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07/11: Midwest Fishing Report

Updated: August 12, 2012 6:38AM

LAKEFRONT PERCH: REMINDER: In the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan, those 15 and younger may catch 10 perch daily during the July closure for those 16 and older. CHICAGO: The hot perch bite in the harbors last week slowed with the blow. INDIANA: Before the blow, Mik-Lurch reported perch in 17 feet along the beaches and the mouth of the Port.

AREA LAKES: Especially as the heat eases and the water moderates, the top bite continues to be largemouth early and late. Mike Matuk reported some quality largemouth action last week on Whalon. As long as lakes haven’t reached the stressing point, there has been some good action for catfish and bluegills, too.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported largemouth are good on weed lines or other heavy cover and catfish are good on Sonny’s. Bluegills have dropped back.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Arden Katz reported excellent panfish (bluegills on trout worms, perch on hellgrammites) in 17 feet. Guide Dave Duwe reported excellent largemouth on the outside edge of the weeds in 16 to 19 feet. GENEVA: Duwe reported good bluegills and rock bass in 12 to 15 feet and bass relatively shallow in 15 to 17 feet by drop-shotting small finesse worms or by Lindy-rigging night crawlers fished vertically.

DOWNSTATE NOTES: EVERGREEN: The main recreation area (east launch) will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday for the triathlon. REND: Army Corps of Engineers said crappie (in 6 to
10 feet or shallow around Ina marina pilings) and channel catfish (along rocks and by dam) are excellent.

FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: The Fox went through a fish kill. Some, such as Alex Kiscellus, are suggesting fishermen consider not fishing until the water and oxygen levels rise. Otherwise, he suggested targeting hardier fish (smallmouth) early and late. Ken Gortowski pointed out the historically low water levels are the perfect time to explore and record the holes and spots along the river.

GREEN/STURGEON BAYS, WIS.: The Wisconsin DNR reported some walleye being caught offshore from the discharge at the Metro ramp. Others are working the lower bay in 15 to 26 feet with harnesses.

KANKAKEE RIVER: River remains low, but fishing has been good. During the Kankakee River Fishing Derby, Joyce Siwicki of Momence caught a derby-record northern pike of 14 pounds, 12 ounces. Ed Mullady reported catfishing continues to be good and pike are good in quieter waters near shore or by in-water brush. Norm Minas suggested using the low water as a chance to see ‘‘how structural and cover elements are laid out.’’ He said key is fishing faster water, riffle areas, neck downs, channel areas and deeper flats. Also, find shaded areas and try fishing earlier or later in low light.

LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top. CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported good kings mixed with rainbows and coho in 60 to 70 feet east of the Chicago harbors; use spoons near the bottom for kings, small Dodgers and flies from the surface to down 40 feet for coho. He said there are kings 1 1/2 miles southeast of the R4 in 60 to 70 feet. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported big kings in fair numbers in 50 to 80 feet. WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph of the Salmon Stop reported salmon slid deeper (80 to 110 feet) and spoons, such as Moonshine or glow ones, working well, especially Blue Jackal and Dancing Anchovy. For the spring coho, he said to work from the surface to 25 feet down with Dodgers and flies. Some steelhead are mixed in. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported spectacular fishing on the hill in 70 to 150 feet straight out for big kings, coho and a few steelhead. Guys on Wisconsin side are doing well, too. Good time to get out and catch a big fish. RICHARD J. DALEY SPORTFISHING DERBY: In July, the species are carp, catfish, perch (15 and younger), coho, Chinook and steelhead. Check fish in at Henry’s.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported excellent panfish (15 feet or less around weeds) and good action on walleye (just outside the weeds in 10 to 15 feet), pike and largemouth (shallow shoreline structure). MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported largemouth (early along inside weed lines) and smallmouth (deep coontail edges in 14 to 20 feet) are very good to excellent. Bluegills are good to very good, relating to weeds. Walleye and muskies are good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. North winds have limited effort, but trollers continue to do well for kings. Because of the hot water in streams, steelhead are staged outside of the Ditch and Michigan City in about 40 feet, according to Mik-Lurch. Willow Slough is producing some panfish.

SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside’s fourth
annual bluegill open is Saturday. Heaviest 10-fish stringer per family wins. Denny Sands recommended trying for the hybrid redears suspending in the deep trees down 8 to 12 feet or along the weed beds.

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT: Wisconsin DNR reported some shore fishermen casting spoons at low light catching browns in Racine County, while trollers with flies are working 40 to 80 feet down for coho and Chinook.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged the fishing remains much the same. The water is too warm for steelhead in the rivers (very low), so steelhead action is on the lake. Inland lakes have bass and bluegills.

WOLF LAKE: Mik-Lurch reported fishing has slowed. Fish are in the deep holes.

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