09/26: Midwest Fishing Report
BY DALE BOWMAN firstname.lastname@example.org September 25, 2012 8:00PM
Updated: October 27, 2012 6:19AM
SHORELINE SALMON: CHICAGO: Mike Repa at Park Bait said at least nine kings (four on Montrose horseshoe, four at Belmont, one at Montrose mouth) were caught Tuesday morning; spoons and crankbaits are working. Henry’s reported fish being seen in all the harbors, with decent catches at Montrose, Burnham and 63rd. WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph reported shore fishermen catching kings off the pier with bodybaits (jointed Rapalas, ThunderSticks or Rat-l-traps) or smaller spoons. Fishermen using smelt strips, squid or spawn are picking up an
occasional brown. Shallow boaters are using classics (Rapalas or J-plugs). INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported casters (Frenzies are best) outcatching trollers; best in front of the Ditch, but also good in the shipping channel, at the Hole-in-the-Wall and at Hammond Marina, East Chicago Marina and Buffington. SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN: Arden Katz reported good kings at Milwaukee. He fished Rat-l-traps while his buddy caught three on consecutive casts with a Red Eye Shad. Wisconsin DNR reported Chinook being caught off the north and south piers at Racine in predawn hours using glow spoons. A few browns on spoons mornings and evenings. SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that fish are moving in the rivers in good numbers; he expects a good week.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Katz reported fair walleye Monday in 11 to 12 feet off points of Lake Marie and good bluegills shallow on Catherine. Triangle
reported white bass are stronger; drift in 10 to 12 feet. Walleye are improving with cooler weather, transitioning to minnows. Bass improved for numbers shallow. Muskie bite is just beginning to step up.
DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch reported ‘‘most productive pike fishing’’ since last fall, with fish to 25 inches; best are minnow-type crankbaits (silver or white best) worked around fallen trees, especially ones creating slack pools.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Sam Bennett found a few smallmouth; best on minnow baits worked near the head or tail of riffles near deeper water. Downstream, Ken Gortowski caught many largemouth with only a few smallmouth. All were caught where baitfish were dimpling the surface.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas
reported walleye (to 27 inches) taking billed minnow baits on channel edges and associated flats. He is catching bass in weedy and non-weedy areas, while riffles, channel areas and associated flats still are producing. Ed Mullady reported pike (around remaining weed beds) and catfish (best evening into night) as good and largemouth
improving in quieter waters in and near bayous.
RIVER: Chamber of Commerce
reported good-to-excellent walleye (15 to 30 feet off break edges), pike (15 feet or less in and around weeds) and panfish and good muskies and smallmouth.
SHABBONA LAKE: Denny Sands at Lakeside reported bluegills are the best bite; try along the weed line, with bigger ones on the rock piles. Muskies are more active. Crappie are spotty.
WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger said crappie are excellent; best upstream working any wood in deep water with light current. White bass are best downriver (Rat River to the lake), but they are scattered. Fish until you find them, then anchor.