Updated: July 21, 2012 6:26AM
LAKEFRONT PERCH: With southwest winds, the hope is that perch will
explode before the July closure in Illinois. CHICAGO: ‘‘It is good enough to keep us interested,’’ said Steve Palmisano of Henry’s. ‘‘We are seeing six and eight with a few limits. In general, it seems to be building. The wind is the right direction. Go early and late.’’ Minnows are taking fish, but the bite turns toward soft shells. Park Bait reported good perch Tuesday at Montrose (some inside, too), at Belmont and at the mouth of Diversey. There are some around Burnham/Northerly Island, too. Boaters have had a tough time off Navy Pier; just a few, mainly around the weeds. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph at the Salmon Stop reported perch slowed Monday. Before that, boaters were doing well in 30 to 60 feet. Shore fishing is spotty. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported some limits of perch (mainly smaller) east of the Donut outside the Ditch.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported excellent bluegills near shore. Catfish are very good on stinkbait, leeches or roaches; Grass and Fox are best. Walleye are good on main lake points or wind-blown shorelines; Bluff and Petite are best. White bass are decent; Marie is best.
CHICAGO RIVER: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass reported big catfish and carp near Origins Park and the boat ramp. Boaters are taking good bass on drop-shots at State Street and in the Ogden Slip.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD : Site staff reported water was 94 degrees at Braidwood’s south end Tuesday. LaSALLE: As of Tuesday, the lake remained open daily.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported ‘‘fantastic’’ fishing, especially for bluegills (12 to 14 feet) and largemouth (12 to 15 feet). GENEVA: Duwe reported very good fishing as water reached 70 degrees. Largemouth and bluegills are being caught in 10 to 12 feet, and rock bass are in shallow areas with rock.
DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch reported slow current in northern Cook created lakelike conditions, with largemouth and bluegills being caught. He did well with a Roostertail near River Grove for largemouth and small bluegills. He said channel catfish are good in currents, riffles or below the dams from Hofmann Dam downstreak.
DOWNSTATE: REND: Army Corps reported excellent largemouth, channel catfish and crappie (6 to 10 feet).
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: River keeps dropping. Alex Kiscellus does well for smallmouth by ‘‘locating feeding fish in and adjacent to what current is available’’; best is ‘‘the deeper side of mid-river gravel bars on aggressively fished medium-diving crankbaits.’’
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Coming up 3 feet at Spring Valley, the river is near normal pool. Time on the Water Outdoors reported catfish are best bite on cut bait, cheesebait and crawlers in the deep holes.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Parts of Kankakee County received more than 7 inches of rain Saturday, so the river rose and dirtied. Norm Minas emailed: ‘‘Before the rain, I hadn’t seen it this low this early since 1988. Fish were in faster
water, using the mats of the long, flowing, stringy weeds, and around shaded areas. After the rain, they were from the first seam in to tight to the shore.’’ Ed Mullady reported good catfish in both states.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported excellent pike (in the weeds) with nearly all species in 10 feet or less around weeds. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported summer patterns setting up. Pike (over weeds in 4 to 8 feet) and walleye (along weed edges in 14 to 23 feet) are very good. Muskies, largemouth and smallmouth are good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. Mik-Lurch reported good steelhead at the mouth of the Ditch and Michigan City, especially for trollers with J-13 orange Rapalas or orange spoons. Some steelhead moved into the streams. Boaters continue to do unbelievably well for coho in 65 to 80 feet, with some bigger fish in 80 to 110 feet. The new UV spoons are working well.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN : Tyler Harmon messaged that rivers are very low and warm. He said steelhead are slow,
inland lakes are best for bass and panfish (mornings and evenings) and perch are going good on Lake Michigan.