Midwest fishing report
LAKEFRONT PERCH: Two major blows within a week have fishermen waiting for Lake Michigan to settle.
AREA LAKES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Fishing slowed with weather changes. Evenings better. No patterns.
CHAIN O’LAKES: Triangle: Catfishing is top bite all over on Sonny’s or cut bait. Some bluegills, mostly around piers. Walleye are spotty.
CHICAGO RIVER: Drop-shotting is most effective method for smallmouth and largemouth downtown.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: BRAIDWOOD: Steve Smith: 50 bass
Sunday, plus a 12-pound blue. MAZONIA: Jon’s: Smaller bass being caught on power worms. Some crappie and bluegills deep on Ponderosa.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: GENEVA: Arden Katz: Bluegills and pumpkinseed are in 17 to 25 feet. Bass are good on drop-shotting
Chompers in 18 to 25 feet on south end. Guide Dave Duwe: Lakers
excellent in main-lake basin down 85 to 90 feet. Walleye best midnight to 4 a.m. DELAVAN: Duwe: Largemouth best in 6 to 8 feet in sand pockets in weeds. Bluegills very good in 15 to 20 feet.
DOWNSTATE: REND: Jason Johns, Boneyard Fishing: Catfish are
excellent. Crappie are scattered; best on calm days. LAKE OF EGYPT: Johns: Bass schooling. When found, crankbaits are working. Night fishing remains very good. CRAB ORCHARD: Johns: Big-bass bite is on; try laydowns or any cover off points on shaky-head jigs with beavers or crankbaits.
GREEN/STURGEON BAYS, WIS.: Lance LaVine, Howie’s Tackle:
Smallmouth are active up and down the peninsula; drop-shotting best. Salmon are good to very good from Algoma north. Some perch limits recently.
ILLINOIS RIVER: Time on the Water Outdoors: Catfishing is best on cut bait or stinkbait. White bass and sauger scattered.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas: River is below normal. Smallmouth, walleye and channel catfish being caught on a range of baits.
KENOSHA/RACINE, WIS.: Harborside: Some browns in the harbors, plus a few perch.
LAKEFRONT: Blow slowed even smallmouth on breakwalls.
MADISON LAKES, WIS.: Scott Hill, Fishing Thrills Guide Service:
Bluegills, bass and walleye most active along weed lines in 10 feet or out, suspending in water deeper than 20 feet.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce:
Smallmouth (off break edges over hard bottoms in 8 to 25 feet) and panfish are excellent. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Island Sportshop:
Largemouth (best is sub-surface over weed tops in 3 to 8 feet) are very good. Smallmouth, bluegills, muskie, crappie, pike and perch are good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Waiting on Lake Michigan to settle. Steelhead are in the streams.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Tackle Haven: Steelhead being caught off piers on shrimp, plus a few on spoons. Perch were good before the blow in 15 to 40 feet.
SHABBONA LAKE: Clint Sands, Lakeside: Lots of walleye, including legals longer than 18 inches, on weed edges in east or northeast bays. Six-fish winning weight for Catfish Open was 29 pounds. Bass are going on topwaters or on the dam face.