MIDWEST FISHING REPORT
WISCONSIN OPENER: Walleye, sauger, pike, bass (south zone) and muskie (south zone) seasons open Saturday. Bass is catch-and-release in the north zone. Muskie season opens May 25 in the north zone. DELAVAN: Arden Katz: Outstanding panfish and channels. Bass should be in channels for opener. Guide Dave Duwe: Bluegills most consistent. Crappie average. EAGLE RIVER: ‘‘Ranger Rick’’ Krueger, Guide’s Choice Pro Shop: Catfish Lake ice dark Tuesday morning. River open in town. ‘‘The Chain is going to be very close, unless we get extreme cold Thursday or Friday,’’ he said. Clear, deep lakes still will have ice. GENEVA: Duwe: Cold water for opener. Perch best in 3 to 4 feet at Fontana Beach. Bluegills in Trinkes or piers in Geneva Bay. Good lakers off Fontana Beach or Black Point. MADISON LAKES: Gene Dellinger, D&S Bait: Water temperatures behind. Good night walleye shallow on Waubesa (Babcock Park, railroad trestle) and Mendota (off Governor’s Island, university shoreline, front of Tenney Park). Catfish good on north end of Mendota. Crappie in inlets.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Closed to boating from Wisconsin line to Montgomery dam.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Mazonia: Should be near prime for bass and bluegill. Braidwood: Fair bass Friday at high school sectional. Lots of small catfish. LaSALLE: No concessionaire yet. HEIDECKE: Temporary launch. Water levels are better. Water warming.
DOWNSTATE NOTE: POWERTON: Closed until further notice.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Daniel Sala: Out with his dad, Phil, at Batavia Dam. White bass good on minnows and slip bobbers or Pinky Jigs. Water breaks by dam. Some carp, too. Sam Bennett: Pressure building at smallmouth high-water spots tight to shore (Beetle Spins good). River receding, not safe for waders. Ed Schmitt: Fished Waubonsee Creek and piece of Fox on Sunday with Nick Doumel. River redhorse running up. A few walleye and smallmouth in the seam where currents met. Ken Gortowski: Tributaries and creeks looking wadeable. Bait shop: SS Minnows, Route 31, South Elgin, (847) 289-0135
ILLINOIS RIVER: Projected to remain at flood into next week at LaSalle. No lock traffic at Marseilles, no down-locking at Dresden, no up-locking at Starved Rock.
KANKAKEE RIVER: River dropping, but high and cloudy. Norm Minas: Smallmouth on best feeding binge of year. ‘‘Crankbait, rattlebait, single spin, fluke, jig/pig, weighted keeper hook and any type of plastic’’ fished in ‘‘current seams, eddies, inflows, slack spots.’’
LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON: Rickards: Walleye transitioning from jig bite to worms and harnesses. Shallow out of Port Clinton, trollers west of Green and Rattlesnake heading toward Niagara (suspended in 30 feet) and north of North Bass.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Lakers in 30to 50 feet. Browns and decent coho off Chicago Light. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Some browns off south rocks on roaches, crawlers or spawn sacs. A few coho. Poteshman: Browns off Waukegan and off Lake Forest (15 to 30 feet). NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Bait showed, coho soon. RICHARD J. DALEY SPORTFISHING DERBY: Opens Wednesday. May fish: perch, coho, Chinook. Contact Henry’s at (312) 225-8538 or at henryssports.com.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Jumbo perch at Gary Light on perch flies and minnows. Winds might be a problem in the next few days. Poteshman: Good lakers at The Gong. Coho spotty around East Chicago; a few deeper.
ROOT RIVER, WISCONSIN: DNR: Water dropping but cloudy. Most fishing near Horlick Dam. Steelhead (best 10 pounds) on flies.
SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside: Bass Contest Weekend, Saturday and Sunday,
shabbonalake.com or (815) 824-2581.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon: Crawlers took browns in rivers, but spinners and flies took fish. Salmon and trout deeper on Lake Michigan.
WOLF LAKE: Mik-Lurch: Big bass on the Indiana side on jigs. Al Res of Hammond caught a 511/4-inch muskie on a black-and-blue jig Tuesday.