LAKEFRONT PERCH: It varies greatly day to day, but there are perch reports for Chicago. It’s a minnow bite. Steve Palmisano at Henry’s said a 1.59-pound perch was caught Monday to lead the Daley Derby. Best spot has been the outside of Montrose, according to Stacey Greene-Fenlon at Park Bait; also some at Belmont. Palmisano reported some at the Planetarium, behind McCormick, 31st and 39th. Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch reported some caught at the pipe at Burnham. Boaters have picked up sporadic catches off Belmont, inside Burnham and off Navy Pier. Starcevich also reported boaters taking some at Cal Harbor at the breakwall and green can.
ILLINOIS FREE FISHING DAYS: They are Friday through Monday; no licenses or stamps are needed, other regulations apply.
AREA LAKES: Bluegill and redear are bedding or starting to on most waters, time for shore fishing with kids. Largemouth are bedding on some lakes, too.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported bluegill are top bite, shallow; catfishing is excellent on stinkbait; walleye remain good, best on leeches in current areas; muskie are more active; white bass are improving.
DELAVAN LAKE, WIS.: Guide Dave Duwe reported best bites are bluegill (6-7 feet outside of piers) and largemouth (3-4 feet).
AREA RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch reported white bass still going south of Joliet; rock bass and pike abundant around Wheeling. FOX: Ken Gortowski continues to do best on the creeks. KANKAKEE: River is dropping, but Iroquois is near flood. Ed Mullady reported catfish being caught at dark near shorelines in both states.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: See top for perch. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported coho with some kings are in 40-120 feet, but scattered; lakers are good in 60-100. WAUKEGAN/NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported excellent salmon and trout; some are right on the beach, but best has been on the hill in 40-100, and there are some out deep.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good walleye, pike, bass and panfish with muskie improving. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice Of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported weather very varied, but pike (green weeds 3-8 feet) and crappie (find crappie bedding) are good to very good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Starcevich reported bluegill and redear still on and off beds at Willow Slough; Pine has bluegill and bluegill going with crappie in and out. On Lake Michigan, salmon are from the wreck to Chicago in 50-90 feet.
SHABBONA LAKE: Denny Sands at Lakeside reported crappie are back in the deep trees, bluegill are under lily pads along shoreline, bass are setting up to spawn and catfish are off the earthen piers; some muskies trolling Super Shad Raps.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged great catfish in rivers; sheephead and catfish off the piers.