South (Central)

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…

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 11th, 2016

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — As of Feb. 26, this waterway was blown out, with water flowing twice as high as normal and dirty. Water temperatures were in the 30s. In more normal conditions, TCO Fly Shop recommended nymphing deep or fishing streamers. Hatches included midges (20-24) and blue-winged olives (20-22) on warmer days. Productive patterns included tan CDC…

Southern Illinois Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

Lake of Egypt: Crappies are biting in shallows on minnows and tipped jigs. Bass biting good on spinnerbaits and jigs or soft rubbers. A few catfish are taking nightcrawlers and dough bait. Crab Orchard Lake: Catfish and bass have started biting. Cats being caught on worms. Bass hitting crankbaits and  jigs. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows. Bluegills are being caught on worms. Baldwin Lake: Larger catfish being caught…

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES The Port Washington harbor is open near the discharge, but the water is muddy. A few browns and steelhead have been caught. In Milwaukee, there is some open water on the Milwaukee River, and steelhead should start appearing in the river. Some guys were catching a few brown trout off of the Oak Creek power plant….

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – February 26th, 2016

Stoever’s Dam (Lebanon County) — Rainbow trout were hitting on crawlers and minnows early in February. Trout and some panfish were hitting through the ice as of Feb. 12. Jigs tipped with waxworms or mealworms were the ticket. Fathead minnows were effective on brown trout.  Memorial Lake (Lebanon County) — Chain pickerel were hitting on tip-ups and medium shiners. Panfish…

Southern Illinois Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

Crab Orchard Lake: Bluegills are being caught on worms. Crappies fair on minnows. Bass action has picked up on the west side, but still slow near shorelines.  Baldwin Lake: Bluegills getting better on worms. Warm-water areas good for channel catfish, though those being caught are small. Anglers are tossing crankbaits around rip-rap and catching a few bass. Carlyle Lake: Crappies good below the dam. Bass…

Southern Illinois Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016

Note: Flooding and high water on lakes that were producing quality fishing before Christmas have suffered from the high water. Also, many roadways were dangerous due to flooding. Take precautions. Crab Orchard Lake: Bass action has slowed. Bluegills being caught on worms. Panfish, in general, are biting good on worms under ice and in weedbeds. Baldwin Lake: Bass and catfish biting in warm-water areas….

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 29th, 2016

Lake Marburg, Pinchot Lake (York County) — B & B Lures reported Jan. 16 that air temperatures were around 42 degrees as of Jan. 16 and water remained open. Anglers were catching nice-sized largemouth bass on crawlers and swim baits. Tiger muskies also were hitting, with crankbaits effective. One muskie measured close to 45 inches before release.  Shepherd Myers Lake…

Southern Illinois Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

Note: Late December rains caused flooding and many lakes that were producing quality fishing before Christmas have suffered from the high water. Also, many roadways were dangerous due to flooding. Take precautions. Lake of Egypt: A few channel cats being caught on shad and shrimp. Crappies good on minnows and jigs. Bluegills being caught on waxworms near structure and in shallows. Bass slow,…

Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES In Sheboygan, the Sheboygan River has ice cover below the Kohler dam, but faster-moving stretches of water are still open near I-43 and Esslingen Park. There is ice right along the river bank in some areas, which could restrict fishing access in those locations. The river is partially open below the 8th Street bridge, but there are ice…

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 15th, 2016

Little Juniata River — As of Dec. 31, TCO Fly Shop reported very high, murky flow and water in the mid-40s. As conditions allowed, nymphs and streamers were productive, although fish had been rising to Blue-Winged Olives and Midges on mild days. Hatches included tan caddis (16-18), blue-winged olives (20-22), and midges (20-24).  Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) — Walleyes were…

Southern Illinois Fishing Report – January 8th, 2016

Note: Late December rains caused flooding and many lakes that were producing quality fishing before Christmas have suffered from the high water. Also, many roadways were dangerous due to flooding. Take precautions. Crab Orchard Lake: Bass action has slowed. Bluegills being caught on worms. Baldwin Lake: Warm-water areas good for catfish, though those being caught are small. Anglers are tossing crankbaits around rip rap…

Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016

Lake St. Clair Fishing has been quiet on Lake St. Clair, but boat anglers who haven’t winterized for the season report a decent walleye bite in the Detroit River. The best action has been at the lower end of the river. Anglers jigging minnows or soft plastics at Celeron and Boblo islands are catching fair numbers of fish. Coyote hunting has been slow in southeastern Michigan. Lakeside…

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016

Lake Marburg (York County) — Panfishing was productive as of Dec. 17, with crappies, bluegills, and yellow perch biting on soft plastic minnows, waxworms, and live minnows. Many crappies were 10 to 11 inches.  Long Arm Reservoir (York County) — Largemouth bass were hitting jigs and plastic crawlers in recent weeks. Susquehanna River — The bass bite was hit or…

Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – December 25th, 2015

MADISON AREA We are still some time away from ice fishing, but guys are doing some open-water fishing. Anglers were catching decent pike on Lake Mendota last week. On Lake Monona, anglers were still fishing for muskies from boats while others were catching some walleyes from shore after dark. Lakes Wingra and Waubesa also were producing some muskies. One fisherman reported having topwater bass action last week. Lake Wisconsin…

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – December 18th, 2015

Raystown Branch Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Rock bass were reported on live bait or small spinners below the hydroelectric plant through early December. Anglers are reminded to avoid restricted areas around the plant and the Raystown Dam.  Susquehanna River (York County) — A good walleye bite was reported in early December, with jigs and minnows or twister tails in…