Weather Updates

07/04: Midwest Fishing Report

Updated: August 5, 2012 6:31AM

LAKEFRONT PERCH: REMINDER: Perch fishing is closed in July for those 16 and older in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan, but those 15 and younger may catch 10 daily in July. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported a good school of jumbos in 22 to 30 feet a quarter- to a half-mile east of the Donut; try soft shells and spinners for bigger ones, minnows for numbers. Some are in front of the Ditch in 30 feet. West suburbanite Sammy Noto caught a 16-incher weighing 1-11 on Tuesday.

AREA LAKES: For holiday fishing, look for largemouth on topwaters early and late and on worms or Senkos at other times. Bluegills in weed pockets or outside weed lines.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported good white bass early and late. Catfish are good throughout the day on stinkbait and crawlers. Walleye are good early and late; leeches are best bait on slip-bobber rigs or Lindy rigs. Crappie are good in the late evening. Muskies are active, mostly on topwaters or bulging bucktails.

CHICAGO RIVER: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass reported 85-degree temperatures on the South Branch, which features mainly smaller bass. Main stem is 78 degrees with some larger bass.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: Fish kills are expec-
ted shortly, but neither Braidwood nor LaSalle had any major kills as of Tuesday.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported excellent fishing for largemouth (north-side piers or deep weed-line points), bluegills (10 to 15 feet) and perch (8 to 12 feet). GENEVA: Duwe reported good fishing for smallmouth (weed line in 15 to 20 feet), rock bass (12 to 15 feet) and walleye (12 to 15 feet at night) despite the intense holiday boat traffic.

DES PLAINES RIVER: Marc Benesch reported some larger pike feeding and some active bluegills and sunfish despite low water and high temperatures. DOWNSTATE: HENNEPIN CANAL:

Time on the
Water reported largemouth are very good early and late, catfish are hitting inside the locks and flatheads are hitting live bluegills above the locks.
EVERGREEN: Time on the Water reported crappie still being caught on a split-shot rig drifting in 20 to 30 feet. A few saugeye, mostly small, off weed edges.

FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Sam Bennett reported decent flatheading but no monsters. Smallmouth are slowing down. Even cooler, deeper water is pushing 80 degrees.

ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water reported low water with temperatures in the mid-80s. Catfish can be had on cut bait, cheesebait and crawlers in deep holes and snags near current. A few white bass and sauger on bladebaits around creek mouths and sand points.

KANKAKEE RIVER: Ed Mullady reported good catfish in the river and tributaries. Largemouth are best in Indiana around 10-mile road. Pike are good at the mouths of ditches in both states. Walleye are fair. Norm Minas reported river is at half its normal flow, so he has been fishing faster water, riffle areas, neckdowns, deeper flats and channel areas. DERBY: The Kankakee River Fishing Derby runs through Sunday.

LAKEFRONT: Perch notes at top. CHICAGO: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported good coho with kings mixed in in 60 to 90 feet east of Chicago harbors; early bite is important. Bite is switching from Dodgers and flies to include spoons. He said Leadcore is starting to work with spoons. WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph of the Salmon Stop reported a good bite in 60 to 80 feet and another in 90 to 110 feet for coho, kings and steelhead. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported early bite (4 a.m.) is extremely important for kings, coho and steelhead. Fish are being caught in both states, on the hill and around the hill.

MADISON LAKES, WIS.: D&S Bait reported good bluegills (suspended or hanging just outside the weeds) on Monona and a few walleye for trollers on Waubesa and Kegonsa.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported very good pike (in and around weeds), bass (largemouth shallow in heavy weeds, smallmouth off hard-bottom break edges) and panfish (in weeds or weed edges).

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported steelhead are scattered out deep, but some are shallow (12 to 30 feet) and some went up Trail with the rains; another pod is staging. Big kings with some coho are in 55 to 100 feet; best on UV meat rigs and UV spoons.

SHABBONA LAKE: Denny Sands at Lakeside
reported lots of crappie in the cribs and brush piles about 7 feet down. A good thermocline is at about 17 feet, so stay above. Hybrid stripers are chasing shad (wait for them to bust the surface). Walleye are below the hybrids taking crawlers and leeches. An occasional catfish below, too. A lot of smaller bluegills.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that he expects warming waters will push steelhead off the shore and out of rivers, which are very low. Bass fishing is good on
inland lakes.

WISCONSIN DELLS: Water is low. River’s Edge
reported smallmouth in the shallows on crawlers or leeches. Trollers are taking spotty walleye.

WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger reported mostly bluegills and crappie, plus a few walleye. Heavy rains upstream are expected to relocate fish.

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