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Local Pond fishing report by Ken HUSKER O’Malley

Hey Don, I know November equals deer season, but I can’t seem to put the rod down. Trophy fish can still be had . A strike king bitsy bug jig with a twin tail spider grub has produced some big fish. Key is to work it slow as possible while dragging it along bottom. Early afternoon hours the best. Here is one of the better fish.  Later

Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

We meet the second Tues. of the month at the Park Ridge VFW (Higgins and Canfield) at 7:30pm. Come join us——The Chicagoland Muskie Hunters (03) chapter of Muskies Inc Meetings feature top speakers, fishing reports, favorite lake presentations by our members, muskie info sharing, door prizes and raffles. All are welcome!! Contact Dean—847-677-0017— or Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, or join MI. All are welcome! The Tues. Nov. 11 meetingwill feature Certified Instructor Jerry Borst on Structure Fishing. Many hundreds of muskies have been caught following these concepts.
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–SUBJ:muski

Illinois River fishing report by Mike Grell

Hey dont give up on the illinois river.  Sauger are putting on the feedbag! This time each and every year they are in packing on the weight for winter mode.  Last weekend there were 2 walleye tourneys and most anglers were hauling in their 6 fish limit for a 2 person team in each boat. This was fantastic for each day. Jig and a minow was the presentation of choice. Places to find them are outside turns of steep dropoffs especially at the mouths of connecting streams and small rivers. When the wind is blowing you want to set up on the windy side of those spots I mentioned, wind blows the bait up against the steep banks. Making it a buffet…. so take advantage and hit the water.

Till next time…Enjoy.  Mike

Illinois Archery Deer Harvest Update from Chris Young IL DNR

Paul Shelton, Manager – Forest Wildlife Program reports that through Sunday, November 9, 2014, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 33,707 deer, compared to 32,568 for the same period in 2013.  Harvest to date has consisted of 50.4% does and 49.6% males (16983; 16724), but harvest sex ratios during the past week moved heavily toward bucks (34.6% female; 65.4% male).  Top five counties are Pike (1350), Fulton (975), Jefferson (788), JoDaviess (785), and Adams (745).   A table of county results is attached.

 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 Good 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:  11/10/2014


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.

 Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welch

Lake Shelbyville crappie are on fire. I have limited out with three limits in ninety minutes every day since I got back from Kentucky Lake. The water temps are perfect about 48 and the black crappie are all over the lake right on the bank. We are fishing for the larger white crappie and they are in brush about ten-feet deep. We are fishing from Bo-Woods over to Wilborn and staying up on the north end but the south end is doing well too. The coves about mid way back with any kind of down tree or brush in them.

We are using ten-foot crappie rods and my 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jigs. The fish are this aggressive no need for light jigs trying to fish right in the middle of the thickest brush you can find. The 1/4oz. will fall right off a limb and into a hungry crappies mouth.

The lake is very clear so we have been sticking to big clear colored shad style baits like the Bass Pro Crystal Minnow or I have a buddy who makes an imitation to that bait but it is glow. The bigger fish really seam to want the shad style baits over the tubes.

Despite the weather for this week the crappie fishing will remain very good and will continue to be this good for another month. We are in one of my favorite periods tight lining a big jig. Got to love that thump.

PB081015 – Conner Martin holding a 13 inch crappie that he caught on
PB091020 – Mike Tromp and friend with 3 limits of crappie caught by
9:30a on 11/09/14.


 Waterfowl Report from John Gordon, Avery Outdoors

Name: Brandon Geweke
Date: 10-3-2014
Location: Antioch, Illinois
Weather: Lows in high 20’s and highs in the 40’s/ strong north winds 25-40 mph.
Snow Cover: A dusting last Thursday.
Water Conditions: Saw our first skim ice on small ponds throughout the week
Feeding Conditions: Birds have been hitting the same fields all week. When there is a safe field the field will pull every goose in the area and makes it very difficult to pull birds off from going to that field.
Species and Numbers: Lots of geese pushed out at the end of the week with the strong north winds had a decent amount of mallards show up.
Migrations: Divers pushed hard this past week. Goose numbers are thinning looking for some new birds to show up.
Season Stage: We are 3 weeks into our regular season
Hunting Report: Have a couple great hunts do to a flooded timber patch and a flooded bean field, if it wasn’t for these two spots it would be tough hunting now. Others are groups are struggling at this point in season
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Ryan Eder
Date: November 4, 2014
Location: Lake County, IL / SE Wisconsin (Kenosha County)
Weather: Temps 35-45 degrees, N/NW winds most of the week 5-15mph (SW winds Sunday).
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: All lakes and ponds open no rain this week – minimal flooding/receding flooding.
Feeding Conditions: Harvest continues, heavy feeding in corn/bean fields.
Species and Numbers: Divers are here – large groups of ring-bills, redhead, bufflehead, still seeing mallard groups on farm ponds, large amounts of Canada geese.
Migrations: Canada geese, divers making their way down, mallard numbers seems same or slightly lower (local birds being broken up and pressured).
Season Stage: Still early, weather warming up again and migration not in full swing.
Hunting Report: Shot 10 ducks this weekend and 4 geese on a cattle pond.
Several hunters having success on divers on bigger water (chain of lakes), lower mallard numbers since opening day as local birds are harvested, pressured and re-directed.  Still large groups of geese around, feeding in corn fields and hitting water mid-day.

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

The ice season is close, with some small bays and inlets beginning to freeze overnight!  In the meantime, some hearty anglers are still dressing for the cold and getting their limits of walleyes on the lake and river. Garden and Pine Islands have been producing in 20-25 feet jigging with a frozen shiner.  Walleyes are showing up in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point as well.On the Rainy River, 15-20 feet jigging with a minnow or frozen shiner best between the International Bridge heading north towards the Gap. From Clementson heading east, try 17-21 with a live minnow. Hot colors are orange, green, or gold. Some adjacent rivers and inlets are frozen or have frozen banks. Safety first!

Up at the NW Angle, a few hearty anglers still getting out.  The efforts are typically rewarded with good numbers of walleyes, crappies and mixed in pike.  Hard core muskie anglers are trolling and on fish.  One guide actually caught a big lake trout while trolling for muskies.  Act now to get your desired dates for ice fishing at

Joe Henry, Lake of the Woods MN Tourism

Niagara New York Area fishing report by Bill Hilts Jr.

  1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – Brown trout action below Burt Dam continues to be the best bite for your bait. Because water on 18 Mile Creek is still low and clear, the top bait has been single eggs or single egg imitations like beads or yarn flies. Woolly buggers and egg sucking leech patterns will also produce a trout. Steelhead are also being caught in those same waters, with the occasional king or coho salmon also being reported. When you can get out on the piers in Olcott, some browns and rainbows are showing up for casters. In Wilson, browns, northern pike and perch are all being reeled in. Because of the lack of water in the smaller streams, casting or trolling the creek mouths is a good option until the waters return.
  2. Lower Niagara River – Trout fishing continues to be very good from shore and boat along the Artpark drift and up in Devil’s Hole. With the recent southwest winds, boaters have opted to pull wobbling baits. One of the best has been the 3.5 inch MagLip, one of the baits promoted by Buzz Ramsey with the Yakima Bait Company when he was here in the spring. Silver and green or chartreuse has been a hot color combination for lake trout and steelhead of late, followed by the same color pattern for Kwikfish. Water conditions have been good, despite the winds. Shore fishermen have been drifting eggs, single eggs and beads to take trout, including some browns. The NYPA Access road is now open for those looking to fish off the platform or gain access to the shoreline via the stairs. It should remain open until Dec. 1 unless things turn snowy and icy before then. Keep your fingers crossed. Bass are still available at the mouth of the river around Fort Niagara.
  3. Upper Niagara River – With waters cooling into the 50s, musky action has improved. Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island reported one day recently when he was two for seven on fish. His main approach is using a live bait rig and using a three-way rig to bounce the bottom outside weed edges. Bass fishing continues to be good with live bait like golden shiners or crayfish. Tubes and drop shot rigs will also catch fish. Shore fishermen are disappointed that the Ferry Street Bridge is closed for repairs. You’ll have a little bit of a hike to get to Broderick Park but they have been catching some trout, walleye and perch there. Some bass and perch are being caught at Ontario Street, too.

Bill Hilts, Jr. – Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation

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