9/12: Midwest Fishing Report
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media September 11, 2012 8:20PM
Updated: October 14, 2012 1:43PM
SHORELINE SALMON: Finally, some decent reports. CHICAGO: Mike Repa at Park Bait said at least three kings were caught at Montrose Tuesday morning and at least one at Belmont; and two on the Montrose Horseshoe on Monday. It’s glow spoons at night, the usual spoons during the day. The water cooled to 66 at Montrose. NORTHWEST INDIANA: Ed McCain at Mik-Lurch said at least four were caught from shore at the Hole-in-the-wall on Reef Runners, Frenzies and Lucky Crafts Tuesday morning. SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN: In Racine, the Wisconsin DNR reported some kings off the south pier in the predawn on spoons; a few browns, mornings and evenings, on spoons. SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that some salmon started to “poke around the many rivers of the area’’ and pier fishing is starting to produce on spoons, Oslo Spinners, crankbaits, and bobbers and bait.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Arden Katz reported a good mixed bag of white bass (8-12 feet), crappie (12-15), perch and drum on Marie on minnows; drifting if wind allowed or trolling at 1 mph. Triangle suggested trying Bluff, too, for white bass; catfish are excellent on crawlers or stinkbait; bluegill are good and muskie are improving on bucktails.
CHICAGO RIVER: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass reported great largemouth bite on the main stem downtown on drop-shot rigs or small crankbaits; South Branch, slow.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Bill Lanham said water on Mazonia lakes cooled into the 70s; he said it is time to get back to crappie and channel catfish. LASALLE: Site should be staffed for daily openings (6 a.m.-sunset) through September. HEIDECKE: The Jarmon family picked up some notable catfish on Saturday.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported improved largemouth (scattered throughout the weed line), bluegill are in the (12-16 feet) and pike (in 20-25) are the best of the year. GENEVA: Duwe called smallmouth “phenomenal’’ on main lake weed points in 20-25 and bluegill are “fantastic,’’ suspended in 25-30.
DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch reported pike steady near drop-offs and cooler sections and fair rock bass and bass on small crankbaits or grubs.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Sam Bennett reported flatheads slowing as water cools and smallmouth scattered on upper sections. Downstream, Ken Gortowski reported fair smallmouth, better evenings.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors white bass starting around creek mouths and near rocks.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Ed Mullady reported catfish continuing good, late afternoon into evening; smallmouth and pike improving. Norm Minas said single-spins have been working better; on Monday, he said bars on inside bends and point bars on inflows were the only locations producing.
LAKEFRONT: For shoreline salmon, see top. CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported high winds and slow fishing, a few kings inside the R4 and R3. Park Bait reported a few perch on the outside of Montrose. NORTH POINT: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported good fishing for a mixed bag (kings, lakers, coho, steelhead and a few browns) in 100-200 feet, scattered throughout the water column on both sides of the state line; spoons are working better than normal, but Dodgers and flies are working.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good pike, smallmouth (on clearer, deeper lakes in 10-25 feet off break edges over hard bottom) and panfish. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice Of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported good smallmouth (gravel bars and humps or deep, drowned wood) and largemouth (over weed tops). Bluegill and walleye are fair to good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: For shoreline salmon, see above. McCain said spinners are taking some steelhead and a king or two in Trail; some coho on spawn sacs up Trail Creek in Michigan City. On Pine and Stone lakes, there are big bluegill, redear and a few crappie deep on the bottom.
SHABBONA LAKE: Saturday is annual Shabbona Lake Muskie Open, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Call (815) 824-2581 or go to shabbonalake.com/online.html.