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Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – March 25th, 2016

LAKE MILLE LACS         Areas around the lake with creeks and rivers have opened quite far, and the shorelines have popped loose, as well. Based on the last reports from anglers, main-lake ice is melting from the top and bottom, so although it could stick around for a while, the ice-fishing season has ended. Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811 www.johnsonsportside.com Terry’s…

Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – March 25th, 2016

  Twin Cities Metro     ALEXANDRIA AREA The ice that remains is floating and limited, and many small lakes are now ice-free. Fishing reports have been limited to a few crappies being caught by anglers fishing from shore in some of the shallow lagoons off main-lake areas. Warmer water will quickly improve the panfish action. Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle…

Central Illinois Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Lake Taylorville: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow. Water conditions are murky.  Newton Lake: Bass good, but flooding has changed situation. Water clarity very murky. Some white bass were also reported prior to the rains. Crappies a big question mark after a poor fall and few reports this spring so far.  Spring Lake: Bass slow. Crappie biting on tube jigs at the…

Illinois Rivers Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Rock River (Oregon): Channel cats biting hard in the Erie area. Walleyes are hitting at the dams. Catfish are taking redworms and fresh-killed minnows. Walleyes are falling to jigs tipped with minnows. Illinois River: The sauger bite is still on fire. There are several reports of limits being caught as well as double-digit fish days. Jigging the flats and pulling…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Lake Michigan: The lakefront has been showing some great signs of life for the shore fishing guys. The powerliners are doing well on both coho and brown trout. The preferred baits have been nightcrawlers as well as medium roaches. Fish are also hitting spoons and body baits. Baits such as deep diving x-raps in white or Berkley frenzy’s.  The weather has not been very conducive…

Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES The Port Washington harbor is open near the power plant discharge. Brown trout and an occasional steelhead are being caught, and anglers have been using a variety of baits such as spawn, shiners, and crankbaits. Ice degraded quickly around Milwaukee. The lagoon behind Lakeshore State Park had open water, and most of the Milwaukee harbor and inner…

Capital District Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Ice anglers have pretty much taken their last shots, and open water awaits. That said, we won’t likely hear much until trout season kicks off April 1. Chances are some area waters may be stocked with trout ahead of the opener, given that conditions are way ahead of where they typically are in mid-March. The Battenkill, Mettawee River and Kayaderosseras…

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

With the seasonal weather returning during this report period, anglers headed offshore for cod, pollock and ling. The best fishing was reported from Fire Island Inlet east to Montauk Point and into Block Island Sound.   The average side cod and pollock were around keeper sized to 6 pounds, with pool fish between 10 and 12 pounds. Average catches ranged…

Catskills Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

It looks like an early season from a weather standpoint, with water levels expected to offer decent fishing opportunities for the April 1 trout opener. There is virtually no snowpack this year, which could impact water levels as the season progresses and if there are no substantial spring rains. Catskill Flies Categories: Catskills

Adirondacks Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Schroon Lake: A couple of big northern pike (43.5 and 41.5 inches) highlighted the catches in the annual Schroon Lake Ice Fishing Derby earlier this month. Lake Champlain: You might be able to find pockets of safe ice still, but use extreme caution if you head out. Most of the hard-water anglers have hung it up for the season. Categories:…

Western New York Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Conditions were improving at last check. Fresh steelhead should be in the tribs. Tyler Morrison of Barker reeled in a 13-pound steelhead he weighed in for the New York State Winter Classic. He caught it in a tributary but he already had a 16.79-pound lake trout on the board so he didn’t win the special prize…

Southeastern New York Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Ice fishing is no longer an option, but several of the region’s trout waters are typically stocked ahead of the April 1 opener. DEC has yet to publish its 2016 stocking list on its website, but Amawalk Outlet, Cross River Outlet, Croton River, Titicus River, and the Croton River’s East and West branches are good early season options, as are…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

St. Lawrence River: Not hearing much now with ice conditions rapidly deteriorating. Black Lake: If safe ice still exists, crappie may be an option. Chaumont Bay: Ice conditions were changing rapidly and safe ice may no longer be an option. The second annual ice fishing derby sponsored by Chaumont Hardware earlier this month led to some fine catches, topped by…

Central New York Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

A reminder that from Nov. 1 to May 1, all persons regardless of age, aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet, must wear a PFD while in motion.  A number of county websites offer good information on fishing in the area, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County…

Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

LAKE MILLE LACS         Ice continues to cover the lake, but resorts have closed their accesses and most public access points have deteriorated fast. Ice fishing is no longer advised, especially after Tuesday’s rain – there’s just too much uncertainty with the ice. Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811 www.johnsonsportside.com Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430 www.terrysboatharbor.com LAKE OF THE WOODS…

Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

ALEXANDRIA AREA A few anglers were walking on some lakes last weekend, but the shorelines have opened enough to no longer allow that. The ice that remains is black and walking on it isn’t advised at this point. Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255 ANNANDALE AREA The ice-fishing season has ended as many lakes now have black, floating ice and pulled-away…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – March 11th, 2016

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) — Anglers fishing a backwater pond off Dillon have had good luck catching pan-sized crappies. Fish have ranged from 10 to 13 inches. Some saugeyes are being caught at the spillway, too. Anglers have also had some luck fishing the dock poles off the main marina for saugeyes and crappies. Wills Creek Lake (Muskingum and Coshocton counties) — Anglers fishing below the spillway here…

Ohio River Region – March 11th, 2016

At Greenup Dam, anglers are catching saugers, white bass, and catfish fishing along the Kentucky side. The best bite is coming on minnows. In the Meldahl pool, anglers are reporting catching hybrid stripers up to 20-plus inches. Some saugers are also being caught on floating jigs tipped with a minnow. Categories: Ohio Fishing Reports, Ohio River Region

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – March 11th, 2016

Conneaut Creek (Ashtabula County) — Conneaut Creek, one of the premier steelhead destinations in Ohio, is primed for the steelhead bite right now. Slushy conditions will be encountered, particularly in the morning hours, due to cold weather conditions. Try spawn sacs for the best steelhead bite. Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) — A few walleyes are being caught in this Trumbull County lake known for its decent fishing…