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Northwoods Report by Don Dz

Last week I was in Boulder Junction recording Illinois Outdoors TV Shows.  I got to fish with friends Jeff Novak who has a summer home in Winchester and John YAGO Jagodzienski, owner of Angler’s Paradise at Yago’s Retreat.

Surprisingly, the the smallmouth bass fishing was slow.  However, we nailed the largemouth bass.  If fished one day for walleye on a really good walleye lake and bought the skunk.

We did good on the bass using wacky worms.  Seems like most of the fish were in over 9 feet of water.  Many of the fish caught were relating to wood, AKA downed trees.   The spawn was over.  Weather has been good but on the day I left, big big storms rolled through.  This made fishing a bit difficult, but according to my friends, it’s improving daily.

For more information on the Boulder Junction area, visit

Braidwood to get more fish habitat

The Exelon Corp is doing the annual deployment of artificial fish habitats on Monday, June 26.  They’ll  meet at DNR’s fisheries personnel and load up the boats and then head to Braidwood Lake’s north ramp for deployment. This will be their 10th year of making Bradiwood Lake a better fishery for all of us to enjoy.

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray

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.


Excellent Meal worms. Small & medium minnows. Quarter-ounce pink and white tub jigs. Shallow water!  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 and along Mine 21 Road. Fish the main lake drop off areas. 25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer


Good 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. 



Excellent 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 Good 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:  06/13/2017


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.

Lake Geneva Fishing Club News from 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, including a “Learn the Lake Outing” for newer members or those not familiar with this body of water, 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. The cost for a 2017 annual membership is $50, Family membership (member, spouse & children under 16) available for $70.Either membership option also includes a 1 year subscription to Midwest Outdoors Magazine.

Monthly Meeting Information:
Cabela’s new store hours (closing at 8 PM) necessitates a change in our meeting time. Food and soft drinks/bottled water will be available for purchase ($5.00) by members at 5:00 PM so that we can settle into our seats by the 5:30 PM start. The “Guest Fee” of $10 includes food and a beverage. Feel free to arrive early to have a bite to eat, get acquainted with other members and guests, etc.  Meetings starts promptly at 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, June 14, 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: Captain Walt Koch – Red Rock Guiding Service | Where and How to Fish Delavan Lake

Captain Walt is the owner/operator of Red Rock Guiding Service, LLC; a multi species fishing guide service on local area lakes and rivers. He spends 100+ days on the water each year on Geneva, Delavan, and the Fox Chain O’ Lakes from late March through late November. Walt has been fishing Geneva and the Fox Chain since 1983.

Walt has been involved in the outdoors his entire life. Starting as a child in the Boy Scouts and 4-H clubs, he loved fishing, hunting and all outdoor activities. He grew up in the SE Illinois town of Breese. By the age of 16, Walt was training upland hunting dogs and guiding clients hunting upland game on the family hunt club near Breese.

Red Rock Guiding Service, LLC specializes in custom guided fishing trips for walleye, bass, pike, and panfish. In addition to the fishing charters, Walt conducts seminars and participates in sport shows in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. On the water fishing instruction, boating instruction, and boat tours are also available. Koch also fishes regularly for walleye, bass and pike in the Great Lakes, Minnesota, Ontario, and Door County, WI. He is on the Pro Staff of BRP-Evinrude and the Guide Staff for St. Croix Rods.

Captain Walt will share how he fishes for many different species of fish on the very popular Delavan Lake…both locations and many successful techniques. Make sure to bring your notepad!

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters News by Dean Rosset

Hi Guy-Can’t believe it–already the June meeting.  Come join us——The Chicagoland Muskie Hunters (03) chapter of Muskies Inc. Meetings feature top speakers We meet the second Tues. of the month at Giuseppe’s La Cantina 1062 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL.  7:30pm., fishing reports, favorite lake presentations by our members, muskie info sharing, door prizes and raffles. All are welcome!! Contact Dean—847-256-9322 or Learn how to catch a muskie, or more muskies, or larger muskies, – join MI. All are welcome. There is NO June meeting Outings schedule TBA.

 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  -SUBJ:  muskie

Chicago River Report by Pat Harrison

Well my new G3 Yamaha Boat saw some water and fish last week. Tuesday we ran the River and Lake front picked up a few White Bass and a couple large mouth along with some Crappie. Water Temps were in the mid to high 50’s depending where we were did see temps in Low 60’s on the North Branch but it is still pretty stained.

Wednesday we ran all the same water with about the same results we did add a decent Small mouth to the mix temps about the same on the water.

Thursday I had a Great Guy on the the decks of the New G3, Davey Rodriguez from the Chicago Cubs. Davey is a good angler he fished hard  and caught some nice fish his best being a small mouth right at 20 inches about 4 pounds it came on a Crabby Bass worm on a shakey head jig.  The fish came out on Lake Michigan fishing the rocks slow. We had a Good day and we are doing it again soon.

Friday we fished hard but the storm drains were opened during the night and the river was a mess with all the trash floating. Managed a few small fish but had a good time. Surface temps were up into the lower 60’s but the water was still pretty dirty.

Saturday my Brother Bern and I fished the Exxon Tournament on Braidwood. This was our first time on the lake. We launched the boat into water with a 92 degree surface temp throughout the day that was the coolest water we saw with 99 degrees being the hottest. We boated 8 fish but all were short to weight in 15 inch minimum all our fish were 14 to 14 ¾. Still had a good time and it was a nice event for a Good Cause.

Sunday I was back on the Chicago River with a father and son we fished all the usual spots and got a handful of fish surface temps were up a few degrees headed to the mid 60’s it was brutally hot with the clear skies and sun. Boat traffic was up a bit. Out along Navy Pier we found some big Smallies site fishing and could drop baits on their heads and they would no go. Soon they are going to start moving if we get a little stable weather.

I write things as they happen so guys going out know what I have found sometimes its not real positive but it’s what I find. I think we are going to start seeing a change soon and they will be turning on. As I write this we have high winds and small craft warning come We need a break there are fish to catch.

Have a Great week Capt. Pat

Walleyes Unlimited News by Bob Clark

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.

Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | Speaker: Rob Wendel | Topic: Kayak & Small Boat Fishing Lake Michigan

Rob Wendel is a lifelong fisherman but began kayak fishing on Lake Michigan over ten years ago. Since then he has developed and fine-tuned techniques for catching all species of fish from kayaks and small boats.

Rob has been a member of the Hobie Fishing Team for the last six years and is a currently among the Hobie Elite Top Guns. He has won the Salmon-R-Rama Kayak Division and had several top 5 finishes.

He says that being in a kayak at water level is one of the most enjoyable ways to fish for any species. The stealth and mobility of kayaks allows him to access and catch fish not possible for shore fisherman or motor boat fisherman. He also manages Lake Michigan Angler in Winthrop Harbor. A super store for trolling and Lake Michigan tackle.

This will certainly be a unique presentation and is one of the largest growing forms of fishing in the country. It will be an excellent opportunity to get Rob’s perspective. Make plans now!

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Speaker: Scott Goldapske – Big Gunz Guide Service | Topic: Jig Fishing and Summer River Patterns for Walleyes on Winnebago

Scott Goldapske will be our June Speaker in Illinois. Scott’s seminar topic will be titled Summer Walleye Patterns on the Winnebago System. Scott has over 25 years of fishing experience on this vast system and many others targeting the biggest fish in each He is an experienced tournament angler fishing many local tournaments as well as the Mercury Nationals and the Battle on Bago. Scott is a true multi-species angler with a passion for Walleye, Salmon and Trout.

In addition, Scott operates Big Gunz Guide Service during the winter months and fishes the waters of central Wisconsin and Lake Michigan. Scott’s focus on jig fishing and summer time river patterns of Lake Winnebago. For more information about Scott and guide service go to Big Gunz Guide Service on Facebook.

Kentycky Lake Report from Capt. Rich Bay

Haven’t fished for crappies as often since my last report because of bluegill and whitebass trips. When I have pulled crankbaits we have caught a mixed bag of crappies, whitebass, yellowbass, bluegills, largemouth, sauger and catfish!! Best colors have been a blue/chrome, pink and a black and gold chrome. Brighter colors in the sunlit days and darker colors on cloudy days has been my rule of thumb. Also have increased my trolling speed to 2.0 to 2.2 mph.


The whitebass run is on!! SteelShad bladebaits have been great using a yo-yo style of fishing. Check them out online at  or at your favorite bait and tackle shop. Let them sink to the bottom and steadily pull up about 6 feet. Pause there and then tightline the lure back to the bottom. Repeat back to the boat. On sunny days we use the silver colored baits and on cloudy days we have used the gold blades. Somedays we have been using 3/8 ounce inline spinners in white with a silver blade. Hit bottom then reel at a medium retrieve about 8 times around. Then open the bail and let the lure sink back to bottom. Repeat back to the boat. Jigging spoons have worked some also.

Bluegills and Redears

The redear/bluegill spawn is finishing up! We have been fishing a Sheltons bug in deeper water. Using an ESB float deep has been fantastic. The ESB float comes with a slip bobber knot in the package. We have been tipping the bugs with crickets and waxworms. Another fishing type that has been working is to attach a split shot a foot above your bait to help get the bait to the bottom quicker. This keeps you in the strike zone.


We have not fished for cats exclusively but we have caught a ton fishing for other species. We have caught cats from 3 feet to 30 feet. On crickets, waxworms, crankbaits and Steelshad bladebaits. Crawlers, leeches and Rippin’ Lips stinkbaits have brought a lot of cats to the cleaning stations.

ATTABOY:  Thanks Rich!! We had a great time. Matt J. Owensboro, Ky

Captain Rich

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report by Steve Welsh

The lake is falling fast and this week you should see the regular ramps open back up. At the time of this writing it is just shy of ten-feet over summer pool and very clear. The sauger/walleye and white bass continue to be your best bet at catching a ton of fish but I am getting reports of crappie as well.

Anglers are doing best by trolling 1 1/2 oz. bottom bouncers with single hook spinner rigs tipped with a minnow. Troll these on drops at about twenty-feet deep at about .9-1.4mph. We use number four or smaller Colorado blades and a number four circle hook on a snell knot and enough beads to clear the hook end for your blade position. Hammered chrome, blue and chrome, chartreuse or pink and white continue to be the best colors.

If you know the lake very well and know where the deep stumps are located you can do very well with a jigging spoon or casting our 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jigs tipped with a minnow. I always kept both presentations handy. As the lake drops the trolling patterns will become crowded and you might be forced to cast to precise targets.

We use line counter reels while pulling the bottom bouncer rigs so we can precisely get the depth needed to pull these right through standing timber and catch crappie. We make our spinner rigs only about eighteen-inches or shorter and then use the bottom bouncer as a weed guard to get you through the horizontal branches on the standing timber. If you are going at 1 mph with a 1 1/2 oz. bottom bouncer allow twenty-three feet of line out to troll at fifteen ft. It varies the deeper you want to run your lines. Crappie just love the movement and there is no reason you can’t catch twenty or thirty crappie every day plus several other species pulling spinners. Very easy to get on to and deadly on Lake Shelbyville in high water situations.

Steve Welch
Crappie Specialties

Salmon Unlimited News

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Mark Sandahl
Hookn Line Editor

Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report by Phil Schweik

Well it looks like summer is finally here. Warm temperatures this past week have driven the water temperatures into the upper 70 degree range and with that the fishing has exploded.  The musky bite has been very good as well as action for big pike. We have been seeing consistent action from walleyes, crappies, and even a few nice perch.

If you are looking for big fish, the bite for musky and pike has been going very strong this past week with action on top water baits, jerkbaits and bucktails. Most of the fish we have been catching have been holding around shoreline structure and areas with some current.  Black and orange and Firetiger baits have been working well in the bucktails, and for the jerkbaits and topwater we have been running a variety of colors but it hasn’t seemed to matter. The Fat bastard from Lake X Lures has been a good one as well as Suick’s.

If you are looking for eaters then you are in luck as the walleyes and crappies have been tearing it up.

This past week we had consistent action with the walleyes on jig and crawler combos and well as casting crankbaits near shoreline rock.  The crappies have been holding near deep structure in 12 to 16 feet of water and slip bobbers with minnows have been doing the trick there.

Have a great week,

Phil Schweik
Hooksetters Guide Service

Destination Niagara USA Fishing Report for June 14, 2017 by Bill Hilts Jr.

Despite record high water levels in Lake Ontario, salmon and trout fishing continues to be good in the lake. Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane reports good numbers of fish in the area off Olcott and Wilson, but you have to adapt and locate the fish. Heavy current and winds have scattered fish. A mix of salmon and trout can be found in 100 to 300 feet ofwater. Flasher-fly, meat rigs and spoons like Dreamweavers and Michigan Stingers have been producing fish on a consistent basis. Pierleoni just returned from the Orleans Open Salmon and Trout Tournament last weekend where he placed second – less than 5 points behind the winner, Capt. Ed Monette and Cannonball Runner. Pierleoni actually caught one more fish that Monette – 16 to 15 – but scoring is based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound. This Saturday is the opening of the regular bass season so you will probably see a few more boats heading out. The Newfane launch ramp at Olcott is not having any water issues and launching is not a problem. All the boat slips are viable. The kids fishing derby set for June 24 in the Town of Newfane marina has been cancelled for this year. However, this coming Saturday, June 17, is the Wilson Conservation Club’s 31st annual kids derby from 8 a.m. to noon. Fish in any Niagara County waters. This contest is based on length and you must have your fish measured by noon. Call 930-7500 for more info. The club is located on Route 425 near the water tower. In Tonawanda, the kids derby will be at Niawanda Park near the band shell along River Road. Registration starts at 8 a.m. There are other activities going on in addition to the fishing.  In addition, that same day will be the start of a new event across the state – the New York State Summer Classic Fishing Tournament, and running through August 31. There are a total of 10 different fish species categories and 55 weigh stations throughout the state. To find out more information, check out

In the Lower Niagara River, water temperature are still slowly creeping up there. Only a few steelhead and lake trout are still holding on. Mostly bass were caught this week on jigs, Kwikfish and MagLips. The regular season opens on Saturday the 17th and live bait can then be used again. Shore casters in the gorge have been using tubes, swim baits and marabou jigs. Inline spinners will work, too. Moss hasn’t increased that much. The worse is yet to come. Take advantage of the clearer water while you can.

Upper Niagara River bass fishing also continues to be good. Remember that the regular bass season opens Saturday. Speaking of bass, the Annual Opening Day Bass Contest sponsored each year by Kelly’s Korners will NOT be held this year. Organizers for the tournament didn’t want to see the big bass end up in a fish fry and they decided to retire the event to help protect the resource. Some walleye are being caught at the head of the river and at the head of Strawberry Island on worm harnesses and jigs. Great Lakes musky season opens up this Saturday, too. For some tips and a nice story on the Niagara Musky Assn., check out this week.

There is still 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 stay at least 600 feet from shore. This doesn’t include trolling. Caution is advised for floating debris when you are out in the lake moving around. The problem seems to be launching. The best spot to be right now is the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott. Fort Niagara has an open launch but you need boots up to your knees or above. Golden Hill State Park launch is closed and Wilson-Tuscarora Park is day to day (but you need hip boots there, too). It’s worth the effort for the good fishing!!

Chuck Grampp of Williamsville caught this nice salmon as Nick Glosser, first mate on the Thrillseeker helps out.

Bill Hilts, Jr.
Outdoor Promotions Director


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Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Strong numbers of walleyes and saugers all over the lake being caught with many different tactics.  Key depths between 18-30′ of water. Jig and a frozen shiner or leech and pulling spinners effective.  As typical in June, a nice crankbait bite right now pulling crankbaits in 5-11 feet along shorelines. Some of this is set up as shiners spawn in sand and other bait shallow.  Both reefs and mud holding fish.  Jumbo perch and pike mixed in with walleyes all over the lake.

Walleyes in the Rainy River with a good morning bite.  Some anglers trolling cranks and covering water to find fish.  Multi-species bag often the result.  Smallmouth bass in the river continue to be active.  Bays, feeder streams, rock and weed edges good starts.  Sturgeon fishing opens again July 1st.

Up at the NW Angle, walleye fishing excellent. Little Oak, Oak, Flag Island flats, Four Blocks on the MN side good bets.  Walleyes and saugers being caught in a variety of spots. 18-26′ a consistent depth with some shallow fish in the mix as well.  Harnesses with a bottom bouncers turning on with a jig and minnow still a staple for many.  Colors should include gold, pink, glow colors and bright colors. Smallmouth bass continue to be active.  Many monster pike caught this past week over 45″ by walleye anglers.  Muskie season opens Saturday June 17!  Lodging, charters and guides are available at

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


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