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10/17: Midwest Fishing Report

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Updated: November 18, 2012 7:02AM

FISH OF THE WEEK: Mike Kolec (above) of Edison Park on the Northwest Side caught this 18-pound salmon on salmon roe last week from the Kewaunee River in Wisconsin.

FALL TROUT: Illinois’ fall trout season opens Saturday. Those 16 and older need a license and an inland trout stamp. Daily bag is five. Nearby lakes are Axehead, Belleau and Horsetail (Cook County); Pickerel, Grove and Silver (DuPage); Bird Park Quarry (Kankakee); Big Lake at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area (Kendall); and Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park and Banana Lake (Lake).

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported walleye are good around currents on small jigs and fatheads; some quality fish from Channel and Marie. For white bass, find them, then switch to slip-bobber and minnows. Muskies are active on small suckers or jerkbaits; try trolling southern lakes.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: Guide Dave Duwe reported fish moving shallower on Delavan with bluegills very good (suspended in 40 feet). On Geneva, he said the best bites are smallmouth bass (in 22 to 28 feet off main lake points) and yellow perch.

FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Ken Gortowski reported better fishing reports from Bob Long Jr. and Nat Lawrence, who were fishing northern sections with fly rods.

KANKAKEE RIVER: Ed Mullady reported low water has many fishing from shore. He reported good pike around mouths of creeks, rivers and ditches and catfish as very good. Norm Minas said his last trip was mostly a rattlebait bite for smallmouth. He cast into faster water and brought it back to slower.

LAKEFRONT: Salmon are turning dark on shore in Chicago, but action continues at night at Montrose, and Carl Vizzone caught four Tuesday (two on spawn and two on jigs) at Belmont. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported lakers and kings being caught in 120 to 200 feet out of North Point. Fish are at all levels but scattered. He said best action likely will be around the reefs.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported walleye, pike and panfish as the best bites. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported very good muskie action; cloudy, windy days are best. Walleye and pike are good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported creeks are loaded up with fish, especially fresh steelhead, after the rains. Some kings still are being taken at Hammond Marina, East Chicago Marina, in Deep River and at the Hole-in-the-Wall. Walleye are picking up at Wolf Lake, including a 26-incher.

SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside holds its first Crappie/Bluegill Open on Saturday. Go to or call (815) 824-2581.

WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Heavy rains raised the flow, making excellent walleye in the river, guide Bill Stoeger said. White bass are scattered. Heavy current make crappie spots tough.

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