Midwest fishing report
LAKEFRONT PERCH: ILLINOIS: During the hated July closure in Illinois, those 15 and younger may catch and keep 10 perch daily. Park Bait reported best perch is at the Montrose horseshoe. Lori Ralph at the Salmon Stop said parents bringing kids have caught perch at Waukegan, mainly on large fatheads. INDIANA: Before the blow Tuesday, Mik-Lurch staff reported good perch around the helicopter pad in Cal Harbor. MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon reported improving perch, big enough to keep. WISCONSIN: DNR reported some jumbos at the breakwall outside Kenosha Harbor.
AREA LAKES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley of Water Werks Fishing Team said better bass are on outside weed lines; best early or late on creature baits.
AREA RIVERS: CHICAGO: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass reported main stem is good for bass and bluegills during the day and bass at discharges at night. Shore fishermen are taking good catfish from the Riverwalk. DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch reported catfish and panfish are best bites, with some pike at sun-up. Nick Doumel of BrookfieldAngler.com reported good
smallmouth on lower end; key was in or near current with access to deeper water and some cover. DuPAGE: Frank Macikas reported an outstanding float, with best smallmouth bait being a 3-inch Berkeley Chigger Craw on a
slider hook. FOX: River reached good wade levels, and Ken Gortowski reported a good evening outing at waterdogjournal.com.
ILLINOIS: Time on the Water Outdoors at Spring Valley said fish are scattered with water being sucked down. Catfish and drum remain best bites. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas reported best smallmouth are higher in water column around riffle areas, seams, islands, humps or bars. Walleye are improving.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported bluegills are top bite; best on Petite and Spring. Walleye continue strong around current on main-lake points or bridges. Catfish are good; best on Grass and Petite.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Mik-Lurch reported good
bluegills at Mazonia. LaSALLE: Water had ‘‘cooled’’ to 94 degrees at intake by Tuesday. HEIDECKE: Docks are in at the new launches.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported excellent bluegills (12 to 25 feet) and largemouth (schooling in scattered weeds with hard sand bottoms). GENEVA: Arden Katz reported good smallmouth and largemouth in 18 to 25 feet at night on finesse worms. Duwe said best bites are deep-water smallmouth or walleye at night.
LAKEFRONT: See top for perch. CHICAGO: Park Bait staff reported shore fishermen catching good drum on the horseshoe. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported some nice coho and steelhead and a few big kings from 50 to 130 feet (look for bait). WAUKEGAN: Ralph said boaters are starting in 60 to 80 feet and going to 120 to 140 feet for big kings, steelhead, some bigger coho and lake trout. NORTH POINT: Poteshman called it ‘‘just spectacular.’’ There are kings on the hill, especially in the morning, then a mix of kings, steelhead, lakers and coho in 120 to 250 feet all day.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good-to-excellent walleye, pike, bass and panfish. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported largemouth (hot on wacky-rigged worms, plastic craws or creatures in 6 to 12 feet) and smallmouth (setting up in 14 to 20 feet on gravel/rock humps) are good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. Mik-Lurch reported salmon are in 120 to 140 feet. Creeks have some steelhead, but water is warm.
FISH OF THE WEEK
Beating the heat with the first noodled Fish of the Week, Tom Anzalone pulled this catfish July 14 from along the Des Plaines River near the Lemont bridge.
‘‘It was in a cave in a few feet of water by a drop-off,’’ he emailed. ‘‘Felt like sandpaper grabbing my hand.’’
The cat was released after his girlfriend took photos.