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3/20: Midwest fishing report


LaSALLE OPENER: The cooling lake south of Seneca reopened Friday. Shore fishermen did well for hybrids with chicken liver on the south bank. Federman Umana emailed, “My two brothers and my dad had our limit in under an hour.’’ Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch reported customers doing well Sunday on hybrids with white X-Raps. Boater Mike Lynch caught a good mixed bag Friday. A bunch of us did well for bluegill on the east bank. In March, it is open Wednesday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to sunset.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Winds red-flagged boating at Braidwood on Tuesday. Mazonia lakes are in-between. Hours are 6 a.m. to sunset. LaSALLE: Above. HEIDECKE: Reopens April 1.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES AREA, WIS.: Brian Gates of Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle reported good pumpkinseeds and smaller bluegills at Trinkes on Geneva, lake trout in Williams Bay and west of The Narrows; action slowed on Delavan.

ILLINOIS RIVER: The MWC tournament is Saturday and Sunday out of Spring Valley. Water is steadily falling. On Monday, Roy Vivian reported 38.7 degree water and a few sauger and walleye being caught in prefishing.

KANKAKEE RIVER: River is near normal, but stained with temperatures in the 30s. Walleye guys are trying walleye spots. Norm Minas tried a pool below a creek with a crawler piece on a hook and split-shot rig and caught redhorse and smaller walleye.

LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Powerliners are catching a few coho at Montrose, Henry’s reported. Remember, Henry’s coho derby is Saturday morning at the Adler Planetarium north seawall. Weather has stopped boaters. Henry’s reported a few perch inside of 31st; and in the river at 92nd and 95th. Starcevich said boaters were catching good perch in the slips just inside the Calumet.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice Of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported snow making difficult travel, most walking out. He expects much better conditions by the weekend. Perch are very good on deeper mud flats with wigglers or bloodworms; crappie are improving and bluegill good. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good ice (20-24 inches), but snow cover making travel tough; panfish good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported steelhead in the streams and a few whitefish and coho at Michigan City. When the weather allows, boaters are doing well for spring coho and browns on Lake Michigan. On Friday, boaters did well at Gary Light.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: A hot spot. Starcevich said a customer reported excellent steelhead at Berrien Springs. Tyler Harmon messaged that many methods are taking steelhead in many places. On the piers, some whitefish with a few browns and coho.

WOLF LAKE: Mik-Lurch reported good crappie in the corn channel in Indiana.

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