10/16: Midwest Fishing Report 10/16: Fish of the Week
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media
Midwest fishing report
SHORELINE SALMON: CHICAGO: Park Bait: Eggs took one at Montrose and three at
Diversey on Tuesday. Variable reports downtown and south. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Decent fishing for kings on spoons, bait and spawn. A few steelhead on shrimp under a bobber harborside. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: A few kings in front, far more up the creeks. Some female Chinook are loose. Steelhead and browns should crash in soon. ROOT RIVER, WISCONSIN: Watch for any good rains that will bring another crush of fresh fish. Wisconsin DNR: Most effort below the weir for kings and browns. SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon: River Fishing is slow. Many salmon ‘‘done spawning and
expiring.’’ A few steelhead. Piers are slow.
SNAGGING: Snaggers are doing well, though fish are turning dark. Only legal snagging areas for Chinook and coho are Lincoln Park Lagoon from the Fullerton bridge south, Waukegan (North Harbor basin only), the Winnetka Power Plant discharge area and the inner and outer harbors at Jackson Harbor. No snagging is allowed within 200 feet of a moored watercraft or as posted.
AREA LAKES: Crappie are going, but the main thing is the fall trout opening Saturday. (See separate story.)
AREA RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch: Better clarity. Good pike on large minnow crankbaits. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas: Water up slightly. Better to fish with single-hook lures with the floating weeds. He’s catching
smallmouth, walleye, pike, gar and rock bass.
CHAIN O’LAKES: Arden Katz: Walleye picking up in 7 to 10 feet on Bluff and Marie, with white bass and crappie mixed in. More yellow bass, too. He trolls at .6 to .9 mph, rip-jigging a drop-shot with small minnows.
GENEVA LAKES, WISCONSIN: Guide Dave Duwe: Excellent yellow perch (10 to 12 feet), good smallmouth (points in 22 to 28 feet), pike moving shallower and walleye taken at night.
LAKEFRONT: Boaters are hitting the reefs for big lakers and clean kings.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Smallmouth excellent (over hard bottoms or off break edges), with walleye, pike and panfish good to excellent.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: A few perch reports off Inland Shoals and by green can in Cal Park. Capt. Ralph Steiger: An outstanding run on smallmouth.