Updated: October 6, 2012 1:54PM
AREA LAKES: Weekend weather change may bring crappie fishermen out again, otherwise it has primarily been catfish, largemouth (frogs evenings) and bluegill (weed edges and pockets).
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported catfish and white bass (try the river, around the bridges or drifting deeper on Maria main lake areas) are best. For bluegill, try shaded areas until the weather changes this weekend. Some nice muskies and flatheads being caught.
DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch reported good pike action starting on brightly-colored stickbaits in cooler, deeper sections near bridges and large storm pipes. Rock bass and bluegill are good around any hiding structure.
DOWNSTATE NOTE: EVERGREEN: The bait shop/boat rental runs until Sept. 23: bait shop daily 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; boat rental, Fridays through Sunday.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Ken Gortowski reported patterning smallmouth hard, and even odder the number of largemouth caught. The one pattern he did find was stick to the last two or three hours of the day. He said rain did little for levels.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors reported best bite remains channel catfish on crawlers; white bass are picking up slightly and a few sauger were caught.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Ed Mullady reported pike active from 4 p.m. until just after dark; channel catfish are good low light through the night. Norm Minas reported river dropping, even with the rains. He tried many things, found Pike Minnow best for smallmouth and gar worked along channel edges and over flats.
LAKEFRONT: Waiting for shoreline salmon. CHICAGO: Fair fishing when weather allows. Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported deeper water still best bet, but some 4-year-old kings by the R4. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph at Salmon Stop reported a few perch from shore; otherwise blows limited the boaters over the weekend. NORTH POINT: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported good fishing in 100-200 feet outside of the hill, mostly salmon with good lakers some days.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good to excellent pike action (10 feet or less around weeds, bigger ones deeper) with a good bite for muskie, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice Of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported good action for largemouth (weeds, especially toward evening), bluegill (better ones on deep weed edges or around deep wood), smallmouth (returning to rocks, best with big leeches or crawlers in 19-15 feet) and walleye are fair to good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Waiting on shoreline salmon. Mik-Lurch reported steelhead are up the creek, but are very line shy from the bump-snaggers; best on spinners, spawn or roe. A troller picked up some kings outside of The Ditch on Sunday, so maybe there is hope for shoreline salmon.