Weather Updates

07/03: Midwest Fishing Report

Updated: August 4, 2013 6:32AM


HATED PERCH CLOSURE: During July, perch are closed to those 16 and older on the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan. Those 15 and younger may catch and keep up to 10 perch daily.

AREA LAKES: Holiday bet is bluegills on weed lines or in weed pockets. Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley of Water Werks Fishing Team reported good bass in southwest suburban retention ponds on wacky-rigged Senkos (non-weeded chocked waters) or Spro frogs (weed-matted waters).

AREA RIVERS: CHICAGO: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass reported good bass and crappie at Ogden Slip. DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch reported good pike, even in fluctuating levels, on bucktails or spinners. ILLINOIS: Time on the Water Outdoors reported catfish and drum best on shad or crawlers.
Some white bass and crappie in current areas early. KANKAKEE: Ed
Mullady reported good catfish in both states. Norm Minas reported finding smallmouth hanging more on seams and around boulders, ledges and riffles; best on crankbait or rattlebaits. The Kankakee River Valley Fishing Derby ( runs through Sunday.

CHAIN O’LAKE/FOX RIVER: Boating restrictions should change soon. On Tuesday, the Fox was closed to boating from Montgomery Dam to Stratton Lock and Dam. There to the Wisconsin line was no-wake. Check Chain updates at or (847) 587-8540. For the lower Fox, go to

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA: Cloudy weather should make Mazonia a prime destination. LaSALLE: Hatchery staff reported 82 degrees by the intake Tuesday. HEIDECKE: Launches are open.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Boating restrictions were lifted Monday. GENEVA: Arden Katz reported rock bass and smallmouth in 15 to 18 feet on drop-shot rigs at night. Guide Dave Duwe reported some good largemouth; best in 9 to 11 feet. Bluegills ‘‘fantastic’’ in same depth.

DOWNSTATE: REND: Catfish and open-water crappie are top bites, Jason Johns said. EVERGREEN: Time on the Water reported crappie going around deep brush (10 to 15 feet).

LAKEFRONT: Weather eased Tuesday for boaters. Bigger flies and Dodgers are working best for salmon/trout. CHICAGO: Park Bait reported bluegills and rock bass as the best bets inside Montrose Harbor. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported coho with a few kings and lakers outside the Wreck. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph at Salmon Stop reported bite Tuesday was straight out and south in 90 to 100 feet for a mixed bag. NORTH POINT: Poteshman said best is on the hill to 90 to 100 feet for coho and some kings (mornings).

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported big mayflies hatching, which messes with walleye fishing. Muskies (outside and over weed beds) and pike (cabbage beds in 5 to
9 feet) are very good. Smallmouth are good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported steelhead in the creeks (but they’re muddy); best steelhead are from Michigan City pier. Leeches taking some walleye on Wolf. Before the blow, boaters were catching perch in Cal Harbor. Still some good redear (12-incher) and bluegills at Willow Slough.

SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside reported best are stripers (chicken livers by day, topwaters by evening), walleye (road bed, drop-offs and weed edges) and catfish.

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