6/25: Midwest Fishing Report and Fish of the Week
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media June 24, 2014 5:52PM
Updated: June 24, 2014 8:43PM
MIDWEST FISHING REPORT
LAKEFRONT PERCH: CHICAGO: Minnows and soft shells working. Stacey Greene, Park Bait: Late afternoons better than mornings at Montrose. Some being taken on Shad Raps and spinners, too. Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: ‘‘Good and getting better’’ in and out of harbors. Burnham/McCormick is another decent choice. Boaters are taking some by Chicago Light. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: A few being caught off end of Government Pier on fatheads, shrimp or crabmeat. Boaters picked up a few at the green can. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Jumbos were in, especially at the gap at Cal Harbor on baby roaches. KENOSHA, WIS.: Bob DeAngelis, Harborside: ‘‘Hit and miss. Best as far east on piers as possible.’’ ST. JOSEPH, MICH.: Phil Schuman, Tackle Haven: Marking perch in 30 to 40 feet, ‘‘should go any day.’’ REMINDER: IDNR director Marc Miller opened July this year for perch fishing in Illinois.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle: With current, walleye are good relatively shallow on leeches and crawlers. Bluegills remain shallow, and catfish are much improved on stinkbait. NO-WAKE: All three zones went no-wake Tuesday. Check foxwaterway.state.il.us. or call (847) 587-8540.
GENEVA LAKE, WIS.: Arden Katz: Outstanding smallmouth, largemouth and rock bass on drop-shots in 10 to 15 feet on secondary points. Guide Dave Duwe: Largemouth top bite on large weed flats. Smallmouth transitioning from spawn. Walleye showing at night. Bluegills in 8 to 10 feet.
DOWNSTATE: LAKE OF EGYPT: Jason Johns, Boneyard Fishing: Night bass are on fire (100-fish nights) on plastics, Senkos and big worms. REND: Johns: Crappie (minnows or jigs) are being caught on main-lake points or humps in 8 to 14 feet. Catfish (cut shad or stinkbait) are very good drift-fishing. EVERGREEN: Muskie are going. Midwest Musky Club boated 10 on weekend outing.
GREEN/STURGEON BAYS, WIS.: Lance LaVine, Howie’s Tackle: Smallmouth (very good) still prespawn from Egg Harbor to Gills Rock. Perch are just starting. Walleye slowed.
LAKEFRONT: Perch at top. CHICAGO: Park Bait: Some drum off horseshoe and Montrose mouth. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Lakers are most dependable, with occasional steelhead and kings in 60 to 115 feet. Some coho starting again. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop: Trollers are working shallow (40 to 70 feet) with bigger flies for lakers, steehead and coho. NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Plenty of fish inside the hill (30 to 100 feet). Coho, occasional kings and steelhead being caught on little Dodgers and peanut flies.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Island Sport Shop: Still waiting on the delayed ‘‘massive Hexagenia mayfly hatches.’’ Largemouth are good to very good on plastics on outside weed edges in 10 to 16 feet. Walleye (cabbage flats or coontail edges), pike and bluegill (deeper weed edges) are good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Perch at top. Mik-Lurch: Willow Slough still producing some bluegills in the front. Good walleye in Wolf’s corn channel on leeches. Smallmouth are top bite on lake; some still in harbors and along rip-rap. A few steelhead have come in at Michigan City.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Perch at top. Schuman, Tackle Haven: Steelhead being caught in 100 feet. He expects them to hit the pier heads any day.
SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside: Bass and walleye are on the weed lines, muskie in the no-motor zone and bluegills on weed lines or on shore. Some crappie in fish cribs. A few catfish.
FISH OF THE WEEK
Bring on kids and summer largemouth bass.
Notre Dame College Prep bass fishing coach Dan Svachula finds hope in the 22-inch largemouth nephew Kyle Svachula caught (and released) last week on Lake Delavan. Kyle will be at Notre Dame in two years.
Earlier this month, Robert Drazdik Sr. took pride in granddaughter Emily catching her first largemouth at Blackwell Forest Preserve in DuPage County with her dad, Bobby.
‘‘My son and I have been training her since she has been 7 months old,’’ Drazdik emailed. ‘‘Next, we start the deer-hunting training with her in November.’’
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