09/19: Midwest Fishing Report
BY DALE BOWMAN firstname.lastname@example.org September 18, 2012 7:00PM
Updated: October 20, 2012 6:21AM
SHORELINE SALMON: Monday was a better day, but the blow Tuesday made it tougher. CHICAGO: Park Bait
reported lots of kings off the horseshoe Monday, but they were only in the mouth of Montrose Harbor on Tuesday, primarily on spoons (glow at night). Henry’s reported a 17-pounder caught Tuesday at 39th. Other productive spots have been 43rd and 63rd. WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph of the Salmon Stop said getting out early is key. Kastmater or Moonshine spoons and the classics (Krocodiles, K.O. Wobblers) are catching some kings and a few browns. NORTHWEST
INDIANA: Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch reported casters taking kings (mostly females) at the mouth of the Ditch with Moonshines, Frenzies and Lucky Crafts. Trollers with J-13s or Fast Track Shad are taking fish. Hole-in-the-Wall is producing from shore and boat. Some at Buffington, too. SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN: Arden Katz reported good kings on 3/4 -ounce Rat-l-traps at Milwaukee. Wisconsin DNR
reported some kings being caught before dawn off both north and south piers at Racine. A few browns, too. SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged there is ‘‘no big show of fish’’ but a few around the piers and in the rivers.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Katz reported good crappie in 12 to 15 feet on minnows on split-shot rigs on Marie and Bluff. Walleye the same way in 8 to 10 feet. Triangle staff suggested trying bridge areas for walleye. Excellent bluegills are shallow; Petite and Bluff are best. Muskies are improving on small bucktails; Channel and Catherine are best. For fair white bass, try river and main lake areas.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: With cooling water, Mazonia lakes should be prime for fall bite. LaSALLE: Should be open daily through September. HEIDECKE: Victor
Blackful had a good Sunday while shore-fishing for catfish, including three heavier than 7 pounds on cutbait on the bottom.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: River needs more rain. Sam Bennett reported good action for smallmouth on jig and twister. Flatheading has wound down for the year.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water reported decent catfish action. Water (low 70s) is still warm for sauger and crappie. There’s a few white bass early and late.
KANKAKEE RIVER: River needs water. Ed Mullady reported best smallmouth where fast water flows near quieter water. Good catfish in both states. Norm Minas did best for smallmouth working pipeline areas or those with large rocks and/or boulders with rattle-baits or crankbaits.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER:
Chamber of Commerce reported good-to-excellent pike (10 feet or shallower around weeds) and panfish (15 feet or less off weed edges). MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported good smallmouth (gravel humps in 18 to 28 feet with chubs, leeches or crawlers), perch (drowned wood in 14 to 18 feet) and bluegills (8 to 12 feet, though pumpkinseeds are good shallower).
NORTHWEST INDIANA: For shoreline salmon, see top. Mik-Lurch reported spinners, spawn and shrimp taking coho, steelhead and kings in all the creeks. Willow Slough reopened to boat fishing Tuesday.
SHABBONA LAKE: Clint Sands
reported walleye picked up over the weekend, including the 8.9-pounder caught by Kip Hildebrand. On Saturday, six muskies were caught for the open, most by trollers with Super Shad Raps or Depth Raiders. The biggest was 38 1/2 inches. Fishing has picked up with cooler water.
WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger reported good white bass (all different sizes) from about Boom Island to the mouth on river rigs or jig and minnow. Crappie, averaging 10 to 11 inches, are filling into the trees pretty well.