Midwest fishing report
FALL TROUT: Season opened Saturday. The new sites might be the best choice. Staff at Wolf Lake said plenty of trout are left. Marcus Benesch said not many fished at Busse Woods, less than at the traditional Axehead. He did best on green PowerBait. Open waters nearby include Axehead, Belleau, Busse (new), Horsetail and Wolf Lake (new) in Cook County; Silver, Pickerel and Grove in DuPage; Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee; Big Lake in Kendall; Banana and Sand Pond in Lake; Spring Grove Hatchery Pond (new) in McHenry; and Lake Strini (new) and Van Horn Woods (new) in Will.
SNAGGING: Plenty of salmon to snag. The 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 RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch: Pike are taking longer than usual to adjust to plummeting water temperatures. He has done best with a 5-inch white fluke bounced into laydowns. Nick Doumel, Brookfieldangler.com: Weather change forced a change to drabber minnow patterns for bass; better in slower water. ILLINOIS: Time on the Water Outdoors: Sauger picking up around Senachwine and Hennepin. KANKAKEE: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: River low and clear. Grass and moss limited lures (topwaters good mornings). Key was working current seams.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Chain regular Tim Lynch caught a 16-inch crappie, symbolic of top bite. Triangle: Most crappie being taken near shore on small minnows. Muskies are steady (fish reported daily). Bluegills and white bass are spotty. For walleye, try current.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Shore salmon slowed. Ray Hinton: A couple of lakers on the lakefront; time is right. Kings are spotty. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: A few kings on spoons on the lake side, on bait under bobbers on the harbor side. Boaters are working in 175 to 200 feet around the reefs for big kings, big lakers and some coho.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Good-to-excellent pike and panfish, good muskies, walleye and smallmouth. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Kurt’s Island Sport Shop: Good smallmouth deep
(35 to 45 feet) on suckers. He expects this to be the week for a good muskie bite.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Kings found their way into nooks and crannies of golf courses and little streams. A few perch at the Hole-the-Wall. When weather settles, that should be the bite.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon: Some fall steelhead in rivers. Many species should be around the piers.