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Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosett

Hi y'all--We're back at our meeting place for another 10 months and starting with a good speaker.

Muskies Inc. Meetings feature top speakers We meet the second Tues. of the month at Come join us——The Chicagoland Muskie Hunters (03) chapter of Giuseppe’s La Cantina 1062 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL. 7:30pm., fishing reports, favorite lake presentations by our members, muskie info sharing, door prizes and raffles. All are welcome!! Contact Dean—847-256-9322 or chicagolandmuskiehunters@hotmail.com Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, - join MI. All are welcome. The Aug 8 meeting will feature the always well received Len Szulc on Lake of the Woods.
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

Outdoor News from the IL DNR

Eclipse Campsites:  Looking for a place to stay for the 2017 Solar Eclipse in southern Illinois on Aug. 21?  You can still reserve campsites at the IDNR World Shooting and Recreational Complex online now through www.reserveamerica.com.

Firearm Deer Permits:  Permit applications will be accepted until Aug. 18 for the third lottery drawing for 2017 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits.  For details, check the IDNR website at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspx

Resident Archery Deer Permits:  Resident combination and antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor link here:http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx

Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits:  Illinois Non-Resident Archery Deer combination permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. The Illinois Archery Deer Season is Oct. 1, 2017 through Jan. 14, 2018.

Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun Season:  Hunters may apply through Aug. 21 for the second lottery for 2017 Illinois Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun Season permits. Season dates are Oct. 21-29, 2017.  For more information:  https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/TurkeyHunting.aspx

Grand American:  The Amateur Trapshooting Association Grand American World Trapshooting Championships are scheduled for Aug. 2-12 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL. Check the ATA website for details at www.shootata.com

Conservation World:  Make plans to attend the 2017 Illinois State Fair in Springfield – and to spend some time at Conservation World on Aug. 11-20.  Conservation World is a 30-acre park on the state fairgrounds filled with family activities including fishing instruction, archery ranges, and expert information on habitat enhancement, state parks, wildlife, fish, and forestry.  Conservation World is open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Aug. 11-20.

Lake Geneva Fishing Club News by Rob Clark

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | Food and Beverage at 5:00 PM, meeting begins at 5:30 PM – Note new
start time! | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy. | Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 |
Speaker: William Heim – Night Prowler Guide Service | Topic:  Late Summer Early Fall Bass
William (but everyone calls him Billie) Heim of Night Prowler Guide Service is a fishing guide on
Wisconsin’s Geneva and Delavan Lakes in Walworth Co. as well as Big Green and Pewaukee since
1992. He is an experienced multi species guide and someone you should know if you want to learn

how to fish these lakes year-round and day or night.

William was born in 1963 and grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin. His grandfather had him outside
early in life and was hunting and fishing at age four. Heim recently became a full-time guide
specializing in unique ways of teaching others how to adapt to the toughest conditions. He has a
specialty technique which is night fishing using black lights and florescent line making it easier to see
while fishing in the dark.
Billie became well-known as the Night Prowler by running small night-time gatherings on Geneva
back in the late ‘90’s and early 2000. Now. In addition to being a full-time guide Heim is a well-
regarded tournament angler locally and has qualified for some national events.
Join us and listen to a special guy with honest and proven techniques, likely different from ones you
For additional information visit our website at: http://www.lakegenevafishingclub.com

Walleyes Unlimited Report by Rob Clark

Both WI and IL meeting locations have both soft and adult drinks available for purchase down the hall in the same building; the Wisconsin location also has a full food menu at the connected restaurant.

Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | Speaker: Adam Walton | Pike Pole Guide Service

Topic: Lake Koshkonong Walleye

Adam is a licensed United States Coast Guard charter captain and spends hundreds of hours on the water each year. He's also a certified firefighter paramedic and CPR/First Aid Instructor. Adam specializes in year-round multi-species fishing, but walleye and pan fish are his favorite. In addition to guiding and tournament fishing, he enjoys writing for outdoor media agencies and conducting fishing seminars.

Pike Pole Fishing Guide Service was established with a firefighter theme in mind. Although pike are one of the fish species we target, the company name “Pike Pole” actually came from a tool used in the fire service and by whalers during the early fishing industry. Owner Adam Walton started fishing with his grandfather Roger at a very young age. Roger, is a retired career firefighter an avid angler and had a huge influence on Adam's own firefighting career and professional angling passion.

Adam fishes the waters of the Rock River, Wolf River, Lake Winnebago, Fox River, Green Bay and the Madison Chain of Lakes. His presentation for this meeting will focus on walleye fishing on and around the waters of Lake Koshkonong.

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 | Speaker: Capt. Jay Stephan of Stephan Sportfishing, LLC. | Topic: Musky Fishing On Green Bay

Jay Stephan is a fully licensed United States Coast Guard Charter Captain and the owner operator of Stephan Sportfishing, LLC. Jay guides out of Green Bay throughout the year for both musky and walleyes. Jay has worked with Brett Alexander for many years and is somewhat of a protégé learning under his tutelage. To say he is successful in an understatement as Jay has placed 3rd two times in the prestigious Best of the Bay Musky Tournament.

Jay's presentation will center around the explosive bite of the massive Green Bay muskies. He will open up to discuss how they target these giants from opening day till ice up in the lower bay. Techniques on trolling and casting will be discussed along with locations and patterns these big fish are following throughout the seasons and the equipment he uses to battle these bruisers.

This is shaping up to be an opportunity to learn a lot about these big fish that have exploded in both size and numbers in the waters of lower Green Bay!

Chicago River Fishing Report by Pat Harrison

Last  week I was only out 2 times Surface temps in the mid 70’s weather was not kind. The water was high and stained and dirty on the river. Fishing was tough panfish a bit smaller than normal and a few Bass where caught but Bass were 12” to 15” and only a few caught. Weather has been an issue this year it needs stabilize a bit so the fish get a bit more active.

The end of the week and weekend I was in Kirkwood Mo.  to take my Grand kids fishing for a couple days we went to the Merrimac river which is near their house that we fished last year to find out since the Mississippi river floods last year the Asian Carp have made it home. Weather was even hotter out there so the fishing was cut shore and we spend time doing other things enjoy your week Fish On I hope.

Thanks Captain Pat

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray

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.


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


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. 



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 Good 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:  07/25/2017


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.

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report by Steve Welch

The lake is just a little over two-feet above summer pool. This has pulled the white bass from the river and they are on all points leading back towards the main lake. Early and late in the day is the time to target these shallow fish. They are up in weeds chasing shad. We like to use either Candy stripers or Big Dudes and cover water.

Some of the white bass have already set up in normal summer spots which are edges of main river channel banks. Use your electronics to locate them and either cast one of our Candy stripers into them and let it fall to the bottom or use a jigging spoon. Both presentations you need to pop it off bottom then let it fall back.

The summer crappie bite is on fire and anglers have been catching close to a hundred fish a day. Mostly on minnows under a slip bobber but our 3/32oz. Baby Bugs swam over the brush has been doing very well too. Shelbyville is the best numbers lake for summer crappie in the state due to it's depth and width.

The products we mentioned are available on our on-line store at www.LakeShelbyvilleGuide.com and at Chip's Marine located at the entrance to Bo-Woods boat ramp. Plus we can get you in the boat with one of our great guides by calling me at 217-840-1221.

Steve Welch
Crappie Specialties

Kentucky Lake Fishing Report by Capt. Rich Bay

From the deck of the Kick n Bass pontoon

The weather is hot and the fishing is hot!! There is an excessive heat warning out for the area so drink plenty of water while outside. We have been chasing white and yellow bass exclusively for about a month now. Some days it's great and some days we have to chase them down but we have had great success as the pictures show! This great bite should continue for another month or so...just my best guess.

Lake conditions
The water level has stabilized to around summer pool at 358.6. Temps in low 70’s at night and mid 90’s during the day have made for alot of electrical generation which causes the current in the lake that these fish like. TVA is on a slow draw down to winter pool so be careful out there.

Here is a link to their website.   tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Kentucky

Weather forecast CLICK HERE

The whitebass bite is the same as last reported. SteelShad bladebaits have been great using a yo-yo style of fishing. Let them sink to the bottom and steadily pull up about 6 feet. Pause there and then tightline the lure back to the bottom. Repeat back to the boat. On sunny days we use the silver colored baits and on cloudy days we have used the gold blades. Some days we have been using 3/8 ounce inline spinners in white with a silver blade. Hit bottom then reel at a medium retrieve about 8 times around. Then open the bail and let the lure sink back to bottom. Repeat back to the boat. Jigging spoons have worked some also.

I haven't been pulling cranks on any guide trips but have on some off days. ( I may have a fishing addiction)! Crappies have settled into their normal pattern on the main lake. Pulling Arkie crankbaits has produced some nice fish. I have been varying my trolling speed between 1.6 and 2.1 mph. Seems the best colors this week have been the Arkie #3 Sexee Shad and any pink combination crankbaits but that can change day to day. Fishing the deeper bays over brush and stake-beds has produced some fish but the main concentrations of fish are in the main lake. Putting in the time to scan for fish and coming up with a pattern will get you on the fish.

We have not fished for cats exclusively but we have caught a ton fishing for other species. We have caught cats casting Steelshads and on Ken's hybrid spinners. Mainly channels but some blues and an occasional flathead.

We have caught largemouths the last few weeks fishing for other species. Either on SteelShads or crankbaits. I try to keep a sexy shad colored Arkie crankbait on at all times because that is a favorite color for bass. Reeling in a 5 pounder on a 14 foot rod is a treat!

Bluegills and Redears
I did not get the chance to fish for gills and redears this week but have caught some nice gills with SteelShads. Funny to see a seven inch fish trying to eat something that is almost its own size.

(It makes me feel great to get encouraging feedback.) One of these days I'm going to make it down to fish with you, I
really respect your response to questions and the posts you leave on Facebook + all the great reports from customers. —Roger H.

Captain Rich

Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report by Phil Schweik
Fishing in the central Wisconsin area remains very good on most area lakes and rivers. Topping the list this past week has been the walleye fishing with good numbers of fish being caught. A lot of the action is coming during low light periods and after dark. Casting rattling crankbaits in shallow water has been working best for us especially after dark.

The musky bite has been fair to good with the best action early in the day and again late in the evening. Top water baits are working very well right now as are large bladed bucktails when burned over weed tops  .We have been picking up some really nice crappies and bluegills by vertically jigging a small 1/16 th ounce jig that has been tipped with a piece of crawler. These fish are holding tight to cover so may lose a few jigs while trying to catch them, but don’t be afraid to go in after them. Losing a few jigs is better than not catching any fish!Bear baiting has been going well and with the amount of activity we are seeing it looks like it is going to be a very good season for our hunters. All of our baits are being regularly hit by multiple bears. Our trail cameras are out and we should be seeing photos coming in very soon.  Have a great week,Phil Schweik
Hooksetters Guide Service
Web: wwww.hooksetters.biz

Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for August 3, 2017

After the hard northeast blow on Lake Ontario, trollers were forced out to more stable water in the 300 foot to 500 foot depth contour off Wilson and Olcott. Spin doctors and flies have been attracting a few mature kings, Coho salmon and steelhead. Spoons are also working consistently out there. August is crunch time for the mature kings and there are plenty of fishing contests that coincide with the return of the king to the ports they were stocked at. Look for fishing activity to increase. Bob Ashley of Mentor, Ohio visited Niagara County waters this week as a result of the weekly fishing report. Bob and his most frequent fishing partner fished Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning of this week. They hooked 11 salmon and landed eight with the largest being 24 pounds. Bob and Larry fished off the Niagara Bar in water 179 feet to 220 feet deep. They found their fish between 45 and 60 feet down, meaning they didn't have to break out the downriggers but used directional divers exclusively. All of the fish were taken on flasher-fly combos. Waters are slowly starting to turn on closer to shore.

In the lower Niagara River, walleye action is starting to slow down again after a couple of weeks of decent fishing. Worm harnesses bounced along the bottom with three-way rigs works well. Best spots have been the Stella drift and at the mouth of the river around the green buoy marker. Some smallmouth bass are available, too – crabs and shiners for live bait; tubes and drop shot rigs for artificials. You can catch bass in Devil’s Hole, as well as many of the drifts all the way down to Lake Ontario. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls is still popping some gar pike in the gorge area along Artpark. He combined a rope fly with a jig to allow him to cast better with the strong river current.

Upper Niagara River fishing continues to be good, although it’s not as strong as it was. Bass and walleye are still being caught in the river with a spinner and worm working best for walleye and the occasional bass. Crayfish and shiners will work for bass and sheepshead. A new interactive online hot spot fishing map has been unveiled that will give anglers new insight into the local waters of Niagara, Erie and Chautauqua counties. The link is https://wnyfishing.mrf.com/view.aspx. Check it out!

A couple of ladies led the way in the Summer Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Summer Derby that ended Sunday. Grand Prize winner was Sandra Brown of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, reeling in a 32 pound, 4 ounce Niagara Bar king salmon while fishing with her husband Ed and Joe Yaeger of Amherst. Trolling a spin doctor and fly in 160 feet of water, 60 feet down. She earned a check for $11,000 for reeling in that fish. First place in the Salmon Division was a 31 pound, 10 ounce king caught out of Point Breeze, weighed in by Kristin Wilson of Rockstream, NY. The Niagara Bar produced the first place lake trout, a 23 pound, 13 ounce Niagara Bar fish checked in by Steve Klejdys of North Tonawanda. The big steelhead was caught out of Olcott when Adam Robinson of Portland, Oregon out-battled a 17 pound, 4 ounce steelie while fishing with Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane. First place brown trout was a 16 pound, 2 ounce fish caught out of Fair Haven. Lon Colley of Burt was the youth salmon winners with a 26 pound, 1 ounce king.  The fall derby will be starting up August 18 and run through Labor Day. Check out www.loc.org for more information. Also coming up on the derby docket is the Orleans County Rotary Derby August 5 to 20 and the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby August 19 to 27. 

Bill Hilts, Jr. - Outdoor Promotions Director
Destination Niagara USA

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Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Late summer fishing on Lake of the Woods is famous for walleyes, muskies, bass and pike and if the last week of July is any indication, August is going to be epic. Spinners with leeches, crawlers, or minnows in 17 feet and out to 30 strong for walleyes and saugers. Reefs doing well too. Gold, white, blue, and chrome/silver colored spinners and crankbaits putting fish in the coolers. Anglers doing well in "no man's land" out in the mud in 30 - 34' pulling crankbaits with leadcore with a lot of fish 24-30' being boated.  Pike and smallies active around the lake.

Anglers in the
Rainy River finding a few walleyes with the morning/evening being better than day bite.  Trolling cranks or pulling spinners producing the best . Smallmouth bass scattered all over in the river by docks, structure, and feeder streams/back bays. Sturgeon fishing continues very good with many who target these beasts having good success.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing has remained excellent. Chrome and chartreuse spinners and blue or silver crankbaits have been producing the best off of Lunatic Island and Four Blocks Island or West of Little Oak Island in 28-32 ft. of water. On the Canadian side, jigging gold or purple tipped with either fat heads or shiners next to rock / mud transitions has been the most productive.   Muskie fishing really picked up this week while casting bucktails over transitions of weeds and rocks. Algae Bloom is noticeable but hasn't affected muskie bite. Lodging, charters and guides available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

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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