LAKEFRONT PERCH: The front slowed shoreline fishing, but there’s still decent catches from Montrose, Belmont, Burnham/Northerly Island, 39th and even some up in the river at 95th, according to Steve Palmisano at Henry’s. Stacey Greene-Fenlon said shiners seem to work best, but the bite is transitioning to soft shells. Fishing instructor Carl Vizzone said minnows are doing best, but he is catching with white Mini-Mite. Boaters are finding good numbers downtown; Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters said to move around the Chicago breakwalls to the filtration plant to Navy Pier.
CHAIN O’LAKES: Triangle staff reported catfish are No. 1 bite, on stinkbait or leeches. Bluegill are good, petite is best. Walleye are good, including some limit of walleye, best on leeches on slip-bobber rigs. Muskie are active on Fox, Pistakee and Petite. White bass are spotty.
AREA RIVERS: CHICAGO: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass reported good smallmouth and largemouth on Alabama rigs on the main stem; enough carp in slow water on the South Branch to walk across, with some largemouth mixed in. DES PLAINES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley of the Water Werks Fishing Team reported plastics on isolated cover on the lower end, behind the refinery and around marinas and backwaters. FOX: Sam Bennett said to fish the fastest water as slow as possible with something looking like young of the year. Ken Gortowski did well in the Saw Wee Kee stretch. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas did best with single-spin in flooded water willows, crankbaits on current seams and creek mouths; also caught lots of catfish on lures.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS:
LaSALLE: The usual mixed bag of blues, yellow bass and catfish, but Jim Hartley reported some good hybrids near the barn hole on small Wiggle Warts one evening.
MAZONIA: Good panfish.
WISCONSIN: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe said very good bluegill (12-15 feet), largemouth (deep weed lines) and crappie (weed lines in 12-15). GENEVA: Duwe reported ‘‘fantastic’’ fishing, for multiple species in 10-15 (smallmouth, rock bass, bluegill), while largemouth are in 4-8.
LAKEFRONT: See top for perch.
CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters is catching lakers in 120 east of Montrose south; and decent coho at the R4. Poteshman is doing best east of Montrose for coho, including a 10-2 caught by Matt Radek on Father’s Day. WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph of Salmon Stop reported it really helps to fish early for mostly coho with some kings and steelhead, starting in 70 and going deeper. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported a lull as fishing transitions to summer pattern.
MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported excellent smallmouth (crankbaits, topwaters) and very good muskie (near shallow weeds on bucktails). EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good to excellent pike, bass and panfish with good walleye in 15 or less break or weed edge.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that walleye are good in the river (crawlers on the bottom) while steelhead are slowing. Perch are beginning on Lake Michigan.