Midwest fishing report
SHORELINE SALMON: CHICAGO: Park Bait: Moon glow spoons have been the hot ticket at Montrose, fish caught at harbor mouth and off the horseshoe; a 17-pounder weighed Tuesday. Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: We know they’re here, but we’re waiting on the heavier run. Fish are bigger this year. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Just a couple from shore. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Shore fishing hasn’t started, a few are mixed in with steelhead in streams; boaters taking some off the Hole-in-the-Wall and the Ditch. SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN: Effort begins at Racine and Kenosha. Arden Katz: At Milwaukee, lots jumping, a few caught over the weekend at night, lots marked in the wall gaps.
AREA RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch: Pike continue active north; some good largemouth, including a 20-incher caught by Adam Micalleti. FOX: Sam Bennett: Tough fishing, some topwater action late for smallmouth. KANKAKEE: River is extremely low. Norm Minas: Pay attention to shade and sun; best areas vary among riffles, seams or channels, move to find it. MAZON: Jon’s Bait, South Wilmington: A 23-pound flathead caught over the weekend.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Greg Dickson, Triangle: Catfish (stinkbait or crawlers on shallow mud flats) and white bass (ganging over the deeper water or main lake drops) are best; bass are tight to shoreline structure; some walleye are shallow around piers, otherwise try wind-driven current.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe: Bluegill very good in 12-13; largemouth (small schools near scattered weeds with hard sand bottom). GENEVA: Duwe: Excellent fishing: smallmouth (rocky points in 21-25), largemouth (dock fishing or topwaters early), bluegills (20-21) and rock bass (19-22).
LAKEFRONT: For shoreline salmon, see top. Blow stopped perch bite. CHICAGO: Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Good lakers and some big kings in 190 on big flashers with big Howie frog flies deep. WAUKEGAN: Ralph: Before the blow, boaters set up in 40 and catch some kings early, then troll to 125 and look for bigger kings, big coho and steelhead. It’s big tinsel flies and Dodgers. NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Before the blow, it was good on the hill and in 250-300 for lakers, steelhead and kings.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Largemouth (weeds or shoreline structure) and panfish (break edges or adjacent to breaks) are best. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Kurt’s Island Sports: Very good bites for largemouth (spinners, spinner baits, then topwater late), pike (weed beds in 6-10 feet), bluegill suspended down 8 in 20.
SHABBONA LAKE: Clint Sands, Lakeside: Daily muskie catches (some 40-inchers), bucktails the best; stripers are busting on top;
STRIP PITS/MAZONIA: Jon’s: Some small bass (topwaters or plastic worms) on strip pits; occasional redear and bluegill on Ponderosa.
WISCONSIN DELLS: Sturgeon season opens Saturday. Go to dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/sturgeon/sturgeoninlandfishery.html.