11/06: Midwest Fishing Report 11/06: Fish of the Week
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media
Midwest fishing report
SNAGGING: 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: FOX: Pete Lamar: One discharge good for smallmouth, other dead. Bonus yellow bass. Sam Bennett: Walleye good for the knowledgeable on Husky Jerks or fatheads. For smallmouth, he suggested fishing next to schools of smaller shad. ILLINOIS: Time on the Water Outdoors: With increased flow, white bass are going up and down the river. Sauger moved up to Spring Valley bridge and the clam beds. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas: River is up, stained. Smallmouth best on the mud lines at inflows (crankbaits slowly worked against current or jig-and-pig bounced on seams). Walleye at low light on Rapalas on flats off channel edges.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Drawdown is underway. Try for walleye around ‘‘The Triangle’’ at Mineola/Fox/Nippersink. Triangle: Mainly muskie guys out with suckers. Otherwise, it is white bass and crappie.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: Brian Gates, Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle: Smallmouth as shallow as 10 to 11 feet on Geneva. On Delavan, guys casting crankbaits toward shore are catching walleye.
LAKEFRONT: Park Bait: Some bluegills at Diversey. Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Some small browns bobber-fishing shrimp on harbor side of South Rocks at Waukegan. Mik-Lurch: Shore guys getting a few perch from the river at 92nd and 95th.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Muskie improving in 10 feet or less around or in weeds or off main-lake break edges in 15 to 30 feet. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Kurt’s Island Sports: Muskies are picking up. They’re as shallow as 5 feet, while others suspend over deeper water.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Some perch on the Gary flats and some in 45 feet north of Burns Ditch. Good lakers slow-trolling (1.2 to 1.4 mph) the reef outside of the Port with three colors of Leadcore, a Dodger and a Spin-N-Glo. A 9-pound walleye was reported at the mouth of Burns Ditch. Other walleye at night on Deep River. Sucker bite is on for muskies at Webster.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT: Wisconsin DNR: Rains last week brought fresh coho, browns and Chinook on the Root. That scenario should repeat with incoming rains.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon: Whitefish (single salmon eggs) and steelhead (orange spoons or spawn bags) off piers have ‘‘been great.’’
WOLF LAKE: Crappie are starting. NOTE: The annual walleye stocking is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the T-Pier (Sheffield and Calumet on Indiana side).