Weather Updates

10/31: Midwest Fishing Report

AREA LAKES: Once the weather settles, it will be back to typical late-fall crappie fishing until ice forms (and it feels like it will this year).

reported decent crappie and a few white bass in 12 to 15 feet on Marie and Bluff with minnows on drop-shot rigs. Only two muskies were caught in the fall Challunge on the Chain. Russ and Chris Schaller won with a 34.75-inch muskie caught on Fox Lake. Triangle
reported fair muskie fishing; best on small suckers or small jerkbaits in 15 to 25 feet. Bluegills are good, especially on sunnier days. Look for crappie near channel-mouth areas mornings and evenings.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: Guide Dave Duwe reported good walleye in 12 to 15 feet at night on Delavan. Pike and crappie are improving. On Geneva, Duwe said perch are fantastic (sort for keepers) in 9 to 12 feet. Smallmouth are on spawning flats in 9 to 10 feet or main lake structure in 22 to 25 feet.

DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch reported some small pike on large crankbaits near Robinson Woods. Farther upstream, Jason Norris of reported excellent pike, including some of 20-plus inches, on spinner baits, inline spinners or Rapalas. He has been doing well on ChatterBaits.

FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Ken Gortowski reported some smallmouth last week in the warmer water, but they slowed with the cold and clear water.

ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors reported those trolling crankbaits by Senachwine or rip-rap are taking sauger and walleye (keepers take much sorting). Some white bass by the rip-rap and at the Vermilion. Some decent crappie by Jonesville on the Vermilion.

KANKAKEE RIVER: With hunting seasons open in both states, remember to check accessibility. Ed Mullady reported reported fair-to-good smallmouth around mouths of ditches or creeks, rock-lined banks, drifts or edge of fast water over slow water. Pike are good tight to shore or by brush piles.

LAKEFRONT: Waiting on the historic blow to pass.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good walleye (right off break edges adjacent to mid-lake basin mud flats or over the mud flats), pike and panfish. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported muskies as very good (best on suckers on quick-set rigs) and walleye and pike as good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Little going in the creeks. Otherwise, waiting for the historic blow to pass.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged the first whitefish of the year are being caught. Some steelhead on the lakefront and a few in the rivers.

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