Outdoor News and Reports - UPDATE March 7, 2017

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Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers Report by Pat Harrison

Well week 2 of the season I was out twice. Water temps are about the same 52 to 54 degrees. The up and down weather doesn’t seem to have affected the fish still getting some nice Gils and Crappie the Bass are starting to get a bit more aggressive 2 to 2 1/2 pounders right now but as the water warms up the Big boys will be out. I did do a couple hours shore fishing too on the Des Plaines River near my house in Park Ridge caught a couple gils and one Bass about 12″. I am still throwing White jig and twister tail and a White Tight Rope Jig with a 4 in. silver Blue Worm trailer slow and easy. Till next week tight lines to all. I am headed up to Milwaukee this week for the Milwaukee outdoors Show so there won’t be much fishing unless i take a couple rods with just in case. —

Thanks Pat

Local Pond Report by Ken HUSKER O’Malley

Hey Don,  Fishing has been slow on area lakes. The heavy rains and high winds have turned up most lakes. Water clarity is not very good and the water temps dropped a good 5 degrees. Surprisingly the summertime nusence we call the mosquito has made an early appearance already. Good time to get all the reels re-spooled. It’s shaping up to be an interesting spring.    TTYL

Ken  HUSKER  O’Malley
Waterworks fishing team

Walleyes Unlimited News by Bob Clark

Our Story – Founded in 1969, Walleyes Unlimited USA is now recognized as one of the top multi-species fishing clubs in the country and has been educating anglers for over four decades. The majority of our members are residents of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Our club attracts a wide variety of anglers and skill levels. By sharing information, Walleyes Unlimited members learn the latest techniques and methods and locations for a variety of species.

Although our main interest is on walleyes, our membership benefits includes some of the top local anglers for bass, northern pike, muskie, panfish and salmon. Whether you are a novice or hard core fanatic, our meetings and membership can increase your skill and knowledge for most freshwater fish. Find More on our Facebook Page

In May of 2007 Walleyes Unlimited USA was honored to be inducted as an organization into the “Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.”

Upcoming Meetings and Event Dates

Both WI and IL meeting locations have both soft and adult drinks available for purchase down the hall in the same building; the Wisconsin location also has a full food menu at the connected restaurant.

March 2017

Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Speaker: Jason Drewa – 2017 Walleyes Unlimited USA Club Champion | Topic: How I did it!

Listen to how Jason fished to win last years’ championship.

Thirty year old Jason Drewa has been fishing since the time his dad encouraged Jason to climb in a boat. Drewa lives in the Milwaukee area travels the Midwest hunting down big fish on big water as well as smaller inland bodies of water.

Drewa is the 2016 Walleyes Unlimited USA Club Champion and a member of J.T’s Outdoor Products Pro Team. While walleyes are Jason’s favorite species he will fish for anything. Jason fishes 12 months of the year and chases nearly everything that swims in Freshwater 12 months of the year. Recently, Jason was featured in In-Fisherman Magazine and Get-N-Bit Productions; he is a great fisherman and ambassador to the sport.

Special Event

Indoor Fishing Swap Meet & Sale | Date: Saturday, March 26th, 2016; Sale Hours 8:00 am – 1:00 pm | Fox Lake Legion Hall | 703 N. US Rt. 12 | Fox Lake, IL 60020

New and used fishing tackle and boating equipment. Come early and often…Early for the best selection and later for the best deals. Admission only $2 – under 18 is free. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free parking. Raffle tickets for sale…lots of interesting prizes!

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Speaker: Legendary Guide & Illinois Native Tom Neustrom | Two Topics: The Life Down Under-Know Your Electronics & Power Jigging Walleyes

This month in Illinois Walleyes Unlimited is welcoming back a longtime friend of the club, Hall of Fame Guide, Tom Neustrom. It has been a few years since Tom has been with us and his presentations are always well received and packed with information.

Tom Neustrom is one of the best fishing guides in Minnesota and a tireless promoter of the fishing industry with years of experience backing him. It all started back in 1976, when Tom Neustrom was first asked to speak to a local fishing club in Antioch, Illinois (Walleyes Unlimited) about his fishing techniques and tips. Tom began giving seminars to other clubs in and around the Chicago-Milwaukee area and over the years became more and more sought after for seminars and training.

Tom pursues walleyes, giant crappies, northern pike, and bass with a passion that his clients endure and keep coming back for more. Tom guides on over 30 lakes in his area including the likes of Big Winnibigoshish, Leech, Cass, Bowstring, Sand, Pokegama, Upper Red Lake and many more. His knowledge and professionalism has attracted clients from every walk of life, from the average angler to professional athletes to heads of giant corporations. Considered by his peers as one of the best jig fisherman around, Tom is one of the most sought after authorities within the fishing industry, not only for corporate sponsorships, but as a contributor to many publications across the U.S. and Canada.

In 2009 Tom was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Guide and was humbled and proud of his selection. In 2015 Tom was inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame as an added accomplishment to his resume. When off the water and ice, Tom spends a very busy schedule doing seminars, writing articles, in-store promotions at Cabela’s, Gander Mountain. L&M Fleet Supply, Mills Fleet Farm, Reed’s Tackle, Ace Hardware, and several other outlets. He also hosts an award-winning radio show in the open water months called “Guides Corner” on KMFY Radio.

Lake Geneva Fishing Club News by Bob Clark

We Welcome New Members to the Lake Geneva Fishing Club

The Fishing Club of Lake Geneva is dedicated to promoting sport fishing for all species on Lake Geneva. We also encourage kids to fish, and the club sponsors an annual Kids Free Fishing Day as described on our Kids Day page. The club has season long outings and contests on Geneva. At the monthly meetings, we have speakers that include members along with expert fishing and electronics professionals. We meet at Cabela’s the second Wednesday of the month from March through November. We welcome all – men, women, and youth.

Monthly Meeting Information

Cabela’s new store hours (closing at 8 PM) necessitates a change in our meeting time. We now have a food and drink option as the new start time of 5:30 does not allow much time to stop for a bite to eat on the way to the meeting. Feel free to arrive early to buy raffle tickets, etc. We anticipate having food and soft drinks available for purchase by members at about 5:00 PM so that we can settle into our seats by the 5:30 PM start. For now, the “Guest Fee” of $10 includes food and a beverage (soft drink or bottled water). Please bear with us as we deal with this timing issue. Stay tuned as details might change.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Food and Beverage at 5:00 PM, meeting begins at 5:30 PM – Note new start time! | Cabela’s | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy. | Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | (847) 645-0400 | Speaker: Paul Beran LGFC Member | Topic: Spring Strategies for Finicky Geneva Bass

Paul Beran grew up in northern Illinois and many days of his youth were spent exploring the Fox River. He eventually discovered Geneva Lake 30 years ago. Paul has fished Geneva as a tournament angler and fishing guide as well as an avid angler with his friends. He is a member of Walleyes Unlimited and is a long – time member of the Lake Geneva Fishing Club.

Beran has actively studied Geneva’s lake structure and fishing patterns to develop seasonal techniques. His experience expanded over the years to include many of the upper Midwest’s hottest seasonal bites to make him a well-rounded versatile angler.

Paul has a passion for both speaking and teaching people about fishing, He will devote the next stage of his fishing life to develop a series of educational fishing presentations based on seasonal patterns. His first installment in the series is named Spring Strategies for Finicky Lake Geneva Bass.

Beran will explain his step by step process for targeting bass that an angler of any experience level can apply to both largemouth and smallmouth. His main focus in this presentation will be finesse strategies for these highly-pressured fish on a clear body of water. With the amount of fishing pressure Lake Geneva receives, Paul’s tactics will help others to learn and enjoy the outdoor experience of fishing and to catch more fish.

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

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 or chicagolandmuskiehunters@hotmail.com Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, – join MI. All are welcome! The Mar 14 meeting will feature Dusty Carlson, Lake Vermilion Guide, on “Pressured Muskies. A $5.00 reommended donation will be collected at the door.

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 chicagolandmuskiehunters@hotmail.com.–SUBJ:   muskieBusse

Busse Woods Volunteer Day

What: Seeking 20 volunteers (members, friends, family and children welcome).  Half will work on habitat restoration and half will conduct litter obliteration. The Forest Preserve Department will be present and will provide an educational atmosphere for any children or adults interested. All supplies are provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather that day. We will break for lunch and then go fishing.
When: Sunday, March 12th Volunteer from 9am – approximately noon. Lunch at Pavilion 12 (reserved for our Club). Fish afternoon.
Shore Fishing: After the volunteer work concludes, we will shore fish for muskies.
Where: Meet at Busse Woods Grove #16. Grove #16 is at the far end of the FPCC entrance, which is on the south side of Higgins Rd. just west of Arlington Heights Rd. in Elk Grove Village, IL.
Lunch: Grove 12 picnic pavilion has been reserved for us to have lunch, grill out, etc. Bring your own lunch.
Location Map: click here.
Questions?: Contact Kevin Butts (630) 740-4439

Big Muskie Photo….    From Ray Thompson

Congratulations to Chris Otto of  the Chicagoland Chapter of Muskies, Inc. on his 49.25″ release from the Fox Chain on 10/21/17.

Central Wisconsin Fishing Report by Phil Schweik

The first of March is here and it is “In like a lion” with snow and wind, and blustery conditions. But hopefully that means out like a lamb, as the saying goes.  Ice conditions are deteriorating quickly across the state with a lot of open water in areas especially the flowages and river systems.  A few guys are trying their luck below the dames on the Wisconsin River and a few remain loyal to getting out for that last ice bite.

Guys are targeting walleyes below the dam’s right now on the Wisconsin River system and they are having good luck catching some really nice fish.  Most of the action is by guys bouncing jig and minnow combinations off the bottom in 12 to 16 feet of water but a few guys are using Lindy rigs and Wolf River Rigs and just letting them sit in the current.

Ice fishing is quickly coming to a close and so is the game fish season for pike, walleyes and bass on inland waters. The season on these fish will be closing this weekend only leaving panfish open to ice anglers.  But for guys who want to try their luck at getting some decent panfish now is the time to do it.

Late ice is probably one of the best times of the year to catch some of the best panfish of the season. Perch, crappie’s and bluegills all seem to move shallow in preparation of spawning and can be easily targeted in shallow weeds or on shallow mud flats.  By simply finding safe ice and getting out to areas that are holding these spawning fish an angler can have some of the best action of the season.

If you are not going to be out ice fishing this weekend come on down to the Patriot Center in The Cedar Creek mall for the Wisconsin Musky Expo – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. March 3rd, 4th, and 5th. This is a great show with a lot of great things to do and see. I will personally be in the Elk River Rods Booth on Sunday March 5th talking fishing and answering questions.

Have a great week,

Phil Schweik
Hooksetters Guide Service
Web: www.hooksetters.biz

Niagara USA Weekly Fishing Forecasting for March 2, 2017 by Bill Hilts. Jr.

That rollercoaster weather ride is still continuing, creating problems for area anglers. Warm temperatures into the 60s this week plunged into the 20s within 24 hours. Mild temperatures into the 40s are in the forecast for the weekend. There has been no consistency … like the fishing. For Lake Ontario and the tributaries, fishing in 18 Mile Creek has been hit or miss. You have to work for your trout … or an occasional salmon. Along with that, there have been perch and northern pike swimming around from the dam to the harbor. Even out in the lake. In fact, some brown trout trollers off the mouth of the creek trolling stickbaits off planer boards are reporting a fair number of pike being caught, too. Back to Burt Dam, the water has been stained, primarily due to recent rains. Flow last Sunday was over 300 cfs, but that is settling down a bit now. The increased flow definitely pulled some more fish into the creek. Egg sacs and egg imitations are both good baits to start with. Jigs fished under a float and tipped with a spike or a wax worm will catch some fish, too. Over in Wilson Harbor, pike and a few trout are hanging around. Some perch as well. Try casting for brown trout off the short pier at the end of Route 425. Check out some of the other small streams, too, like Keg and both branches of 12 Mile. Speaking of Wilson, make sure you mark April 7-9 on the calendar for the annual contest sponsored by the Wilson Conservation Club. Call Eric at 628-6078 for details. Remember that the State of Lake Ontario public meeting is set to be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78), Lockport on March 7 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Lower Niagara River action was on hold after the most recent set of wind and rain that saw temperatures soar into the 60s and drop 40 degrees. Water was stained at mid-week. Just prior to the blow, there were mixed reports on success. Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma had a good day on the water with Captains Frank Campbell and Jim Hanley last Thursday. If you want to see how good, check out today’s Buffalo News. Egg sacs, Kwikfish and minnows all caught fish that day, but the most effective was treated eggs put into sacs by Campbell and fished up in Devil’s Hole. Around that same time, some shore guys were casting spoons and spinners in the gorge and taking some nice steelhead and lake trout. The Niagara Bar has been a little slow, in part because of the excessive amount of baits around and the stained water. Look for fishing to slowly improve by the weekend. It was tough today in the river and the bar. For those of you we have been asking about the Fort Niagara launch ramps, the total project should be completed by the end of May. As least one ramp will be functional by early May for the start of the LOC Derby May 5. They are connecting the two launches with docks on the water. April 2 is the John Long, Sr. Memorial feast with the Niagara River Anglers. More information will be on their Facebook page soon.

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

THIS WEEK – Our ice remains 24-30 inches and with single digit nights coming up in the back half of the week.  Ice fishing in full swing.  A very active bite continues.  In some areas, anglers are having to sort through a variety of walleyes / saugers to find keepers.  Electronics helpful as some walleyes 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  29-33 ft.  Best colors glow pink/red or chartreuse. Northern pike have started staging near spawning areas and are active.

The Rainy River morning and evening bite has been spotty at times. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety on ice. The river is open from Birchdale to the east. Shore ice remains and some reports say a few anglers have already started pushing boats over the ice. Reporting open water progress at Rainy River page of website.
Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are still good with 20-24 inches of solid ice in non-current areas. On the Minnesota side, walleyes on shallower rock points between 20-24 feet as well as well as in the mud between 28-30 feet. Perch are also being caught. A variety of baits with a variety of colors having success.  In Ontario the crappie bite has been hot.  Walleyes are are most active on humps with successful colors being blue and white, pink and gold. Remember to move on 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 stay on ice road. 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 www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.   Please remember to “Keep It Clean” and remove trash from ice.

LAST WEEK – With ice as thick as 24-30 inches and long range forecast for freezing temps, ice fishing season through March in good shape. Roads have smoothed out from the warmer weather and now freezing again.  Some snow still remains on the lake. A very active bite continues with many good sized walleyes and saugers.  Working every fish with electronics is helpful.  Some walleyes are suspended. The anglers working a jigging line with 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  29-33 ft in the morning/ early afternoon and 17-24 before nightfall.  Best colors glow pink/red or chartreuse.

The Rainy River morning and evening bite has been spotty at times. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety. The river is open from Birchdale to the east. Only some shore ice remains and some reports say anglers have already started pushing boats over the ice.   The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler’s Point to Baudette on the river.  Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are still favorable with 20-24 inches of solid ice in non-current areas. Snow cover is minimal on snowmobile trails but are still being groomed and in good condition. On the Minnesota side,  walleyes are being caught  on shallower rock points between 20-24 feet as well as deeper mud between 28-30 feet. A good number of saugers and perch are also being produced. Black and gold have been performing very well using a variety of baits.  In Ontario the crappie bite has been hot and cold as of last week. Walleyes are are most active on rock humps with successful colors being, blue and white, pink and gold. Remember to move on 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 stay on ice road. 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 www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.   Please remember to “Keep It Clean” and remove trash from ice.

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism | LakeoftheWoodsMN.com
office: 800-382-3474 |  Joe.Henry@LakeoftheWoodsMN.com


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