07/09: Midwest Fishing Report 07/09: Fish of the Week
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media July 8, 2014 8:35PM
Updated: August 10, 2014 6:39AM
Midwest fishing report
LAKEFRONT PERCH: CHICAGO: Park Bait: ‘‘Killed them’’ Tuesday morning with both minnows and soft shells. Montrose and Belmont are good. Henry’s: Good around most harbors; best is pipe at Burnham. Look for weed beds, then do drop-shotting. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Good catches at mouth of the Ditch in 35 to 40 feet. Cal Park slower. ST. JOSEPH (MICH.) AREA: Tackle Haven: Improving in 40 to 50 feet straight out.
AREA RIVERS: Receding and clearing. Looking like best weekend in weeks. DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch: ‘‘Pike are still an easy target in Cook County.’’ Use Rat-l-traps or large willow-bladed spinner baits at creeks or downstream of large laydowns. FOX: Ken Gortowski: ‘‘If this keeps up all week, with the lack of rain in sight, perfect wading conditions may finally be achieved as early as Thursday.’’ KANKAKEE: Norm Minas: With falling water, better smallmouth are on seams in faster flows with crankbaits. Victor Blackful: Catfish good on cut shad. Big gar moved into backwaters. ROCK:
Blackful: Good catfishing nights at Oregon dam on crawlers. Decent flatheads on bluegills.
CHAIN O’LAKES: Triangle: Walleye remain good around current areas (leeches best) or troll in 8 feet with crankbaits evenings (Marie best). Bluegills are good; Bluff and Spring best. Catfish are good on stinkbait or crawlers all over. Crappie are good evenings around lighted piers. Muskie are going mornings and evenings on topwaters or bucktails.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe: Largemouth are top bite in weed lines in 12 to 15 feet. Bluegills are ‘‘fantastic’’ in 12 to 14 feet on outside weed lines. GENEVA: Arden Katz: Drop-shot points and sides of points in 10 to 15 feet at night for good bass and rock bass. Bluegills and redear are good in 9 to 12 feet in Geneva Bay on Mini-Mites on drop-shot rig.
LAKEFRONT: Perch at top. CHICAGO: Park Bait: Drum being caught, especially on Montrose Horseshoe. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Lakers are most consistent, straight out in 100 feet. Spotty salmon. NORTH POINT/WAUKEGAN: Tough bite.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Pike (10 feet or shallower around weeds), smallmouth (break edges over hard-bottom areas) and panfish are good to excellent. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Island Sport Shop: Fair bite. Summer patterns need to set up.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Perch at top. Mik-Lurch: A few steelhead at mouth of the Ditch and Michigan City. This should be the week for them to come into the streams. Smallmouth remain good around East Chicago. Some walleye and largemouth are going at Wolf Lake.
ST. JOSEPH (MICH.) AREA: Perch at top. Tackle Haven: Trollers are taking lakers, coho and steelhead in 90 to 250 feet. No steelhead in river.
SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside: Bluegills are on the rock piles. Hybrids are schooling and busting the surface when calm; cast tiny torpedoes or use chicken livers. Catfish are good. Bass are hitting topwaters in the weeds. Lots of small walleye on weed lines.