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12/05: Midwest Fishing Report

Updated: January 6, 2013 10:01AM



LAKEFRONT PERCH: CHICAGO: Arden Katz reported lots of small perch at Diversey and Navy Pier (keepers take sorting). He is catching them with Mini-Mites with spikes, but he said those using minnows are
doing better for keepers. Steve Palmisano at Henry’s reported some perch also are being caught at the pipe at Burnham, Montrose and Belmont. Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch said some are being caught from shore under the lights at Cal Park. There are some in the river at 92nd and 95th, too.
INDIANA: Starcevich reported some huge perch, especially out of Portage. There is an unverified report of a 17-incher (we shall see). Starcevich said perch are all over Portage, from ‘‘The Donut’’ to the R4. Gary Light turned on, too. Shore fishermen are catching some big ones at the Hole-in-the-Wall.

ICE EVENTS: Cabela’s in Hoffman Estates holds its Ice Fishing Classic on Saturday. . . . Jim ‘‘The Crappie Professor’’ Kopjo gives a free ice-fishing seminar at 10 a.m. Saturday for Lakeside at Shabbona Lake.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: For crappie and bluegills, Triangle said to find the longest piers to access deeper water with the drawdown. There are fair muskies on big suckers or big jerkbaits, some quality walleye on slip-bobbers or Lindy rigs and white bass in 12 to 15 feet on main lake basins near main lake points.

DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch said pike are still the best bite; best on bends or laydowns in stronger current with perch-colored jointed minnow bait. There are some sauger and walleye on the lower end.

FOX RIVER: Daniel Sala reported he and his dad, Philip, did well for smallmouth and muskies Sunday in Batavia. They fished with creek chubs and cast X-raps. Ken Gortowski reported some nice smallmouth and walleye, including a 20-incher, farther downstream.

ILLINOIS RIVER: SPRING VALLEY: River is low. Time on the Water reported slow
sauger; better toward Hennepin.

KANKAKEE RIVER: River is very low. In the warmth Monday, Norm Minas reported a single-spin spinner bait and a Rat-l-Trap produced walleye on flats and pike and smallmouth next to wood cover. Some smallmouth were caught slow-rolling the spinner bait at the end of riffles.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: There were a few days of good ice fishing before the rain and warmth Monday wiped it out. Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in
Minocqua said it probably will take the cold next week to rebuild ice.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. Starcevich said some browns and steelhead are being taken at Gary Light and whitefish are starting to be picked up as far west as the Hole-in-the-Wall.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged whitefish are hitting off the piers, not many steelhead are in the low rivers and walleye are slow in the rivers.



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