12/19: Midwest Fishing Report
BY DALE BOWMAN firstname.lastname@example.org December 18, 2012 7:44PM
Updated: January 20, 2013 6:23AM
LAKEFRONT PERCH: Best bite until ice comes. CHICAGO: Arden Katz said minnows producing keepers (1-in-4) better, but spikes and Mini-Mites (1-in-12) providing better action at Diversey. He said key at Navy Pier is to move until the best spot is found. Henry’s also reported perch at Montrose, Burnham and 31st. Henry’s reported some in the river at 92nd and 95th. INDIANA: Mike Starcevich texted ‘‘the last hoorah’’ with photos of a mess of jumbos caught Tuesday in 50 feet off Gary Light. From shore, Mik-Lurch reported good ones at the Hole-in-the-Wall and some at the East Chicago Marina.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Greg Dickson at Triangle — (847) 395-0813 — said he expects there will be ice fishing on some backwaters by the weekend, probably at spots such as the T Channel.
DELAVAN LAKE, WIS.: Brian Gates at Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle reported nice walleye at night on Husky Jerks, X-Raps and Rattlin’ Rogues. Ice fishing seems unlikely by the holiday.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Sam Bennett reported smallmouth about over, other than at warm-water discharges, but walleye are ‘‘consistently inconsistent.’’ With the water still tinted, he is getting some with minnow imitators, such as the Husky Jerk. Mainly, though, it is time for minnows.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas tried many retrieve techniques and various lures to have a good day Monday for smallmouth. He worked slower, deeper water near main channels, then some in faster water. Ed Mullady reported some good catfish, fair largemouth (ditch or creek mouths, other quiet water) and fair pike.
LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top. Henry’s reported several lakers caught at Navy Pier (see Fish of the Week), a rainbow at Jackson Park and some crappie and bluegills at Diversey.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported ice fishing (3 to 4 inches, more in some back bays) beginning with good pike and panfish in and around weeds in 10 feet or less. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported excellent walleye (best toward dusk or on cloudy days), pike (green weeds in
6 to 8 feet), bluegills (standing green weeds in 4 to 8 feet) and crappie (using Rosie Reds in weeds in 8 to 12 feet). Justice said most lakes have 3 to 5 inches of ice, but some larger lakes (Trout, Fence, Tom) still had open water Monday.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that whitefish are steady and consistent off the piers. The rivers remain very low, so use caution. Some steelhead, but less than usual.