Updated: December 29, 2012 6:28AM
NORTHERN WISCONSIN ICE FISHING? Maybe by the weekend, there’s a chance for early ice fishermen. Staff at Eagle Sports Center in Eagle River said it hit 0 degrees Tuesday morning. Staff at Kurt’s Island Sport Shop said they expect some to be trying by the weekend, some bays already have an inch or so.
LAKEFRONT PERCH: Friday’s blow dirtied and riled the waters, slowing action. CHICAGO: Those going very early are doing better. Some small perch are being caught at Diversey and Navy Pier, keepers take sorting; fewer at Montrose. Arden Katz said for action Mini-Mites and spikes are best; though he said minnow fishermen are catching some bigger ones. Steve Palmisano at Henry’s said a few started in the river at 92nd and 95th. INDIANA BOATS: The blow shut it down after Thanksgiving, but the weather forecast for the weekend looks favorable for spots like Gary Light, Portage and possibly even the breakwall at Cal Harbor. Mik-Lurch reported some quality perch caught from shore at the Hole-in-the-Wall.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported muskie are the main target, primarily on suckers; Catherine and Channel are the top lakes. Water is low, so use caution with boats. For crappie, try deeper channels and main lake points. For walleye, Marie and Bluff have been best with slip-bobber or Lindy rigs.
DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch reported finally catching and releasing some quality walleye (up to 26 inches) in deep current on white or firetiger Jointed Rapalas or X-Raps bounced off the bottom. Minnow plugs are best for pike.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: For perch, see top. Some bluegill shallower at Diversey. Pier passes are available at Henry’s.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Muskie fishing ends Friday. Some ice fishing may begin this week.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. Mik-Lurch reported a few winter steelhead in Trail and Salt. This should be the time for whitefish to begin in earnest on Lake Michigan.
SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside is closed until ice season around mid-December.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT: Andy Mikos emailed that he is catching a few browns at Kenosha, including a 13.5-pounder Sunday, on bodybaits (Shad Raps).
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that steelhead are slow but steady in the rivers; whitefish are good off the piers.