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Local pond reports by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,  The bass bite on area lakes have been exceptional. With all the boxes of lures I have and presentations that can be used, the lipless cranks are still the go to bait. Mid afternoon hours have been the best window as the most active bass in the system move up to the inside weedlines.    Work the bait from deeper water in as bass are facing deeper water to ambush bait along wind blown shorelines.  TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley Huskeroutdoors Waterworks fishing team

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

Hi Guys-Big nite!  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 orchicagolandmuskiehunters@hotmail.com Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, - join MI. All are welcome!  The Apr 11 meeting is Awards Night. Silent auction for three guided trips. Pizza, salad, soft drink for $5.00 donation. Speaker TBD.

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 chicagolandmuskiehunters@hotmail.com.--SUBJ:muskie

Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report by Phil Schweik

It has been a great week for fishing in the Central Wisconsin area.  The walleye bite has been phenomenal on the Wisconsin River along with some nice crappies and perch showing up.  Water temperatures are ranging between 36 and 40 degrees depending on the time of day and accessible sunlight.

The walleye bite has been very good with nice catches of fish in the 15 to 20 inch range this past week.  A lot of fish are still holding in the deeper pools in the main river sections in 12 to 16 feet of water, but as the daytime sun warms up the river water we are seeing a shift in movement to as shallow as 8 FOW.  Most of the walleyes we have been catching have been on 1/8th to ¼ ounce lead head jigs. Color has definitely been a factor this past week where one day the fish seem to prefer a green/chartreuse jig then the next day they want orange or pink, so don’t be afraid to change it up.

In addition to the number of walleyes we have been catching we have also been catching a lot of nice crappies and perch.  Most of these fish are incidental catches while walleye fishing but we will take them. They are fun to catch and great eating at this time of the year as well.

Another surprise for us this past week is the number of catfish and bass we have been catching.  Just in the past two outings we have caught several nice catfish and smallmouth bass.  Catching fish like this is not typical at this time of the year but we have seen it before. Last week it was sturgeon and now its catfish and bass.  I guess the early spring warm-up has all the fish on the move.

Have a great week,

Phil Schweik
Hooksetters Guide Service
Web:  www.hooksetters.biz

Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast by Bill Hilts Jr.

THIS WEEK - Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for April 6, 2017

There’s a good story on the 31 pound brown trout caught by Bob Klemm of Pennsylvania fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters in the Buffalo News this week. Check out www.buffalonews.com in the sports section and look for the big fish! Lower Niagara River trout action was spotty from both boat and shore before the storms blew in. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls scored on some nice trout off the fishing platform just before the water started to change color on spinners. Water levels also increased significantly and they had to shut the platform down for the day. For the time being, forget about any river fishing for at least a few days. There is two inches of rain coming down today; and tomorrow, April 7, it looks like up to five inches of snow. It will disappear quick because the weekend looks good. Sixty’s on Sunday; 70’s on Monday. Finding a place to fish, though, may be difficult with high muddy water everywhere until things settle down. There have been a few smelt reported at Artpark – mostly some bigger adults – but hopefully the best is yet to come.

Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek is high and muddy. So is every other creek. Your best bet for fishing is for bullhead. Some good catching was being reported (before the rain though) from Wilson, Olcott and in the Upper Niagara River. Nightcrawlers, cider worms, chicken livers and shrimp are baits that are being used. The Wilson Conservation Club bullhead contest is set for April 7-9. Weigh in is held out of the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson Cambria Road (Route 425), Wilson. The tournament is based on your best two fish with the tie-breaker being the overall length of the two fish. Any Niagara County waters are eligible. Entry fee is $10 for 13 years of age and older; free for junior anglers 12 and under. The fun contest actually starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and runs until 1 p.m. on Sunday. All weigh-ins will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wilson club. You can register at CMC Auto Repair, 418 Lake Street, Wilson or The Slippery Sinker, 5780 W. Main Street (at Jackson), Olcott.  If you have any questions, contact Eric at 628-6078.

On Saturday, April 8, the LOTSA pen rearing project will start at the Town of Newfane Marina starting at 9 a.m. They will ready the pens and get them in the water to prepare to receive the fish. And if you want to learn more about spring salmon fishing, attend the next LOTSA meeting on April 13 at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara on Route 78 in Lockport. At 7 p.m., local angler Matt Dunn will pass along some of his secrets on how he won some Lake Ontario contests. Some Daiwa representatives will also be in attendance to talk about their new Great Lakes rods and reels. A few boats have been out in the big lake catching some browns and lake trout. Stickbaits, spoons and flasher-fly combos were all catching fish last Sunday.

The Hyde Park Lake, Gill Creek and Oppenheim Park Pond trout stockings took place yesterday, April 5. Oppenheim Park Pond, along Niagara Falls Blvd. in Wheatfield, received 100 browns and 200 rainbows Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls received 200 two-year-old browns and 1,650 yearlings. In addition, Gill Creek was the recipient of 540 browns from Buffalo Avenue upstream to the dam at the lake.

LAST WEEK - The big news this week was the 31 pound brown trout caught by Bob Klemm of Pennsylvania fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters. That’s all we are going to tell you this week because it will be a feature in the Buffalo News next week on Thursday, April 6. You have to hear the whole story on this one. Lower Niagara River trout action has been decent from both boat and shore. Some days you have to work a little more than others. Best drifts have been Devil’s Hole and Artpark for rainbows and lake trout, but you should be able to find trout throughout the river system. Egg sacs have been working best on the steelhead; minnows for the lake trout. Boat drifters are using 3-way rigs to bounce the bottom. For browns, target down river closer to the lake with minnows or shiners. From shore, casters are still using spoons, spinners and egg sacs in the gorge from Artpark to the Whirlpool. The New York Power Authority Fishing Platform in the Niagara Gorge, as well as the stairs leading down to the shoreline along the NYPA access road near Niagara University, will be open for business on April 1. Also on April 1, the NYPA reservoir is also open for fishing.The NRAA John Long, Sr. Memorial Raffle and Feast is April 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Niagara Active Hose on Lockport Rd. in Niagara Falls. Great eats!

The weather forecasters are calling for some rain this Friday so that could put a damper on the stream action off Lake Ontario. Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek is stained, but there is good flow. Silver steelies are being caught but you do have to work for them. Jigs tipped with wax worms or grubs will work as will small floating stickbaits two to three inches long in rainbow color patterns. There is no ice on the piers any more so catching hardware like spoons and spinners is the way to go. Minnows and worms will also work. Smaller creeks like Keg, Hopkins and both branches of 12 Mile were flowing nicely. Some bullheads are being caught in Wilson, perfect timing. The Wilson Conservation Club bullhead contest is set for April 7-9. Weigh in is held out of the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson Cambria Road (Route 425), Wilson. The tournament is based on your best two fish with the tie-breaker being the overall length of the two fish. Any Niagara County waters are eligible. Entry fee is $10 for 13 years of age and older; free for junior anglers 12 and under. The fun contest actually starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and runs until 1 p.m. on Sunday. All weigh-ins will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wilson club. You can register at CMC Auto Repair, 418 Lake Street, Wilson or The Slippery Sinker, 5780 W. Main Street (at Jackson), Olcott.  If you have any questions, contact Eric at 628-6078.

On April 8, the LOTSA pen rearing project will start at the Town of Newfane Marina starting at 9 a.m. They will ready the pens and get them in the water to prepare to receive the fish.

The Hyde Park Lake, Gill Creek and Oppenheim Park Pond trout stockings will take place on April 5. Oppenheim Park Pond, along Niagara Falls Blvd. in Wheatfield, will receive 100 browns and 200 rainbows around 10 a.m. Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls will receive 200 two-year-old browns and 1,650 yearlings at 11 a.m. In addition, Gill Creek will be the recipient of 540 browns from Buffalo Avenue upstream to the dam at the lake. They will be fair fame to the public as soon as they are stocked.

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Outdoor Promotions Director

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Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

The ice fishing season has come to an end for our area with the last couple resorts shutting it down because of deteriorating ice. Thank you everyone for making this ice season one for the ages. The lake is open just outside of Lighthouse Gap stretching to the 18-20 ft of water range.

Rainy River spring walleye fishing has been very good! With that being said, it is about timing.  Last week, water clarity better than 3', many 100 fish days and monsters.  This past weekend, less than a foot and not as many fish, but still respectable.  Where else can you still have the chance at boating a 30+" walleye right now?   The Rainy River is open all the way into the main lake. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, Wheeler's Point, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats.  Walleye fishing so far the best seen in 20 years. The fish are still in river with more to arrive.  The river should clear up sometime later this week. Right now a  3/4 - 1 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Bright and gold are hot colors. Many sturgeon being boated as well.  Pike will be hot as bays begin opening up.

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are unstable as current areas are opening up quickly.  Travel not advised. Many resorts using airboats at this point.  Waiting now for open water.  Walleyes/saugers through April 14th.  Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  Resorts and resort fishing guides at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.   

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism | LakeoftheWoodsMN.com
 office: 800-382-3474 |  Joe.Henry@LakeoftheWoodsMN.com

 

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