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08/28: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

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Midwest fishing report

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle: Excellent catfish. Consistent bluegills. For walleye, work current areas (bridges, main-lake points). For crappie, try early and late. For white bass, start in 8 feet in main-lake basins.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Jon’s Bait: Suggested Ponderosa as best choice in heat. Some smaller bass on other pits. LaSALLE: On Tuesday, 92 degrees at intake.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe: Bluegills very good in 12 to 13 feet. Largemouth in weed flats in 15 to 16 feet. Perch good on west end. GENEVA: Arden Katz: Good bass in 20 to 25 feet on southern end. Duwe: Bluegills ‘‘exceptional’’ in 18 to 21 feet. Walleye good at night.

DES PLAINES RIVER: Nick Doumel, Outstanding smallmouth on popper at day’s end; otherwise, try Clouser Minnow in slower water. Marcus Benesch: Lots of small pike; best on topwater or bucktails. Largemouth north around laydowns.

DOWNSTATE: REND: Jason Johns, Boneyard Fishing: Crappie stabilizing with heat. White bass active. SHELBYVILLE: Ken Wilson, Lithia Guide Service: Good crappie deep spider-rigging. Trolling 300 Bandits producing some walleye. Water near normal summer level.

FOX RIVER: Sam Bennett: Smallmouth scattered in shallow riffles; best on crankbaits or jigs. Ken Gortowski: River in excellent condition. Fair smallmouth.

ILLINOIS RIVER: SPRING VALLEY: Time on the Water Outdoors: Catfish is main bite; best on shad or creek chubs.

KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas: River below normal. Doing best using more aggressive techniques above algae for smallmouth. Gar active on topwaters.

LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Park Bait: Some perch came in Tuesday at Montrose. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Fair lakers and steelhead, the occasional king and coho by the R4 or east; morning better. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Boaters taking some perch straight out and south in 30 to 60 feet to Great Lakes. Shore perch variable. Charters set up early in 40 feet but work primarily in 125 to 130 feet for steelhead, lakers, kings and a few coho. NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Best is in 140 to 200 feet for steelhead and lakers, plus some coho and kings. Otherwise, some kings early on the hill.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Smallmouth (break edges in hard-bottom areas), largemouth and panfish are good to excellent. Walleye (in 10-25 off break edges) and pike are good. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Kurt’s Island Sport Shop: Largemouth (topwaters hot), muskies (topwaters or bucktails) are bluegills (drowned wood, cribs in 8 to 12 feet) are very good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Good kings in 45 to 50 feet outside the Ditch. Bloody Nose is hot spoon; meat rigs important. Perch on Tuesday in 24 feet outside East Chicago Marina. Today is last day of fishing at Willow Slough.

WISCONSIN DELLS: River’s Edge: Top bites are smallmouth and crappie. Walleye are an evening bite. Water is low. Sturgeon season starts Tuesday.


Mark Englert of St. Charles caught a big surprise Friday while casting a crayfish-colored Fat Rap for largemouth bass on the Mississippi River near Savanna. He boated a longnose gar, estimated at 15 pounds and 45 inches.

Englert’s wife, Mila, said he couldn’t have gotten the fish into the boat without help from his friends Jeff Groch of Des Plaines and Glen Simmonds of St. Charles. It was released.

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