Report Updates

I recently received some report updates as well as a few photos.  Here they are.  Hopefully they’ll help you with your decisions for hunting or fishing this holiday weekend.  If you have a report or photo to share send it to

Pond report by Ken HUSKER O’Malley

Hey Don,  I tried to get one last day off open water fishing, but the warm up wasn’t enough to open things up before the rains came. All my spots were locked solid still. I’m sure the rain this afternoon and evening will open up some spots by morning. Thought I would share these cool pics of turtles sunning themselves under the ice on Saturday. LaterKen “Husker” O’Malley

Nielsen Channels report from Marcy

Ice update Nielsen Channels, Hermann’s:  Hard to say, folks. About 10 cars so far today. Only one came in so far to report, he says pretty much 3 inches more/less some spots. Might be mushy by afternoon due to rain.   Not for newbies or kids today I’d have to say. Experienced ice folks, be safe if you go out anywhere today. Marcy

11/25 report update.   Nobody out fishing today, but a couple nice fellas walked out on front channels to measure for us. A little over 2 inches, solid on top, not mushy. Was pretty creaky with each step, but they did get out pretty far (see 3rd pic). First pic is by bridge facing front. Maybe in a day or two we’ll be in good shape?!?

 First Illinois Shotgun Deer Season Report from the IL DNR

Illinois firearm deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 51,830 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season Nov. 21-23.  The first weekend’s total compares with 55,708 deer harvested during the first weekend of the 2013 Firearm Season. The second segment of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season is Dec. 4-7.

Hunters are reminded that an additional 20 counties have been closed to the Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Seasons, Jan. 1-4 and Jan. 16-18. To see a map of counties that are open for the Late-Winter Season, visit:

Additional deer hunting opportunities remain.

  • The Illinois Muzzleloader Season is Dec. 12-14.
  • The first Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons will be Jan. 1 – 4, 2015.
  • The second Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons will be Jan. 16 – 18, 2015.
  • Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 18, 2015.

For more deer hunting information, visit:

Waterfowl Report by Don Dziedzina

Reports received as of late show that many green heads are in the Will and Grundy County areas.   Grundy’s Honkers near Braidwood lake is seeing many ducks coming to their pond for hunters.   Jim DaRosa of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show has reported several limits on multiple trips to his Will County blind in a corn field.

Niagara New York report from Bill Hilts

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here’s this weeks report…

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – The warm snap we had earlier in the week helped the local fishing off Lake Ontario at bit. The piers were ice-free at Wilson and Olcott and casting spoons or spinners was producing some trout when the wind wasn’t too bad. Other fishing action for trout has been good in 18 Mile Creek toward Burt Dam with a few salmon still hanging around. The water is still low and clear but flow has increased slightly and is seeing a little bit of stain as snow melt and rain, along with canal run-off, was contributing to the creek’s water supply. We should have a nice weekend for fishing there. Combined with the fact that big game season is still going on, fishing pressure should be down. Egg sacs, egg imitations like beads, egg sucking leech or woolly bugger pattersn or just a small jig, tipped with a wax worm and fished under a float will all catch fish. Take advantage of it while you can.

2.       Lower Niagara River – The Niagara River has not seen any fishing action in a week from boats with some limited opportunities from shore. The shore guys will actually see fishing first as the waters slowly clear up from the shoreline out, but the lower river waters continue to be pretty darn muddy thanks to winds and excessive run-off from above. Beads are the way to go when that water does start to change from shore – maybe this weekend. When boat fishing returns, look for those fish to be hungry. If we have some southerly winds, use wobbling baits like Kwikfish or MagLips. Flatfish will also work for you. If the winds are out of the north, look for egg sacs or egg imitations to be the preference. Musky season continues through Dec. 15 in the Lower Niagara and the Niagara Musky Assn. will be holding its John Henning Memorial Tournament on Dec. 7 this year.

3.       Upper Niagara River – If you are a musky fisherman, remember that the statewide season for most waters ends on November 30with a few exceptions. The deadline for the Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is Dec. 15 – giving you an extra couple of weeks to chase these elusive fish.  Fall is usually the best time for a trophy fish, but you have to brave to serious elements if you want to be successful. To find out more about musky fishing, check out the next Niagara Musky Assn. meeting on Tuesday night (Dec. 2) at the Eldridge Club, located on 17 Broad Street in Tonawanda starting at 7 pm. They are one diehard group of anglers! Their next fishing event will be the John Henning Memorial Tournament set for Dec. 7 on the lower river. The likelihood of fishing taking place before Nov. 30? Roll the dice. Water has been like chocolate milk since the big storm in Buffalo. You might be able to get out in the upper river by Sunday, the final day. If you do, try using large tubes or large body baits. Those fish should be hungry! Keep your fingers crossed…

Bill Hilts, Jr.,Director, Outdoor Promotions

Lake of the Woods Minnesota report by Joe Henry

The ice is forming nicely and water clarity looks good.  Current ice report, 4 Mile Bay, 7-9″, Bostic Bay, 11″, Zippel Bay, 5-8″.  On the lake, in front of Pine Island, 8″, Zippel, 3-4″ and Birch Beach, 3″.  There are some cracks and areas that need more time.  Everything depends upon weather.  Some resorts may allow ATV travel after Thanksgiving.  Water is looking clear.  Some local guides have been catching walleyes.  Pike spearing going well.  Ice fishing season is shaping up nicely.  When it’s time, work through resorts and follow marked ice trails.

On the Rainy River, 5″ of ice in front of Timber Mill Park, in front of Baudette Bay and airport.  Some walleyes being caught in 14-18′ of water evenings by locals who know ice.  Safety first.

Up at the NW Angle, 7-8″ on MN side.  3-5″ in current areas.  Many cracks as common this time of year.  Looking forward to this week of cold weather.  There will be ATV / snowmobile traffic after Thanksgiving.  Some NW Angle resort fish houses scheduled out Dec.10th.  Lodging availability at

Joe Henry, Lake of the Woods MN Tourism

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