AREA LAKES: Panfish picked up on nearly all lakes and ponds. Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley of Water Werks Fishing Team reported good bass on most ponds (males best on lipless crankbaits) or suggested dropping baits in weed pockets.
AREA RIVERS: DuPAGE: Frank Macikas reported smallmouth, largemouth, rock bass and bluegills on a float. FOX: Sam Bennett reported good smallmouth; best on shallow-running crankbaits. Ken Gortowski explores creeks with success. ILLINOIS: Time on the Water Outdoors reported
sauger and walleye good on crankbaits. Catfish are good on cut shad. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas reported his first good topwater bite early this week. Otherwise, he is fishing seams with rattlebaits or crankbaits.
CHAIN O’LAKES: Triangle reported bluegills shallow, walleye excellent around current areas or main lake points and crappie best morning or evenings. Most lakes are producing catfish on crawlers or stinkbait.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: HEIDECKE: Walleye regulars are on fish with bottom-bouncers and crawlers or leeches or jointed Shad Raps. Rain raised levels. Remember, be patient and prepared with only the one temporary launch. MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Should be a perfect weekend for Mazonia lakes. LaSALLE: Hatchery staff reported 84 degrees at the intake Tuesday.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported bass starting to spawn shallow, pike feeding heavily in shallow weed flats, crappie good in 6 to 8 feet and bluegills fair.
DOWNSTATE: SHELBYVILLE: Ken
Wilson of Lithia Guide Service
reported crappie spawn is about done; best bet is trolling crankbaits in 12 to 15 feet. Good walleye below the spillway around dawn or dusk.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported coho good with a few kings, steelhead and browns mixed in. He’s catching them on the beach, but others are in 40 to 60 feet. Steve Palmisano at Henry’s reported some perch from shore Tuesday at Belmont. NORTH POINT: Poteshman said coho are good from the beach to the hill, but there are bee catches to 230 feet.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: NOTE: Muskie season opens Saturday. Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop expects most muskies to be more interested in spawning. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good pike, perch, crappie and bluegills. MINOCQUA: Justice reported very good walleye and pike shallow.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mike Star-
cevich at Mik-Lurch reported a mixed bag at the gap at Cal Park, at the Gong, in 60 to 65 feet off Gary Light and east of the Donut in 40 to 60 feet. Willow Slough has bluegills in the lily pads. Good bluegills at Pine and Stone.
SHABBONA LAKE: Denny Sands at Lakeside reported bass and bluegills moving up and crappie finishing the spawn.
WOLF LAKE: Starcevich said walleye exploded on lighted bobbers and leeches or casting Husky Jerks.
WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger reported lots of white bass on just about everything. He expects it to last another 10 days.