09/25: Midwest Fishing Report 09/25: Fish of the Week
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media
Among anglers, there’s such a thing as the Catch of the Day. We have to assume this was the winner on the day when Gurnee’s Ray Fuller pulled a four-foot muskie out of the Chain O’ Lakes. | SUBMITTED PHOTO
Midwest fishing report
SALMON CLASSIC: Henry’s 10th annual Fall Salmon Classic is Sunday evening at Northerly Island. Go to henryssports.com or call (312) 225-8538.
SHORELINE SALMON: After going 2-for-8 on Saturday at Milwaukee, Arden Katz said, ‘‘So big, they are busting hooks and lines.’’ CHICAGO: Mike Markese: A 20-4 king was caught Saturday at Belmont. Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: Montrose and Jackson Park are best. Some going deeper into Burnham. Try spoons, crankbaits or spinners. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Government Pier best for shore fishermen; traditional spoons best (Moonshine hottest). INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Good kings up the streams
(spinners or spawn). A few being caught at the Hole-in-the-Wall, and kings being seen at East Chicago. David Martin Repya: Helped net five kings (all silver, biggest 20 pounds) Monday at Michigan City. SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN: Katz: Anything with a rattle is best at Milwaukee, which is loaded. SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon: A few salmon are around lower end of rivers. Rivers farther north (Grand, Kalamazoo) are better. Some big coho coming in, too. Lots of kings in 25- to 30-pound range have been caught up and down the coast.
AREA RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch: ‘‘Pike! Pike! Pike!’’ FOX: Ken Gortowski: ‘‘The fall bite turned on over the weekend in the lower stretches with good numbers of smallies and a few walleye and largemouth thrown in.’’ KANKAKEE: River came up slightly. Norm Minas: A buzzbait run underwater caught good smallmouth.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Greg Dickson, Triangle:
Crappie are stellar, coming in shallow. Bluegills are on shallow flats. Catfish are strong on shallow mud flats. For white bass, fish the river.
GENEVA LAKE: Dave Duwe: Smallmouth holding on deep-water structure. Excellent perch in 10 to 12 feet.
LAKEFRONT: Shoreline salmon at top. CHICAGO: Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Fair fish scattered from the wreck to Julian’s Reef.
WAUKEGAN: Ralph: Early, bite is in 40 to 60 feet straight out and south. Later, it is in 100 to 120 feet. NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Decent fishing for steelhead, lakers, smaller kings and occasional brown.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Excellent pike (around weeds) and good-to-excellent smallmouth and panfish. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Kurt’s Island Sport Shop: Very good crappie (drowned wood) and good largemouth.
SHABBONA LAKE: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Bass active early on buzzbaits and swimbaits in heavy weeds. Crappie are active in brush piles.
WISCONSIN DELLS: River’s Edge: No legal sturgeon (60-inch minimum) yet, but ‘‘lots of 40s and 50s.’’