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Midwest Fishing Report

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Updated: December 15, 2012 6:27AM



FISH OF THE WEEK: Stephen Lanigan Sr. of Evergreen Park caught this 44 3/8 -inch muskie on a black and chartreuse spinner bait with a modified spinner Saturday from Indiana’s fabled Webster Lake.

ICE FISHING? Muskie fishermen busted ice last week to get out in northern Wisconsin, but ice fishermen should hold on. Asked if he thought there might be ice fishing by the weekend, ‘‘Ranger Rick’’ Krueger at Guides Choice Fishing Pro Shop in Eagle River, Wis., emailed: ‘‘Not really. I’m still guiding muskies thru Friday. Open water.’’ At Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua, Wis., Karen Palmquist said: ‘‘Not unless they are wearing a rubber suit.’’ There’s a slight chance in protected smaller coves and bays by the weekend, but it’s doubtful.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Arden Katz
reported best for him was bluegills very shallow on the north end of Channel. Staff at Triangle suggested trying first ice spots for crappie; look in pockets in the weeds and around piers in deeper channels. Muskies are active. For walleye, try around bridges and moving water.

KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas reported some smallmouth and ‘‘so-so’’ walleye around Kankakee and the state park. Ed Mullady said catfish continue to be caught in both states. He said Dave Zack of Momence Kankakee River Conservancy District reported walleye, smallmouth, largemouth and crappie being caught east of Momence. Mullady said best in Indiana is around the mouths of ditches and bayous.

LAKEFRONT: Some panfish are starting to be caught from the North Side harbors; no perch reports. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters, who will charter until Dec. 3, reported the Waukegan and Julian reefs are loaded with big spawning lakers tight to the bottom. He also is catching coho with a few steelhead and kings mixed in in 220 to 280 feet east of Waukegan and North Point.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good muskies (outside weed edges and break edges in 20 feet or less), walleye, pike and panfish. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported wind and rain kept anglers at bay. Suckers on quick-set rigs are the way for muskies.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch
reported some perch from the Hole-in-the-Wall. Weather forecast looks stable, so there might be a boat fishery in the next week or so. A few lakers are being caught on the Port of Indiana reef. Some winter-run steelhead are showing up in the streams.

SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside is closed. It will reopen for ice fishing around mid-December.



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