Fishing Report and News

In  that I am at the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writer’s conference at the Kentucky Dam Village on Kentucky Lake, I’ll start this weeks fishing reports from here.

Kentucky Lake Fishing Report by Don Dziedzina
Let me start by saying that this is not only a beautiful lake to enjoy but also very diverse in it’s fishery.   At Kentucky Lake you can catch just about any specie of fish that swims.  On Thursday of our AGLOW conference many of the media members were taken out b local guides to fish for bass, crappie, stripers, catfish and more.  Some also got the opportunity to bowfish for the invasive Asian Carp and other rough fish.

Our media people had a blast with all species of fish mentioned above being caught.   What a great trip this has been for our membership.  As I write this blog I’m looking out the window from the lobby of the Kentucky Dam Village Resort and seeing a beautiful southerly view of the lake.  I can see anglers in boats fishing the banks and midlake humps as well as a few trollers who are probably catching big crappies.   Yes, trollers will use big crankbaits and getting 12 to 14 inch slabs.   Every once and while they’d get into a catfish or bass that will hit the crankbaits but for the bass, plastics have been working well and for the cats, traditional baits have been getting some nice fish.

Local pond report b0y Ken O’Malley

Hey Don,  Despite the cold front that hit the area, bass continue to be good on area lakes. Bass are being caught on various baits such as bandit crankbaits and x-raps. The best bait though has to be the chatterbait. Chartreuse and white was the best color.  TTYL

Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team O’Malley

Illinois Fishing Report from Chris Young, IL DNR

Chris authors a comprehensive fishing report to share with Illinois anglers  To view it, CLICK HERE

Rooster Heaven to offer Youth Deer Hunts

Rooster Heaven is excited to participate in this fall’s Illinois Youth Deer Hunt.   The Season Dates are Saturday October 11th thru Monday October 13 (Columbus Day)

Event Details:  The Hunt Club is making preparations for at least 8 youth/adult teams to share together in the excitement and challenge of this program.  Father/son, father/daughter, mom/son, grandpa/grandson; whatever situation our members and guests may be in to exposure a young person to the exhilaration of deer hunting – don’t miss this once a year chance.

What an excellent opportunity to share an unforgettable experience while teaching a lifelong skill to someone who will appreciate the effort for years to come.

Due to the concurrent bow season and the need for two person stands for the youth teams, there are limited offering this year. If there is enough support and interest, the club will work to expand facilities next season, providing an annual outing for parent and child.

Click here to see a few of our stands.

  • Friday evening – Scout position and surrounding area
  • Saturday/Sunday – Hunt from 1/2 hour before sun rise to 1/2 hour after sun set
  • Monday – Morning hunt, afternoon departure
  • Current members will have stand preferences
  • Information on local deer processing is available at the club
  • Guide Services are available

Click here for IDNR regulations and licensing information.

The Hunt Lodge and Deer Camp are booked for the weekend, but overnight lodging is available at the Hampsher Hotel, a very nice B&B in Forrest, about 5 miles from the club.  Rooster Heaven referrals will receive a 10% discount per room.

Call Rooster Heaven Hunt Club for details on reserving a space for the October 11 – 13th Youth Deer Hunt.

Rooster Heaven Hunt Club
Phone (815) 832-4327

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray

LARGEMOUTH BASS Good Worms, black and blue jigs, minnows, and spinner baits. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam. 14” minimum length limit, 6 daily creel limit. 1 fish daily creel limit in PONDS 14” minimum length.
CRAPPIE Excellent Jigs are working well. Quarter-Ounce pink and white tub jigs. Small & Medium Minnows. Meal worms. Fish the main lake drop off areas.  Try the Gun Creek Area. From shore fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky,  Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. 25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer
BLUEGILL Good Crickets, worms, wax worms, meal worms, small jigs. Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. From shore try Sailboat Harbor. 10 fish daily creel limit in PONDS. 
CHANNELCATFISH  Excellent Sonny’s stink bait, Hoss’s Hawg Bait, leeches, night crawlers, and large minnows. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area. Set line 3-4’ from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water.  Drift fish the flats. 6 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.Jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.
WHITE BASS Fair Jig and curly tail grubs, inline spinners. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around along the rocks and dropoffs. Reports of fish being caught around  the 154 bridges. 20 fish creel limit.No more than 3 fish 17” or longer daily


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.  In order to maintain a cleaner recreation area, anglers and bow fishermen fishing below the dam are asked to return dead rough fish to the water.

Randy Cordray, Corps of Engineers

Niagara NY Fishing Report by Bill Hilts

Niagara Fishing Forecast for Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – The salmon are knocking on the doorstep but they haven’t entered into the living room in any large numbers yet. In Olcott Harbor, a few salmon have been seeing breaking the surface but it seems like they move in and out trying to make up their mind what they want to do and where they want to be. According to Capt. Taz Morrison of Wilson, the best action for mature kings is 50 to 80 feet of water for the most consistent fishing. Meat, plugs, flasher-fly and spoons will all catch fish. The waters out deep – 400 feet or better – is still a good bet for immature kings and steelhead. Spoons top the list of enticements. Shore fishermen can do the best at night off the piers, but it’s still not hot and heavy yet. No reports of any salmon at Burt Dam at this point but if we see a cold rain, look out for increased numbers to make their way into the streams. The Niagara Bar drop off seems to be over for this year according to Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown. Lakers and browns are hanging on the top of the ledge in 40-50 feet of water. One good option is night fishing in front of Olcott from a small boat, casting ¾ ounce Cleos or Moonshine spoons. You can also try trolling the pier heads with j-plugs just before dark. After dark it’s all casting. Tip of the week comes from Paul Luzzi of Lewiston who passes along that if you are casting with a bait cast reel, make sure you keep your thumb lightly on the spool to avoid a bird’s nest due to back lash.

2.       Lower Niagara River – One of the best spots to be for salmon has been off the Power Authority fishing platform. The area has been reopened and NYPA is providing a free shuttle service from Lot C adjacent to NU and the Visitors Center from 7 am to 5 pm. Boaters are picking up a few fish here and there and the best bait has been Kwikfish lures fished off three-way rigs in Devil’s Hole. Capt. Frank Campbell reported three fish on Kwikies on Monday, but struck out on Tuesday. Bass action continues to be good. Chuck Smock of Cabela’s Outdoor Journal was casting spinnerbaits around the Coast Guard station and produced a nice five-plus pound smallmouth along with a fair number of other fish. Walleye are still available, too – both in the river in drifts like Stella and Queenston, as well as on the bar around the green buoy marker at the mouth. Worm harnesses fished off three-way rigs work best.

3.       Upper Niagara River – Bass action continues to be very good throughout the river system, from the head of the river to the East and West Rivers around Grand Island. Strawberry and Motor islands are good starting points with crayfish or shiners. Tubes and drop shot rigs will also catch fish. Some musky are also hitting large tubes around Strawberry Island and at the Huntley Power Station. Thompson’s Hole could produce bass or muskies. Largemouth bass are also available in the river in the shallower areas around Grand Island around weed beds and dock areas.

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Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Walleye action was hot this week.  Good bite on West Bar on west side of Garden Island in 14-18′.  Pulling crankbaits and spinners with crawlers effective.  Fish starting to stage in front of Pine Island in 24-27′.  Jigging with frozen shiners most effective.  Also good school of walleyes in 25′ – 30′ in front of the fields by Zippel Bay.  Walleyes also showing up in river, 4 Mile Bay and Zippel Bay chasing shiners which are just starting to run a bit.

On the Rainy River, scattered fish being caught from Frontier to Wheeler’s Point.  Not hot and heavy, but definitely fish to be had.  Pulling cranks in 15-19′, crawler harnesses in 7-15′ and jigging “spot on a spot” effective.  Sturgeon keep season through September, catch and release from October to mid April.

Up at the NW Angle, Little Oak and Crow Duck still holding fish.  Anglers fishing the Ontario side are targeting fall spots, which are current areas and neck down areas.  Muskies still active for anglers throwing the big baits, it’s been a great month.  More info at

Joe Henry
Lake of the Woods Minnesota Tourism


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