10/3 — Midwest fishing report
October 2, 2012 7:24PM
Updated: November 4, 2012 6:22AM
SHORELINE SALMON/TROUT: DERBY: Henry’s Sports & Bait holds its ninth annual Salmon Classic from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Northerly Island. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. CHICAGO : Mike Repa at Park Bait said just two salmon were caught Tuesday morning at Montrose; there’s occasional coho and steelhead at Belmont. Steve Palmisano at Henry’s said spawn is taking a few kings and steelhead at Burnham. Ray Hinton reported “Lakefront Mike’’ Henderson even caught a nice coho from the South Side shoreline. WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph at the Salmon Stop reported spawn taking a few steelhead inside the south harbor. Shoreline boaters are shallow with fair success. INDIANA: Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch reported fresh salmon, averaging 12-14 pounds, packed at the mouth of the Ditch, loaded at the shipping channel with some at the Hole-in-the-Wall and inside Buffington. Best are chartreuse Frenzies, glow Moonshine spoons or Lucky Crafts. SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN: Arden Katz reported this is peak at Milwaukee. He and friends have been averaging five fish a night, including a 27-pounder boated by José Gutiérrez. Shore fishermen were doing well too. Rattle baits are best. At Racine, Wisconsin DNR reported Chinooks being caught off the north and south piers in the pre-dawn with glow spoons; a few browns. SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that a few fish are around, but very few being caught.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported white bass improving, try wind-blown shorelines with small minnows or spinners; Marie, Bluff or Petite, best. Muskie are fair, tray small suckers, jerkbaits or bucktails. Walleye are improving; crappie, fair.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Last day of fishing is Tuesday. Monster Lake at Mazonia South remains open year-round. LaSALLE: Last day of fishing is Oct. 14. In October, the lake is open Wednesday through Sunday. HEIDECKE: Last day of fishing is Tuesday.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: Guide Dave Duwe said fishing is good on Geneva: smallmouth are excellent in big schools in 22-25 feet (time to use the perch method). He reported Delavan is very low, use caution; fishing is fair.
DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch reported this is the best season for pike (late afternoon and evening), though panfish are being caught shallow along chunk rock.
FOX RIVER: Sam Bennett reported some smallmouth, mostly at the head or tail of deeper stretches, on northern stretches. Downstream, Ken Gortowski posted on Facebook an outing with 45 fish in three hours over the weekend, mostly largemouth with a few smallmouth, crappie and green sunfish.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Ed Mullady reported water is extremely low, but smallmouth are picking up around mouths of ditches or creeks with shallow water near deeper; catfishing good in both states and pike active from mid-afternoon to dark. Norm Minas reported many walleye between 14 to 18 inches. WALLEYE NOTE: There is no harvest under 14 inches, none between 18 and 26 inches; while three fish may be harvested between 14 and 18 inches or two between 14 and 18 inches and one over 26 inches.
LAKEFRONT : See top for shoreline salmon. CHICAGO: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported trollers having variable success (1-10 fish) deep. WAUKEGAN: Ralph said when weather allows they are setting up in 90-100 feet, then trolling to 130-140. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported morning good for trollers, afternoons depend on the day. SNAGGING: Snagging for chinook and coho is open only at these select areas on the lakefront: inner and outer harbors at Jackson Park, Lincoln Park Lagoon from the Fullerton Avenue Bridge south, Winnetka power plant discharge area and Waukegan Harbor north basin.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good to excellent walleye (10-25 feet off break edges) and pike (10 or shallower around weeds). MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice Of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported very good muskie (best on suckers, but even topwaters producing; next two weeks should be prime), pike (jig and chubs best) and crappie.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: See top for shoreline salmon. Mik-Lurch reported some steelhead, coho and kings in the streams, but they are very spooky. At Willow Slough, where boat fishing ends Oct. 11, ‘‘Bluegill Bill’’ Young caught bluegills to 11 inches, on an evening bite.