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Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 20, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: The bass will begin to feed with the dropping water temps. The fish are relating to the green weeds, and search baits like spinnerbaits and swim jigs are doing quite well at finding the aggressive fish. Also pitch the weeds with…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 20, 2017

Western New York Lake Ontario: Recent weather patterns scattered mature king salmon in Lake Ontario’s nearshore zone. The bulk of the salmon have yet to run the creeks, so expect them to again congregate off tributary mouths. Fishing for staging salmon is typically best in 50-100 feet of water off the Niagara Bar, Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 20, 2017

ASHLAND AREA Chequamegon Bay water temperatures are finally dropping into the 50s and the fish are responding. Smallie fishing picked up last week as fish started to school in some of their normal fall haunts. Anglers reported success on suckers, though ripping jigging spoons is effective at times. Walleye anglers drifting suckers are catching fish on drops into the channel…

Eelpout Festival leaving Leech Lake for Lake Bemidji?

(eelpoutfestival.com)Even with the dramatic comeback of walleyes on Leech Lake in the last decade, a decades-long homage to another species that is a far cry from the state fish has had a lot to do with putting the lake on the national/international map. Since its start in 1979, the International Eelpout Festival has called Leech home. But according to reports,…

ASA names new president, award winners at Sportfishing Summit

The American Sportfishing Association’s 2017 Sportfishing Summit, regarded as the sportfishing industry’s premier networking and business management event, was held last week in Clearwater Beach, Fla. According to the ASA, the annual fall business meeting brought together more than 220 fishing and boating industry and community leaders to provide a venue to discuss the issues impacting recreational fishing during committee…

South Dakota bulking up Black Hills walleye offerings, opportunities

PIERRE, S.D. – For the first time, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks recently stocked walleyes in two Black Hills reservoirs. GFP fisheries staff stocked 14,000 fingerlings in Sheridan Reservoir and 9,500 fingerlings in Stockade Reservoir. These young walleyes averaged five inches in length and came from natural rearing ponds in the northeast part of the state. “Adding walleye into…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 13, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking and Perry counties) – Anglers are concentrating their efforts on rocky bottom areas with crankbaits, blade baits, and swim baits to catch saugeyes in respectable numbers. With a cool down in the forecast, the saugeye bite should pick up in the next week or so. Also, try minnows or nightcrawlers to catch crappies and…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 13, 2017

Anglers are urged to exercise care when wading streams containing wild brown and native brook trout because they have begun their annual spawning ritual. Anglers should avoid stepping on redds (nests) or stressing spawning trout by fishing over them. Streams and lakes are being stocked at this time of year. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com NORTHEAST REGION Lake Erie — The…

Funding change means less enforcement time for Montana game wardens

HELENA, Mont. — A legislative change in the funding for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department means game wardens will be required to do more wildlife management work, making them less available for conservation law enforcement needs. The agency published a fact sheet on its website last week explaining the change. Big game hunting season begins on Oct. 21. The change…

Mille Lacs walleye assessment under more scrutiny this time around

(Photo courtesy of Windigo Images) ONAMIA, Minn. — The Minnesota DNR is netting fish on Lake Mille Lacs as part of the agency’s annual fall assessment. The department’s work is under intense scrutiny because of tighter walleye regulations on the large central Minnesota lake in the last few years, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The survey’s data is expected to determine the harvest…

Hunters, wildlife share Iowa’s Lake Odessa lifestyle

The water level at Lake Odessa is managed to mirror Mother Nature. Summer drawdowns expose mudflats that immediately vegetate with moist-soil plants. Water is allowed to gradually return to the newly established vegetation, creating a buffet for migrating birds. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR)Sitting along the west bank of the Mississippi River in Louisa County, Lake Odessa, with its…

In Iowa, fall is the time for urban trout stocking

It’s that time of year in Iowa. Trout-stocking time of year. Yes, in October and well into November. Seventeen lakes across Iowa are gearing up to receive trout this fall. The Iowa DNR will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at each location as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support…