01/22: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media January 21, 2014 8:31PM
Updated: January 21, 2014 10:56PM
MIDWEST FISHING REPORT
AREA LAKES: Some of the best ice, other than snow cover, in many years. Even in the south suburbs, Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley reported 9 inches and building. He targeted big largemouth by jigging bladebaits along deep weed lines; key is to keep mobile. NOTE: The fifth annual LVVA Ice Fishing Derby, benefitting the Wounded Heroes Foundation, is 7 a.m.-noon Saturday on Bangs Lake. For more information, go to woundedheroesfund.net.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Greg Dickson at Triangle said, ‘‘You don’t have to worry about ice.’’ Ice is good, bite is fair. For bluegills, try west and south Channel or Pistakee Bay. Deep Lake has been OK, too. NOTE: The 45th annual Lake Shangri-La Ice Fishing Derby is Saturday and Sunday in Kenosha County, Wis. For more information, go to lakeshangrila.com.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: Brian Gates at Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle reported good crappie in Lake Lawn ($5 parking) on Delavan, some bluegills and a few pike on the west end and nice perch in 40 feet out from Browns Channel, some pike on Como, lots of pike of Pell and 37- and 34-inch lakers on Geneva in the last week.
LAKEFRONT: Harbors have plenty of ice. Navy Pier had good perch action, but it takes up to 30-pound weights to bust holes. Perch action is variable at 87th Street.
MADISON LAKES, WIS.: Gene Dellinger at D&S Bait reported nice perch in 45 to 70 feet on Mendota; best between Governor’s Island and Four Doors. About 10 inches of ice.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported those willing to get out before dawn or after dark did best. Perch and pike are fair to good, but other bites are tough. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported pike are best bite. Most lakes have 18 or more inches of ice.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Capt. Ralph Steiger reported excellent largemouth action on tip-ups and good bluegills at Willow Slough. NOTE: An ice-fishing derby to help raise funds for a launch on Loomis is Saturday at Rodgers-Lakewood Park in Valparaiso. For more information, go to friendsoffishing.org.
SHABBONA LAKE: Denny Sands at Lakeside reported about 16 inches of ice and lots of crappie, including a pair of 14-inchers Monday.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT: Arden Katz reported 20 inches of ice at Racine. He caught steelhead over the weekend on 1-inch, white Berkeley tube jigs with wax worms.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged good multispecies for ice fishermen on inland lakes, plus a few steelhead in the river.
FISH OF THE WEEK
Not everything is about ice fishing this winter. Tom Anderson of Michigan City, Ind., continued to do well fishing for steelhead on Trail Creek well into winter.
‘‘Yes, there are some steelhead,’’ he emailed after catching this 30-inch, 9.9-pound steelhead Dec. 29 on a pink jig and wax worm.
Make Fish of the Week nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).