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New License Year Begins April 1:  Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman’s combination licenses and stamps for 2016 are available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR website at, or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). The 2016 licenses and stamps are valid through March 31, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

Spring Turkey Applications:  Hunters may apply for the fourth lottery for 2016 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online through March 9. Go to the IDNR website for more information at this link:

Spring Youth Turkey:  Spring Youth Turkey Season County Permits are available over-the-counter from IDNR license/permit vendors.  For information on spring turkey hunting, check the IDNR website at

La Salle Lake Opens March 15:  LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area will open for the 2016 season on March 15 and will be open daily, 6:00 a.m. – Sunset. All fishermen must be off the lake by closing time each day.  Hours may be adjusted due to staffing issues, so visitors should call ahead 815-357-1608 to confirm operating hours. Visitors to LaSalleLake are reminded that on opening day, and during the first two weeks of the fishing season, long lines are expected at the site entrance.  Visitors should adhere to all rules, regulations and direction from staff. There is a wind warning system at LaSalleLake, located on the tip of the internal dike that extends from the west shore.  When the light of the wind warning system is flashing, no boats are to be launched and boats on the lake should find calm water and get off the lake when safe to do so.

Hunter and Boating Safety Education Courses:  Register now for Hunter Safety Education and Boating Safety Education courses from the IDNR.  Spring classes are being scheduled.  Check the IDNR website for class dates and locations.  The website link for all IDNR Safety Education course information is

Spring Trout Season Opens April 2:  The 2016 Spring Trout Fishing Season in Illinois opens at 5 a.m. on Sat., April 2. The catchable trout program is made possible through the purchases of inland trout stamps by those anglers who participate.  Unless exempt, anglers must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp to legally possess trout. Check the IDNR website for a list of sites open for trout fishing starting April 2:–.aspx

Walleyes Unlimited News by Bob Clark

Updated speaker information will always be posted at and click on the Speaker link.  Here are the highlights for March.

Wednesday, March 9 | Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Speaker: Jason Brenic | Topic: “Spring Bass Tactics on Pewaukee Lake”

Special Event
Walleyes Unlimited 2nd Annual Swap Meet | Date: March 26, 2016 | 8 AM – 1 PM | Fox Lake Legion Hall | 703 N Rte. 12 | Fox Lake, IL 60020 | Sale Hours 8:00 am – 1:00 pm | Admission $2.00 | Free parking | EXHIBITOR FEES: Tables are sold out!
Wednesday, March 30 | Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Speaker: Walleyes Unlimited USA Panel Discussion – Featuring Mike Orawiec, Jason Drewa, Steve Everetts, Dave King, and Mike Mulqueen | Topic: Early Spring Fishing in Sturgeon Bay
April 2016
Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | Speaker: Capt. Dale Stroschein – National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Angler | Topic: Spring Smallmouth in Door County
Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031| Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | Speaker: Rob Korth from “Swamp Donkey Bait & Tackle” | Topic: River Walleyes & Smallmouth in Door County

Best Regards, Bob Clark – Secretary and Media Director – Walleyes Unlimited USA

 Lake Geneva Fishing Club News by Bob Clark

Here are the highlights of club news for March.

Wednesday, Mar. 9th, 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL, Speaker: Walt Matan – Custom Jigs & Spins, Topic: Unique Tips & Tricks – Open Water Fishing | Ice Fishing | Outdoor Photos
Special Event
Cabela’s Fishing Expo March 12-13, 2016 | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Club Member Paul Beran | Topic: Spring Strategies for Finicky Geneva Bass| 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 12, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 6:30 PM | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy.| Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Steve Everetts – Finseekers Guide Service | Topic: Fishing the Break on Delavan Lake: Using your Tackle Box and Bait Bucket

Please contact me if you would like additional information or alternate formats.

Regards, Bob Clark – Lake Geneva Fishing Club – Media Relations/Speakers
Lake Geneva Fishing Club

Niagara NY Area Fishing Report by Bill Hilts Jr.

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – Conditions were stained earlier this week, but with melting snow by Sunday it should make for some decent conditions in the next few days. Fresh steelhead should be arriving once things settle down. Tyler Morrison of Barker reeled in a 13 pound steelhead that he weighed in for the NYS Winter Classic that ended on Sunday, caught in the creek, but he already had a 16.79 pound lake trout on the board so he didn’t win the special prize in the contest for biggest steelhead. That went to Tyler’s uncle David with a 9.79 pound fish. Back to the creeks, Wes Walker reports that even though the creek is stained, you can still catch fish. Small jigs fished under a float and tipped with a wax worm is a good approach and use bright colors. Conditions were a little clearer at Keg Creek and there were reports of a few trout being caught in other streams like Four Mile Creek. Piers have been hampered by winds so no reports there. The lake is still 37 degrees and with temperatures into the 60s this coming week, we may see some shoreline trolling taking place. The State of Lake Ontario meeting is tonight in Lockport at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara on Route 78 starting at 6:30 pm. Don’t forget that the 27th Annual Antique Fishing Tackle Show is set for Saturday, March 5 at the Lockport Elk’s Lodge #41 on North Canal Road. The timing is from 11 am to 2 pm. If you have some old fishing tackle around, bring it out to show the experts and they will be happy to give you an estimate on what it’s worth or even buy it.

2.       Lower Niagara River – Conditions were stained last weekend but a few boaters braved the weather and gave it a go. A few fish were caught. That was until Wednesday when water clarity improved enough to produce a nice mix of fish for Capt. Frank Campbell. His customer Michael Xu from the NYC area managed to catch some nice trout, a musky and a walleye on Wednesday – hitting double digits in the fish department. The secret, according to Campbell, was using the Pautzke’s Fire Brine on his minnows to give the bait a UV glow with a green coloration. Congratulations are in order to Tyler Morrison of Barker who won the Trout Category of the NYS Winter Classic contest with a 16.79 pound lake trout from the Niagara Bar. Some nice fish were weighed in this year. For the final leaderboard check out It’s not too early to start planning for the future boating season by attending the About Boating Safety session being taught by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary March 12 at Fort Niagara in the Officer’s Club from 9 am to 5 pm. Call Bob Hasse at 954-3453 to preregister. You need this class to operate a jet ski or if you want to operate a boat if you were born after 1996.

3.       Upper Niagara River – With the stained water and the chunks of ice along the shoreline, angling opportunities have been limited. There will be an electronics seminar for boaters at Anchor Marine on Grand Island with expert Lance Valentine on April 2. You must preregister at 773-7063.

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

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

On the main basin, fish are being caught in 18-34′ of water.  Some nice saugers of all sizes up to 17″ being reported.  Reports of a decent morning evening bite in 15-20′. Glow white or red and gold hot colors. Overall some anglers limiting out, others able to catch enough fish for a fish fry. Fish are finicky, must jig and work for them.  Some big pike showing up at Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Swift Ditch, etc.  Work through resorts and guides this time of year for safety.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fishing by locals who know the ice. The river to the east is just showing signs of opening up.  Open water spring fishing is coming fast. We will keep you updated on open water progress in reports and on Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing has been good with a morning evening shallow bite in 12-18′. Fishing in the mud and sand in 22-24 feet. Gold, pink & red working best. resorts finding crappies steady. When catching crappies from deeper than 30′, keep them as they have a hard time surviving release.  When you have your fish, stop fishing crappies as mortality rates can be high in deep water.  Small jigs or spoons tipped with minnow head or tail is working great. Ice fishing through March (depending upon weather), walleyes open to April 14.  Spring open water reports on the Rainy River just around the corner at

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism

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