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6/18: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

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Updated: June 17, 2014 11:41PM


LAKEFRONT PERCH: The wind switch brought back better reports Tuesday. Stacey Greene at Park Bait said it’s now shiners and soft shells. Montrose has been best, but Diversey and Belmont have been the best on other days.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle: Catfish are excellent on stinkbait or crawlers on Grass, Petite and Fox; bluegill are good shallow spawning; walleye are very good (numerous fish to 25 inches) on leeches or crawlers in and around current areas on Lindy or split-shot rigs or trolling crankbaits; look for white bass suspended over main lake basins; look for crappie evenings near lighted piers; musky improving shallow.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: Jon’s: Catfish are going at Braidwood; otherwise, bass are starting to hit evenings on topwaters at Mazonia North.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: GENEVA: Arden Katz: Best day of year (largemouth, smallmouth, rock bass) on 4-inch brown drop-shot worm in Geneva Bay, setting up in 14 feet and casting in. Guide Dave Duwe: Lake Trout have been biting in the main lake basin (100-130). DELAVAN: Duwe: Bass are on deep weed line (12-15) or cruising shallows; walleye showing up on weed line; best bluegill are in 12-15.

FOX RIVER: Ken Gortowski: Back to fishing the creeks with higher river levels.

ILLINOIS RIVER: SPRING VALLEY: Time on the Water Outdoors: Catfish are top bite with water up, best toward lake mouths of backwaters or lakes with cut bait or stinkbait.

KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas: River remains muddy, fish pulling off shore with dropping water and working current seams produces smallmouth and catfish; in the creeks, shade and faster water have been key for smallmouth, rock bass and odds and ends.

LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top. CHICAGO: Park Bait: Sheephead are going on Montrose horseshoe. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Lots of lakers in 80-100 straight out from Diversey to Montrose; a few coho in 40-80 and the occasional king. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Some steelhead and coho in front of power plant in 45 feet; some kings south in 60-75. NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Coho took off Monday in 20-80 feet; steelhead, kings and lakers are out deeper.

MADISON LAKES, WIS.: Scott Hill, Fishingthrills Guide Service: Smallmouth (weed lines) and catfish (three-ways with cut bait) are best in years on Mendota; muskie and bass active on Waubesa.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Ken “Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Smallmouth good on topwaters early and late off rock points, pike taken on in-line spinners over new weed growth; largemouth good on wacky-rigged Senkos thrown to shoreline cover. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Pike, smallmouth and panfish are good to excellent. Spring Classic produced decent numbers and sized muskie. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Island Sportshop: Best walleye of the season (best evenings casting Rapalas, Rattlin Rogues or Scatter Raps); largemouth are very good on jig and creature baits or pre-rigged worms; pike and smallmouth are good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Reports of steelhead starting to come in at Michigan City. Mik-Lurch: Some walleye at Wolf Lake on bobbers and leeches or crankbaits; decent bluegill at Willow Slough.

ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Tackle Haven: Trollers are taking steelhead and kings in 80-200; walleye and smallmouth in the rivers; lots of sheephead off piers.

SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside: Bluegill are up shallow; largemouth are being caught on weed lines or dam face with crankbaits and plastics or topwaters early and late; good numbers of muskie on crankbaits or bucktails in the trees or weed lines.


Victor Blackful (top) only could net a handful of shad, but they were enough for a great outing on Father’s Day on the Kankakee River near the Des Plaines Conservation Area. On his first cast, he landed a nice catfish.

“And about 20 minutes later, while reeling in on what I thought was a bad cast, this 29-inch walleye ambushed my shad and became the best Father’s Day meal I have had in years,’’ Blackful emailed.

The Kankakee has a protected slot on walleye of 18-26 inches. He also caught and released some crappie and largemouth bass.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Ducks Unlimited honcho Bill Fester nominated his buddy, Steve ‘‘Lil Stevie Oz’’ Osborn (bottom) of Chicago, for the pair of 14-inch jumbo perch he caught on Flukes Friday at Diversey Harbor.

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