Latest News, Photos and Reports December 13, 2016

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Latest News and Reports – December 13, 2016   Photos are at the end of this blog.

Northwoods Report by Don Dz…

Last week I was in Boulder Jct. Wisconsin.  The weather was cool and during that week, air temps did not go above freezing.  My cabin is on Little Kitten Lake.  Upon my arrival, the lake was only half frozen over.   By the next day it was completely frozen over and had a little snow cover.

During the week there was probably a good 12 inches of snow that feel in the Boulder Jct. area.   Strong winds on a couple days seemed to have cleared some snow off the lake allowing the ice to freeze and grow thick.  When I left on Saturday, I noticed Fence Lake was half frozen with it being wide open on the north end.  It was the same deal on Lake Minocqua.   I did notice off Rt. 51 heading south that there were a half dozen anglers on the ice on Lack Du Bay.

Ice fishing is here.  Be careful when going on the ice now.  Always go with a partner, make sure there is at least 4 inches of safe ice.  Check with local bait shops  for updates.   I’ve included some photos.

I learned from Linda France of the Wildcat Lodge today that it was announced that the snowmobiling trails in the Boulder Jct. area will be opened on Thursday.  Check with them at 715-385-2421 or the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-GO-MUSKY for cabin rental info.  FYI Boulder Junction’s FROZEN TOZEN, a winter festival event is the weekend of February 17, 2017.

Salmon Unlimited News

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Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O’Malley

Hey Don,  Bass were very good prior to the snow hitting on area lakes. Live bait under a float worked along the outside weedlines have taken good numbers of bass during the first three hours of the morning. I can’t stress enough about using circle hooks for this technique. It allows the bass to take the bait and run with it without worry of gut hooking.  This week’s temps should hopefully get us closer to first ice.  TTYL

Ken “Husker” O’Malley
Waterworks fishing team

Walleyes Unlimited News

December 2016 Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | Speaker: Lonny Goman | Topic: Trophy Walleyes & Whitefish Through the Ice

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | Speaker: None | Topic: Swap Meet & Demos

January 2017
Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2017 | Speaker: Ty Sennett – Musky Fishing guide Service | Topic: Musky fishing on the famous “Chippewa Flowage”

Special Appearance!
Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date:Wednesday, January 25, 2017| Speaker: Jeremy Smith – Lindner Media Productions | Topic: Multi-Specie Strategies to Increase Your Fishing Success

Rend Lake Waterfowl Report by Randy Cordray





CANADA GEESE 100 Nov. 11 – Jan 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2

Possession Limit — 6



6,000 Nov. 11 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit – 20 Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese 1 Brant

Possession Limit – Unlimited Snow/Blue & Ross’ Geese, 3 Brant



2,500 Nov. 11 – Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit – 2

Possession Limit – 6

Information as of:  12/2/2016

LAKE LEVEL: 406.49      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 405.62                                                               CASEY FORK: 412.05     BIG MUDDY: 412.05



Kentucky Lake Fishing Report by Capt. Rich Bay

Your fishing report for December 10, 2016 from the deck of the Kick’n Bass pontoon

The last several weeks have been excellent fishing weather temps and catch rates. Crappies are great and we have even boated some catfish. The yellowbass have been keeping us busy in be-tween crappies. We have had several sauger and whitebass mixed in. We have switched from pulling crankbaits to spider rigging because of the water temp drops. 0.6 mph has been our best speed.

Lake conditions
Water temps are about 49 degrees in the morning and warming up to about 52 degrees in the af-ternoons. These temps are perfect crappie fishing!! There is a major cold front moving in this week that may affect the morning bite. Water color on the main lake is clear to about 3 feet. Lev-els are at 354.9 which is about one foot higher than normal for this time of year. The TVA is pulling just enough water to keep the level where it is now for the foreseeable future.

You can view the lake levels here:

Crappies are still feeding pretty heavy. We are spider rigging anywhere between 8 and 15 feet of water. Jigs with a crappie nibble have taken some fish but tipped with a minnow has been best. Best colors have been Kentucky green, Pearl and Electric Chicken. Fish have been holding pretty tight to cover but on the warmer, sunnier days they have suspended above, and moved out, from the cover. Put in the time and you will be rewarded.

The white and yellow bass report is basically the same. Whitebass and Yellowbass are scattered on river channels and shallow flats mid lake. Also in some of the deeper bays. We haven’t fished for them in awhile but we have caught quite a few. The yellows seem to be all over the lake right now. They have really put on the feed bag. The average size for yellows has been great this fall…some in the 11 inch range and real fighters.

Bass have been caught mainly in the bays from the main lake points all the way to the back in 2 feet of water. A lot of people fishing main lake points next to deeper water. Topwaters, spinner-baits and Texas rigged worms have been best baits. I have seen some big fish in person and in pictures.

We haven’t fished for cats but have caught a few channels while using minnows for crappies…

I did not get the chance to fish for gills and redears this week so I do not have a report.

Rich, Thanks for a great day! We had a blast and you were delightful. Can’t wait until next year! —Mike F. Denver

Captain Rich

Lake Geneva Fishing Club Info

January 2017,  No Meeting but look for us at …

Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Expo, Thursday – Saturday, January 26 – 29, 2017,   Schaumburg Convention Center,  Schaumburg, IL

Travel Wisconsin’s Snow Report

Dust off your skis and tune up your snowmobiles because winter in Wisconsin is officially underway. With heavy amounts of recent snowfall, now is the time to check out the Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report to plan your outdoor fun. The report tracks the most up-to-date conditions for downhill ski and snowboard slopes, snowmobile routes and cross-country ski trails throughout the state.

The Snow Conditions Report is regularly updated to reflect the most current snowfall, ensuring users never miss out on the best snowy destinations. The interactive travel tool also lets users browse nearby attractions, accommodations or events to plan an entire weekend getaway, and share their photos with fellow winter sports enthusiasts. Travelers can subscribe online to receive the report right to their email inbox every Thursday, check the report independently at or view it from a mobile device to plan a winter weekend on the go.

Major renovations at two ski hills will add to the winter fun this year. In Wilmot, Wilmot Mountain’s new owner Vail Resorts, Inc. invested $13 million in improvements to the facility, including the installation of new lifts that will increase capacity by up to 45 percent, transformation of the base lodge, bar and restaurant, creation of a dedicated children’s ski and snowboard center, expansion of the terrain park and improvements to the snowmaking infrastructure. The ski area opens Wednesday, December 14.

Additionally, Cascade Mountain in Portage recently completed phase one of a three-phase expansion project. The $9 million first phase added two new chairlifts and an impressive eight new intermediate runs with exciting twists and undulations. The park is open with snow tubing expected to be up and running later this week.

Niagara USA Fishing Report for Dec. 7, 2016 by Bill Hilts Jr.

  1. Lake Ontario and the tributaries – Some more fresh king salmon arrived on the scene this week in 18 Mile Creek and Burt Dam, thanks to a little more water flow from the dewatering of the Erie Canal. With the salmon, brown trout and steelhead are both in the mix, giving anglers several options to choose from. For the salmon, eggs or egg imitations top the list, but with the low, clear water conditions, be sure to downsize your baits. Single eggs, smaller hooks and you may need to go with lighter line … but that will mean you will probably lose some fish, too. Some jigs fished under floats and tipped with waxies is starting to work. Egg pattern flies, nymphs, wooly buggers and the like will work for the trout. With the water clear, more natural colors seem to work better. Getting out on the piers hasn’t been easy with northerly winds posing a problem. When you can cast a lure, use spoons or spinners to entice fish to hit. Perch have been in the harbors, especially in Olcott all the way up to the dam.
  2. Lower Niagara River – Steelhead are finally hitting with more regularity after the waters cleared up after last week of wind and rain up on Lake Erie. Devil’s Hole and Artpark are both producing some nice chromers up to about 10 pounds. Small chartreuse or pink yarn flies or minnows – both fished off three-way rigs – is the way to go for steelhead. When the winds are right out of the south or southwest, throw on a Kwikfish or MagLip lure – again off a three-way set-up. No matter what you are using – from boat or shore – you will probably catch a lake trout or three. While the season is open on the Canadian side of the river, it is closed in New York until January 1. Handle those fish with care and release them back into the water. Where else in the world can you catch lake trout of this quality from shore in a river system? It’s time to request an exemption for lake trout fishing in the lower river – allowing for catch and release with artificial baits only. Some big bass are also in the river right now and best enticements have been swim baits and jigging spoons. Bass is catch and release only right now and you must use artificial lures. For musky fishermen, remember that the season will close on Dec. 15. In the Niagara Musky Association’s John Henning Memorial Lower River Tournament held Dec. 4, Andrew Lacko of Kenmore won the contest with a 38-inch muskie casting a rubber creature bait in some turbid conditions. The NYPA fishing platform will close down on Dec. 8. This also includes the Upper Mountain Road access for the reservoir.
  3. Upper Niagara River – Bass, walleye and trout should all be available for anglers. Knowing where to go is the trick. Bass are on their fall feed; trout are staging off creek and river mouths and can be found in creeks off the upper river; and walleye have been reported around Broderick Park, Thompson’s Hole and at the Huntley Power Station. The only waterfowl hunting going on right now is the goose season and that will remain open until Dec. 17. The late season opens on Dec. 31. Keep that in mind when fishing the river.

Bill Hilts, Jr. – Director, Outdoor Promotions
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation
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Sportfishing has a $30 million annual economic impact in Niagara USA!

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

The main lake is frozen over and making ice.  Resorts and guides are out checking ice daily. As of now the ice varies quite a bit. If the forecast remains the same, some resorts hoping fish houses will be on the lake later this week.  With sub zero temps in the forecast, ice will grow quickly.  Anywhere from 2-6″ as of Sunday.  Resorts and outfitters will be testing ice conditions, making trails, monitoring ice, etc.  Work through resorts and their ice roads as they are tested, flooded and plowed.  Know where you are going.  As always, safety first.

The Rainy River has iced up.  Like every year, work through resorts when ice fishing river as current and ice thickness will vary.  We don’t encourage travel on the river unless through a resort or outfitter.

Up at the Northwest Angle resorts are checking ice daily.  Reports of 2-6 inches as of Sunday. Getting close, resorts and outfitters will be marking trails when it is the right time. A few more days of sub zero temps will help. Work through resorts who are constantly routing trails on the best ice, around cracks, etc.  When the time comes, stay on resort trails, do not deviate.  We are excited, but safety first!  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at  Check out the Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page for day to day reports.

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


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