OREGON: Late Summer Steelhead from Barton Park to Rivermill Dam

October 15th, 2012

Mediocre salmon fishing continues at Bonneville, although fish passage over the dam is dwindling. A few chinook and the occasional coho are caught by boaters and bank anglers alike. Bait-wrapped Kwikfish and spinners are getting fish for the boaters, while wobblers and spin n glows are preferred by fishermen working off the shore. The October opener for sturgeon has been cancelled due to the quota being caught but remains open for catch and release.

The Willamette River is producing a handful of smallmouth for anglers putting in some effort. Last week some coho were reported off the mouth of the Clackamas River, but the falls count dropped significantly earlier this week.

October caddis are hatching in the evening on the McKenzie River. Matching this hatch will yield large trout.

There are a few coho in the North Santiam which is open for them to the Stayton/Scio Bridge. It opens upstream on November 1.

The Clackamas has put out a few coho and almost an equal amount of late summer steelhead from Barton Park upstream to Rivermill Dam, but anglers are working hard for a few opportunities.

The Sandy River has been a disappointment to coho anglers as of yet, but some hold hope that there is still more to come. A few have been caught at the mouth and even fewer up at Cedar Creek but the forecasted rain for the weekend could bring a strong push.

The Guides Forecast

MARYLAND: Catching Striped Bass by Casting Surface Poppers

October 15th, 2012

This truly is the best of times and seasons for Maryland outdoorsman; it is all right there for us to enjoy this month.

Everything from trout fishing, smallmouth and largemouth bass to striped bass and bluefish in the bay to red drum and offshore species in the ocean; kind of makes a guy confused as to what to fish for first.

Cooling water temperatures are creating some exciting fishing opportunities near the Conowingo Dam and lower Susquehanna River for a mix of striped bass, walleye and smallmouth bass. Fishermen are having good success catching striped bass by casting surface poppers from shore and small boats. Smallmouth bass and walleye are being caught on crankbaits, tubes and jigs. Anyone wishing to launch at the Lapidum boat ramp should take notice that the ramp will be closed from October 9th through December 1st for sediment removal from the launch area and construction of a sediment barrier. Anyone who has tried to use the ramp at low tide knows about the silt that was deposited there by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Many fishermen in the upper bay region use this time of the year to stock up on the plentiful white perch that can be found in the region. White perch are beginning to school up on shoal areas found in the deeper parts of the tidal rivers and bay. Often the larger white perch can be found in slightly deeper areas than their smaller brothers and bottom rigs baited with bloodworms are the first choice by fishermen.

Fishermen are finding plenty of striped bass action in the upper bay this week in the form of roving schools of sub-legal fish with just enough legal sized fish to keep it interesting. The smaller fish are spread out throughout the region and are providing a lot of fun for light tackle fishermen casting surface poppers and other topwater lures. As one gets closer to the Bay Bridge the odds of finding larger fish increase either on the surface or underneath the surface action. Most savvy striped bass fishermen know that working a jig deep underneath a school of breaking small fish is worth a try. If it doesn’t work out one can always look for another school to work and so it goes when striped bass are in a fall pattern of chewing up bait schools headed out of the tidal rivers. The bridge piers of the Bay Bridge are always a good place to check since they are a favorite place for striped bass to hold in the current waiting for bait to be swept by.

Keith Lockwood

ILLINIOS: Fall Trout Season – Starts October 20th

October 15th, 2012

The 2012 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 37 ponds and lakes throughout the state, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced today.

“Fishing is a great family activity and the fall trout season is a great opportunity to take the kids fishing,” Miller said.  “Fall is a great time to spend time outdoors, and we want to encourage youth, families and experienced anglers to participate in the fall catchable trout season.”

More than 70,000 trout are stocked by IDNR at the locations listed below just prior to the opening of the fall trout season.  The Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program through the sale of inland trout stamps.

Anglers are reminded that no trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens on Oct. 20 at 5 a.m.

To take trout legally beginning Oct. 20, anglers must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces.  The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.

Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location if they plan to go fishing on opening day.  While regulations allow trout season to open at 5 a.m. on Oct. 20, not all locations are open that early.

For more information on fall trout season and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the web site at www.ifishillinois.org.

Illinois fishing licenses and inland trout stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets.

Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).

For more information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. The 37 locations are:

Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park, 217/894-6205
Bond County: Greenville Old City Lake (Patriot’s Park Lake), 618/664-2330
Bureau County: Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, 815/454-2328
Christian County: Manners Park Pond in Taylorville, 217/824-3110
Coles County: Campus Pond at Eastern Illinois University, 217/345-2420
Cook County: Axehead Lake – Cook County Forest Preserve District, 847/294-4134
Cook County: Belleau Lake – Cook County Forest Preserve District, 847/294-4134
Crawford County: Crawford County Conservation Area Pond, 618/563-4405
Douglas County: Villa Grove West Lake, 217/345-2420
DuPage County:  Silver Lake DuPage County FPD, 630/933-7248
Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond, 618/547-3610
Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park, 618/995-2411
Kankakee County: Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee, 815/939-1311
Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area, 630/553-6297
Lake County: Banana Lake – Lake County Forest Preserve, 815/675-2319
Lake County: Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park North Unit, 847/662-4828
Macon County: Rock Springs Pond – Macon County Conservation District, 217/423-7708
Macoupin County: Beaver Dam Lake at Beaver Dam State Park, 217/854-8020
Madison County: Highland Old City Lake, 618/651-1386
Marion County: Boston Pond at Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area, 618/547-3381
Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, 618/524-4712
McDonough County: Argyle Lake at Argyle Lake State Park, 309/776-3422
Randolph County: Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake, 618/826-2706
Randolph County: Derby Lake, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, 618/295-2700
Rock Island County: Prospect Park Pond in Moline, 815/454-2759
St. Clair County: Frank Holten State Recreation Area Lake, 618/874-7920
St. Clair County: Jones Park Lake in East St. Louis, 618/847-7920
St. Clair County: Willow Lake at Peabody River King SFWA, 618/785-2555
Saline County: Jones Lake Trout Pond at Saline County SFWA, 618/276-4405
Sangamon County: Southwind Park in Springfield, 309/543-3316
Sangamon County: Washington Park Pond in Springfield, 309/543-3316
Shelby County: Forest Park Lagoon in Shelbyville, 217/345-2420
Tazewell County: Mineral Springs Park Lagoon in Pekin, 309/968-7568
Vermilion County: Clear Lake at Kickapoo State Recreation Area, 217/442-4915
Wabash County: Beall Woods Lake at Beall Woods State Park, 618/298-2442
Warren County: Citizen’s Lake in Monmouth, 309/344-2617
Wayne County: Sam Dale Trout Pond at Sam Dale Lake SFWA, 618/835-2292
Whiteside County:  Centennial Park Lake in Rock Falls, Coloma Park District, 815/625-0272

MISSISSIPPI: Aberdeen Lake – Popular Areas Are Laydowns on the Channel

October 15th, 2012

The bass reports are still good with numbers of bass being caught but the quality bite is tough to come by. Best baits have been spinnerbaits and t-rigged plastics.

Popular areas right now are laydowns on the channel and the grass or brushtops in the sloughs.

If you find the shad, the bass won’t be too far away.

The catfish bite is still fair to good. Most reports are coming from the Becker Bottom area and also along the channel near Blue Bluff. Best baits have been liver and cutbait.

The crappie anglers are hitting the old river runs with some success. Pockets and sloughs on the west side of the lake are also good. Best water depths are 4 to 8 feet. Crappie jigs or minnows are both working.

Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks

AUSTRALIA: Port Phillip Bay – Landed a nice 4kg Snapper

October 15th, 2012

Went to a few spots around Altona and the channel.

Landed a nice 4kg Snapper about 9:30, got a few flatties and some smaller pinkies.

FishNet .com .au

GEORGIA: Lake Allatoona – Take Your Umbrella Rigs

October 15th, 2012

Line-Sides bite is Slow.

The lake is starting to turnover and the fish are scatter from one end of the lake to the other including the rivers.

These fish are on the move and are hard to stay on top of once you do find them. Then you throw in the full moon this pasted Saturday and the 3 plus inches of rain we had it makes fishing twice as tough as a normal turnover…

If your heading out this week be sure to take your Umbrella Rigs. The trolling bite isn’t much better then the live bait bite, but it will catch you a few fish this time of year…

I think we are getting just days away from a good bite.

The water temperature is in the middle 70’s and good things are just around the corner…..

Capt. Robert Eidson
First Bite Guide Service
p: 770 827-6282

COLORADO: Aurora Reservoir – Walleye action Fair on Jigs, Spoons & Bottom Bouncers

October 15th, 2012

Water temp is 60 degrees.

Trout fishing from shore is slow to fair. Best success has been from the East and West end of the Dam using PowerBait and crawlers from a slip rig. Boaters are reporting slow to fair success on trout trolling with crawlers.

Walleye action is fair using jigs, spoons and bottom bouncers. Most are not of legal size to possess.

Perch action is fair to good using jigs and worms. We should start to see the fishing improve this month. The fall can be some of the best fishing of the year! Olive leech patterns and brown and olive wooly buggers are great fall fly patterns.

Boats are restricted to electric motors only. Fall hours of operation in October are 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and November 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information please call 303-690-1286.

Please Note: A watercraft access pass is required to launch any watercraft and must be inspected prior to launching.

Reservoir will close to boating Dec. 1 for the season.

Parks & Wildlife


CALIFORNIA: There’s Some Damn Good Fishing Going On in the Bay Right Now

October 15th, 2012

Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle said, “There’s some damn good fishing going on in the bay right now, although Thursday’s 10-11 weather wasn’t very nice.” He said, “Three customers went halibut fishing at Angel Island, and they all took limits with the fish at 30, 22, 19, 19, and 16-pounds with three others between 15 and 8-pounds. They were using a combination of Loch Lomond shiners or  tray herring. Fraser said, “There are plenty of stripers at the Brothers and the Whaling Station, and a slow, but steady, stream of salmon have been taken from California City.” He really likes the tides for next week for sturgeon with the minuses starting on Sunday, and his mud shrimp supplier is working feverishly to get the bait on the airplane to Loch Lomond by Friday afternoon. Mudsuckers, bullheads, or shiners are all plentiful in the Loch Lomond bait tanks.

Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker ‘knows’ there are bass in the bay, and he plans on testing his knowledge on Saturday and Sunday. The larger tides will push the bass into the rocks in search of bait and Jim says the reefs and rockpiles are the place to be on this next set of bigger tides. Jim also still has lots of room open for the opening weekend of the Dungeness crab season. He will be targeting both rockfish, lings and crabs on these trips through Christmas but for the best and biggest crabs anglers will want to book early before the commercial season gets under way.

USA Fishing

ONTARIO: Canada – Egg Pattern Baits Starting To Come In

October 15th, 2012

Lake Ontario and tributaries – With the recent rains and cooler weather this past week, quite a few more trout and salmon have made their way up 18 Mile Creek to Burt Dam. Reports of king salmon, brown trout and steelhead all being caught on egg pattern baits are starting to come in a bit more frequently. Pier casters, when the winds allow them to be out there, are starting to catch a few coho salmon, too. In addition, Wilson anglers are casting the piers for browns. In the harbor, the perch are coming in consistently, too. Not too much lake trolling going on with the recent winds on the lake.

Lower Niagara River – Lower Niagara River action has been steady for salmon, with a few more trout starting to show up. For boaters, treated egg skein is the way to go, fished off three-way rigs. If the bite turns tough, try pulling K11 Kwikfish off the same three way set-up. Shore casters off the fishing platform or along the shoreline of the gorge have been casting spoons, spinners, rattlebaits and eggs fished under a float. Several lake trout were caught the past week in Devil’s Hole, bringing us a reminder that lake trout season is closed until the end of the year as those fish perform their spawning rituals. Speaking of lake trout, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for some help in tagging some lake trout on the Niagara Bar the week of Oct. 22 and 29. If you are interested in helping out, give Dimitry Gorsky a call at (207) 745-4494. They will also be looking for help to recapture the floy tags after the fact. We will keep you posted. Tip of the week is from Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls who insists that when fishing on the water make sure that you have something to wipe off the hands of friends and customers. Eating a greasy sub can lead to disaster if it causes you to lose an expensive rod and reel outfit when a hefty salmon grabs hold!

Upper Niagara River – Water temperatures are starting to cool – good news for musky and bass fishermen. Musky action in the East River has been good with large monster tubes or body baits. Focus on the weed line areas. Around Strawberry Island and near the Huntley Station power facility are good spots, too. For bass, the same weed areas will hold fish on the outside edges. Live bait like crayfish, shiners and leeches will catch fish. The head of the river is still producing a mix of bass and walleye. It won’t be long before a few trout start showing up off places like the Bird Island Pier.

Bill Hilts Jr

ARKANSAS: Prespawn Time is Here

October 15th, 2012

Prespawn time is here.

There is always great fishing on the White River what a great day!

The White River has had excellent fishing conditions. The lake has been staying just below normal winter pool level and the generator flow has been varying most days. Having a guide is key to catching those memories for a lifetime. When the generators do come on, take advantage of the rise it creates a very good bite for the Rouges, Spoons, Roster Tails, and other artificial baits. Trophy Browns are being caught at night when the generators are shut down. Come see me for details on this method. Don’t be bashful give us a call have a memorable experience with Big Phil’s Guide Service. Great fish are being caught right now. There is no better time to go on a guide trip than right now. The weather is changing but the fish are biting. If you catch a trophy fish we as guides prefer to keep the fish in the river so others can enjoy the experience of catching larger fish. A replica mount lasts longer and is no more expensive than a regular mount and it keeps trophy fish in the river for others to enjoy.

Please promote catch and release.

Please be aware of your trash. Don’t let it float down river. If you do see some please if possible pick it up.


Don Schnable
Spring Creek Ent.
p: 417-273-4859

...: , :...