Weather Updates

11/07: Midwest Fishing Report

Updated: December 8, 2012 6:40AM

AREA LAKES: Primary focus is on crappie. More fishermen will be out for the weekend with the balmy forecast. Henry’s said best reports are from Tampier and Wolf Lake, plus a few from city lagoons.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Drawdown started last week, so be prepared. Arden Katz reported good white bass, including big ones, with minnows in 15 to 17 feet on
Marie. Triangle reported walleye are good on large fatheads on slip-bobber or split-shot rigs around bridge areas. Crappie are good mornings and evenings. Look for bluegills shallow on sunny days. Muskies are fair on suckers or small jerkbaits.

DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch reported some good pike being caught north and a few largemouth in northern Cook County around the forest preserves.

FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Pete Lamar reported some smallmouth near discharges (ones without algae blooms) and some bonus white bass.

ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors reported those trolling near Hennepin or Peru are picking up sauger and walleye, but it takes sorting for keepers. White bass are spotty. River is 50 degrees, up slightly.

KANKAKEE RIVER: River came up some but is very clear. Ed Mullady reported walleye around bridge areas downstream of Kankakee dam and downstream of Wilmington dam. He said Dave Zack of Momence Conservancy District reported fair-to-good smallmouth, largemouth and other fish east of Momence. In Indiana, Mullady reported decent fishing around mouths of creeks or bayous with water.

LAKEFRONT: Water remains mucked up. Very few salmon and steelhead being caught around Chicago harbors. Snaggers doing fair.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Any remaining spotty ice will be gone. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good-to-excellent walleye (10 to 30 feet over mud flats adjacent to break edges). MINOC-
Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported muskies (not a lot, but big ones to 50.25 inches on suckers), walleye (with redtails over transition
areas in 25 to 50 feet), crappie and yellow perch (in 12 to 20 feet) as good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Lake remains mucked up. Lakers are still on the Port of Indiana reef, but the water is too dirty.

SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside reported some crappie being caught down 12 feet along the wood. Some muskie, including a 46-incher, being caught.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that whitefish are picking up slowly.

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