Updated: November 25, 2012 11:47AM
AREA LAKES: Most weekend effort was for fall trout: 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: Arden Katz reported doing well for crappie, with white bass and a few walleye mixed in, in 12 to 15 feet on Bluff and Marie on minnows on a drop-shot. Bluegills are shallow on Channel. NOTE: Fox River chapter of Muskies Inc. holds its fall Challunge on the Chain from
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday from Famous Freddies on Fox.
DES PLAINES RIVER: Levels are fluctuating, but Marcus Benesch reported pike remain active in seams and dead current. Some sauger and walleye reported downstream of Salt Creek.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Levels have been fluctuating quickly. Ken Gortowski reported smallmouth active farther upstream.
ILLINOIS RIVER: SPRING VALLEY: Time on the Water Outdoors reported crappie biting around pilings or wood. White bass are either on or completely off around creek mouths or rip-rap. Sauger are being caught, but they take sorting.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Basin received significant rain, which should help. Ed Mullady said Dave Zack of the Kankakee River Conservancy reported good crappie, some catfish, smallmouth and pike and a few walleye around Momence. Norm Minas caught four species (smallmouth, rock bass, pike and walleye) on three lures (crankbait, hard jerkbait, rattlebait) in various current areas.
LAKEFRONT: Lakers are showing for shore fishermen on the South Side. Ray Hinton caught several on a white crankbait or a blue-and-white Cleo. Mik-Lurch reported one laker of 15 pounds from Burnham. Some kings still around.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good-to-excellent walleye (break edges adjacent to mud flats), pike and panfish. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported muskies are very good, especially on suckers. Walleye are fair to good (large lakes best).
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Ed McCain at Mik-Lurch reported lakers being caught on the Port of Indiana reef. Some inside Lake Street, too. With the rain, more steelhead are moving in the streams.
ROOT RIVER, WISCONSIN: Wisconsin DNR reported current has picked up, which means more fish should come upstream. Since last Thursday, they passed more than 1,000 kings upstream. There are kings and coho downstream.
SHABBONA LAKE: Jim ‘‘The Crappie Professor’’ Kopjo emailed: ‘‘The fall bite [on crappie] is on.’’ His buddy Chris Brewer of Brookfield dominated Lakeside’s first crappie/bluegill open Saturday with big crappie. Denny Sands at Lakeside said big bluegills were caught, too. Muskies (mainly smaller) are active.