Updated: July 28, 2012 6:32AM
LAKEFRONT PERCH: Early-week winds slowed action, but building southwest winds should help. REMINDER : On Sunday, the hated July closure for perch fishing in Illinois waters begins. However, those 15 and younger may catch and keep 10 perch daily in July. DERBY: On Saturday, Henry’s eighth annual perch fishing derby will be held at Northerly Island. Registration begins at 4:30 a.m. Fishing is 5-9 a.m. It’s free. CHICAGO: Park Bait reported some being caught again Tuesday; best baits remain minnows and soft shells. Winds dramatically slowed boat fishing. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph at the Salmon Stop said some perch are being caught off the government pier. One day, the end of the pier is best; the next day, it is the middle. Before the blow, boaters found them in 30 to 60 feet. NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported a pack of boats working Cal Park in 12 to 17 feet. Some at Burns Ditch, too.
KANKAKEE DERBY: The Kankakee River Fishing Derby (kankakeefishingderby.com) is Friday through July 8
SKAMANIA MANIA: The 23rd annual Skamania Mania (nwisteelheaders.org) is Saturday and Sunday in Michigan City, Ind. The 12 largest steelhead win gift cards to Cabela’s. Weigh-in is at the Steelheaders tent on the south side of the Michigan City harbor.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported water is getting low, but walleye remain good early and late; leeches are best. Catfish are good on stinkbait, crawlers or leeches. Bluegills are good; find shade. For white bass, drift to find them, then set up on any of the lakes.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Arden Katz reported ‘‘suicidal bluegills’’ Tuesday in 12 to 15 feet outside the weed edge. Guide Dave Duwe reported ‘‘fantastic fishing’’ with good walleye (dawn and dusk in 20 to 22 feet) and largemouth (outside the weed line in 16 to 18 feet). GENEVA: Duwe said largemouth (shallow weed flats), smallmouth (break line) and rock bass (hard sand bottoms with scattered weeds) are best.
DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch emailed river is low but stable. Panfish have been great at Schiller Woods. Pike are in the deep holes and log jams.
DOWNSTATE NOTES: REND: Guide Jason
Johns reported catfish are best. Army Corps of Engineers reported bluegills also excellent. EVERGREEN: Ray Thompson forwarded a report of a bass fisherman (crankbaits/spinner baits) catching nine muskies Friday.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Very low water. But Sam Bennett said flatheads are going. He said deeper, faster water is best for smallmouth. Ken Gortowski said river is lowest he has seen it since at least 2005, but he is picking up multiple species on a 1 /16 th-ounce jig with a pearl 3-inch Producto Spring Grub.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas said river is at half normal flow and nearing 80 degrees, so he adjusted to the smallmouth, which are best near faster water, shade or low light on aggressive baits such as rattlebaits, crankbaits and topwaters. He said catfish are in faster water and neckdown areas. Ed Mullady reported smallmouth at the rocky mouths of ditches and bayous in both states. Walleye are fair in low light.
LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top. CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported good fishing in 80 to 130 feet east of the Chicago harbors. Coho are in the top 50 feet; best on small Dodgers and flies. Kings are in the middle; best on spoons or big Dodgers and flies. Lakers are on the bottom; best on smoke or silver Dodgers and green crinkle or Blue Boy flies. Capt. Bob
Poteshman of Confusion Charters
reported lakers, coho, steelhead and kings in 85 to 120 feet north of Montrose. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported coho are high in the water column in 40 to 70 feet. Bigger fish are taking a white fly and white Dodger in 90 to 150 feet down 60 to 90 feet. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported good coho, some steelhead and a few big kings just past the hill in 100 to 150 feet.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported excellent pike (right in the shallow, heavy weeds or just off the weed edge), very good panfish (shallow around weeds) and good muskie (PMTT had a record-setter last weekend).
NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. Mik-Lurch reported steelhead moved into creeks; what the heat does is the question. Another pod should be in front of Michigan City later this week; best have been rattling bodybaits and
orange spoons. Kings (meat rigs, spoons, Dodgers and flies) are everywhere,
including lots of big ones. Coho, too, in the magic 60- to 70-foot range.
WOLF LAKE: Mik-Lurch reported walleye picking up again on jumbo leeches.