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7/23: Midwest Fishing Report

Updated: July 22, 2014 9:22PM


LAKEFRONT PERCH: CHICAGO: Soft shells best. Mike Repa, Park Bait: Some limits Tuesday at Montrose. John Saban: Only boat out Sunday morning. Caught 28 perch 10 inches or longer by the filtration plant. David Allevato: Numbers and size of perch at 31st. NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Portage and Cal Park best, but it varies daily. ST. JOSEPH (MICHIGAN) AREA: Phil Schuman, Tackle Haven: Quite a few limits. North and south in 35 feet on minnows. KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Bob DeAngelis, Harborside: Boaters doing better than pier fishermen.

AREA LAKES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Throwing frogs (black SPRO) on weed mats last hour on braided line and heavy rod relatively shallow (3 feet).

AREA RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch: He is catching largemouth and smallmouth near weed beds inside slack pools. ILLINOIS: Tine on the Water Outdoors: Catfish top bite on cut bait or stinkbait. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas: River still up some, so use care on limestone flats. Smallmouth, walleye and channel catfish responding to crankbaits, spinner baits on current seams, current obstructions, etc.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle: Top bites are walleye (Marie and Catherine, drifting relatively shallow) and catfish on stinkbait or cut bait. Bluegills very good. Loon has nice bass and perch. Largemouth under docks.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WISCONSIN: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe: Bluegills in 11 to 14 feet off weed lines. Largemouth on docks or in 10 to 13 feet. GENEVA: Duwe: Bluegills active in 18 to 22 feet and smallmouth in 20 to 25 feet. Largemouth good around piers. Rock bass in 20 to 25 feet.

DOWNSTATE: EMIQUON: Rick Alexander/Craig Fanning: Posted a 100-largemouth day with another friend. REND: Jason Johns, Boneyard Fishing: Drift-fishing is excellent for catfish. Crappie are scattered. White bass are starting to bust surface.

LAKEFRONT: Perch at top. CHICAGO: Some drum at Montrose and Monroe. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Lakers in 65 to 120 feet, depending on the day. Salmon are nominal. NORTH POINT/WAUKEGAN: Poteshman: Fish scattered; every day varies. ‘‘Maybe north blow [Wednesday] will help stir them up.’’

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Smallmouth (break edges over hard bottoms in 8 to 25 feet) and panfish are excellent. Walleye, pike and largemouth are good to excellent. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Island Sportshop: Crappie (bays with tall weeds), largemouth (work weed beds), bluegills and smallmouth (deep humps of gravel) are good to very good.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Perch at top. Mik-Lurch: Steelhead are in the creeks. Drum are hot on lakefront. Some salmon and lakers deep (Wednesday blow will change things).

SHABBONA LAKE: Clint Sands, Lakeside: Walleye going on weed edges on leeches. Most are 14 to 20 inches (legal is 18), but a 26-incher was caught Saturday. A few big muskie, including a 45-incher Tuesday. Catfish are going on chicken liver or shrimp. CATFISH OPEN: It’s Saturday and Sunday (heaviest six fish).

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