Midwest fishing report
SHORE KINGS? It looks like a fall in which shore fishermen will have a chance at 30-pound Chinook. Boaters are getting them. A client on Rainmaker IV out of Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday caught a 31-pound king. The Wisconsin DNR reported a few kings caught off the Racine piers. Tyler Harmon reported a few kings being caught off the northern piers of southwest Michigan. No kings from shore in Chicago, Indiana or Waukegan.
AREA RIVERS: FOX: Ken Gortowski: Few fishing.
Active smallmouth on the main river. KANKAKEE: River is very low. Norm Minas: Good action on
topwaters or rattlebaits in heavier, faster flows.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle: Bluegills most consistent; if the rain comes, look shallower. Catfish are a close second; best on crawlers or stinkbait. Some very good muskies (see FOTW); could change with heat. For crappie, try mornings and evenings.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Jon’s Bait: Smaller bass active on Mazonia and other pits. Small catfish at Braidwood. LaSALLE: Concessionaire is there.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe: Tougher fishing, but yellow perch are good on west end. Bluegills are good in 12 to 13 feet. GENEVA: Arden Katz: Good largemouth and smallmouth in 20 to 25 feet on the south shoreline with 4-inch drop-shot worms with crayfish scent. Duwe: Outstanding fishing with smallmouth and lakers as top bites.
DOWNSTATE NOTES: POWERTON: Lake reopened Friday. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: No or few perch. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Good lakers around the R4. Scattered kings and steelhead. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Perch in 30 to 35 feet by the green can and off Great Lakes and from shore off Government Pier. Boaters are taking a mixed bag of big fish in 125 to 150 feet. NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Very good lakers, steelhead, coho and kings in 150 to 250 feet. Some kings shallower (100 to 130 feet) south toward Waukegan.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Kurt’s Island Sport Shop: Good topwater action for largemouth and muskies and good walleye (deeper lakes), bluegills (suspending outside of weed lines) and crappie (tall weeds in 10 to 16 feet). EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Largemouth (heavy weeds or shoreline structure) and panfish good to excellent. Walleye, pike and smallmouth good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Perch east of the Donut in 40 feet. Some out of Michigan City and New Buffalo, Mich. Salmon/trout are in 80 to 120 feet out of Burns Ditch (Michigan waters). Willow Slough is good for redear and bluegills. Some steelhead are in the streams. Some walleye on leeches at Wolf Lake.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon: Decent perch for boaters. Pier fishing is slow (if cool water comes in, then a mix of salmon/trout come in). Rivers are fair for steelhead.