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Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 21, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. Editor’s note: Heavy rains – as much as 6 or 7 inches – across Illinois the first week of September hit after many of these reports were filed. Anglers are cautioned to check conditions at lakes and rivers before launching fishing boats. Fishing…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 21, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and harbors: When conditions allow, anglers are still enjoying an excellent walleye bite from Sturgeon Point to the Pennsylvania line. Good numbers of walleye were available, starting in 55 feet of water out of all ports, and extending to 75 feet of water between Sturgeon and Cattaraugus Creek, and out to 85 feet plus between…

DNR promotes McClelland to lead Division of Fisheries

It appears the Illinois DNR has a new chief of the department that manages the state’s fish. Dan Stephenson, who retired from the position this summer, announced via email Monday that Mike McClelland has accepted the role of leading the Division of Fisheries. McClelland spent 14 years with the Illinois Natural History Survey, mostly as the Long Term Illinois River Fish…

Outdoor News calendars feature top-flight artwork, information

Plymouth, Minn. — Outdoor News Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lakes states, has published a series of calendars for sportsmen in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York. The Outdoor News Sportsman’s Calendars offer information for hunters and anglers compiled in seven state-specific versions. The calendars incorporate exclusive-to-the-state 2019 hunting…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 14, 2018

Central Region Hoover Reservoir (Delaware, Franklin Counties) – Fishermen are doing OK on crappies here by slow trolling. The recommended depth is to fish the bait in eight to 10 feet of water. Anglers report the fish have been holding closer to shallow water this summer. Channel catfish, too, can be caught on nightcrawler rigs. Deer Creek Lake (Pickaway, Fayette…

Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 14, 2018

 SOUTHEASTERN LP Lake St. Clair Muskie fishing has been good on Lake St. Clair; one woman caught a 52-inch, 39-pounder at Stoney Point in 18 to 20 feet of water. Spinnerbaits have produced good results. Perch fishing has been decent near the shipping channel. Walleye anglers report catching good numbers of perch when trolling for walleyes with crawler harnesses. Good…

Hurricane Florence forces suspension of Shimano’s South Carolina facility operations

LADSON, S.C. — With mandatory evacuations ordered by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster due to Hurricane Florence approaching the Carolina coast, Shimano has suspended operations of its North Charleston distribution center and fishing division office until further notice. “We will continue to monitor the impending impact of Florence on all of them and our facilities before we resume operations,” said Steve…

Minnetonka duo wins Student Angler Tournament Trail TOC

(Jimmy Bell, Student Angler Tournament Trail)Ben Swanson and Zach Hapka of Minnetonka teamed up for a 24-pound, 5-ounce bag to win the Minnesota Student Angler Tournament Trail’s Tournament of Champions fishing tournament on Sunday on Lake Minnetonka. The two earned $10,000 in scholarships for the win. The tournament drew 126 anglers – 63 two-person teams, with 26 schools represented from…

Carp removal project kicks off at Lake Minnetonka headwaters

Above, below: On Friday, Sept. 7, crews pulled up the first nets that have been set in Steiger Lake in Victoria. (Photos by Minnehaha Creek Watershed District)The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), in coordination with Three Rivers Park District, Carver County, the City of Victoria, and the rest of the Six Mile Creek-Halsted Bay Subwatershed Partnership, is beginning the first…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 7, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: White and yellow bass are hitting Mepps spinners, pinkie jigs or live bait. Pike are being caught around creek mouths. Muskies and walleyes are fair. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Bluegills and crappies good, falling into deeper waters (8 to 15…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 7, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and harbors: When conditions allowed anglers to take to the water, they caught walleye, as they have all season. The recent walleye bite has been excellent from Sturgeon Point to the Pennsylvania line. The better catches have been trending deeper in most locations. From west/northwest of Sturgeon Point to Cattaraugus Creek, anglers were seeing good…

Las Cruces fly fishing group helps heal veterans with PTSD

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A Veterans Administration clinic in Las Cruces is helping disabled military veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder through a program that uses the therapeutic benefits of fly fishing. Project Healing Waters is free for disabled veterans like Ray Kirby, who is haunted by experiences he went through during his service, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported. The…