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Chicago River and Lake Front Report by Pat Harrison

Well the weather is still playing it’s tricks on us for sure surface temps from 73 to 79 degrees air temps from low 90’s to 70’s and winds that change daily. Last Saturday and again on Monday we were able to see Smallmouth in the rocks on the lake but could not get many to go.  We could drop a jig on them and they would just sit and fan right next to it. We managed a few but no monsters 14” to 16”.  Thursday’s half day trip Bass were still slow but the pan fish are moving back into my spots so we had some nice pan fish action. The bigger Crappie and Gills are in the bottom of the water column and the top is full of 4” to 7” fish so a ¼ oz,. jig is needed to drop through the little guys to get down to the big guys and still have a waxie on. We fished a few of my spots and caught Nice Crappie, Gills, Sunnies, Catfish, a few Bass in the 8’ to 11” class  we had 3 hours of action and a lot of fun.  Baits for the week Jigs, small cranks, spinners, plastic worms wacky and nose hooked

Cleaned and organized the boat and did some work and maintenance on wash, wax window cleaned, checked batteries fluids etc. installed red LED floor lighting and lighting in the rod locker.  As the seasons change and I am going up river to downtown in the dark and returning in the dark so the lighting is a plus for sure. If you’re in the downtown area and see me say hi of give me a wave. Till next week be safe and enjoy the outdoors. Also starting to gear up for seminar and show season.

Thanks Captain Pat

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report by Steve Welch

Lake Shelbyville is gin clear and slightly under summer pool and water temps are running in the low 70’s. The lake is trying to start turnover and this has pushed the fish shallow following the bait. The backs of coves is where they eventually will be but don’t forget to check both sides of the front going in. All the coves have standing timber in them and the fish will suspend beside them down about three-feet. A slip bobber and jig combo and keep moving is the ticket. Each tree will have a fish or two and you will go through a bunch of small ones but you can easily boat a hundred in a days time. You will catch both crappie and largemouth doing this so fun for all.

The white bass are out on main lake flats very shallow chasing shad. You can surprise a huge walleye mixed in with them as well. On windy days we drift with the wind dragging a heavy anchor just touching bottom. Once the fish are located drop out more line to stick the anchor. Stealth is the key so trolling motor prop wash will muddy up the entire area as you are only in a foot or so of water.

Steve Welch
Crappie Specialties
On 9/29/2017 12:46 PM, Don Dziedzina, Illinois Outdoors, Inc.

Walleyes Unlimited News by Rob Clark

October 2017 – Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI
53129 | Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | Speaker: Tom Kemos – Tournament Angler | Topic:

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Da te:
Wednesday, October 25 , 2017 | Speaker: Capt. Ralph Steiger | Topic: Multi – Specie Angling in Lower
Lake Michig an Captain Ralph Steiger is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain. He is a young gun
that has the pulse on fishing in southern Lake Michigan. If you have seen any of his presentation
before you know he has some outstanding knowledge of an untapped fishery not t oo far from us.

Captain Ralph has been fishing his entire life and can’t get enough of it. He grew up chasing salmon
in the fall and smallies in the spring. He started out fishing tournaments and eventually took it to the
next level and became a charter captain and fishes southern Lake Michigan all year long! Whether it’s
casting for salmon, smallmouth or perch he is on the pulse of the bite in this area. Most all his fishing
is done by casting with light line and medium to medium lig ht spinning rods.

Captain Ralph will have you experience lots of areas along the Lake Michigan shoreline in a single
day. On an average day , you can expect to catch between 18 – 30 fish. All his smallmouth trips are
100% catch and release – NO EXCEPTIONS.1

For more information – visit
One goal he has is to help educate people on the great sport of fishing. He will go out of his way to
get people, young and old, interested in fishing. This will be a great presentation on a fairly new a
subject that has some great promise for many of our club members. His presentation will cover his
strategies on how, where and what specie s he targets from ice up to ice out to ice up on Southern
Lake Michigan!

Hike for a Cure at Starved Rock

October 1 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Join us as we hike to the top of Starved Rock in support of a cure for breast cancer. Our event will run from 9am – 11am with four guided hikes departing from the Back Door Lounge every 30 minutes. Hikers may choose to participate on their own and depart at any time. There will be raffles available. Pink buckets can be purchased for $10 to fill with ice cream from our Cafe or a lemon shakeup from the Back Door Lounge. Cost to hike: $20 per person and includes a t-shirt, a light breakfast and a memory hope stone. We encourage all participants to head to downtown Utica after their hike for Angel of Hopefest.

Angel of Hopefest is a free street party hosted by The Utica Business Association, August Hill Winery and Team Angels Among Us. There will be drink specials, food, artisan vendors, raffles, 50/50 and live music from local acts and Chicago blues legends Howard and The White Boys. Angel of Hopefest will be taking place downtown Utica and will be running from 12pm-4pm. The purpose of all of these events is to celebrate breast cancer survivors, help those in the fight, and remember those we’ve lost.

Salmon Unlimited Newsletter

To view the September Salmon Unlimited Newsletter, CLICK HERE.

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:  10/02/2017


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.

Lake Shelbyville Fishing Report by Steve WelchUse 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.

The warm weather is about to come to an end but the cool nights of the previous weeks temps have triggered the lake into fall turnover. This pushes all the fish shallow since the deep water is full of debris coming up from the bottom.

The crappie have moved back into the larger coves with standing timber and a slip bobber and either a minnow or jig below it is the ticket but just keep moving since you will go through a lot of smaller crappie.

The white bass have moved up on the lakes largest flats and are pushing bait towards the shore. Strong winds really help with this since it helps push bait as well. These are the lakes largest white bass and are a ball to catch. Plus you will see walleye and muskie roaming with them. We use an in-line spinner reeled fast just under the surface and a large anchor to slow down our drift on windy days.

Steve Welch
Crappie Specialties

Kentucky Lake Fishing Report by Rich Bay

Your fishing from the deck of the Kick n Bass pontoon
The KnB pontoon has been pulling crankbaits and catching mixed bags of crappie and what ever else will take the bait! Curiously, the fantastic white and yellow bass bite disappeared over the matter of a few days. With fall here our target species will be crappies. Can’t keep those yellow bass off a hook and they do keep it exciting. The heat and humidity are here for another week or so but that has not stopped the crappie bite. I am still learning something new each trip out and that keeps me going…fishing is ever changing and we all need to keep changing with it.
Lake conditions
The water level has stabilized to average normal pool at 355.50. Temps in mid 60’s at night and upper 80’s during the day have made for a great morning bite. TVA is keeping the water level steady at this level so watch out for shallow water…always use your GPS map for traveling on the lake.
Here’s a link to their website. – CLICK HERE
Weather forecast – CLICK HERE
Crappies have settled into their normal pattern on the main lake. Pulling Arkie and PICO crankbaits has produced some nice fish. Best trolling speed has been 1.8 mph. I thought at one point that because we got short struck a couple of times that maybe we were moving to fast. Slowed to 1.6 mph and no bites at all. Lesson learned. Seems the best colors this week have been any lure as long as it was pink or mostly pink. Fishing the deeper bays over brush and stake-beds has produced some fish but the main concentrations of fish are in the mainlake flats. Right now the key to catching crappies is to put in the time  and cover a lot of water…you will be rewarded.
The whitebass report is a little more tricky. The fish have been following the bait balls and keeping up with them has had us moving a lot. Good catches are had with perseverance in moving. I don’t care to chase them this much but they don’t care about my feelings! SteelShad bladebaits pulled way up off the bottom and hesitated at the top of your pull has been the key. They love to chase their food.
Same report as last time but can’t help that. 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. 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 sexy 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! Had some small fish and one 4 ½ pound fish this week.
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 casting SteelShads. We have caught a few in deep water on crankbaits. The redear pictured here is better than a pound!
Capt. Rich Bay

Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report by Phil Schweik

Well it is finally over… Summer that is, but by the way Mother Nature is treating us you would never know it. The past few days we have had the warmest temperatures of the year, and with that the fishing and hunting have felt it too. We have seen a decrease in activity both on the water and in the woods Bear hunters especially have seen drastic results this year. First they encounter a drastic cold front hitting on opening day of bear season accompanied by a full moon phase which literally pushed a lot of the bears nocturnal. Now when things are starting to finally turn around we are slammed with the warmest temperatures of the year, again shutting the bear movement down. We may see one very low bear kill this season due to the weather and conditions.

Despite the crazy weather patterns we have still been able to find a few fish. Walleyes, crappies, bass and bluegills have all been available and with some patience and searching we have been able to put some nice fish in the boat. The bluegills and bass have been especially aggressive as they really like the warm temperatures so if you are looking for a tasty fish fry of fresh gills or out targeting acrobatic smallies this is the time to do it.

Musky anglers have been having a rough go of it too with the warm temperatures, but we are seeing a few good fish being caught. We have been running a variety of large bucktails, rubber baits like  Bulldawgs and Jerkbaits, which have all been producing.  Have a great week.

Phil Schweik
Hooksetters Guide Service

Lions Walleye Classic October 6th & 7th

The Boulder Junction Lions Club will host their 2nd Annual Walleye Classic on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7 on fourteen Boulder Junction area lakes and invite the area anglers to this event.

This is a catch and release tournament with awards being given to the teams catching the most total inches:
1st place, $300 per team
2nd place $200 per team
3rd place $150 per team.

The tournament will begin with orientation at 9am on Friday, October 6th at the Boulder Junction Community Center. Coffee and donuts will be served and anglers will pick-up their registration materials for Friday fishing, which is from 10am to 6pm.

Saturday fishing continues from 7am to 4pm and the day will close with tournament awards, raffle prizes winners announced and a fish fry at Headwaters Restaurant and Tavern. The cost to participate is $100 per two-person team and includes the fish fry dinners.

Anyone can get into the action by purchasing the Lions Walleye Classic raffle tickets for these fabulous prizes!
Grannd Prize of a St. Croix Rod & Reel
2nd place is $100 Northern Highland Sports Gift Certificate
3rd place $50 Boulder Bucks
Plus are many more really great prizes.

Tickets can be purchased for 6/$5 at Northern Highland Sports, Gooch’s A-1 Bar and Grill, Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, the Boulder Bear Motor Lodge or by contacting Bob Bertch at 715-385-2711. You do not need to be present to win.

100% of the proceeds will support the Boulder Junction Lions Club local programs.

Rules, regulations and entry form can be found here:

For more information, contact tournament coordinator Bob Bertch at or (715) 385-2711.

Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, Sept, 28, 2017 by Destination Niagara USA

A cold front finally came through the Western New York area, bringing some much-needed relief from the heat. With some 15 days of 80-plus degree temperatures during the month of September, water temperatures in area waters shot back up. Combined with the lack of precipitation, some of the fishing has been put on hold. Lake action for mature kings at theNiagara Bar, Wilson and Olcott is still holding on but you do have to work for them. Some mature king and Coho salmon are being taken regularly by pier head trollers pounding the waters with flasher-fly, flasher-meat, J-plugs or magnum spoons. Niagara Bar anglers are still reporting good numbers of salmon on the drop off in 70 to 80 feet of water using the same hardware that the pier head guys are using. Right now, there have been an equal number of Coho salmon and Kings being caught. This means that they are staging, hopefully to run up the Niagara River. Another option in the lake is to head out deep to 400-plus feet of water for a mix of salmon and steelhead. Target the top 80 feet of water with spoons or flasher-fly offerings. Make sure you throw on a free-floating slider spoon on your downrigger lines to pick up steelhead up high. If you want to learn more about salmon fishing in the lake, consider taking the LOTSA Salmon School set for Jan. 20 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. Sign up at Pier head casters are picking up a few salmon and trout off Wilson and Olcott, but a solid rain should trigger a run of fish. There could be some decent rain on Friday, just what the fish doctor ordered. Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek has a few fish showing up, but the best is yet to come. The dam area is ready for fishermen after some extensive work by the Town of Newfane to repair paths and the shoreline.

Meanwhile, in the Lower Niagara River, salmon fishing in Devil’s Hole has slowed a bit because water temperatures have come up some 5 degrees in the last couple of weeks. While some salmon are being caught, many anglers are reporting a mixed bag of fish that have included bass, walleye, silver bass, catfish and even the occasional sturgeon. Shoreline casters are still picking up some salmon and walleye by tossing spoons or spinners. Glow in the dark Little Gem spoons are working at dawn or just before. Glow in the dark spinners will also work under low light conditions. Walleye and bass are still being caught in the river from Lewiston on down. Tubes and shiners work for bass; spinner and a worm for walleye if you want to try and target them. Of course you will catch other warm water species of fish. Remember lake trout season closes on Oct. 1 for three months. While they have not arrived in any big numbers yet, remember that they must be released unharmed.

Upper Niagara River action has been decent for a mix of bass and walleye. Spinner and a worm for walleye at the head of the river and around Strawberry Island; bass will frequent those same spots with tubes, shiners or crabs being the best enticements.

Bill Hilts, Jr., Outdoor Promotions Director
Destination Niagara USA
p: 1-877 FALLS US

Lake of the Woods, Minnesota Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Fishing is excellent!  Walleyes in good numbers along the south shore, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay and in river.  Anglers filling livewells. Walleyes are fat, full of shiners. 18-30 feet holding fish. Anchor up with a jig with a shiner minnow. Pink, pink/white and gold have been the best colors. Reefs holding fish as well.

Rainy River anglers finding walleyes feeding heavily chasing shiners.  Vertical jigging tipped with a shiner is best method. Some anglers trolling crankbaits with success as well.  Smallmouth bass, pike and crappies showing up. Good numbers of sturgeon of all sizes being caught with some over 50″ and 60″.


Up at the Northwest Angle, in MN waters, jigging with pink, white or gold producing big numbers of walleyes daily. Current areas between the islands and off deep holes in 10-24 ft. Ontario crappie fishing is on fire in deeper holes off of protruding points in well known areas.  Orange is the hot jig color.  Muskies being caught while trolling and by unsuspecting walleye anglers.  Lodging, charters and guides are available at

Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism

Office: 800-382-3474

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