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Walleyes UnlimitedMeeting  Update

Illinois Meeting, Wednesday, rch 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM
American Legion Gurnee, IL

We have just learned that our scheduled speaker for this month Tom Neustrom will notbe able to speak this Wednesday in Gurnee due to unforeseen circumstances.

It is our good fortune that Chris Taurisano of T-Bone Guide Service has graciously stepped in for Tom Neustrom this month.
Chris is a full time guide in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin waters. Chris is a true multi-specie angler that fishes for anything on the water that bites!

Chris’ presentation will focus on what is HOT right now and in the coming weeks. Whether it’s a salmon, walleyes, bass or panfish Chis is on top of it for our local area. This should be an interesting presentation and quite timely. The weather looks like it is going to be breaking for the better and that should get the fish moving. Hope to see you there!

Braidwood Lake and Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O’Malley

THIS WEEK – Hey Don,  The lipless crankbait bite continues to be the most consistent bite on area lakes. Focus on wind blown shorelines to find the most active bass. Bass are moving up closer to shore as the day goes along.

On Braidwood, water temps range from 70-75. South end is a bit warmer. Focus on pitching  to shoreline cover with a multitude of plastics. Let the fish dictate what they want from day to day.     TTYL

LAST WEEK – Hey Don,  The bass pattern on area lakes has changed as much as the weather has lately. Focus on isolated weed patches with lipless crankbaits. Slowly work the bait over the weed tops with repeated casts at different angles. Once the crankbait gets hung up, rip the bait free and that triggers the reaction strike. Braided line is a must for this presentation. Water temps need to rise to trigger a more consistent bite.

Good news there have been more waves of Sandhill’s making there way back North. That means spring is near , right?   TTYL
Ken “Husker” O’Malley Huskeroutdoors Waterworks fishing team
Riverside Fishing Club Swap Meet

The Club Swap Meet is April, 29th 2017
Doors open at 8:00am
Sales start @ 8:00am – Noon  NO PRE-SALES
American Legion Hall, 900 S. LaGrange Road, LaGrange, Illinois60525
NO sales of Firearms or Ammunition
All sales are final and RFC is not responsible for any items sold.
Fishing, Hunting, Boating and Camping related equipment
$2.00 Admittance Kids under 12 FREE

Prairie Lake trap net survey for 2017 from Ray Thompson

IDNR Fisheries Biologists conducted a spring trap net survey on Prairie Lake at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park on 3/20/- 3/22.  A total of 44 muskie were collected in 48 trap net nights (8 females and 36 males).  Female muskie ranged from 39.4 – 46.6” and 18.4 – 30.7 lbs, while male muskie ranged from 29.4 – 40.2” and 6.4 – 18.5 lbs.  All muskie collected were in excellent body condition.  A muskie PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tag study began in 2016.  The 2017 survey resulted in the recapture of 15 muskie (2 females and 13 males) that were tagged last year and 29 newly tagged fish.  The trap net survey also resulted in a good black crappie and sunfish species sample.  The largest black crappie in the survey measured 14.6” and 1.8 lbs.  A few larger bass were starting to move as well.  The largest bass collected measured 20.8” and 5.9 lb.  SEE PHOTOS IN GALLERY

Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report by Phil Schweik

Open water fishing has arrived in Central Wisconsin. With accessible boat landings and stable water conditions, the setting is perfect for early spring walleye fishing on the Wisconsin River.  Unlike most lakes and rivers, the Wisconsin River remains open year-round for game fish like bass, walleye, and pike, allowing anglers to take advantage of some great early season fishing.

The walleye limit on the Wisconsin River remains at 5 fish per day per angler.  Size restrictions apply and are as follows:  Each angler is allowed a 5 fish daily bag limit with no fish under 15 inches and no fish between 20 and 28 inches. Each angler is allowed 1 fish per day over 28 inches as part of their daily bag limit of 5 fish.

Water temperatures are right around 35 to 37 degrees right now which is concentrating a lot of fish in the deeper pools of the river system. An easy way to target these fish is to slip drift with the current while slowly working a jig and minnow or a Lindy rig right on the bottom. A slow and steady lift and drop method will not only produce more fish for you but it will also help eliminate a lot of snags as you drift with the current.

Don’t be surprised if you pick up a few incidental catches while targeting these spring walleyes either.  We have seen just about anything and everything while fishing like this from musky to pike, and catfish to sturgeon!  They are all holding in these same areas and are not prejudice when it comes to eating a tasty meal that is drifting by.

Have a great week,

Phil Schweik
Hooksetters Guide service
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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report by Capt. Rich Bay

Your fishing report for March 23, 2017 From the deck of the Kick’n Bass pontoon

Well, since my last report we had a big cold front that moved through our area that lasted about 5 days. Water temperature dropped nearly ten degrees. We pulled out the spider rigging rods again to slow our presentation down because crappies will get sluggish during these cold fronts. Good days and fair days but fish were caught each day. The weather is back to warmer and that means the water temp will get back to 60 or so. We love pulling cranks and that’s what we’ll most likely be doing by the weekend but we are playing that game one day at a time.

Lake conditions
Water temps are about 51.5 degrees in the morning and warming up to about 55 degrees in the afternoons. These temps are perfect for crappie fishing as long as they are steady. A cold front moving in will lower these temps some but as long as it is steady the crap-pies need to eat getting ready for the spawn. Water levels are at 355.9 and they are pre-dicted to stay at that level for the near future. TVA is pulling 41,000 cfs right now so not too bad for this time of year.

You can view the lake levels here:

Weather forecast

The crappies have been fair this week with the cold front that came in, dropped an inch of snow, hung around a few days and thank God moved on!! We have tried many colors and depths, and tipped with minnows or nibbles. Best depths have been 10 to 15 feet. Rigging the last few days at .3 to .5 mph was best for the most part. A blue pearl paddle tail tipped with a pink nibble was our best color choice. Other colors worked but this combo took at least 75% of our fish. The nibbles outdid the minnows 9 to 1. I’m down a few days with my back this week but full bore starting Friday…sleep is overrated! The crappie females are NOT full of eggs and not too close to spawning yet. Eggs were bright yellow.

Other Species
Same report as my last report on other species. Haven’t fished for any other types of fish but we have had incidental catches of largemouth, yellow bass (some good sized fish) and a bunch of perfect eating sized whitebass. Casting shallow with jigs we picked up many short male largemouths. The whites and yellows had eggs that looked reddish and gritty…a sure sign of being close to their spawn. They spawn from about 54 to 65 de-grees so keep that in mind!


Today, me and my dad went out with Captain Rich, and he is one of the most knowledgeable men I’ve ever met when it comes to fishing. He had me catching more fish than I have in the last year. He is so nice and helped me out so much. I will definitely come back.    —Sam Murphy

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Niagara New York Fishing Report by Bill Hilts Jr.

After digging out from the March snow storm last week, things are finally settling in to more spring-like conditions. Not everything is perfect though. The weather forecasters are calling for some rain this weekend, especially Saturday and Sunday. That should get all of the streams flowing nicely once they settle down from higher water levels. A gradual increase in temperature has been good for melting off the snow at a slow and steady pace. Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek have been the place to go as steelhead and browns continue to be the primary target.  We’ve had reports of some fresh steel coming into the creek in the last couple of days so this will be a good time to take advantage of some migrating trout. There is a mix of both pre- and post-spawn steelhead. For post-spawn trout, look for meat like worms and minnows. Pre-spawn is more of an egg sac or grub bite. Jigs will work, too. You just have to figure out what the fish want. Twelve mile and Keg Creek should both be good options, too. In the harbors of Wilson and Olcott, some perch and pike have been biting. Remember that pike are out of season. The piers still have some ice on them but that should be gone after the weekend. With some ice chunks in the harbor, look for some shoreline trolling to take place starting next week. The Wilson Conservation Club bullhead contest is set for April 7-9. Mark your calendar. On April 8, the LOTSA pen rearing project will start at the Town of Newfane Marina starting at 9 a.m. They will ready the pens and get them in the water to prepare to receive the fish.

Speaking of fish, if you are wondering when they will be stocking Hyde Park Lake, Gill Creek and Oppenheim Park Pond in Niagara Falls, mark April 5 on your calendar. Oppenheim Park Pond, along Niagara Falls Blvd. in Wheatfield, will receive 100 browns and 200 rainbows around 10 a.m. Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls will receive 200 two-year-old browns and 1,650 yearlings at 11 a.m. In addition, Gill Creek will be the recipient of 540 browns from Buffalo Avenue upstream to the dam at the lake.

Lower Niagara River action has been decent from both boat and shore. No major winds or rains caused the water to muddy up so it’s been pretty consistent for both boat and shore fishermen. Best drifts have been Devil’s Hole and Artpark, but you should be able to find trout throughout the river system – steelhead and lake trout with the occasional brown thrown in. Egg sacs have been working best on the steelhead; minnows for the lake trout. Pautzke fire brine has been working on the minnows to color them up a bit, but the clear has been working on the eggs before you tie the sacs up. Boat drifters are using 3-way rigs to bounce the bottom. From shore, casters are still using spoons, spinners and egg sacs, but the hot bait the past week has been jigs. Tip a jig with a Gulp minnow or offer one up with a lot of flash, color and hair. Both steelhead and lake trout have been hitting. April 1 will probably see the NYPA Fish Platform open up again, as well as the reservoir. The NRAA John Long, Sr. Memorial Raffle and Feast is April 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Niagara Active Hose on Lockport Rd. in Niagara Falls. The Antique Tackle Show is Saturday, March 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on North Canal Rd., Lockport.

Bill Hilts, Jr. – Outdoor Promotions Director

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Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

THIS WEEK – Ice is good in some areas of main lake but bad in areas with moving water / springs. All resort / outfitter access’s are closed to vehicles but some are open to four-wheelers. side by sides, and snowmobiles including Morris Point, Long Point, Dales’s and Arnesen’s, which still has fish houses available as well.  As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored daily.  Walleye bite has been good with many keepers among smaller fish. Fish are aggressive and having a flasher is helpful.  Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good.  Key depth  17-33 ft.  Best colors glow pink/red and gold. Tip up fishing for pike on fire.  Many flags of northern pike in back bays and reefs.

Rainy River spring fishing is ON!  The Rainy River is open all the way to Wheeler’s Point. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Wheeler’s Point will be open in a day or so.  Walleye fishing has been excellent. Many eater walleyes so far with a few monsters. Right now a 1/2 – 3/4 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Pink, orange and gold are hot colors. Many sturgeon being boated as well.  Daily open water progress on Rainy River at
Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are unstable as current areas are opening up quickly.  Travel with caution. Many resorts using airboats at this point.  Fish houses on LOW can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th.  Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  Resorts and resort fishing guides at   Please remember to “Keep It Clean” and remove trash from ice and access points.    SEE PHOTOS IN GALLERY

Last Week – Ice continues to be good with 24-27 inches in most areas.  As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored daily.  Some resorts have pulled houses, some still have houses out.  Some ice roads closed, others still open.  Call ahead.  Bite has been great overall with many keepers among smaller year classes. Fish are very aggressive but electronics are very helpful as some walleyes and saugers are suspended.  Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good.  Key depth  20-33 ft.  Best colors glow pink/red. Northern pike are on fire in spawning areas and are very active with fish over 40″ caught daily. Some resorts have pulled houses for the year but others are still going strong depending on where on the lake they are stationed.

Game On!  The Rainy River is open from 4-5 miles west of Birchdale. Birchdale landing is open to all boats. Frontier will be soon.  Some anglers pushing boats over the ice on landings more west. Good reports so far of walleye bite. Daily open water progress on Rainy River at

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions decent with 18-24 inches of solid ice in non-current areas but current areas are opening up quickly.  Travel with caution. On the Minnesota side, walleye fishing is good in 20-30 feet. Jumbo perch still turning up in buckets.  In Ontario the crappie bite is hot with all this warm weather.  Remember to shift to another species after you have your limit of crappies as these fish have a high mortality rate over 25′ of water. Work through resorts and give them a call before you head up as ice conditions change rapidly this time of year. Fish houses can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th.  Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at   Please remember to “Keep It Clean” and remove trash from ice.

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism |
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