Latest News and Reports August 11, 2016

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Lake Geneva Photos

In the Photo Gallery are some photos of Vince Renella with some big Bass  that he caught at Lake Geneva recently.  Vince tells me that he got them on plastics.  The big one is 6     pounds 10 ounces.  The smaller bass is a 3 pounder.  Good job Vince.

Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O’Malley

Hey Don, Texas rigged 7 inch Berkley Power Worms have been the bait of choice on area lakes for bass. Work the inside and outside weedlines early morning. Numbers have been on the outside while larger bass on the inside. Clearer spring fed lakes have been better than stained waters. Key is working the bait very slow and methodical.  TTYL

Ken “Husker” O’Malley – Huskeroutdoors
Waterworks fishing team

Dove Hunts coming with Sept. 1 Opener – Terry Cope

Dove season is quickly approaching and we are starting to fill up but there is still plenty of room ! If you are planning to dove hunt this year give T. Cope a call, email or text at (630)-669-0163 for reservations! Sunflowers look great!   For more  information on hunts or membership, call T. Cope at (630)-669-0163     Thanks and look forward to seeing you soon!

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


Information as of:  08/05/2016LAKE LEVEL: 407.06      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.56     WATER TEMP:  85°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.

Niagara Fishing Forecast for Thursday, August 11, 2016 by Bill Hilts, Jr.

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – Capt. Tim Sylvester of North Tonawanda sends word he had a good trip Tuesday with local anglers Lee Bolsover, Mike Hanowski , Mark Clark , Eric Thursom and Ryan Gebphart all from North Tonawanda. Ryan had just landed a 21 pound king off the port rigger 55 feet down using a mag NBK spoon when they put out a 300 foot copper. We were fishing the top 60 feet of water in 300-400 feet of water west of Olcott with a brown on black spoon when it tore out of the release. Clark grabbed the rod, his first time fishing Lake Ontario.  It took 25 minutes to get it into the boat – a 31 pound king. Of course, they would be leading the Orleans County Fishing Derby has they been entered. They ended up with a nice mix of kings and steelhead, boating 9 fish for the morning trip. Wednesday, it was Capt. Bob Cinelli of Newfane hosting Senators Rob Ortt and Thomas O’Mara, as well as O’Mara’s son Thomas – showing off Fish are spread out right now after the recent blow and they picked salmon and trout from 5 miles out to 13 miles out using all spoons – a mix of wonderbread, spooks and some silver Silver Streaks with a green stripe through it. None were out of the package as they were all doctored up to a personal preference. They were fishing the top 65 feet of water using downriggers and copper lines from 200 to 350 feet back. Mostly steelhead were caught. The other option for anglers was inside of 160 feet of water for mature kings, Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane was targeting big fish early in the morning and they did turn a nice 28 pounder using flasher and cut bait. They were not in the Orleans County derby either. After getting blown off a tournament at the eastern end of the lake, Capt. Pete Alex and Vision Quest launched at Wilson (another advantage being west) and fished from noon until 6 pm on Sunday. They took 21 bites landing a nice bunch of kings and steelhead straight north of Wilson. They worked the suspended bait pods and targeted 50-75 down range. Hot spoons were DW Carmel dolphin, Martell (rocked), and Get R dun. They did have some meat mixed in. Kings were a mixed class with biggest about 22 pounds. The Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby will be held August 19 to September 5. A $25,000 check is up for grabs for the largest salmon caught. Check out for details. On August 19, Reelin’ for a Cure is a team ladies fishing event with proceeds going for cancer. Contact Stephanie Pierleoni at 481-6388 for details.

2.       Lower Niagara River – Walleye action is finally starting to pick up a bit according to Capt. Arnie Jonathan of Lockport. He managed to catch a few fish last Sunday during the Independent Living Bass Contest. He was fishing with Doug Usiak and Jeff Riefensnyder. Worm harnesses fished off three way rigs at Stella worked best. The winner had five walleye registered. Some bass were caught, too, but bass fishing continues to be tough though. August 20th kicks off the 40th Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby for Niagara, Erie and Orleans counties. Six species categories and kids 15 and under fish for free. All the prizes have been increased for this landmark competition honoring the late Jeremiah Heffernan, a charter captain from North Tonawanda who passed away last fall. The Odyssey runs until August 28th. Check out for details. The Niagara River Anglers Assn. will be hosting its annual walleye contest on the lower Niagara River August 21st to help round out the month of action. This is a change from the original announcement. Go to or stop in at Creek Road Bait and Tackle.   

3.       Upper Niagara River – Bass fishing continues to be decent around the upper river. Live bait like crayfish and shiners are your best bet. Canadian waters have been the most productive in the west section of river and around Strawberry Island. If you do go into Canadian waters, make sure you call in to Canada Border Services and make sure you know what bait is allowed. Attention all you kids out there: The 3rd Annual Free “End of Summer” Kids fishing contest will be held at Wide Waters Marina, Lockport on the Erie Canal Saturday, August 13 from 10 am to 2 pm. Get out there and have some fun!


Tim Sylvester with Mark Clark (right) with 31 pound king.

Sen. Thomas O’Mara with his 15 year old son, Thomas,  fishing out of Olcott.

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

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Walleye fishing continues to be consistent with most getting limits. Drifting on sand flats in the right wind, anchoring near or on rock piles and jigging, and of course pulling cranks in the basin this time of year in 28-32 feet all have been producing fish. Some big walleyes (28″ and over) being caught daily. Lake of the Woods gold continues to be a mainstay color of choice along with secondary colors such as pink, white and silver.

On the Rainy River some nice eater eyes pulled during those windy days where the big lake is bouncy. Many anglers pulling cranks and spinners  Nice walleye and bass bite in various spots up and down the river. Sturgeon are active and good numbers being boated, many not by choice by walleye anglers. Sturgeon “keep” season is now open through Sep. 30.

Up at the NW Angle, bottom bouncers and spinners with crawlers or minnows, or trolling crankbaits continue to be the go to method around Four Blocks, Little Oak to Oak, and Garden Island in 20-24′ of water.  Gold, pink and orange are active colors. Mud is hotter than rocks currently.  In Ontario spinners are the most productive method for walleyes, in areas with structure and deep mud. The muskies were tentative this week with lots of reports of follows on bucktails and not so much topwater baits. Lots of red cabbage around this year which is a favorite of muskie nuts. Resorts, guides, and hot deals at

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