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The latest Salmon Unlimited News from Mark Sandahl

To see the latest Salmon Unlimited Newsletter, CLICK HERE   Enjoy!

Mark Sandahl, Hookn Line Editor

Chicago River and Lake Michigan Fishing Report by Pat Harrison

Out a few times last week still a little work finding Bass, I am going to concentrate on some deeper water this week. Pan fish are still doing well, We have caught Crappie, Gills and White Bass in wood again White Jig and twister tail seems to do the trick.  Some smaller ones but that god for the future of the river but we are still finding some nice slabs. We did get a hand full of Bass 1” to 18”.

It was a fun week a couple Father son groups and they wanted the sons to catch fish the Pan Fish did their job. I teach the younger anglers to jig or cast and swim the jig and twister tale so they feel the bite not see a bobber go down. They are having a blast.

One last little thing boating safety on the river as it becomes more popular the boat traffic is increasing and so are the number of folks that don’t know the rules. Please if you’re a boater take a minute to learn the basics stay to the right just like driving a car no power boats have the right away and No Wake means 5 mph or less we all want a safe and happy day on the water.

Till next week tight lines and big fish.

Thanks Pat

Lake Geneva Fishing Club  News by Rob Clark

Wednesday, July 12, 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: Ken Kuhnle – Fishing Tales Guide Service
Drop Shotting Geneva for Bass and Panfish

Ken Kuhnle is a multi-species fisherman and enjoys fishing for different species all around North America. Ken has caught Peacock Bass in Kauai as well as a variety of ocean fish; King Salmon, Silvers, Halibut, Ling Cod and Grayling in Alaska, and Bull Reds in Louisiana. His favorite body of water to fish is Lac Seul in Ontario, Canada where he has a personal best musky over 50 inches.

Ken’s local favorite waters are Lake Geneva and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He also owns Fishing Tales Guide Service taking clients fishing on Geneva and Delavan Lakes. Ken is known as a featured speaker at many venues including Cabela’s special events and multiple All Canada shows as well as many other local events. He is past president of Fox Valley Anglers where he held several other positions, won many of their club tournaments, Rookie of the Year honors, three-time Angler of the Year awards, and is known as the club’s “drop shot” expert as well as the “musky” guy. Kuhnle is especially proud of being a founding member of Take A Vet Fishing (a 501(c)(3) national public charity) board of directors.  Ken will be sharing his knowledge of how to use the versatile drop shot technique to catch both bass and pan fish on Geneva.

Walleyes Unlimited News by Rob Clark

Note: July Only Date & Location Change Wisconsin Meeting: M-W Marine | 11901 W. Janesville Rd. Hales Corners, WI 53130 | Date: July 19, 2017 | Speaker: No Speaker – Boat Night

Our annual Member Boat Night and Fish Fry, is one of the most attended and popular of all club activities. It will be held at M-W Marine in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, and is open to all club members and their family members regardless of where they reside.

We start serving food at 7:00 pm but feel free to arrive early and visit with other club members. Several club members will bring their boats so that you can view some unique rigging options. There will be no formal speaker.

Note: July Only Location Change Illinois Meeting: Fox Lake American Legion Grounds |703N. US Highway 12 | Fox Lake, IL 60020 | Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Speaker: No Speaker – Social Night

The facility is an outside pavilion with overhead shelter for our Annual Member Social Night. The night is going to be an informal gathering to meet, greet and of course talk fishing. This event will give an opportunity to talk to fellow club members, share information and have a good time.

The Grill-Meisters will have the coals going early and will be cooking supper outside. In addition, the club will provide non-alcoholic beverages.  There will be no formal speaker.

Kentucky Lake Fishing Report by Capt. Rich Bay

Your fishing report for July 3, 2017  From the deck of the Kick ’ n Bass pontoon

We have had family and friends visiting from out of state and have had a great time here in Kentucky Lake!! Between scheduled guide trips we caught a lot of fish and had a lot of fun. Kentucky Lake is a great place to live and I thank God for putting me here. Also thank my Dad and Mom for vacationing here a lot when all of us were kids.
We have used a two prong approach to fishing. Starting most mornings casting for white and yellow bass and if those stop feeding we switch to pulling crankbaits for crappies, etc. In the summer is also a good time to troll because when the fish turn sluggish we take the bait to them instead of waiting for them to come to us. This approach has helped put mixed bags of fish into the Kick’n Bass pontoon.

Lake conditions
The water level has stabilized to around summer pool at 359.25. Tempsin low 60’s at night and mid 80’s during the day have made for a great morning bite. TVA is keeping the water at this level for the next few days at least.
You can view the lake levels here:

Weather forecast: CLICK HERE

Crappies have settled into their normal pattern on the main lake. Pulling Arkie crankbaits has produced some nice fish. I have been varying my trolling speed between 1.6 and 2.1 mph. Seems the best colors this week have been the Arkie #3 Sexee Shad and any pink combination crankbaits but that can change day to day…. Fishing the deeper bays over brush and stake-beds has produced some fish but the main concentrations of fish are in the main lake. Put in the time to scan for fish and come up with a pattern will get you on the fish.

The whitebass report is the same as last reported. SteelShad bladebaits have been great using a yo-yo style of fishing. Let them sinkto 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. Some days 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.

We have not fished for cats exclusively but we have caught a ton fishing for other species. We have caught cats casting Steelshads and also trolling crankbaits. My sister Kathy caught a big flathead while pulling cranks. Nearly every time we catch a cat while trolling I hear “I didn’t know catfish would hit on lures!” Yes, they do!

We have caught largemouths the last few weeks fishing for other species, either on SteelShads or crankbaits. I try to keep a Sexee Shad colored Arkie crankbait on at all times because that is a favorite color for bass. Reeling in a 5 pounder on a 14 foot rod is a treat!

Bluegills and Redears
I did not get the chance to fish for gills and redears this week but have caught some nice gills while trolling and have seen nice baskets of both at the cleaning station. We have caught a few in deep water on crankbaits. An old pattern I’ve used in the past is to find a long flat in about 10 feet of water and let the current slowly move the boat along. Bounce a piece of crawler on a bare hook with a split shot one foot above the hook and be ready.

Austin and I had a really good time out there with you today. Thank you so much for a great day. —Mike S., Lemont, IL

Capt. Rich Bay •

Northwoods Report from Ken HUSKER O’Malley

Hey Don,  Little late on this one.

The past week’s warmup in Northern Wisconsin really has fishing taking off. Largemouth are moving shallow and are staging for the spawn. Pitching senkos to shoreline cover is taking good numbers. Crappie are up shallow staging to spawn. Finding new weed growth just outside spawning areas are key. Work a crappie minnow under a slip float. Slowing twitching the bait creates a reaction strike. Smallmouth are excellent on top waters last hour of light. Focus on points, rock humps, and reefs. A few pike have been caught burning mepps over new weed growth.  TTYL
Ken “Husker” O’Malley
Husker Outdoors
Waterworks fishing team

Chicago River and Lake Front Report by Pat Harrison

Busy week on the river last week boat traffic is increasing and there are more boats than last year for sure. With our weather being up and down and the rain fish was a bit up and down. Bass got a bit harder to find with all the movement but Pan fish and Catfish were out to play.

We caught some nice Crappie this is the first year we have caught black Crappie the largest being 13” White crappie are moving well to the largest being 12”. All crappie were taken with some white jigs tipped with a waxie pulled slow across the bottom.

We caught about a ½ dozen largemouth on the river from 11” to 17” also a few out on the lake about the same for large mouth Small mouth we did about the same the biggest smallie was 19”. Fish came on small white square bill crank baits.

We didn’t target Perch yet but when I stop for gear ay Henry’s Bait they are selling a ton of small fresh crayfish to Perch Fishermen. I asked a few guys how they are doing and they say they are getting Perch but you have to sort through a lot of them to get fish of decent size. This week I think I’m going to give the Perch a try. I also got extended risers for my Bert’s Board  down rigger setup so I will be installing it very soon to start to troll.

The New G3 Boat Angler 19 has a full stand up Bimini top with side curtain so I can fish deep into the cold weather season. I have to Thank my Sponsor Lake County Water Sports for selectine me to participate in the G3 Certified Professional Guide Program my boat is Awesome and so are my Sponsors.   Thanks Pat

Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welsh

Lake Shelbyville is only six-feet above summer pool after being close to thirteen. Now some of the summer brush piles that concentrate crappie are coming in to play. So it is time to get out the slip bobber rigs and buy about ten dozen minnows and go catch a ton of them. You can still catch them pulling spinners and just about anything that swims but to really hammer the crappie nothing works better than this slip bobber set up.

We spool our reels with fifteen-pound Fireline Crystal braid then tie on a fifteen-pound fluorocarbon leader about a foot long and a number four light wire Aberdeen hook. A quarter ounce weight and then a slip bobber big enough to hold everything up. Set the bobber stop at about fifteen-feet and start fishing the biggest brush piles you know of. This rig will drift across the top or if you snag it simply point your rod at it and straighten the hook.

The reason we don’t tightline these rigs is that the crappie are suspended over the top of these brush piles looking up and the boat will spook them off. Mark them with a buoy then back off about twenty feet. This style of fishing is a ball everyone can do it and i have seen fifty crappie come from your first spot. Put a hundred crappie in the boat on a nice summer day with a light breeze at your back. Don’t get any better.

This don’t trick your trigger then pulling spinners and bottom bouncers are still catching sauger and crappie with a few white bass thrown in. Also a very laid back style of fishing and clients love it.

Steve Welch
Crappie Specialties

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




ExcellentLarge minnows, leeches, Hoss’s Hawg Bait, night crawlers, and Sonny’s stink bait.Try leeches in moving water.  Drift fish the flats. Set lin

Information as of:  06/26/2017

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.

Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report by Phil Schweik
Here we go again… It has been another week full of rain and below normal temperatures. Water levels
are still very high and fast which are creating unseasonable conditions. Water temperatures continue to
remain in the upper 60 degree range triggering fish into what I would normally consider an early fall


Despite the adverse conditions the fishing has actually been pretty good. We have been having very

good success on walleyes and crappies with an occasional musky and large pike showing up. The action
has been consistent with not only good catches of fish but we have been seeing a very decent size

structure as well.

On recent trips we have been finding the walleyes in shallow water locations along the main lake

sections of the system. With the high and fast water conditions that we have been incurring, we have
basically been avoiding any mid-river fishing that we would normally be doing at this time of the year.
Our best action is coming from drift fishing and running 1/16 th and 1/8 th ounce jigs that have been tipped
with half a crawler. We are working shoreline areas with downed timber, mid-lake humps, and rocks to
find active fish.
The crappies that we have been finding have been suspended and are commonly holding 5 to 10 feet
down over 14 to 16 feet of water. We have been relying heavily on our electronics to locate schools of
feeding crappies. Once you find a pod of fish mark it on your locator. After the position has been marked
you can work the general area with slip bobbers rigged up with a tiny hook or jig that has been baited up
with a minnow.

Phil Schweik
Hooksetters Guide Service

Free Seminar Schedule for Fishing Vacationers in Boulder Jct., Wisconsin

Boulder Junction Fishing Guides are ready to share some of their best fishing secrets with you at the free fishing seminars this season. All seminars are free to the public.  No reservations are necessary, just come and enjoy!

Sunday, July 2, 7pm: Summer Fishing in the Northwoods by Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service at Boulder Bear Motor Lodge, 5437 Park St. Bob will discuss fishing techniques for all summer fishing to include pan fishing, Bass, Walleye and Northern Pike. Bob will include lure selection and recommend lakes for Best fishing.

Sunday, July 9, 7pm: “Round Table and Answer Session” by four area guides. By Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service, Erv Keller Guide Service, Marty Clauson Fishing Adventures and Errington’s Guide Service at Big Bear Hideaway, 10482 Main St. The guides will answer questions about fishing in our area lakes. It is always fun because the guides will have different answers and approaches to fishing in the Northwoods.

Sunday, July 16, 7pm: “How the Weather Affects Fishing” by Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center, 5352 Park St. Bob will discuss different techniques and tackle to use during different weather situations.

Sunday, July 23, 7pm: “Batting a Thousand: Tips and Tricks for Musky Fishing” by Last Resort Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center, 5352 Park St.

Sunday, July 30, 7pm: “Shallow Water Walleye” by Marty Clauson Fishing Adventures at the Boulder Junction Community Center, 5352 Park St.

For more information on fishing and events in the Musky Capital of the World visit or call 1-800-GO-MUSKY.

Now while you’re up there….   The Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department will host its 27th Annual Chicken Barbecue fundraiser to support fire, rescue and emergency medical services operations, equipment and training on Saturday, July 8th from noon to 6 p.m. or until sold out at the fire station, 5424 Park St. (County Hwy. M) in Boulder Junction.

Meals are $10 per ticket and include a grilled half-chicken, baked potato, roll, baked beans, coffee and dessert. Soda, beer and bottled water sales will be provided by Richardson-Michaud American Legion Post 451.

“The Chicken Barbecue is the sole fundraiser sponsored by the Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department each year,” said BJVFD fire prevention officer and public information officer Eric A. Johnson. “We sincerely appreciate the community’s support over the years. Without the public’s longstanding support and generosity, our Department could not maintain its high standards and continued growth. All profits from the event remain within the department and are used for equipment upgrades and ongoing member training to better serve our community.”

As part of this year’s barbecue, the Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department will once again be selling its popular department T-shirts, which are featuring an all-new design for 2017. Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Ty. There will also be static and informational fire safety education displays, including information about the Community Wildfire Protection Program (CWPP), a collaborative wildland fire hazard mitigation and education initiative between the Town of Boulder Junction, BJVFD, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Vilas County Emergency Management and several major local stakeholders.

Adding a new twist to this year’s BJVFD Chicken Barbecue is a variety of recreational adventure activities being provided by Great Lakes Climbing, LLC for just $2 per activity, including Great Lakes Express Train rides for kids of all ages, a Shoot ‘n Shower Basketball Game and the unique Western Shooting Gallery, one of only six portable shooting galleries in the U.S. featuring innovative multi-sensory laser technology.

For more information regarding the Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department’s 2017 Chicken Barbecue fundraiser, contact Johnson at 715-892-2967 or

Destination Niagara USA Fishing Report by Bill Hilts Jr.

Lake Ontario salmon fishing action continues to be very good … if Mother Nature will let you get out there. The weather has been crazy this year and there were some reports of water spouts earlier this week. Mark and Jake Romanack with the Fishing 411 television show had heard about the good salmon fishing and took a quick drive over from Michigan to film a show. They arrived on Monday and filmed Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to complete the episode. They caught a total of nine mature king salmon to 25 pounds plus a number of smaller salmon. They caught fish on a variety of methods including downriggers down 65 to 75 feet over 100 to 150 feet of water just off the Niagara Bar; slide divers 120 feet back; 10 colors of lead core line; and 300 feet of copper line. Best speeds were 2.7 to 3.0 miles per hour on the surface. Be aware that there is a strong current out there in the lake that you may need to adjust to, probably related to the outflow of water through the St. Lawrence Seaway in an attempt to lower more water from the lake. Water levels have started to come down, an encouraging sign – and just in time for the Summer Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby. That contest will run from June 30 to July 30. Get out there and catch a winning fish. Grand Prize is $10,000 for the largest salmon.  Website is Wilson and Olcott are also reporting good king catches. Derby time is a great time to get out there!

Lower Niagara River fishing is still moving right along. Moss was a little more prevalent on Tuesday morning after the storms on Monday afternoon. Hopefully that was just from the high winds. It was definitely fishable as a camera crew from China sampled the lower river fishing action. Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls was tossing spinnerbaits along the shoreline and picked up some smallmouth. Shiners and crayfish caught a mix of bass and sheepshead. Bass are available all to way to the Niagara Bar. Good news if you have a Canadian fishing license. Anglers no longer have to call into Canada Border Services Agency if they cross the international boundary. However, you still need a license and you must abide by the country’s bait regulations.

Upper Niagara River fishing has been good for bass and walleye. Bottom bounce a worm harness from a three-way rig at the head of the river or in front of Strawberry Island to take some nice ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls has been doing well on largemouth using plugs and spinnerbaits. Tube jigs will also work for bass. A few musky were caught the past week, but mostly on the smaller-side in the upper 30-inch or lower 40-inch range. Monster tubes caused some follows and hook-ups for Ryan Shea with Brookdog Fishing. Some nice steelhead were caught this week by customers of Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island. Spinner and a worm did the trick around Strawberry Island.

In the Hooked on Fishing Tournament over the free fishing weekend in the Erie Canal, some impressive fish came to the scales. Robert Grant reeled in a 6.25 pound bass; Dan Phelps hauled in a 4.28 pound pike; Mike Boncore weighed in a one pound perch; Matt Steffan out-dueled a 20 pound carp; and Dominic DiNardo earned first place with a 4 pound channel catfish. A total of $3,000 was raised for the Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns to send kids to summer camp.

Next contest coming up is the 27th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby, set for July 5 to 16. Get all of the details Seven species categories, 50 tagged fish and a 50 mile boundary from the Niagara River to Albion. There is even a family registration for just $25. Get signed up today!

Bill Hilts. Jr.
Outdoor Promotions Director

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Lake Mille Lacs, MN fishing Report from Steve Mampe

Hi Don,  Fishing update from one of our favorite spots, Mille Lacs, Minnesota!  Fished with Ron Darosa today.  As I’m sure you know, he is guiding full time up here now!  Had a great day on the water in spite of a 20mph wind out of the NW.  Found the smallmouth mostly shallow, best bites came on tube jigs and spinnerbaits!  40+ day, can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!  See attached pics!

Steve Mampe
Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Good numbers of nice walleyes and sauger this week.  Jig/minnow or jig/leech and bouncers with spinners with crawlers or minnows still producing a lot of fish. Gold, glow and bright colors doing the best.  Some walleyes feeding shallow when bait is present, 14-18′.  Others set up in 29-30′ in Big Traverse.  Some anglers starting to troll cranks with success.  Pike, perch and smallmouth mixed in all over the lake.

Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening bite the best.  Trolling cranks or pulling spinners a good idea to cover more water. Smallmouth bass in good numbers along shorelines and feeder streams. Sturgeon fishing opened July 1st.

Up at the NW Angle, water temps are in the low to upper 60’s and low 70’s. The east side of Four Blocks, Lunatic and Little Traverse Bay producing good numbers of walleyes on MN side.  Crawlers on a gold and/or orange spinner are producing fish out of the mud between 22 – 28 feet. Some anglers starting to pull crankbaits.  On the Canadian side, bottom bouncers and spinners have been filling the livewells with walleyes.  Smallmouth on fire with some boats finding 100 fish per day around Tranquil Channel with crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  Muskie fishing picking up with high 40” class fish being caught and getting even better as water warms. Lodging, charters and guides are available at

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


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