BOATERS BET: Salmon on Lake Michigan.
SHORE BET: Bass bedding on ponds and lakes.
AREA RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch reported rock bass remain on a feeding frenzy in northern sections; concentrate on oxygenated areas. Carp are good around or in creeks. FOX: Sam Bennett reported smallmouth slowing as the spawn kicks in. He said flatheading has started in earnest and said others
reported some good walleye and white bass. Ken Gortowski focused on creeks and did well for smallmouth. KANKAKEE: Under multiple conditions with multiple techniques, Norm Minas found mainly smallmouth (crankbaits or rattlebaits on seams), rock bass (Charlie Brewer Slider Head and 3-inch Outdoor Advantage cigar-type worm) and channel catfish.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: The best bite is bluegills shallow. Triangle reported crappie good in the evening and walleye taking leeches on Lindys or slip-bobber rigs on main-lake points. For muskies, try small jerkbaits or bucktails. White bass are good in main-lake basins.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: HEIDECKE: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley of the Water Werks Fishing Team reported walleye, white bass, crappie and stripers caught Friday, despite post-frontal conditions. They quit jigging by 8:30 a.m., then trolled. The biggest fish came on a crawler harness. Water is in the mid-60s, prime for the former cooling lake. MAZONIA: Should be prime with water in the 60s.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported bass and bluegills will spawn soon. Biggest bluegills are in 2 to 3 feet, bass in 3 to
4 feet. GENEVA: Duwe said smallmouth are just starting to spawn, and rock bass are everywhere in 7 to 12 feet.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Water needs to settle for shore perch to re-establish. Andy Mikos reported four species (coho, laker, king and steelhead) east of the R4. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported good coho, a few big kings, lakers and steelhead in 60 to 100 feet. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported a band of fish through Racine from the hill to 250.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported a good muskie opener on twitch baits or small crankbaits on smaller lakes where the spawn is finished. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported a fair-to-good muskie opener, mainly in less than 10 feet around weeds.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported good redear and bluegills at Willow Slough and good redear, bluegills and crappie on Pine and Stone. Water needs to settle for salmon and trout.
SHABBONA LAKE: Clint Sands at Lakeside reported at least 12 muskies caught during the weekend. Walleye are picking up on leeches or crawlers under slip bobbers on the road bed. Crappie are back in the cribs.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that catfish are good in the rivers. Good freshwater drum off the piers.
WOLF LAKE: Mik-Lurch reported good walleye on the Indiana side from shore (floating jigheads with leeches) and boats (trolling leeches or Shad Raps).