Fishing and Hunting Reports and News


Mississippi River Pool 13 Fishing Report by Mike Grell

Great weather this last weekend. Eagles are moving in at Cordova. I seen 1 there Saturday and 1 when I put in Sunday at Fulton. Docks a little rough at Cordova compared to Fulton.  Cordova water was 56 degrees windy but not enough for whitecaps southwest direction. Cats were light bite. Walleye have moved out and headed for their winter home.   Sunday at Fulton walleye well… there were about 25 boats in a stones throw and 1 caught in 2 hours. Everyone was cashing in on the weeds. What a bumper crop. So… by next weekend they should be cleared out. Just to many weeds on everyone’s presentation within seconds for the fish to see what your offering is.  Fulton water Sunday was 54 degrees and wind was relatively calm with mostly clear skies. Air temp in the low 70′ s. Hard to believe that temperature to this week. Mississippi clarity heavy I do mean heavy weeds and typical Mississippi colors. Enjoy till next report.

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. Lately, many fishermen have been fishing at Big Muddy bridge and Highway 154.  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 Good 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
Information as of:  10/28/2014LAKE LEVEL: 406.30     AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 404.67     WATER TEMP:  62°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.  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.

Illinois Waterfowl Report b y John Gordon – Avery Outdoors

Name: Ryan Eder
Date: 10/27/14
Location: Lake County, IL
Weather: 40’s & 50’s average daily temps, minimal rain, 10-15 N/NW winds, partly cloudy.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Water still high from rains last week, some flooded fields still.
Feeding Conditions: More and more food sources available in harvest in full swing – lots of feeding activity in corn/bean fields (geese and ducks).
Species and Numbers: Canadas – more migrating groups, thousands of birds in select fields this week.  Very large number of mallards roosting in small farm ponds, groups of hundred per pond, thousands total within 2 square miles (Ivanhoe, IL).
Migrations: Geese are migrating; ducks appear to be scattered midwest ducks from hunting pressure.  Too warm up north, no big push yet in ducks.
Season Stage: Early, season has been open 2 weeks and with warmer weather, there is not abundant migration activity.  Ducks are here though, and staging in larger groups.
Hunting Report: This weekend we shot 3 geese in our duck spread, and 25 ducks.  Mostly mallard, 3 wood ducks, 1 ring-bill and 1 farm duck/mallard cross.
Gossip: More and more mallards in the area with several groups limiting out on ducks (both on water and in field).  Still lots of birds up north with no pressure to leave (warm temps).

Name: Brandon Geweke
Date: 10-28-2014
Location: Antioch, Illinois
Weather: Warmer temps, Low 40’s and high 70’s. Had a couple great northwest wind days earlier in the week that pushed some birds around.
Snow Cover: 0
Water Conditions: Do to high winds the water is definitely turned up. Have not had much rain in the last two weeks.
Feeding Conditions: Majority of the fields are harvested now, with the warmer temps this past week it really affected the feeding conditions to feed mid-morning and then go back to water and loaf
Species and Numbers: Wood ducks seem to be down from previous weeks and the teal seem to have made a revisit, end of last week it seemed as if they moved out but the last three days we have seen some great numbers. Geese are really stacking up on the local neighborhood ponds. I have seen big groups of divers working the big water/Lake Michigan
Migrations: The weather is going to turn mid-week this coming week with strong winds from the NW we have seen a large amount of Canada pushing down from the North. We’re in the first week of the October lull. But this coming week should be exceptional.
Season Stage: Season opened on the 18th of Oct.
Hunting Report: This past week we have had a couple great shoots. Mallards seem to be hitting the bean fields hard right now.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Niagara NY Area Fishing Report by Bill Hilts

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries –In 18 Mile Creek and Burt Dam, brown trout fishing has been good with some salmon and steelhead mixed in for good measure. Some increased water flow from rain or Erie Canal de-watering could certainly help the situation. Egg sacks or egg imitations fished under a float is the most popular approach, but woolly buggers are producing some fish, too. Casting the piers in Wilson or Olcott could yield some trout and the occasional salmon with spoons, spinners or eggs fished under a float. Live bait could produce some perch, bass or northern pike.
  2. Lower Niagara River – Fishing has picked up in the lower Niagara River as the trout have increased in numbers. Boat fishermen have been concentrating around the Artpark area with Kwikfish lures in silver and chartreuse, pink or blue. Bounce the bottom with three-way rigs to take a mix of steelhead, browns and lake trout. Remember that lake trout season is closed right now so those fish must be released unharmed if you catch any. Shore fishermen all along that same Artpark area were also taking advantage of the good action with spoons, spinners, or eggs and egg imitations like beads fished under a float.  With the new staircase at Artpark leading down to the shoreline, combined with the good trail access there, finding a good vantage point for tackling trout is not too difficult. Fish are also available in the gorge area via the NYPA access road (which will reopen to the delight of area anglers on Nov. 1), which now offers a newly redesigned road for vehicle and pedestrian traffic through Dec. 1 (unless the weather turns bad). The shuttle service will conclude at 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 31. The shoreline stairway along the access road is also open now. Other shoreline access points include the Whirlpool and Devil’s Hole state parks. Outdoor writer Don Barone of B.A.S.S. fame was fishing this past week with Jim Niland and Capt. Chris Cinelli and you can read his exploits at Also in town this week were Sean Warner of Minnesota and Mike McNett of Indiana, on a tour for the U.S. Angling Confederation. Niagara Falls is being considered as a site of the World Confederation meeting in 2017, the first time it will be held on North America should we be selected. They fished with Capt. Frank Campbell and they were five for 12 on trout in three hours of fishing when it was a balmy 70 degrees out. However, this weekend look for much cooler temperatures and possibly some white stuff on Saturday.
  3. Upper Niagara River – Fishing for bass was a little tough this week with the combination of winds and unseasonal temperature fluctuations that hampered casting, drifting and trolling. It should pick back up. The fishing off Ferry Street has been good for trout and perch during the day. Night casters are picking up some walleye there, too. Ontario Street is producing a few bass and perch. Musky action continues to improve as water temperatures decrease. The Niagara Musky Association will be holding its Tim Wittek Memorial Tournament this Sunday, Nov. 2. Check out

Bill Hilts, Jr. – Director, Outdoor Promotions
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation

 Kentucky Lake Report by Jim Hartley

Last week was a phenomenal week of fishing .Weather was decent too!

My fishing partner Wayne and I limited 6 of 7 days on white bass all 12-16” ers. We also had to catch 15-20 big yellow bass, with a mix bag of largemouth,  crappies, bluegills , channel cats , and sheep head every day. Damm them sheep head are big! We had to get 8 to 20 pounders , and they make a mess out of your trolled lines and small cranks. We had to catch 3-5 crappies daily all around the 13” size. Shad were bunched up everywhere in clouds of marks on the graph. We foul hooked  snagged a bunch of shad daily , and some of them 8” and larger shads bit our crappie cranks. I could not believe the big shad tried to eat our small cranks? We were trolling the ledges along the channels from deep to shallow , and then  shallow to deep  zig zagging all different ways. Our best depth was around 8-12 feet , but we were banging some as shallow as 6 feet , and we were amazed how the fish were stacked in 30 ‘ of water Them fish in the deep hardly ever strike, but once you get on the breaks look out , we had many doubles and triples . Best bait was the small crappie cranks from Arkie , and we caught fish on all colors. When it was sunny , baits  had to have chrome on it, and when it was cloudy the white and colored baits worked better. Fire tiger colors sucked all week and that was strange?? Fish would not take any of the larger baits either, but we did catch a bunch of fish on the Norman crappie crank which is a little smaller than the Arkie. My tried and true Bombers, and blade baits produced nothing  this year.

Did snag up a bunch last week so I am going to have to go grocery shopping again to replace some Arkies. Only had a couple jumps all week and they were short lived. It really gets my blood boiling when they are circling the water around you. We did fight fluctuating water conditions , as the lake went up three feet when we got there , then dropped four to five feet as the week went along??? That along with a north wind cold front kept us changing tactics. Camp was full of fisherman, and our group did the best of all of them. Heck; once we had limit  towards evenings, we just bass fished and top water bite with a spinner buzz bait gave us some explosive strikes and we boated many bass, cast after cast. Thought I had Jimmy Houston in the boat with me. We worked that grass flat and the inside cut on the south side  channel as the Blood dumps in to the main lake . Man there is a ton of small bass 13 to 15” in that area!

I did see some fisherman running trot lines in both channels, and they had some massive size  catfish on them. That was fun to watch them pull up lines  in their boat every morning. Yes it sucks to report that Asian carp are everywhere, and they scare the crap out of you especially  if you get close to the school of them. The corps need to do something about this, or I believe it will foul up a great fishery.  Did book another trip for third week of October again next year at Irvin Cobb Resort if I am still around, and I am already looking forward to going back . Keep casting you all , and tight lines to ya!


 Lake of the Woods Minnestoa Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Walleye and pike action is strong.  Good reports from both the Lighthouse and Morris Gap,  Zippel Bay by the rock, Garden Island and Hay Island all around 18-22 feet. Northern Pike active in Zippel Bay, Bostic Creek and in front of Rocky Point.River fishing is HOT, HOT, HOT. Limits of walleye and sauger caught daily between the International Bridge heading towards Lighhouse Gap with many good reports in front of the airport and Wabanica creek. 16-18 feet the best depth, on windier days up to 20 feet. Timbermill heading east towards Clementson having lots of reports of trophy sized walleye evenings with some eaters in the mix. Jigging with frozen or live shiner the best technique using gold, pink/white, or orange/glow colors.

Fishing up at the NW Angle continues strong.  No change in pattern, fall spots, neck down areas and adjacent to points.  Strong walleyes, crappies and pike.  Muskie anglers are having success trolling and casting.  Info on all lodging at

 Joe Henry
Lake of the Woods Minnesota Tourism

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