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Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Hey Don,  Bass have been very good on area lakes. Working a 4 1/4 inch senko along outside  weedlines have produced numbers in the morning and evening hours. A few bluegill  have starting bedding. Bass will start moving shallower once their spawn goes into full swing.  TTYL

Ken "Husker" O'Malley Huskeroutdoors Waterworks fishing team

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray

SPECIES RATING    BAIT OF CHOICE              SUGGESTED LOCATIONS REGULATIONS
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.
CRAPPIE

 

Excellent Meal worms. Small & medium minnows. Quarter-ounce pink and white tub jigs. Shallow water!  Fish attractors!  From shore, fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. Try the Jackie Branch Breakwater and along Mine 21 Road. Fish the main lake drop off areas. 25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer
BLUEGILL

 

Good Small jigs, worms, meal worms, wax worms, crickets. From shore try Sailboat Harbor and Mine 21 Road. 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. 
CHANNEL

CATFISH

 

Excellent 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 Fair 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:  05/30/2017

LAKE LEVEL: 409.28      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 408.17     WATER TEMP:  72°F

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.

Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report by Phil  Schweik

With all of the rain we had this past week I really didn’t think the fishing was going to be that great. Butinstead we were able to take advantage of the high water and we located pockets that were just loaded with fish.  To be honest this past week was one of the best weeks of fishing I have had in years.  We had multiple walleyes over 30 inches, with dozens in the 20 to 30 inch range. The crappie bite was fantastic, and so was the action on northern pike.  We even picked up a few nice muskies.

With the high water all of these fish were in the same general locations holding just outside of the heavy current. And when I mean heavy current, it was moving.  This past week we were basically fishing in areas that would have been, under normal conditions dry land.  Thinking outside the box is what led us to finding these fish and using some of our same old tried and true techniques.

A lot of our fish this past week came on jigs tipped with minnows, but in the extremely dirty water we changed it up a bit and went back to what we have run in the past. We went with jointed crankbaits that were bright in color and added a “little extra noise.”  This old technique really did the trick in that dirty water.  The fish were able to hone in on the noise and the added color was just enough “I believe” to help them find the bait.

The northern musky opener is this weekend and with the high levels and water temperatures remaining in the upper 50 degree range you might still find a lot of the muskies up very shallow. They may be in locations that you normally might not have found them in the past.  My best advice is to experiment with different locations and techniques, to find active fish. Remember, “slow and steady” is the key at this time of the year to finding muskies!

Think outside the box this weekend if you’re pursuing muskies or any other species for that matter of fact. You may just find yourself on some of the best fishing of the season!

Good Luck,

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

Free Fishing Event at Crab Orchard by Ashlee Spiller

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge will host its 44th annual Kids Free Fishing Derby, Saturday, June 10th.  The Fishing Derby is for kids ages 12 and under.   Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first 100 kids to register the morning of the Fishing Derby will receive a free goodie bag and t-shirt.  Lunch will be provided for participants and their families and a live fish shocking demonstration will be given during lunch.  An awards ceremony will end the event at noon with prizes given in each age category for biggest, smallest and most fish caught.

This event is located at the Prairie Creek Recreation Area, 1½ miles west of John A. Logan College on the south side of Highway 13.

Illinois Free Fishing Days will take place from June 16th through 19th, during the Father´s Day weekend. During this four-day celebration of fishing in Illinois, anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp.  Also during this time period Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge will not require Entrance Fees for anyone fishing on Refuge waters. 

These events give thousands of Americans the opportunity to celebrate the joys of fishing. We want you to discover the fun of fishing or introduce your family to the outdoor adventure of fishing during these free fishing events!  So come and see us at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.  For more information on these events contact us at 618-998-5950 or craborchard@fws.gov.

For more information on happenings in Southern Illinois, see www.visitSI.com

Destination Niagara USA Fishing Report for June 1, 2017

Fishing is great in Lake Ontario and the Niagara River as National Fishing and Boating Week approaches June 3 to 11! Despite record high water levels in the lake, salmon and trout fishing continue to be good in the lake. Some good fishing was being reported over the holiday weekend from John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda while fishing out of Wilson and Olcott. Best depths were 60 to 100 feet down over 200 to 300 feet of water with spoons and flasher-fly combos. Salmon up to 23 pounds were reported the past week. The last day of the month, Capt. Bob Stevens of Sunrise Charters sends word that he did well on salmon west of Wilson in 150 to 170 feet of water so spring action is continuing. East winds have helped to keep salmon boxed in off the shores of Niagara USA.

In the Niagara River, the lower section below Niagara Falls is still holding some trout like lakers and steelhead. Kwikfish lures worked for Capt. Arnie Jonathan of Lockport last weekend. They boated walleye, bass, suckers and silver bass. One sucker was a potential state record had they known. Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls had a few banner days on smallmouth bass casting the shoreline with stickbaits and jerk baits. MagLips were working for trout, fished off three-way rigs. The silver bass action continues to be very good for drifters and shoreline casters. From shore, try tossing jigs or spinners.

Upper Niagara River bass fishing continues to be good. Remember that the regular season doesn’t open until the third Saturday in June (June 17 this year) and if you are targeting bass, you must use artificial baits. Some walleye are being caught at the head of the river and at the head of Strawberry Island on worm harnesses and jigs. Capt. Ryan Shea of Tonawanda also likes to target large carp this time of year on some of the flats, using crayfish imitation flies. Seek out the flats where these fish will be spawning. They can be a lot of fun!

As we mentioned, National Fishing and Boating week is June 3 through 11. To help celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its 26th Annual Youth Fishing Derby, on Saturday, June 3. The event will be held at Ringneck Overlook, on Oak Orchard Ridge Road. On-site registration begins at 7:30 am. There is no pre-registration or reservations required. Fishing is from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. The event is free and open to youths 17 years old and under, with no experience necessary. If this is your first time, some fishing gear will be available to borrow. Certificates will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place participants in three age categories: 7 years and under, 8-12 and 13-17 years. For the boating end of things, there will be a vessel examination on June 3 by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Lewiston Landing boat launch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Tom Chiappone for more information at 772-7242.Just a quick reminder on water levels: There is still a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline for high water levels. This isn’t really going to affect the fishing that much, but the Niagara County Sheriff is asking that boats creating a wake stay at least 600 feet from shore. This doesn’t include trolling. Caution is advised for floating debris when you are out in the lake moving around. The problem seems to be launching. The best spot to be right now is the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott. Fort Niagara has an open launch but you need boots up to your knees or above. Golden Hill State Park launch is closed and Wilson-Tuscarora Park is day to day (but you need hip boots there, too). It’s worth the effort for the good fishing!!

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Outdoor Promotions Director

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Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Memorial weekend proved to be a great fishing weekend.  Fishing remained consistently good.  Big numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught.  Small fish, keeper walleyes and saugers and some trophies still showing across the lake. Key depths around 18-24' of water. Jig and a minnow is the best presentation with pink and gold jigs strong but pulling spinners is gaining steam quickly. Reefs in 23-32', also holding fish. Jumbo perch and pike mixed in all over.

Walleyes are in the Rainy River with a good morning bite if you can find an active school.  Many walleyes have headed back to the lake but some remain in the river and will stay all year. Same as the lake, a jig and a minnow has been best tactic for boating walleyes.Sturgeon fishing opens again July 1st.

Up at the NW Angle, anglers continue to crush fish.  Many have limits in just a few hours.  Fish are all over islands such as Oak Island, Little Oak, Hay Island, Garden, and structure off of other small islands. Jig and a minnow up at the angle is the tried and true method of choice but pulling spinners is turning on big time.  Colors should include chartreuse, pink, glow colors and of course gold. Key depths ranged from 15-25' of water. Lodging, charters and guides are available atwww.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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