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Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welch

The water temps have come up to about 70 and the lake remains very clear. I am still tearing up the crappie on main lake points that get wind blowing into them. Bait is the key so you need wind on them. Find a brush pile that has branches down about 6-8ft. then the rest of the brush can be twenty or more it does not matter. The bait is up on top and the crappie are suspended high in the water column. We are using a slip bobber and minnow and drifting them over the brush.

We are also doing very well on the white bass. I am pulling bottom bouncers and spinner rigs on drop-offs with wind blowing into them. The tops of these drops also have fish on them. This year the white bass have really grown and we are routinely seeing two-pound fish. We have been getting a hundred plus every day so plenty of meat to take home.

Once we locate the whites we have also been getting them on my Candystripers 1/2oz. and jigging spoons right on the drops they are bunched up. This is a ball since I use two baits at once to get double hook ups.

The walleye have been tough to catch fish over fourteen-inches so far. I had 9 on Saturday and that has been about the average and had but one big enough to keep. This is what everyone has been experiencing thus far but you never know because typically June is our best month for eyes.

Steve Welch Crappie Specialties

Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O’Malley

Hey Don, Bass continue to be the best bite on area lakes. With the warm up, bass have been up tight along shorelines. A stealth presentation is key. Pitching soft plastics into open weed pockets has been the best method.

This past weekend, the bass bite on area lakes have been very good. Summer bite is on. Top water baits at first light have been producing good action. Walk the dog style baits have been the best. As the morning progresses, working the outside weedlines with a 4 1/4 inch senko have produced very good numbers.   TTYL

Ken “Husker” O’Malley
Waterworks fishing team

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.

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

Hi Guys- Summer is here and so is fish catchin’ time! We meet the second Tues. of the month at Giuseppe’s La Cantina, 1062 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL. 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—847-256-9322 r Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, – join MI. All are welcome! There will not be a June meeting at G’s. June 4 is an On the Water on the Fox Chain. Contact Bob Bronke for info 630-234-1818

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:muskie

Kentucky Lake Fishing Report by Capt. Rich Bay

From the deck of the Kick’n Bass pontoon

Weather temps have moved back to normal and from the long range forecast we are in for above normal temps. With those temperatures comes the chance of thunderstorms and some serious weather activity. The high is going to reach near 90 degrees midweek. Seems like every Memorial Day weekend has its good, bad and ugly weather…let’s hope for mostly good!
Lake conditions
Water temps are 72 degrees in the morning and warming up to 76 degrees in the after-noons. Water color on the main lake is a little stained from wednesday’s and Thursday’s heavy rains and the bays are pretty muddy right now. We are about one foot over summer pool. TVA has brought the lake levels up past normal pool and according to their pub-lished schedule it appears to be staying above for the foreseeable future. Still alot of float-ing debris so be careful. You can view the lake levels here:

Crappies are settling up into their normal pattern on the main lake. Pulling Arkie crank-baits has produced some nice fish. I have been varying my trolling speed but faster seems to outproduce the slower speeds…I’m no rocket scientist but I think I’ll keep moving faster!! Seems the best colors this week have been chrome colored with Blue/chrome be-ing the top producer. Fishing the deeper bays over brush and stakebeds with minnows has also produced some good catches.

Starting to see alot more bass boats fishing the main lake ledges although many fish are still being caught up shallow. Largemouth that the toon has caught were while pulling crankbaits. Deep diving cranks, Steelshad bladebaits, shaky head worms and Texas rigged creature baits have been catching fish. I have seen some of the pros throwing an A-Rig on the ledges also.

The cold weather during last week’s full moon phase pushed the redears and bluegills off their beds into deeper water. Made it tough to find them, but using an ESB bobber and a cricket or waxworm did the trick. We also tossed a small drop shot rig and picked fish up that way. The Pumpkin seed gills have made it a little harder. We have had to sort through tons of these to get a mess of keeper gills.

Haven’t fished much for Whitebass yet this year but they have completed their spawn and we’ve been catching some on Steel Shad blade baits and Ken’s Hybrid spinners. Best tip for catching stripes is to always stay in contact with the bottom. What I mean by that is raise the lure up off the bottom but you have to let it flutter back to the bottom. They like to chase and attack their food and letting your lure flutter back towards the bottom will pick up alot of fish. The whites are deep and relating to current on the main lake and near the mouth of the bays. With this weather warming up and the lake temps rising it should be game on for stripes…hotter the water gets, the better it is fishing for stripes.

Catfish are still prespawn but are being caught from shallow to deep. Caught several on cranks this week and a few on crickets while chasing red ears. They are full of eggs that do not look ready to be dropped. Night crawlers are taking lots of channels right now and I would think the cat bite is going to keep getting better. Catfish rigs fished near rip rap areas are producing along with cut bait and stink baits. Check out the Rippin’ Lips web-site. I’m using their line of rod combos, terminal tackle and jars of stinkbait to catch some good fish.

Attaboy for the Captain
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. When the Bays and their three boys moved next-door, their middle son Mike and I quickly became best friends. We did everything together. Sometimes on the weekends his father would take us out fishing on his awesome boat. Eight years later, they moved away and we lost contact, but the fishing experiences we had together quickly turned into my new addiction. After a while I met some friends who enjoyed fishing as much as I did. They got me in to a local fishing club, where we’d fish one tournament a month. My first year in I be-came club champion.
This year, we planned a trip to Kentucky Lake. We start combing the internet for fishing reports and water temps. While reading a report from a local fishing guide, I saw that his name was Captain Rich Bay of Kick’n Bass. I dialed the phone number as fast as possible. A lady answered the phone and I asked her, “Did you guys live in the suburbs of Chicago?” She replied, “Yes we did.”

I Introduce myself and I could not believe I just found my old friend and his family. So naturally we arrange to get together when I came down. Captain Rich Bay took us out on his boat and I quickly realized I had fished for crappies the wrong way all week. I caught the biggest crappies of my life on his boat and we got numbers. Who would’ve thought, all these years later, I’d hap-pen to find the guy who got me into fishing, that he would take me out, and I’d continue to learn new fishing tactics from him.

Captain Rich!
270-205-7603 • •

Mural Art to be seen on Main Street in Boulder Jct. WI

After many years of discussions about a mural to be painted on the west side of the building at 10386 Main Street, which is now Badger Heating and Air Conditioning, the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be coordinating the project set to begin on June 1.

While Badger Heating and Air Conditioning has been spending time cleaning and preparing their building for the mural at their own expense, Joan Christgau, local muralist, has designed an artist rendering of the mural which is a colorful showcase of four season activities and wildlife in Boulder Junction.  Joan will begin painting the landscape on June 1 and hopes to have this work of art completed by the end of June.

This project has been funded, in part, by a $1000 grant from the Boulder Junction Community Foundation, however, more fundraising will be required for the nearly $6000 project. The Boulder Junction Community Foundation has established an Enhancement Fund for the Town of Boulder Junction projects and tax deductible donations towards the mural project will be collected by the Foundation throughout the summer.  Should the donations toward this project exceed the cost of the mural the additional monies will be kept in the Enhancement Fund account for future projects.

The rendering of the mural will be available for viewing at the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce and at the Boulder Junction Community Foundation booth at the Loins Club Tuesday Flea Markets throughout the summer. A photo of the rendering is also viewable on, just look under “highlights” on the home page.  Those interested in donating towards this downtown beautification project can visit the Chamber or the Foundation in person this summer, download the donation form found on or simply send their tax deductible gift directly to the Boulder Junction Community Foundation, PO Box 204, Boulder Junction, WI 54512. Checks should be payable to: BJCF Enhancement Fund and please note “mural project” in the memo.

For more information, call the Chamber at 715-385-2400 or stop by our little log cabin off Highway M to talk in person.

White Deer Triathalon in Boulder Jct Results

The Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual White Deer Triathlon was a phenomenal success over the weekend, attracting 269 racers and more than 200 spectators to Boulder Junction.

This event attracted 127 male d 142 female participants from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  The median age was 45 with the oldest participant at 72 and the youngest 15.

The triathlon, which consisted of a 3-kilometer canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard, a 23-kilometer bike ride and a 6.5-kilometer run, attracted participants from across the Midwest and, once again, far exceeded the chamber’s expectations.

“We are thrilled with the success of this year’s event,” Smith said. “It was a great weekend for racers, spectators and local businesses, and the weather cooperated beautifully on Saturday.”

The fun started at 9am on the shores of Boulder Lake. Racers then paddled across the lake to Camp Manito-wish YMCA, where they started the bicycling portion of the triathlon, which took them through downtown and along rustic roads around Boulder Junction, before ending with the 6.5-kilometer run that ended at the new Boulder Junction Community Center. There at the finish line the participants were greeted with many well-wishers, family and friends at the celebration party with food provided by the Boulder Junction Lions Club, beverages provided by the American Legion Post 451, music by DJ Ty after race massages by The Spa in Manitowish Waters and lots of fun!

The top finishers in each division were:

The top finishers in each division were:


Heather Brown, age 26, 2:49:26 – Tripoli, WI


Alicia Sieren, age 38, 1:39:30 – Oregon, WI


Lauren Korpi, age 27, 2:09:32 – Ironwood, MI


Lynn Wallace, age 63, 2:38:48 –  Madison, WI


Chad Esker, age 44, 1:30:43 –  Mosinee, WI


Brian Fried, age 52, 1:46:15 – Minocqua, WI


“Team RAC”: Adam Moreno, age 35 – Philadelphia, PA and Timothy Lautz, age 36 – Chicago, IL. 3:45:42 combined time.


“Team Younggren Tandem”: Michael Younggren, age 34 – Brooklyn, WI and Brooke Younggren, age 35 – Brooklyn, WI. 3:40:26 combined time.


“Team Mitochondria”: Scott Stalheim, age 66 – Medford, WI and Tracy Swedlund, age 47 – Medford, WI. 3:47:09 combined time.


“Team Magnolia”: Heather Dougland, age 36 – North Oaks, MN and Emily Douglass, age 71 – North Oaks, MN. 6:29:32 combined time.


“Team Krawiec Cruisers”: Rebekah Krawiec, age 30 – Menomonee Falls, WI and Thomas Krawiec, age 59 – Menomonee Falles, WI: 4:13:58 combined time.


“Team Zone”: Kelly Prescott, age 39 – Fitchburg, WI and Melissa Keyzers, age 40 – Fitchburg, WI. 4:00:00 combined time.

For a complete listing of race results, please visit

“We have to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out to the second annual White Deer Triathlon, whether they came out to race, to watch or to volunteer,” Smith said. “It was great to see so many smiling faces around Boulder Junction, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event on Saturday, May 20, 2017.”

Boulder Junction’s White Deer Triathlon was supported by: Platinum Sponsor: Acorn Lodge. Gold Sponsors: Sauter Builders, LAMBO, Camp Manito-Wish YMCA, Boulder Bear Motor Lodge, WXPR Public Radio, Jim Tait Real Estate, FYI Northwoods News, WJFW Channel 12, Nicolet National Bank, Ritchie Propane, Chequamegon Adventure Company, Peeplelures, Ministry Health Care, The Lakeland Times, Conserve School, Coontail, Coontail Market and Fishings’ Fab Four. Silver Sponsors: Culvers, Woodruff Appliance, Aqualand Ale House, Northern Highland Sports, Camp Holiday, Dave Marston Motors, Boulder Junction Trading Company, Boulder Junction Fire EMS, Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services, Moondeer & Friends Gallery, The Lodge in Manitowish Waters, FirstMerit Bank, Design Solutions, Marshfield Clinic and White Birch Village. Bronze Sponsors: Headwaters Restaurant and Tavern, Walgreens, Lake of the Torches, Eye Care & Eye Wear, Alder Lake Cranberry Gift Shop and George Miller.

The White Deer Triathlon was the first event in he Northwoods of Wisconsin (NOW) Tri-Master Series, a group of triathlons held in Vilas, Oneida and Langlade counties from May through September. The other events are: the Just Tri It Triathlon (Manitowish Waters, July 2), the See Me Tri Triathlon (Minocqua, August 13), the W.I.L.D. Hodag Mini-Triathlon (Rhinelander, August 27) and the Wolfman Triathlon (White Lake, September 10)

Registration for the series triathlon series is $10, and any participant who completes at least three triathlons will qualify for the N.O.W. Tri-Master Series medal. Trophies will be awarded to the top male, top female and top team. The series is based on a point system that takes into account standings and the number of triathlons entered, so the more triathlons people participate in, the more points they accumulate.  It’s not too late to enter the N.O.W. Tri-Master Series by going for more information.

To learn more about traveling to Boulder Junction, visit

Niagara Fishing Forecast for Friday, May 27, 2016 by Bill Hilts, Jr.

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – We finally saw some west wind blow some fish into local waters, but it wasn’t easy fishing for the Pro-Am tournament last weekend for sure. According to Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Team Thrillseeker (who placed in the money yet again for the Professional Division), transition time in the lake is rapidly approaching with the super warm weather arriving this weekend. Combine that with four straight days of calm weather before the recent winds at mid-week. There are some quality king salmon around but there is no set pattern for a consistent bite. You can find fish (kings, lakers and steelhead) in 80 to 300 feet of water, from 20 to 100 feet down. It’s been a mix of techniques and baits working. One approach that has worked better for bigger kings has been a flasher with cut bait. N&D is one brand type that keeps surfacing around fishing circles as a good brand according to Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors. One interesting note is that the fish have been moving around with the more favorable west and southwest winds. Last Saturday, tournament teams out of Wilson and Olcott all headed west in pursuit of salmon. Capt. Jim Gordon of Olcott, who was not fishing in the tournament, headed straight out of his home port of Olcott to take a dozen nice kings for customers just a mile or two straight north. No one did that good in the tournament that day. In the 32nd annual Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament held May 20 to 22 out of Wilson and Olcott, it was the Shark Tank team led by Capt. Greg Gehrig of Oswego leading the way with an impressive score of 599 points in the Classic Division and 391 in the Trophy Division – based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound – to win the tournament. They also won the ITO flies big fish for the contest with a 24 pound king salmon. For their efforts, they won more than $29,000. Second place was Capt. Rich Hajecki and his Yankee Troller team out of Rochester. They were just 10 points behind the winners in the Classic or 12 fish category. They won $8,000. Third place in Trophy was Dirty Goose led by Capt. Casey Prisco with 341 points. Fourth place was Team Thrillseeker led by Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane with 338. Third place Classic Division team was Thrillseeker with 505 points. Fourth was Free Spirit with 498 points led by Capt. Paul Czarnecki of Waterford, PA. In the Amateur Open on Day One it was Abe DeBadts of Rochester and his Fishin’ Physician Assistant team with a score of 88.49 points. Winner of Day 2 was Greg Wiacek of Lockport and his Fisherman’s Daughter team with a score of 72.52 points. For Day Three, it was Mean Machine and Kyle Hovak of North Tonawanda taking the day with a score of 80.10 points. However it wasn’t enough to win the Amateur Open Cup for the best two days of fishing combined. That was reserved for Anonymous led by John Muehl of Maryland, NY who scored 150 points over two days. Next contest is the Oak Orchard Open set for June 10-12 out of Point Breeze. The 1st Annual Reelin’ for a Cure is set for August 19 out of Niagara County, an event that will get the ladies out fishing on Lake Ontario and competing for fun prizes while at the same time raising funds for cancer research. For more info call Stephanie Pierleoni at 481-6388.

2.       Lower Niagara River – The first signs of the dreaded moss have started to show up to the dismay of anglers. You can still fish without much of a problem, but be forewarned – it will be here before we know it. Trout are still available in the river – steelhead and lake trout – and smallmouth bass are starting to turn on now, too. Shiners and Kwikfish top the list for trout; Kwikfish, tubes, shiners and swim baits will all trick smallies into hitting. Best areas have been around Fort Niagara, Peggy’s Eddy and the clay banks for bass; Devil’s Hole for the trout and the occasional bass. You can still pick some of these fish up from shore, too. Spinners are taking some nice fish.

3.       Upper Niagara River – The shoreline bite can be good for walleye at night or under low-light conditions as post-spawn fish move in to feed. Worms work best. Panfish action has been good around marinas and around Grand Island bays, channels and tributaries. A couple fishing contests to mark down on your calendar, including a kids fishing contest at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge on June 4 at the Ringneck Overlook starting at 8 am; the City of Tonawanda kids fishing contest at Niawanda Park with registration at the bandshell along River Road on June 18 starting around 7:30 am; and a Teach Me To Fish program at the East Aurora Fish and Game Club on June 4. 

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

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing report by Joe Henry

THIS WEEK = Mother Nature offered many different weather conditions this weekend for anglers but the walleyes didn’t seem to mind. Fish being caught around the lake and the reefs are heating up. Depths to key in on are 7-14’ and 20-27’. Anglers are using many tactics to catch fish. Jigging with a minnow, pulling spinners with leeches or crawlers, or trolling crankbaits have all put walleyes in the boat this week. Best colors are gold, and bright colors such as orange, chartreuse, or pink.

On the Rainy River, walleyes being caught up and down the river. Key depth is 5-17 feet of water. Bright colored jigs tipped with a minor working best. Some anglers having success trolling crankbaits.

Up at the NW Angle, resorts and guides continue to find both eater and picture fish. 10-27 feet of water is producing walleyes of all sizes by pulling crawler harnesses or 1/4 ounce jigs in pink and gold while tipped with a minnow. In Canada working adjacent to deep water is producing good fish in 12-24 feet.  Lodging, guides, charters, area attractions and more from around the lake at

LAST WEEK = With temperatures doubled from the previous weekend, anglers found walleyes very cooperative. Fish are biting, finding the active schools is key. Guides are scattered all over the lake finding fish. Anglers fishing multiple depths up to 28′ on the main basin to find walleyes. Jigs and minnow working best. Colors:  Lake of the Woods signature gold, along with brighter colors such as orange, pink, and chartreuse. Anchoring and vertical jigging producing numerous limits.  Some pulled spinners if the wind was right.

On the Rainy River, walleyes are being caught from 4 mile bay all the way up to Franz Jevne, about 40 miles upstream. Most walleyes caught in 5-15 feet of water. Slowly working a 1/2 ounce gold or bright colored jig and minnow worked best.  Some anglers are catching fish from shore as well.

Up at the NW Angle, resorts and guides continue to find good fish. 20-27 feet of water is producing walleyes of all sizes in both MN and Ontario. 1/4 ounce jigs in pink and gold while tipped with a minnow has been the ticket.  Lodging, guides, charters, area attractions and more from around the lake at

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism |
m: 320-260-7727 | office: 800-382-3474 |

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