06/11: Midwest Fishing Report 06/11: Fish of the Week
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media June 10, 2014 8:39PM
Midwest fishing report
LAKEFRONT PERCH: Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: Perch are scattered but big. With cold water, it’s minnow bite. Try slow-rolling crankbaits or in-line spinners and minnows. Park Bait: North winds slowed bite, but some quality perch still being caught Monday and Tuesday at Montrose.
AREA LAKES: Henry’s: South Side lagoons stocked with catfish last week. Johnny ‘‘Sunshine’’ Pajak: DuPage area bass moved; good on Senkos on outside edges of weed lines. Edward Prochocki: Catching walleye in morning windows on Busse with fire-orange 1/16-ounce Binkelman jig with crawler.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle: Bluegills (shallow, some bedding) and catfish (trending toward stinkbait) are top bites. Walleye are decent on main-lake points. White bass are in main-lake basin; Marie best.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA: Jon’s: Bluegills slowed on Ponderosa. Some crappie out of Monster. BRAIDWOOD: Jon’s: Catfish are the main bite. HEIDECKE: Sporadic good catches of crappie. Walleye and hybrids are variable. LaSALLE: Hybrids and blues remain top bites.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe: Fly hatch slowed bite, but fishing should rebound this week. Bluegills are excellent in 5 to 8 feet. Largemouth transitioning. GENEVA: Duwe: Rock bass are almost constant in 10 to 12 feet. Largemouth and smallmouth are good near spawning flats.
DES PLAINES RIVER: Marcus Benesch: Levels and flow near normal, but clarity poor. Pike are improving on ‘‘large, bright, obnoxious spinner baits’’ on the slack side of laydowns. Nick Doumel: Fly-fishing a backwater on lower end produced smallmouth, largemouth, crappie and sunfish on Clouser Minnow or Backstabber.
DOWNSTATE: REND: Jason Johns, Boneyard Fishing: Catfish are excellent,
spawning in the rocks. Crappie are good deep on main-lake points, drop-offs, brushpiles and stumps. LAKE OF EGYPT: Johns: ‘‘Bass are going crazy.’’ During day, fish 20 to 40 feet; at night, work on points and edges of grass with big worms, shaky heads or Senkos.
FOX RIVER: Ken Gortowski: Creek bite has all but died, but he has not yet figured out the smallmouth pattern on the river.
ILLINOIS RIVER: Spring Valley: Frank Hyla, Time on the Water Outdoors: Catfish are top bite on cut shad or stinkbait. White bass are good downstream to
Chillicothe. Surprisingly good sauger.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas: Did best tossing Sluggos in slower flows. I found fish on edge of rock ledges and by waterwillow. Catfish bite beginning.
KENOSHA/RACINE, WIS.: Bob DeAngelis, Harborside: Boaters are working in 55 to 75 feet for coho with some kings and rainbows; shore is slow. Perch fishing opens Monday.
LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top. Smallmouth are excellent. Full moon is Friday. CHICAGO: Park Bait: Drum being caught on the Montrose Horseshoe. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Lots of big lakers in 70 to 100 feet. With bait around, coho might show up again. NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Salmon/trout ransitioning, scattered and moving around. Go toward deeper summer baits.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: ‘‘Awesome’’ bass fishing on X-Raps, Senkos and gobie-imitating baits. Walleye on jig and leech in weeds. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Pike (shallow weeds) and panfish good to excellent. Spring Classic for muskie fishermen is this weekend.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mike Starcevich, Mik-Lurch: Bluegills are superb on Pine, Stone and Willow Slough. Smallmouth are excellent on Lake Michigan. Full moon is Friday.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH: Phil Schuman, Tackle Haven: Trollers are working in 70 to 100 feet for salmon and lakers, with more steelhead in 200 to 225 feet. Walleye and smallmouth are going in the river.
WOLF LAKE: Mik-Lurch: Good walleye on Indiana side (shorelines at night or
trolling with leech harnesses during the day). Largemouth improved in both states.