Midwest fishing report
FISH OF THE WEEK: Max Stepp, 12, of Palatine earns FOTW honors for a 11.2-pound king salmon, the big fish from Salmon Unlimited's second annual kids' shore fishing derby at Waukegan Harbor. E-mail FOTW nominations to outdoordb @sbcglobal.net.
AREA RIVERS: CHICAGO: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass said bass and big bluegill picked up on the South Branch near Origins Park on Sunday and Monday. DES PLAINES: Andrew Ragas of fishing-headquarters.com said pike and bass are the prime with low water holding in the low- to mid-60s. DuPAGE: Frank Macikas reported good conditions -- water was clear, lowest of the year, grass subsided, but river bed covered in algae -- with fish aggressive and relating to fast water; best on wacky-rigged stickworms. FOX: Ken Gortowski said this is the longest stretch of normal water in almost four years. He said midafternoon though sunset should be go this week, use large fatheads on a split-shot rig. ILLINOIS: River is low, but in good shape. Time on the Water Outdoors reported crappie are decent, sauger are better toward Henry, and white bass are good shallow along rip-rap or around creek mouths. KANKAKEE: Especially on Indiana side, be aware of hunting restrictions. River is very low, wonderful for wading. Ed Mullady reported continued good catfish throughout. Smallmouth are good in the state park and around Wilmington.
CHAIN O'LAKES AREA: Arden Katz reported bluegill are excellent shallow on Catherine and Channel with spikes and Mini-Mites under small floats. Triangle reported crappie improving toward evening as they move into channel mouths. Walleye are good; look for schooling fish off main lake points and moving up at night. Muskie are OK. Bite improves daily. Look for white bass on wind-blown shorelines on Bluff and Petite.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Park Bait reported action slowed dramatically Tuesday with stained water. The $10 parking charge at Belmont has greatly reduced the fishermen. Capt. Bob Poteshman reported some lakers at the R4. WAUKEGAN: Small boaters are hugging the shoreline for kings and browns; bigger boats are working 100-150, straight out and south, for steelhead, kings and few browns. Poteshman said the South Reef is holding lakers. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported good kings in 230 and deeper. SALMON SNAGGING: Mac's reported good action at Jackson Park, as did the Salmon Stop at Waukegan. Snagging for chinook and coho salmon is open at these select areas: inner and outer harbors at Jackson Park, Lincoln Park Lagoon from the Fullerton Avenue Bridge to the southern end of the Lagoon, Winnetka power plant discharge area and Waukegan Harbor (in North Harbor basin only). No snagging is allowed at any time within 200 feet of a moored watercraft or as posted.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Minocqua guide Kurt Justice said it is sucker time for muskie fishermen. Water temperatures have cooled toward low 50s, and there have been reports of multiple-fish days, mostly outs of weed beds in 6-12 feet. Deep walleye are good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported some nice crappie at Wolf Lake in the new family-friendly corn channel; some salmon at the Hole-in-the-Wall, but the main action is up the creeks for kings, steelhead and coho (pink spinners or salmon eggs).
RACINE, WIS.: Fishing picked up on the Root with rain last week and cooler weather, particularly at Washington Park, where king limits were taken Sunday.
Corn is 74 percent complete, compared to 5 percent last year. DEER: Through the first three days of bowhunting, hunters reported 5,304 deer in the greatest first three days. Youth deer hunt is Saturday and Sunday. WATERFOWL: The north zone youth hunt is Saturday and Sunday.