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07/31: Midwest Fishing Report 07/31: Fish of the Week

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Midwest fishing report

LAKEFRONT PERCH: Fishing reopens Thursday for all on the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan. CHICAGO: Spotty reports. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Kids catching some off Government Pier. Some from boat off Great Lakes shallow. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Cal Park slow. Some being caught near Mount Baldy and the Black Ditch.

AREA LAKES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Best for pond bass (post-frontal) has been finesse presentation of 41/2-inch Senko wacky-rigged on a 2/0 octopus hook.

AREA RIVERS: CHICAGO: Jeff Nolan, Bridgeport Bass: Good bass by Marina Towers nights. South Branch rebounding. Shore fishermen catching catfish nights off the Riverwalk. DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch: Despite the cold snap, multiple species remained active on small grubs or rooster tails. FOX: SS Minnows, Sough Elgin: Top bites are flatheads, channel catfish, smallmouth and largemouth, with some good bluegills along shorelines. ILLINOIS: Time on the Water Outdoors: Catfish (cut bait) and drum are the bites. KANKAKEE: River is in perfect wading and fishing shape. Smallmouth are on fire. Catfish are best evenings.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle: Bluegills rebounding after cold front. Catfish were best before the cold front on stinkbait. White bass are decent on Marie. Loon has been the spot for crappie.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA: Jon’s Bait, South Wilmington: Surprisingly good crappie at South Unit, plus a few redear and nice bluegills. As weather stabilizes, topwater bite should pick up for bass.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WISCONSIN: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe: ‘‘Excellent’’ fishing for bluegills (leaf worms by the island) and largemouth. GENEVA: Arden Katz: Excellent smallmouth (and rock bass) in 25 feet, drop-shotting finesse worms. Duwe: Deeper were big bluegills (18 to 20 feet) and largemouth (20 to 25 feet).

LAKEFRONT: Waiting on perch opener Thursday. CHICAGO: Mike Repa, Park Bait: Plenty of drum caught at Montrose. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Mixed bag (steelhead, lakers, coho and kings) in 100 to 150 feet. WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph: Key is going early, setting up in 60 to 70 feet and going out to 120 to 130 feet for a mixed bag. NORTH POINT: Big kings arrived on the hill. Bob McKay had the harbor abuzz Tuesday with his 29-pound king. Poteshman: Best kings have been on the Wisconsin side.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Walleye, pike, smallmouth bass and panfish are top bites. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Kurt’s Island Sport Shop: Largemouth are best bite (in heavy weeds). Good bites are walleye, pike and muskies.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. Mik-Lurch: Lots of steelhead in the creeks, but bite is tough.

SHABBONA LAKE: Clint Sands, Lakeside: Top bites are walleye, bass (topwater) and catfish (evenings on the weed lines). A few muskie in recent days.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon: Steelhead are good on many piers. Depending on the day, they also are good for some boaters. Should be some river steelhead.

FISH OF THE WEEK

Jake Kueker found gold
July 22 in the Fox River, catching and releasing a
40-inch muskie from shore
at Fern Creek Park in
St. Charles. The 26-year-old from Bloomingdale caught the fish on his third cast with a 5-inch Shad Rap.

‘‘He said he will never forget the rush he felt from the people on shore and in nearby boats clapping and cheering as he brought it in without a net,’’ mom Kitty Kueker emailed. ‘‘The fish left the water five times.’’



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