No excuse for cabin fever with these outdoor opportunities


January is no shortage of outdoor opportunities for fishing, hunting and trapping throughout the Midwest.

In the north, ice fishing is booming. In the south, open water still exists. Deer seasons are coming to an end and predators become a priority. Don’t even think about letting cabin fever rear its ugly head. Check out the following fishing and hunting opportunities in the Midwest to enjoy the outdoors in the winter.

Illinois – Bigmouth Egypt Lake

The Southern Illinois Power Cooperative established Egypt Lake in 1962 to supply water to a power station. The result has been excellent fishing all year round for over half a century.

Located just south of Marion, what makes this 2,300-acre reservoir special in the winter is a hot water dump that keeps the water temperature and the largemouth bass active. With a robust population of large mouths, Lake Egypt offers fishermen a great number of days when the other lakes are either frozen or too cold to be productive.

Nick Shafer of Rend Lake Fishing Guides also operates on Lake Egypt. He said, “In the winter I start on the warm water side of the lake looking for windblown banks with bait pushed up. We’ll be throwing a lot of Rat-L-Traps, and on a good day, catch 30-50.

Kentucky – Crappie from Lake Kentucky

There is no off season for crappie fishing at Lake Kentucky. The winter bite can be excellent.

Kentucky Lake is known to offer some of the best crappie fishing in the Midwest year round, including all winter. January is actually a great time to visit the lake. You will catch crappie and you should expect it. to see a number of bald eagles. We have many resorts, guides and restaurants waiting to serve you, “said Elena Blevins, Executive Director of Kentucky Lake CVB.

Vertical fishing jigs along the edge of a drop off are a great tactic.

Kansas – Bobwhite quail

December and January offer a good hunt for Bobwhite quail in Kansas. The season runs until January 31. With over 1,000,000 acres of Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA), you can plan a last minute trip without worrying about access. Jordan Martincich, the director of development for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is a longtime Kansas resident.

He said, “Plan your hunt after Kansas gun season, which typically ends in mid-December. During this time, it is difficult to access private land and many people hunt deer in WIHA areas, increasing competition for land and accommodation. Bring your dog boots. Many areas of Kansas have those pesky sand burrs and goatherds that will leave your pooch’s pads raw if you hunt them without starting for an extended period of time.

He also suggests that before planning your trip, you’ll want to check out Quail Forever’s 2020 Quail Hunting Forecast and KDWPT’s 2020 Upland Bird Forecast to determine where the quail populations are greatest.

Indiana – crow hunting

If you’ve spent any time watching TV in Indiana in the 1990s, you’re probably familiar with the famous Singing Crow mascot: “There’s more than corn in Indiana, there’s In-di-ana.” Beach. Well, this crow had better be careful because crow hunting is a great way to spend the winter months in Hoosier State.

With most of the farm fields now empty, hiding in a row of fences with a few decoys laid out in front of you is a great way to experience winter shooting. According to Marty Benson, deputy director of the MNR’s communications division, electronic calls are allowed when hunting crows. However, bait is not permitted by federal law when hunting crows or other migratory birds.

Meet on the trail.

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