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Local Waters Report by Ken HUSKER O’Malley
Hey Don, Bass continue to be the hottest bite on area lakes. Swim baits, spinner baits, and lipless cranks worked along the outside weedlines have produced good numbers. Focus on the wind blown areas for the must active fish.
The Illinois River is still up and dirty, but it is starting to recede. Fishing is very slow with not many catching anything. Here is what the ramp looked like as of today. TTYL
Ken “Husker” O’Malley
Waterworks fishing team
Chicago River Report by Pat Harrison
Well I was out one day last week for a 1/2 day trip we boated the usual Crappie a few in the 13″ range on white jigs and twister tails tipped with a waxie, Bass on smaller cranks and 4″ white wacky worm presentations moved slow over rocks. .I will be speaking tomorrow night for the Calumet Sportsmans club. Have a good week catch some fish.
Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray
|SPECIES||RATING||BAIT OF CHOICE||SUGGESTED LOCATIONS||REGULATIONS|
|LARGEMOUTH BASS||Good||Minnows spinner baits, worms, and black and blue jigs.||Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks||14” minimum length limit, 6 daily creel limit. 1 fish daily creel limit in PONDS 14” minimum length.|
|Meal worms. Small & medium minnows. Quarter-ounce pink and white tub jigs.||Fish attractors! From shore, fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. Try the Jackie Branch Breakwater. Fish the main lake drop off areas.||25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer|
|Fair||Small jigs, worms, meal worms, wax worms, crickets.||From shore try Sailboat Harbor and Mine 21 Road. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks.||10 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.|
|Good||Large minnows, leeches, Hoss’s Hawg Bait, night crawlers, and Sonny’s stink bait.||Try leeches in moving water. Drift fish the flats. Set line 3-4’ from the shore over rocks. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area.||6 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.
Jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.
|WHITE BASS||Fair||In-line spinners, jig and curly tail grubs.||Reports of fish being caught around the 154 bridges. Fish around along the rocks and drop-offs Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes.||20 fish creel limit.
No more than 3 fish 17” or longer daily
|Information as of: 04/09/2017
LAKE LEVEL: 406.91 AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 408.67 WATER TEMP: 58°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.
Salmon Unlimited News from Mark Sandahl
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Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report by Phil Schweik
The walleye bite is central Wisconsin is very good right now with not only numbers but some very nice fish as well. Water flows on the river systems are above average which increases the walleyes migration. The water temperatures are in the low to mid 40 degree range which is about perfect for walleyes to spawn.
We have been targeting walleyes on the river systems now for about three weeks and the action has been very good. At this point a lot of the fish are done spawning and moving in the direction of the post spawn stage. As opposed to seeing a lot of fish below the dams or in the deeper pools, we are catching most of our fish in heavy current as they are headed back downstream towards post spawn locations. Wolf river rigs set with heavy sinkers and brightly colored hooks are working very well right now as are heavy, brightly colored jigs in the 3/8 ounce or larger size.
For you guys that keep a couple of those walleyes for dinner and are looking for new ways to prepare them check out Lily River Breading at: http://lilyriver.com/ . I especially like the Cajun breading and it’s good on more than just fish too.
With turkey season about to start I have been doing some early morning scouting trips and I have been seeing a large number of birds in the fields. Most of the birds that I have been seeing are in areas with fresh spread cow manure and/or any accessible food source. If you are planning on turkey hunting this spring I would suggest getting out and doing your homework.
What I would suggest is getting up early and heading out to the areas that you are planning to hunt. Bring along a good pair of long range binoculars and try finding out exactly where the birds are entering the fields. You will want to do this from a good distance because you don’t want to alarm the birds of your presence. Once you identify the locations that the birds are entering the fields, mentally mark those positions. This is where you will want to set up shop. You can do this the morning of your hunt (in the dark) or some afternoon when the birds are in a different location (which is what I would suggest).
With this type of preparation you should be in a perfect position to bag that spring tom when your season arrives.
Have a great week,
Hooksetters Guide Service
Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecastby Bill Hilts Jr.
THIS WEEK – Lower Niagara River trout action continues to be inconsistent from both boat and shore although we saw a bit of an uptick from the boat drifters just in the last few days. The smelt have continued running in the Lewiston area and dippers have been going out every night. It hasn’t been a strong run so far but they are still getting a fair number of the tasty baitfish. Go to Artpark or head downriver away from the lights at the sanddocks. The Lewiston smelt festival is set for May 5. For more details on that, go to the www.niagarariverregion.com. Getting back to the fishing, shoreline casters are tossing spoons and spinners and picking up a few trout. Boaters are doing a little better because they can move around to look for active fish. Devil’s Hole is your best bet with shiners or egg sacs. But with so much bait in the river right now, it’s tough to get the trout to hit. Some boaters have opted to turn the corner at the fort and troll the shoreline for browns, Cohos, lakers, steelies and the occasional king salmon. Stickbaits and spoons primarily. Another option has been to cast for bass, Cohos or browns with spoons or jerk baits. The LOC Derby opener is May 5 to 14. Go to www.loc.org to find out details including registration points and weigh stations.
It’s pouring rain right now so the creeks will be full again by Friday. In addition, there is a press conference happening today that is declaring a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline for high water levels. This isn’t really going to affect the fishing that much, but the Niagara County Sheriff is asking that boats creating a wake to stay at least 500 feet from shore. This doesn’t include trolling. The high water is affecting the docks in Wilson and Olcott so you might want to contact the marina for alternatives before you come in from out of town. Out in the lake, it’s been a mixed bag for trollers. Stickbaits or spoons in tight to shore off boards or riggers in 10 to 25 feet of water for browns, Coho salmon and the occasional king salmon. Head out to 50 to 125 feet of water for lake trout on the bottom and Cohos up top, too. The Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament is set for May 19-21 out of Wilson and Olcott. The registration link is now live for registering. Go to www.lakeontarioproam.net. The Wilson Harbor Invitational Tournament is May 13. Check outwww.wilsonharborinvitational.com for details. The creeks still have trout in them but you will probably have to wait until those levels come down a bit. Bullhead are still hitting over in Wilson, as well. Suckers have moved in and perch are everywhere in the harbors. If the water is dirty, you may have to wait for it to clear a bit for perch. The piers are questionable because of the high water levels. Don’t take any chances out there. The pier at the foot of Route 425 is currently underwater. Yes, it’s overa foot high out in the lake.
In the upper Niagara River there have been good perch reports from all around Grand Island. Emerald shiners are the best bait to use.
LAST WEEK – Lower Niagara River trout action continues to be spotty from both boat and shore following the storms that came through last week. The big news is that the smelt have started running in the Lewiston area and dippers have been going out every night. It hasn’t been a strong run so far but they are getting some. The Lewiston smelt festival is set for May 5. For more details on that, watch the Outdoor Beat this week on Time Warner Cable/Spectrum or On Demand on the website at www.lctv.net. Getting back to the fishing, shoreline casters are tossing spoons and spinners and picking up a few trout. Boaters are doing a little better because they can move around to look for active fish. But with so much bait in the river right now, it’s tough to get the trout to hit. Some boaters have opted to turn the corner at the fort and troll the shoreline for browns, Cohos, lakers and steelies. One boat Tuesday caught all four, including a nice 29 inch brown using Thundersticks. No reports on kings on the Niagara Bar yet. The LOC Derby opener is May 5 to 14. Go to www.loc.org to find out details including registration points and weigh stations.
Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek is finally coming down and slowly starting to clear. Last report was that the water was at 380 cfs and the some fresh steelhead have shown up ready to drop eggs. Of course, eggs or egg imitations will be the preferred bait, but you can still catch them on jigs or crawlers. Keg and Hopkins creeks should also be holding fish. The Wilson Conservation Club bullhead contest was a success last weekend despite poor conditions for the most part. Most of the winning fish were caught Sunday morning. Leading the way was Joel Feagin of Wilson with two fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 5 ounces. He was using shrimp in the east branch of 12 mile creek. Pier action is picking up for casters inWilson and Olcott using spoons and spinners. Browns are the primary target. Out in Lake Ontario, it’s been a mixed bag for trollers. Stickbaits or spoons in tight to shore off boards or riggers in 12 to 25 feet of water for browns, Coho salmon and the occasional Atlantic. Head out to 40 to 60 foot depths for lake trout. The Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament is set for May 19-21 out of Wilson and Olcott. The registration link is now live for registering. Go towww.lakeontarioproam.net. The Wilson Harbor Invitational Tournament is May 13.
If you want to learn more about spring salmon fishing, attend the next LOTSA meeting on April 13 at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara on Route 78 in Lockport. At 7 p.m., local angler Matt Dunn will pass along some of his secrets on how he won several Lake Ontario contests including the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey last year. Some Daiwa representatives will also be in attendance to talk about their new Great Lakes rods and reels. For more information on LOTSA, check their new website out at www.lotsa1.org.
Bill Hilts, Jr. – Outdoor Promotions Director
Destination Niagara USA
10 Rainbow Blvd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
p: 1-877 FALLS US | 716-282-8992 x. 303
Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry
The spring walleye season closed with a bang as the water cleared up and the fish had the feed bags on with walleyes and saugers of all sizes boated. Now that walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener May 13th, we turn our attention to sturgeon, pike, and sucker fishing. Many big sturgeon boated this past week. Sturgeon fishing has been excellent. Use a 3-4 ounce no roll sinker, a 1-1.5 foot leader, and a circle hook loaded (called a sturgeon rig) with frozen shiners and crawlers for best results. Anchor boat up stream of a deeper hole and pitch sturgeon rig into the hole. Heavy equipment is preferred.
Pike becoming active in bays. Ice just left the lake and most bays and water starting to warm up. Nothing heard yet on suckers running but not far off.
Up at the NW Angle, the ice is gone (in most areas) and it’s open water. Remember, walleyes open May 13th, pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN and sturgeon fishing through May 15th and then again July 1st. www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.
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