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07/17: Midwest Fishing Report

midwest fishing report

LAKEFRONT PERCH: Remember, during the hated July closure, those 15 and younger may catch and keep up to 10 perch daily in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan. Perch are inside and outside of Montrose Harbor. Soft shells are working best, according to Mike Repa at Park Bait. Lori Ralph at Salmon Stop said kids are catching some from shore. In the reciprocal waters of Cal Harbor, boaters caught limits Tuesday on minnows under a slip-float and bigger ones on perch
spinners and soft shells, said Ed McCain of Mik-Lurch. Farther east, there are good catches by the Donut out of the Port.

AREA LAKES: Bluegills are on weed lines. Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley of Water Werks Fishing Team said wacky-rigged Senkos during the evenings are best for bass.

AREA RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch reported a feeding frenzy for rock bass, bluegills, crappie and green sunfish in northern sections. Pike is the best it has been since last fall. FOX: Ken Gortow-
ski posted on Facebook that the river will be at safer wading levels around Montgomery ‘‘maybe by the weekend.’’ SS Minnows in South Elgin reported smallmouth and flatheads are top bites. KANKAKEE: River is nearly normal. Norm Minas said topwater action is improving. Otherwise, it is rattlebaits and crankbaits on seams or around riffles.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle suggested looking for bluegills shallow, dropping back as the day progresses. For walleye, look to wind-blown shorelines using leeches. For catfish, it’s stinkbait.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe said bluegills (weed line in 14 to 16 feet) and largemouth (schooling, look around 16 to 18 feet) are the best bites. GENEVA: Arden Katz caught good largemouth, smallmouth and rock bass on drop-shot rigs on points in 15 to 25 feet.

LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top. CHICAGO: There have been good drum at Montrose. Most harbors have bluegills and rock bass going. WAUKEGAN: Ralph reported big kings, big lakers and nice coho in 150 to 170 feet, south of the harbor, on big Dodgers and big flies. Early morning is vital. NORTH POINT: Good bite exploded for salmon in the last couple of days.

reported excellent panfish (break or weed edges) and good-to-
excellent walleye, pike and bass. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported muskies (best along flats in 15 to 20 feet) and largemouth (best on topwaters in evenings or on weed edges on deeper lakes) are very good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. Mik-Lurch reported salmon are closer. Some smallmouth at Amoco for shore fishermen. Some steelhead in streams.

SHABBONA LAKE: Clint Sand at Lakeside said top bites are walleye, hybrids (topwaters on calm days) and bass (topwaters in the weeds).

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that kings are starting to show more for boaters and that drum are going at piers. He reported good multispecies action in the receding rivers.

WOLF LAKE: Bobby Bergren and Pat Renwick of Region Bass Buzz did well bass fishing with spinner baits and crankbaits. NOTE: The first 300 kids receive a free rod and reel at the Festival of the Lakes (8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Memorial Park).

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