01/01: Midwest Fishing Report 01/01: Fish of the Week
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media December 31, 2013 7:46PM
Updated: February 3, 2014 3:56PM
Midwest fishing report
LAKEFRONT PERCH: Ice solidifies, and perching goes on. Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: Ice fishing on the harbors; Belmont best recently. Otherwise, it is punching holes at Navy Pier and 87th. PIER PASSES: Available at Henry’s.
AREA LAKES: Ice fishing is nearly universal. Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing team: Good bass and pike Saturday on a farm pond near Montgomery, then bluegills and perch (tungsten jigs tipped with multiple spikes) Sunday before weather change on Wampum. Mik-Lurch staff: Bass at Powderhorn. Regulations on public-area waters are posted at Stray Casts (voices.suntimes.com/category/sports/stray-casts).
CHAIN O’LAKES/FOX BACKWATERS: Arden Katz: More crappie in the channel at Nielsen’s. He targeted bluegills by jigging Rat Finkees down on channel sides. Triangle: Bluegill on south and northwest ends of Channel. Bluegills and crappie on Pistakee Bay. Some walleye near the corner by Oak Park Lounge. Good bluegills and night crappie on Deep. Decent crappie and white bass on Long. Walleye around current areas and flats. Some public-access points on the Chain are posted at Stray Casts
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: Brian Gates, Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle: Good bass and pike on Como before weather change. Some bluegills and crappie. Occasional pike on both sides of the island on Delavan. Some ice fishing on Geneva Bay in front of the library and launch. Williams Bay is frozen.
LAKEFRONT: See top for perch. Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: A few ice-fishing at North Point for pike and panfish.
MADISON LAKES, WIS.: Gene Dellinger, D&S Bait: Mud is crowded for those fishing for bluegills and crappie. Waubesa has perch and crappie. Bluegills on Monona. Mendota ice is still iffy.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Excellent pike and good-to-excellent walleye and panfish. Motor-vehicle travel just beginning. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Kurt’s Island Sport Shop: Very good action faded with the switch to bitter cold. Saturday is to be the mildest of coming days and should be good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Ice fishing for bluegills and bass at
Willow Slough. That’s true almost universally.
SHABBONA LAKE: Denny Sands, Lakeside (open daily 8 a.m.-2 p.m.): Eight to 9 inches of ice. Good crappie in deep trees down 15 to 20 feet. Nice catfish to 8 pounds on gobs of red worms.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT: Katz: Some steelhead and browns jigging 1-inch Berkeley tube jig with waxies at Milwaukee. Kenosha is slow; Racine is better.
WOLF LAKE: Henry’s, Mik-Lurch: Ice fishing for bass and smaller pike.
Fish OF THE WEEK
Hardy sorts continue to fish northern pike on the Des Plaines River.
Ryan Hurley caught a 34-incher (right) around 9:20 p.m.
Nov. 22 on a minnow under a bobber.
Marcus Benesch caught his ‘‘last good one of 2013’’ (above) on a J-13 Rapala while kayak-fishing in Lake County.
‘‘A really heavy 32-incher that jumped two feet out of the water without unbuckling somehow,’’ he emailed.