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05/23: Midwest Fishing Report

Updated: July 2, 2012 10:02AM

COTTONWOOD FLUFF: I repeat advice from Steve Magdziarz from three years ago: ‘‘Reel in with the rod tip under-
water. Minimizes the dam stuff!’’

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported bluegills (shallow) should be the holiday bite. White bass are good. For walleye, try split-shot rigs with floaters or gold hooks (leeches or crawlers), Lindy rigs or Frenzy crankbaits around bridges or main lake points. Catfish are improving on stinkbait, crawlers or leeches. Largemouth are shallow.

CHICAGO RIVER: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass reported some big bluegills on the South Branch. River is back to normal after NATO lockdown.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Bluegills and redear should be the top holiday bites at
Mazonia. Close goes to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
LaSALLE: Jim Hartley reported good blues and hybrids Saturday. HEIDECKE: There have been some great crappie reports, but most will be targeting hybrids or walleye.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Arden Katz reported crappie on the west end in 8 to 12 feet just above the weeds. Bass are shallow; best on plastics. Bluegills are shallow. GENEVA:
Guide Dave Duwe said fishing is
improving. Rock bass are active in 8 to 12 feet, bluegills are shallow and largemouth are in and around the dock.

DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch reported multiple species being caught below the Brandon Road Lock & Dam with crankbaits or spinners. At Schiller Woods, pike are good on current breaks and rock bass are improving.

DOWNSTATE NOTES: REND: Army Corps of Engineers reported excellent bedding bluegills, catfish near the spawn and crappie scattered. SHELBYVILLE: Slightly below normal pool. Mike’s Tackle World reported white bass and walleye pick up as crappie wind down.

ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors reported white bass and catfish taking off.

KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas said river is not completely wadeable (should be by the weekend). He is fishing current cuts with rattlebaits, spinner baits and topwaters for bass still in the prespawn mode or current seams on the downstream side of riffles. Ed Mullady reported catfish good in both states and rock bass extremely good around Momence.

LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Smallmouth are around the harbors. Park Bait reported a few perch off the south rocks Tuesday and lots of sheephead off the Horseshoe. Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported laker limits east of Diversey and Montrose in 80 to 120 feet on big Dodgers (silver and smoke) and big green crinkle and Blue Boy flies, nice kings down 50 to 65 feet on spoons in the same area and plenty of coho on the surface down to 30 feet on small Dodger and peanut flies. Kelly also reported nice kings, coho and lakers just east of the R4. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters
reported coho with some kings and lakers in 60 to 120 feet.
WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph of Salmon Stop
reported mostly coho with a few kings in 80 to 110 feet; best on Mardi Gras fly (purple, green, gold). Bigger fish are best on Wonderfread Dodger and Little Boy Blue or blue aqua flies in the lower 20 feet. Some perch in 57 to 62 feet
. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported plenty of coho on shore in 15 to 20 feet, but most are fishing in 100 to 200 feet for coho with some kings and lakers. He called it ‘‘phenomenal.’’

Chamber of Commerce reported
excellent pike, bigger fish deeper, crappie and perch (both in 10 feet or less around weeds).
MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported pike (in weeds or around downed wood) and perch (around wood or shallow weeds) as very good. Walleye, bluegills, largemouth and smallmouth are good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported excellent bluegills at Willow Slough and most other ponds/lakes. Smallmouth are near to bedding on Lake Michigan. Salmon are in 65 to 120 feet. Just a few perch reports.

reported white bass and crappie as the top bites.

WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger reported lots of male white bass, most in deep water. Some females starting to move; best on river rigs with flies (purple and red) or

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