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Illinois Bowfishing Festival

Bring the family to the Illinois Bowfishing Festival and Conservation Shoot at Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area near Morris on Sat., Sept. 16.  The all-day festival will feature Asian carp cooking and recipe demonstrations, bowfishing ranges and fishing clinics, and other kids and family activities.  Admission is free.  Day and night bowfishing tournaments will be held in conjunction with the festival.  For more information, email baibowfishing@yahoo.com.

Kankakee River Report by Ken HUSKER O’Malley

Hey Don,  Here is a recap of this week’s fishing:

Kankakee River- Focus on current breaks for bass and walleye. Bridge pilings were especially good using a 1/0 keeper hook and Erie darter. Fish seemed to take to the slower presentation this week. Water clarity was slightly more stained from the early week’s rain. Wading conditions are still very good.
Area creeks- smallmouth continue to be excellent. Crawfish indicators and Midwest rigs fished below riffles have been the best areas.  Below is a thick 18 inch one of my friends landed. True trophy.   TTYL

Ken “Husker” O’Malley
Husker Outdoors
Waterworks fishing team

Chicago River Fishing Report by Pat Harrison

Sorry for not reporting last week time got away from me. Out a few times last week high water  levels and water temps dropping. Fish are a bit sluggish just like us in the season change. We had to hunt for the fish we did catch we managed a few Bass mix of Small and Large mouth on small cranks wacky worm and worm and jig nose hooked. No rally big fish average size 13” to 16”.  Not finding Crappie in the usual spots just a few stragglers here and there but soon they will be on the feed. The Gills are still playing but they come and go if you wait out a spot they will be on for about 20 minutes then gone to almost none for about 20 minutes then back again. Most are in the 6” to 8’ range the big guys are still hiding. Soon they will all be feeding with the change of temps and feeding for the winter.  My bait of choice is still a 1/16 white jig with a 1 to 1 ½ White twister tail with a waxie but some clients are throwing Mini Mites and getting fish. I am also starting to fish for Trout and Salmon these trips are for 2 anglers we have to have 2 of us in the boat one to drive and one to set and watch the rods. We went out of Racine For some Holiday fishing yesterday  launched at 4 am to wind and rollers 2’ to 4’  We went 1 for 4 with a female King in about the 15# range.  Till next time have an outstanding week.

Thanks Capt. Pat
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:  09/03/2017


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.

Illinois DNR News

Resident Archery Deer Permits:  Resident combination and antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor link here:https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx

Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits:  Illinois Non-Resident Archery Deer combination permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors.  The Illinois Archery Deer Season is Oct. 1, 2017 through Jan. 14, 2018 (except closed during firearm deer season in counties open to firearm deer hunting).

Bobcat Permits:  Hunters and trappers may apply for an Illinois Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Permit online through Sept. 30. Applicants must submit a $5.00 non-refundable fee. A total of 1,000 permits will be allocated during a lottery and mailed to successful applicants. Any leftover permits will be sold online on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for the permit, go to the DNR Direct license and permit system at https://www.il.wildlifelicense.com/start.php

Season dates are Nov. 10, 2017 through Feb. 15, 2018 (except bobcat hunting is closed during firearm deer season in counties open to firearm deer hunting).

Youth Deer Permits:  Resident and non-resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. The Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 7-9, 2017.

Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits:  Hunters may apply online for the Illinois 2017 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program.  The second lottery application period deadline is Sept.14 for those unsuccessful resident applicants from the first lottery, residents who didn’t apply in the first lottery, and non-residents.  The third lottery application period (open to everyone) will be Sept. 15-28. 

Firearm Deer Permits:  Over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin on Oct. 17.  Permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted or until the close of the season, whichever occurs first.  Individual hunters can purchase one or more permits beginning Oct. 17, subject to availability.

Camping Reservations:  Make campsite and shelter reservations for many IDNR sites online through the Reserve America website atwww.reserveamerica.com using a credit card.

Walleyes Unlimited News by Rob Clark

September 2017

Wisconsin Meeting: American Legion Greendale Post 416 | 6351 W. Grange Ave. | Greendale, WI 53129 | Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | Speaker: Mark Krmpotich – Walleyes Unlimited Club Member | Topic: Fishing Pewaukee Lake

Mark Krmpotich specializing in Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Musky fishing in Southeast Wisconsin. One of his unique specialties is his successful techniques on local pressured lakes. A tournament angler for 25+ years for bass and musky Mark approaches fishing scientifically and looks for unique solutions.

To say Mark is involved is an understatement. He is a member of Walleyes Unlimited, Okauchee Fishing Club, Walleyes for Tomorrow, Wisconsin Fishing Club, Muskies Inc, Muskellunge Club of Wisconsin and the Waukesha County Conservation Alliance

Mark also contributing member of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress for Waukesha county working on Warm Water and The Rules and Resolutions committees along with CDAC.\

He really enjoys teaching people, including children, the joys of fishing, reading electronics, conservation, and handling fish safely. Mark owns Mark K Guide Service and BIG fish are his specialty! For more information contact Mark at 262 751-6255 or email him mkrmpotich@wi.rr.com

Illinois Meeting: Gurnee American Legion | 749 Milwaukee Ave. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | Date: Wednesday, September 27, 20176 | Speaker: Noah Humfeld – The Madison Angling Experience

Topic: Fishing the Madison Chain

Noah Humfeld is co-founder and president of the Madison Angling Team. He is also the national sales rep for Vibrations Tackle Company, and actively participates in AIM Series Walleye tournaments. He has many quality and reputable sponsors. He grew up fishing the Madison Chain, and likes chasing walleyes. Noah is a writer, blogger, guide and one of the up and coming young guns in the fishing industry. Noah writes for FishIDY and several other publications dedicated to the pursuit of fishing.

He heads the team at The Madison Angling Experience Inc (Home of the Madison Angling Guide Service) which is an online resource for anglers looking to stay current with bites, tactics, and trends in fishing around Madison, WI. They also offer a multispecies guide service for both open water and ice season!

Noah’s presentation will center around the Madison Chain one of our Club Lakes talking about the bite throughout the year. For more information about Noah, check him out on these social media sites. You may learn more at:

Website – https://www.madisonangling.com/

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkTmCkmcHcL3-78WtlsOEwQ;

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/themadisonanglingexperience

Lake Geneva Fishing Club

September 2017 – Note Date and Location change

Tuesday, September 9, 2017 | Food and Beverage at 4:30 PM Meeting at 5:30 PM | Big Foot Archers, Inc. | N960 Hillside Drive | Lake Geneva, WI. 53147 | (262) 275-3889 | Speaker: Jason Drewa – JT Outdoor Products Pro Team | Topic: Pewaukee Lake – Catching Lunker Bass

30 year old Jason Drewa has been fishing since the time his dad encouraged him 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 bodies of water.

Drewa is the 2016 Walleyes Unlimited USA Club Champion and a member of JT’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. From ice fishing giant panfish on the Mississippi, Trout and Salmon in Milwaukee, Walleye from Green bay to Lake Erie, Jason can give you the timing, techniques, and locations to fish them all.

Jason has been featured in both In-Fisherman Magazine and Get-N-Bit Productions; he is a great fisherman and ambassador to the sport. He will be presenting his seminar on Pewaukee Lake (an excellent multi-species fishery) concentrating of catching lunker bass – both largemouth and smallmouth.

Kentucky Lake Fishing Report by Capt. Rich Bay

From the deck of the Kick’n Bass pontoon

The last week to 10 days has been a pretty steady and comfortable weather pattern. It has also been a steady pattern for catching white and yellow bass. We have ex-clusively fished for these fish and we have not been disappointed! I have cleaned a boat load of tasty fillets the last 6 weeks. I think this will continue for the next few weeks.

Lake conditions

The water level has stabilized to around summer pool at 357.8. Temps in 60’s at night and upper 80’s during the day have made for steady current in the lake which these fish like. TVA is on a slow draw down to winter pool so be careful out there.

Here is a link to their website.   tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Kentucky

Weather forecast    https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/42025:4:US

The whitebass report is the same as last time. Why change anything that ain’t broke!! Anywhere between 12 to 20 feet of water on a main lake ledge. We have caught ALOT of these fish and my arthritic hands know it. Hard to open and close every morning but I still love watching others catch fish. SteelShad bladebaits have been great using a yo-yo style of fishing. 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. 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.

My crappie report is the same also. I haven’t abandoned the crappie but have been pulling cranks on some off days. We have caught several while throwing inline spinners in 12 to 20 feet of water. 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 be-tween 1.6 and 2.1 mph. Just got my order of about 50 Arkie cranks so look out crappies!! When a package of crankbaits arrives and you can’t wait to open it, you may have a fish-ing problem.

We have not fished for cats exclusively but we have caught a ton fishing for other spe-cies. We have caught cats casting Steelshads and on Ken’s hybrid spinners. Mainly chan-nels but some blues and an occasional flat head. I do apologize to the lady who fought a big bluecat for several minutes, got it to the top of the water and Ol’ Captain Rich knocked it right off her lure. That is a terrible feeling but at least it was a nice fight.

We have caught largemouths the last few weeks fishing for other species. We had several 15 to 19 inch fish this week. They seem to be mixing in chasing bait like all the other fish. Main lake ledges with cuts are where it’s at.

Bluegills and Redears

I did not get the chance to fish for gills and redears this week.


This man knows how to catch fish. He comes back with more fish than you can eat. Besides his expertise, he’s just a good guy to enjoy the lake with. Highly recom-mended.

—Mark Heuer, Benton KY

Capt. Rich, KicknBass Guide Service

Website www.kicknbass.net

Public Meeting regarding Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease is an always fatal neurological disease that is threatening the long-term health of white-tailed deer in Illinois.  First documented in Illinois in 2002 near Roscoe, Illinois, CWD has been detected in 17 counties across the northern edge and northeastern portions of Illinois as far south as the Illinois River Valley.  Counties affected include Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will, Livingston, and Kankakee.

The public meetings on CWD will each begin at 7 p.m. with a 30-minute presentation and discussion to follow.  Meetings will be held as follows:

September 12 – Galena City Hall, 101 Green St., Galena, IL
September 14 – Lena Community Center, 497 Lions Dr., Lena, IL
September 26 – Illinois State Rifle Association Shooting Range, 1589 N. 7000W Rd, Bonfield, IL (approximately 7 miles west of Kankakee)
September 27 – Pontiac Sportsman’s Club, 18663 4H Park Rd, Pontiac, IL
September 28 – MCCD’s Lost Valley Visitors Center, 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood, IL
October 12 – Belvidere Community Building, 111 W. First St., Belvidere, IL

For more information about the meetings or CWD, contact Doug Dufford, IDNR Wildlife Disease Program Manager at 815-369-2414 or by email atdoug.dufford@illinois.gov.

Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report by Phil Schweik

Summers over…. We are now entering the beginning stages of what I consider the best time of the year. Fall… Musky fishing heats up, deer and bear season are just about under way, guys have already started goose hunting and a whole lot more is coming up in the near future.

Water temperatures on the river system and surrounding lakes has been in the upper 60’s but with cooler temperatures forecasted next week, we will see those numbers plummet. The good thing is that once the water temperatures start to drop, the fishing is only going to get better.
This past week has been excellent for all species with crappies and walleyes taking front and center stage. Most of the action has been by searching out and locating fish that are holding tight to submerged wood and rock. This is where our electronics have been invaluable. Using our side-imaging locators we are able to quickly cover water and not only locate specific areas, but mark exact positions.
Once our spots are marked we simply follow our electronics and come right back to the exact spot we want to fish. The really nice thing about this is that we can do this without actually going directly over and disrupting the locations.
If you are after big fish, muskies have really picked up in the past week. Large bucktails, jerkbaits and glide baits have been producing well for us. A lot of the fish we are catching have been holding along shoreline structure in 3 to 5 feet of water but we have been catching a few stragglers that are out away from structure roaming the flats.
The 2017 Bear season is about to start on Wednesday September 6th, and with that I want to wish “Good Luck” to all the hunters out there. Be safe and have a great season! This year in the northern zones, the dog hunters get to go first, so the sitters will have to wait one more week before they can try their luck.   Have a great week,
Phil Schweik
Hooksetters Guide Service
Web: www.hooksetters.biz

Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Sept. 7, 2017 by Destination Niagara USA

Daniel Clinger from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania won the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby with a huge king salmon that weighed in at 39 pounds, 3 ounces. Wow! It was the biggest salmon he’s ever caught and they won the $25,000 Grand Prize hands-down by nearly 5 pounds. He caught it on a DW flasher and an A-Tom-Mik meat rig while fishing out of Sodus Point. First place in the salmon division was a 34 pound, 11 ounce king reeled in by Robert Reynolds of Auburn while fishing out of Fair Haven. He narrowly beat out Joe Oakes of Lockport who weighed in a 34 pound 8 ounce king off Wilson. In the steelhead division, Steve Gardinsky of Ohio set the pace with a 16 pound, 9 ounce fish out of Point Breeze. Second place was Rebecca Frye of Ashville while fishing out of Olcott. In the Brown Trout Division, Anthony DiGiovanni of Rochester took the top prize with a 16 pound, 15 ounce fish caught off Webster. Second place was a 15 pound, 5 ounce brown hauled in by John Nardone of Wayland. Go to www.loc.org for a complete leaderboard.

Good news in the shore fishing department. First, the east pier at Olcott will be open this weekend, starting Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. In the lower Niagara River, the NYPA fishing platform has re-opened, just in time for some salmon action. Fish are being caught in the lower river and many salmon are seen porpoising. If you are casting the piers or the shoreline, use glow cleo spoons, rattle baits, stickbaits and crankbaits. Skein under a float will also work. Try some different things. If you want to learn more about fishing the lower Niagara River from shore, check out this week’s edition of the Outdoor Beat on Spectrum Cable at www.lctv.net in the On Demand section of the website. Local all species guru Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls is the featured guest. Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls did catch his first salmon of the river season from his boat in Devil’s Hole using a K-11 Kwikfish. Bass fishing continues to be good in the river. According to Capt. Arnie Jonathan of Lockport, leeches and shiners have been working the best for him, fished off three-way rigs. In theupper Niagara River and around Buffalo there are still plenty of walleyes around. Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island reports that he had 8 fish by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, dragging a spinner and worm rig. That same general area was also working for Capt. Jim Rores on smallmouth bass.

Out in Lake Ontario, Capt. Bob Cinelli of Olcott reports that there is a good offshore bite from the 24 line to the 28 line offering up a mix of steelhead and salmon. Spoons and flasher-flies are working there. The inside bite for mature kings is also going on, too, out to 140 feet of water. Spoons, plugs and flasher-fly or flasher- meat rigs are the baits of choice. Stay away from the other boats to limit pressure on the fish. A few trout are being caught inside, too, according to Cinelli. There will be a DEC meeting next week in Lockport to discuss the spring forage base trawl results on Sept. 13. Also part of the discussion will be the stocking target for 2018. The public is invited to attend starting at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H Building of Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport. Also coming up is the monthly meeting of the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, set for Sept. 14 at the same 4-H Building of Cooperative Extension in Lockport starting at 7 p.m. There will be a round table discussion on the past fishing season.

Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls with his first king in the Niagara River this year.

The Olcott pier action has started already. The east pier will open at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Bill Hilts, Jr.
Outdoor Promotions Director

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report by Joe Henry

Fall temperatures are here and excellent fall fishing has come with it. Good numbers of walleyes moving closer to shorelines.  Walleyes in front of Lighthouse Gap increasing. Crankbaits and spinners with crawlers or shiners doing the best. Big schools of walleyes in no man’s land of Big Traverse Bay. Reefs producing well! Hammered gold, glow, perch, crayfish all good colors.

Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening still the best. Some shiners starting push back up the river with hungry walleyes on pursuit. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners producing the best. Smallmouth bass in good numbers along shoreline rock, bridge embankments and feeder streams. Sturgeon anglers finding great success while moving around until you find the right hole.  Many sturgeon over 50″ and 60″ being boated.

Up at the Northwest Angle, in Minnesota waters, mixed bag of walleye/perch limits. Fish are being found in many areas; shallow 14-18’ and deeper 25-28’. While fish are spread out, bottom bouncing continues to be a popular and effective approach.  In Canadian waters, crankbaits have been producing larger walleyes, while bottom bouncing and jigging the deeper waters between reefs is yielding fish as well. Crappie season is in full swing with fish in 30 ft plus off of points with a jig and minnow. Muskie action continues. Anglers experiencing multiple fish days and seeing big fish move on a variety of baits such as blades, top water or minnow baits. With the approaching full moon, it should only get better.  Lodging, charters and guides are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

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



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