10/30: Midwest Fishing Report 10/30: Fish of the Week
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media
Midwest fishing report
FALL TROUT: Plenty of stocked fall trout are left at Wolf Lake. Same should apply at other new sites, such as Busse, Spring Grove
Hatchery Pond, Lake Strini and Van Horn Woods.
SNAGGING: Plenty of salmon to snag. The only legal snagging areas for Chinook and coho are the 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: Rain will change things. DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch: Pike feeding heavily on minnow-style jerkbaits. FOX: Pete Lamar: Streamers taking smallmouth around treatment plants. A few white bass, too.
ILLINOIS: Time on the Water: Smaller sauger good around Senachwine. White bass around clam beds and Hennepin.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Arden Katz:
Outstanding white bass (to 14 inches) in 11
to 13 feet on Marie and Bluff, trolling .5 to
.8 mph. Some crappie mixed in. Triangle: Look for good crappie shallow early and late.
Walleye picking up around current. Muskies fair on large suckers: NOTE: Drawdown begins Friday, and lock closes.
LAKE DELAVAN/GENEVA: DELAVAN: Brian Gates, Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle: Walleye good at night on Rogues. Still bass on crawlers. GENEVA: Smallmouth best in 22 to 26 feet.
LAKEFRONT: Shoreline lakers should be in. Plenty of dark kings in harbors. Should be steelhead and browns soon. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Trollers picking up kings, coho and lakers in 20 to 35 feet from
Waukegan to Great Lakes.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Walleye (deeper holes, tight to bottom), pike and panfish are good to excellent. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Kurt’s Island Sport Shop: Tough fishing, even for pike; best on suckers meant for muskie.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: One perch limit in 58 feet east of Gary light Tuesday. Traditionally, there are Halloween perch at 95th Street foghorn. Some fresh steelhead moved into the streams; rains really might spark that.
SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside closes Thursday. Muskie guys are trying, but they’re finding mainly smaller ones.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT: If the forecast rain comes, the flow spike should spark fishing in the Pike and Root.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon: A few whitefish and lakers off piers. Steelhead are decent in the rivers.
WOLF RIVER, WISCONSIN: Bill Stoeger: Walleye are best from Fremont upstream, but fresh schools are coming in downriver; best on jig and minnow.