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ARCHERY DEER SEASON

Through Sunday, November 12, 2017, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of41,376 deer, compared to 36,587 for the same period in 2016. 

Cumulative harvest to date has consisted of 46% does and 54% males (18933:22443).  During the past week, harvest sex ratios were 34% does and 66% males.

Top five counties were Pike (1530), Fulton (1208), Adams (947), Jefferson (924), and JoDaviess (843).

Up-to-date archery harvest figures (for either deer or turkey) by county/state sites can be tracked on the web at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/IDNRHarvestQuery.aspx

Salmon Unlimited News

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Lake Geneva Fishing Club by Bob Clark

November 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 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: NO SPEAKER | Annual Member Awards Banquet

December 2017 - NO MEETING

January 2018 - No Meeting but look for us at …

Thursday – Sunday, January 25 – 28, 2018 | Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Show and the Schaumburg Convention Center | Schaumburg, IL 60173

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

Best Regards,
Bob Clark

Walleyes Unlimited News by Bob Clark

November 2017 - Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | Speaker: Doug Ide - Ide's Inland Fishing Guide Service | Topic: Hunting for Delavan & Geneva Crappies

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | Speaker: Billie Heim – Night Prowler Guide Service | Topic: Targeting GenevaLake Trout Through the Ice

December 2017 - Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Speaker: Brad Richardson - Get N Bit Productions/WU Club Member | Topic: On the Water Videos - How It’s Done!

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 | Speaker: NO FORMAL SPEAKER – No Guest Fee Tonight | Topic: Illinois Swap Night – Open to the Public!

Look For Us At...

Thursday – Sunday, January 25 – 28, 2018 | Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Show and at the Schaumburg Convention Center | Schaumburg, IL 60173

Look for Times & Seminar Schedule at: www.sportshows.com/chicago. Stop by and visit with us in Booth 906 at the show!

Bob Clark

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 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:  11/05/2017

LAKE LEVEL: 404.57       AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 405.07     WATER TEMP:  57°F

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.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.

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 75 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 3,950 Nov. 11 – Jan. 9 SEE DIGEST OF WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS FOR BAG LIMITS
Information as of:  11/06/2017

LAKE LEVEL: 404.57     AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 405.07                                                              CASEY FORK: 411.24     BIG MUDDY: 410.00

***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 2017-2018

https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/HuntingTrappingDigests.aspx

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report by Steve Welch

Crappie fishing is still on fire on Lake Shelbyville. Water temps are in the high forties to low fifties on the north end. The upper end of the lake has all the big fish and our guides are telling me about fish exceeding thirteen-inches and plenty of them. Those fish will be over a pound and a half.

Tight lining or cork fishing with our line of Deep Ledge Jigs is the way to go. No need for live bait as the crappie are extremely hungry. Anything ten feet or less is your target weather it is a down tree or brush pile. Just let water color tell you what color jigs to use but you can't go wrong with chartreuse. Put a large plastic on the back of the jig since the fish are aggressive then either pendulum it over brush or use a slip bobber with a jig under it and stay back and drift them across the brush.

Plenty of very good fishing left as this bite will last into December.

Steve Welch - Crappie Specialties
E-mail: stevewelch@mchsi.com
Website: www.lakeshelbyvilleguide.com

Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report by Phil Schweik

Well it has been a crazy week here in central Wisconsin. We have seen record high and record low temperatures in basically the same week which have resulted in some diverse fishing and hunting conditions. As far as hunting goes opening weekend conditions were about as perfect as you could want, some areas even had snow on the ground. As the week progressed we saw increased temperatures and record highs which basically put the deer to rest. I had one friend of mine watch a nice buck bedded down sleeping for almost an hour next to his tree stand. Fishing this past week has seen both sides of the spectrum. A few brave souls are starting to hit the ice, while with the warmer temperature a few guys are still fishing an available open water.
Deer hunters this past week had relatively good success despite the changing weather conditions. A good friend of mine Randy Adamski and his son Kody doubled up opening weekend on a couple of very nice bucks, but they weren’t the only ones, there were several very nice bucks taken not only in central Wisconsin but statewide as well. With the 9 day gun season coming to a close there are still plenty of opportunities for you to fill your tag if you haven’t been successful yet. The Muzzleloader season begins Monday, November 27th  and gives hunters another week to chase after a big whitetail.
Fishing in central Wisconsin can be hit and miss at this time of the year but anglers venturing out have multiple opportunities right now. A lot of guys are still waiting for safe ice and at this point I am not suggesting it but a few guys have been out and are doing well on walleyes and panfish. Some local backwater areas have a few inches of ice that can be accessed with extreme caution, and the guys that are getting out have been being very careful as to what they do and what they access the ice. Open water fishermen have been getting out but the problem is trying to find enough open water to get a boat in. Most of the boat landings on our area lakes and the river have just enough ice to keep you from launching. The guys that are getting out are finding open boat landing locations below dams on the Wisconsin River. Below the dams there is generally enough moving water or current to keep the water from freezing in these locations. The good news is that the guys that are getting out have been having substantial success targeting walleyes. A simple 1/8th or ¼ ounce lead head jig tipped with a medium sized sucker minnow has been the go-to bait for anglers looking to cash in on late fall walleyes. Try targeting non-current water depths of 14 to 18 feet and if that doesn’t work go a little deeper and try the 20 to 24 foot depths. They will be in one of those locations.
Phil Schweik
Hooksetters guide Service
www.hooksetters.biz

Your Kentucky Lake fishing report from the deck of the Kickn Bass pontoon by Rich Bay

Lake conditions

The water level has stabilized the lake level at 355.40. Nearly a foot over normal for this time of year but still dangerous out there. Water has been very clear but this rainy weather will change that. There is a big temperature drop coming today so conditions will be changing.  Freeze warning out for this coming weekend. Always use your GPS map for traveling on the lake.

Crappies

We have continued to pull crankbaits for crappie. We have caught a bunch of them. We have literally caught basically every fish that swims in Kentucky Lake the last few weeks...including about 10” longnose gar. Every day has seen a new color emerge as the crappie favorite, but pink and shad colors have been most consistent. Main lake has slowed but deep bays are going strong. As always, just put in the time and you will be rewarded.

Whitebass

The whitebass report is mixed reviews. We haven’t fished specifically for whites and yellows but we have caught them in droves while cranking. Talked to a family fishing for them specifically last week and their results were slow. Both are chasing the baitballs of shad, and fed even tho they had shad in their stomachs. (Yes, I always check that!)

Catfish

Have caught mainly channel cats while cranking but hauled in a few pushing ten pounds. One broke 12 pound Berkley big game line next to the boat. Its head was as big as a bowling ball.

Largemouth

Same report as the other species. Caught tons of short fish but some keepers pushing four and a half pounds. Lots of buck bass along the shorelines chasing shad.

Bluegills and Redears

We have caught a few gills and a redear pushing a pound! Man it was thick and feisty. All fish in the lake feeding up for the winter.

Captain Rich
kylakefish@gmail.com
www.kicknbass.net

Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast from Bill Hilts. Jr. -  Destination Niagara USA

The water in the Niagara River is still in bad shape according to many of the local charter captains looking to target musky in the upper river or trout in the lower river. It could be fishable by the weekend. Shore fishermen have a bit of an advantage over the boaters when the water turns muddy. Find some clean water and you should catch fish. One spot that is still available is the New York Power Authority fishing platform. The announcement just came through today that (weather permitting) the final day for fishing will be Dec. 3. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls has been casting his homemade ¼ ounce jigs to take some more walleye and even a nice brown trout the past week off the platform. Downriver along Artpark, chartreuse trout beads and egg sacs fished under a float was the ticket for trout. While the water was off color a bit earlier in the week, the scent emitted by the sac helped the trout to locate the bait. Spoons and spinners still work as well. Remember that lake trout season is closed in New York until the end of the year but the season opens Dec. 1 in the Province of Ontario waters. If you do catch a lake trout incidentally, release it quickly and unharmed. If you take a photo, make sure it’s a quick one.

In the Lake Ontario tributaries, there have been good numbers of fish and not too many fishermen at Burt Dam and the Fisherman’s Park area of 18 Mile Creek. The final day of charging at the park will be today. Good numbers of fresh Coho salmon are still working their way up to the dam with eggs, egg imitations (like trout beads), and jigs tipped with wax worms all working under a float. Live bait could catch some fish, too. Move around to find the active fish. Four mile and 12 Mile were both high and muddy on Tuesday. No report out of Keg Creek but that had fish last week. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Bill Hilts, Jr.
Outdoor Promotions Director

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Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

The wait for ice fishing has begun. The lake has ice stretching as far as the eye can see from the south shore.  The Rainy River has a skim of ice across it with only a few open areas left. All back bays are frozen over. A slight warm up is coming this week and weekend but colder nights will help create ice.  Water temperature is 33.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Spearing for monster northern pike has just begun on Bostic Bay with 6" of ice where they are spearing. On an average year, resort fish houses get out on the main lake around Dec 10th and stay on the ice through March 31st.  ATV's and collapsible fish houses will get out a bit earlier based on when resorts who maintain ice roads feel it is safe.  Use marked trails when ice roads open and don't deviate.  Walleyes and saugers are staged up nicely along south shore including Pine Island, Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point. Early ice fishing is looking to be very good and it is coming soon.  

NW Angle is frozen in many areas and still some open water in neck down areas with current.  Some locals who know the area well using snowmobiles for transportation to and from islands. Expectations are high as big schools of walleyes inhabited the area all the way up to freeze up.

 
Resorts have equipment ready and are staging fish houses which could come early this year!  Lodging, ice fishing packages and sleeper houses are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.
Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism | LakeoftheWoodsMN.com
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