Updated: July 3, 2012 12:50PM
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported shallow bluegill are the top bite; try waxies rigged on ice jigs under small floats; catfish are improving (3-8-pound range) on stinkbait, crawlers or roaches; white bass are shallow but likely to move back to 8-10 feet; pike are fair around creeks. Walleye should improve as current picks up from upstream rains.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported outstanding fishing: largemouth on shore (inside weed line); bluegill are in 2-4 feet waiting to spawn; smallmouth are in 12; pike are on the weed lines in 16-18; walleye are on the deep weed line in 15-20. GENEVA: Duwe said rock bass are everywhere; bluegill are tight to shore; smallmouth are starting to spawn (8-10 feet); largemouth are around docks.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Sam Bennett said smallmouth are holding in summer patterns: fast deeper water days, tails of riffles evenings; dams are good, though crowded, as oxygen becomes important. Flatheads are improving, with Fox Valley Flatheaders founder Marty Jadura landing a 30-pound-plus; walleye are spotty. Alex Kiscellus did best in Montgomery area for smallmouth below riffles or at the bottom of swifter-moving chutes on 3-inch, white Power grub bounced off the bottom, but erratic jerkbaits like X-Raps have been producing for others as well as topwaters early and late.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors reported catfish are the top bite on cut shad; white bass are hitting sporadically on Big Dudes or minnows.
KANKAKEE RIVER: River is low. Ed Mullady reported good catfish throughout; he said walleye are fair in Illinois in shallow waters near deeper water, and crappie and bluegill are good at Horseshoe Bend in Indiana. Norm Minas caught fish in a variety of places: riffles to seams to flats to emergent veggies with everything: Spook, buzzbaits, single and tandem spins, crankbaits, rattlebaits and jig/plastics. He caught smallmouth, walleye, catfish, gar, pike, rock bass, sunfish and largemouth.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly reported limits of coho a mile around the R4, east of the Car Ferry in 75-110 feet, east of Montrose, Diversey and the Carter Harrison in 80-120 and east of Burnham in 60-100 with some lakers, rainbows and kings mixed in. The coho are coming on small Dodgers and flies. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported in 75-125 there is ‘‘a hell of a band of fish’’ with coho, lakers and a few kings; Dodgers and flies best, surface on down. Perch are around, especially on the outside at Montrose, according to Park Bait, but it’s spotty. Henry’s also reported some starting at Burnham/Northerly Island, 39th and 63rd. Park Bait also reported some sheephead off Montrose. Bite is minnows or soft shells. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph at Salmon Stop reported boaters working 70-120 straight out and south with Yellow Birds and Dodgers and flies or spoons for coho and some kings; in 120-170, there’s big kings and lakers (some coho nearer the surface) on big white Dodgers and white flies. Perch are in 60-65 for boaters; a few are being caught by shore fishermen. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported good coho with some kings in 120-160; but there’s also some fish sh allow on the beach. RICHARD J. DALEY SPORTFISHING DERBY: In June, the species are carp, catfish, perch, coho and chinook. Fish may be entered at Henry’s Sports & Bait or Park Bait.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Fair to decent muskie season opener. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good fishing with most species in 10 feet or less, in or around weeds; the exception is smallmouth (catch-and-release) over gravel, rock or sand bottoms. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice Of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported largemouth as very good and active shallow. Smallmouth, crappies (weeds in 7-10 feet), muskie (active mostly shallow in weeds in 4-10), bluegill (prespawn but soon to bed) and pike (over weed flats in 4-8) are good .
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Smallmouth are good on Poor Boys or PowerBait twistertails; full moon is Monday. Mik-Lurch reported steelhead caught off the Michigan City piers over the weekend; boaters are catching steelhead and kings in 90-200 and lots of coho in 65.
SHABBONA LAKE: Clint Sands at Lakeside said, ‘‘I have never seen so many walleye caught as the last few weeks.’’ Best has been a crawler or leech; most are fishing the east bay. Bass have been consistent, starting to hit topwaters. Crappie are done spawning, moving back to cribs. Bluegill are up spawning. Water is 74 degrees.
WOLF LAKE: Mik-Lurch reported trollers with Rapalas are doing best for walleye; for shore guys, try leeches under a bobber.