite sites prior to the opening date. The 52 locations that will be open for spring trout season are listed below:
2017 Illinois Spring Trout Locations
(** Denotes Sites Open for Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing-Only Early Season)
North --- Boone County --- Mill Race Ponds, Belvidere
North --- Bureau County --- Hennepin Canal Parkway
North --- Cook County --- Wolf Lake at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago
North --- Cook County --- Green Lake in Calumet City, Cook County Forest Preserve District
North --- Cook County --- Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
North --- Cook County --- Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
North --- Cook County --- Sag Quarry East, Cook County Forest Preserve District
North --- Cook County --- Horsetail Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District (New for 2017)
North --- DuPage County --- Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District
North --- Jo Daviess County --- Apple River, Apple River State Park **
North --- Kankakee County --- Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee
North --- Kankakee County --- Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park **
North --- Kendall County --- Big Lake, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area
North --- LaSalle County --- Illinois and Michigan Canal, Utica
North --- LaSalle County --- Lake Mendota, Village of Mendota
North --- Lake County --- Sand Lake, Illinois Beach State Park
North --- McHenry County --- Lake Atwood, McHenry County Conservation District
North --- McHenry County --- Piscasaw Creek, McHenry County Conservation District
North --- Ogle County --- Pine Creek, White Pines Forest State Park **
North--- Rock Island County--- Prospect Park, Moline
North --- Stephenson --- Waddams Creek, Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area
North --- Stephenson --- Yellow Creek in Krape Park, Freeport
North --- Whiteside County --- Centennial Park Pond, Rock Falls
North --- Will County --- Lake Milliken, Des Plaines Conservation Area
North --- Winnebago County --- Four Lakes, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
Central --- Adams County --- Siloam Springs State Park Lake **
Central --- Cass County --- Gridley Lake, Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA **
Central --- Champaign County --- Lake of the Woods, Champaign Co. Forest Preserve Dist.
Central --- Christian County --- Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District
Central --- Coles County --- Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston
Central --- Hancock County --- Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park **
Central --- Macon County --- Sportsman’s Club Pond, Macon County Conservation District
Central --- McLean County --- Miller Park Lake, Bloomington
Central --- Morgan County --- Morgan Lake at Nichols Park, Jacksonville **
Central --- Moultrie County --- Wyman Lake, Sullivan
Central --- Pike County --- Kings Park Pond, Pittsfield
Central --- Rock Island County --- Prospect Park, Moline
Central --- Sangamon County --- Southwind Park, Springfield
Central --- Sangamon County --- IDOT Lake, Springfield **
Central --- Sangamon County --- Washington Park Pond, Springfield
Central --- Shelby County --- Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville
Central --- Vermilion County --- Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area
South --- Jefferson County --- Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond
South --- Johnson County --- Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake
South --- Marion County --- Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
South --- Massac County --- Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park
South --- Randolph County --- Derby Lake, Sparta (World Shooting and Recreational Complex)
South --- St. Clair County --- Frank Holten State Park Main Lake
South --- St. Clair County --- Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis
South --- St. Claire County --- Willow Lake at Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area **
South --- Wabash County --- Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park
South --- Wayne County --- Sam Dale Trout Pond, Sam Dale Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
For Illinois Fishing Info: www.ifishillinois.org
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Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for Friday, February 10, 2017
THIS WEEK - A great way to get a gauge on the local fishery is to follow the results of area fishing contests. For example, the Niagara River Anglers Association held its annual Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest on the lower river and in Lake Ontario tributaries last Saturday (Feb. 4) during some pretty adverse weather conditions. Despite cold temperatures, stained water and gusty winds, some fish were caught during the friendly competition. At the top of the list at the end of the day was Ed Waller of Lewiston who hauled in a 9.62 pound steelhead from Devil’s Hole while fishing with Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island. He was drifting an emerald shiner on a three-way rig, with a chartreuse bead above it. Second place was an 8.08 pound steelhead reeled in by Norm Deitrich of Haverford, Pennsylvania, caught on a minnow. He was using Waller’s boat along Artpark at 1:50 p.m. when the fish hit. Third place was Fran Szovati of Cold Springs, Kentucky with a 7.88 pound steelhead. He caught it on an emerald shiner-trout bead combination, fishing with Capt. Ted Kessler of Grand Island – also in Devil’s Hole. Down on 18 Mile Creek near Burt Dam, a few brown trout were caught. Bob Rustowicz of Cheektowaga hauled in a couple nice trout, including a fish that was around 9 pounds. However, he thought that it would never place in the money so he released it. The only fish he brought to the scales was a 5.82 pound brown trout for a special brown division. He missed by .02 pound to place in the money. Winning brown was a 5.84 pound trout reeled in by Capt. Tyler Morrison of Barker. He was using a jig tipped with a wax worm and fished under a float. In the Niagara River, water is still stained but it was starting to clear up yesterday. Capt. Joe Marra of Lewiston caught 8 steelhead yesterday, all on egg sacs upriver. However, as the day progressed, it was getting muddier and Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown could only muster walleye for customers as visibility dropped to less than a foot. It doesn’t look good for the weekend.
In 18 Mile Creek, Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott reports stained water with a flow of about 150 cfs. The creek is open and you have the option of being able to catch a trout but you do have to work for them. The smaller creeks are low and clear.
If you’ve ever thought about giving ice fishing a try, next weekend might be the perfect time … if you can find some ice. It’s a free ice fishing weekend Feb. 18-19 for anyone who wants to sample some hard water fishing around the state. You can find other spots by doing a little online exploring. Make sure you have at least 4 inches of ice. Wilson harbor could be back up to snuff in the back bay, but make sure you check things out first. Meyers Lake near Bond Lake might be an option, too. Give it a go! On Saturday, Feb. 25, there will be the annual rack scoring day with official scorers Dave Muir and Don Haseley at Niagara Outdoors in North Tonawanda. They will be scoring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whether it’s a rack you shot last fall, one you found or just an old rack that’s been laying around the garage and you always wanted to know what it scored, stop down and share your story. If you are looking for a fishing boat, check out the WNY Boat Show February 22 to 26 at the Adpro Sports Fieldhouse located at 1 Bills Drive in Orchard Park. Talk with a wide variety of marinas and boating-related vendors. To find out more information go to www.buffaloboating.com.
LAST WEEK - Niagara River – The Niagara River Angler Association’s Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest will be going on starting at sunrise on Saturday Feb. 4 and you can sign up at Creek Road Bait and Tackle, The Slippery Sinker and off the NRAA website atwww.niagarariveranglers.com. Call 731-4780 for more information. It’s not just for the lower Niagara River either. Boundaries also include Lake Ontario tributaries. For fishing conditions, it sure is difficult to predict. Because Lake Erie is not frozen over, it seems like any kind of a wind event out of the west or south will cause the lake to muddy up. That muddy water will then go through the river system and shut fishing down for a while. It’s very difficult for the charter guys, too. With many customers coming in from out of town, it’s been a roll of the dice whether or not they can get it right. If the water is stained, go with baits that are brightly colored like a charteuse. Egg sacs have also been working and use brightly-colored mesh. Some of the guides have been using the Pautzke fire dye on minnows to get the fish to hit. Three-way rigs are the way to go. Plugs like 3.0 MagLips and K-8 or K-9 Kwikfish will also work for you. Make sure you are getting some action on those lures. If not, move your boat along with your trolling motor. Boat control is key. Shore fishermen are still using spoons, spinners, jigs, egg sacs or egg imitations like beads. Steelhead and lake trout are both readily available throughout the river. The occasional brown trout is also caught. Some nice walleye up to 11.5 pounds have been caught the past week. Remember that you can only keep one fish per person through March 15. If you are looking for one for the frying pan, keep one of the smaller ones. Let the bigger females go so that they can spawn this spring.
Lake Ontario and tributaries – Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek is still the place to go in Niagara USA for tributary action. Conditions have been good and small jigs fished under a float and tipped with a wax worm is always a good options. Egg sacs or egg imitations can catch a fish or two. Brown trout and steelhead are both being caught. The occasional Coho salmon is still showing up, too. Lots of perch in 18 Mile along with a few pike. Over in Wilson, skim ice is starting to form in the harbor and it will be cold at night through the weekend. Not sure if we will see safe ice before it warms up again. We started seeing some colder temperatures again. Remember the state will be holding a free ice fishing weekend Feb. 18-19 if we get some hard water. No one will need a license that weekend. Go to the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov. Some of the smaller streams like Keg and Four Mile might not be open at the mouth to allow entry. If they are closed, cast the mouth with spoons and spinners. If they are open, look for some trout to be available.
More information on local fishing: http://buffalonews.com/2017/02/01/fishing-beat-feb-1/
Sportfishing has a $30 million annual economic impact in Niagara USA!
Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry
THIS WEEK - Sonar units are big right now as a trend of suspended fish has started with walleyes 10-15 feet below the ice. A good bite in the main basin, combo walleyes / saugers. Working every fish is a must! The anglers working a jigging spoon with a rattle and a dead stick are doing better than a jigging rod and a tip up. Key depth 29-33 ft. Best colors continue to be glow red, pink and gold on jigging spoons tipped with minnow head or tail. Jumbo perch being caught as well in some areas depending on the day.
The Rainy River morning and evening bite has been good. 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.
LAST WEEK - Resorts are on the move to stay on fish. The bite has been good overall. Working every fish is a must! The anglers working a jigging spoon with a rattle and a dead stick are being rewarded. Key depth is 29-31 ft and best colors continue to be glow red, pink and gold on jigging spoons tipped with minnow head or tail. Dead stick plain hook (try glow or colored) or smaller walleye jigs and live minnow. Some jumbo perch being caught as well. Electronics improving catch rate.
The Rainy River morning and evening bite has been good. 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.
Good fishing up at the NW Angle. Best colors include glow pink and gold. For walleyes on MN side, morning / evening bite in 13-20' targeting rock reefs and points. Mid-day move off structure in 22-30 feet of water. Ontario, walleyes in 25' or deeper. Big crappies in 30+ feet on small rippin raps, small jigs/plastics/minnows. Keep crappies if fishing deeper than 25' as high mortality if released in deep water. Work through resorts and stay on ice road. Some frozen ruts off trail can be dangerous use caution on snowmobile or ATV. Fish houses out through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Resorts and ice fishing reservations at www.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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