Updated: August 20, 2014 6:15PM
Midwest fishing report
LAKEFRONT KINGS: CHICAGO: Henry’s reported salmon being seen in the harbors, one caught around 31st-39th, another at Jackson Park. WAUKEGAN: Waiting. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported at least one caught in the streams; otherwise some kings being seen at the Hole-in-the-Wall. SOUTHEAST WIS.: Faithful reader sent photo of one caught last week. HARBORSIDE: Reported people trying, but none so far at Kenosha. SOUTHWEST MICH.: Waiting.
AREA LAKES: Bait Shanty, Algonquin: Hot bait at Three Oaks is Johnsonville brats stuffed with cheese for catfish, also works for walleye and smallmouth. Ken “Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Downsizing has been key for active smaller largemouth, try watermelon Senko slow on outside weed lines.
CHAIN O’LAKES: Triangle: With increased current, walleye are good; bluegill are excellent around shoreline brush or piers; catfish are good (stinkbait best); for crappie, try lighted piers evenings; white bass are suspended in main lake basin down 8-12 feet.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe: Excellent fishing with bluegill (10-13 feet) and largemouth best (medium suckers in 6-8 feet). GENEVA: Duwe: Fishing slower than normal, but bluegill are best bite in 20-22.
ILLINOIS RIVER: Tine on the Water Outdoors: Catfish remain good on cut bait. River is low, so go out to middle of Barto Landing; Starved Rock launch still closed.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas: Concentrating on flats and deeper holes, he did best with paddle-tailed fluke-type lure, cast upstream and drifted, next best was rattlebaits, for smallmouth, walleye and channel catfish.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Park Bait: Still some drum on Montrose horseshoe. Henry’s: Rock bass are good in harbors. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: A few salmon mixed with some very good and large lakers (15-20 pounders being caught) WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop: Trollers, like Capt. Augie Ralph, who go out deeper (200 feet) are finding some big lakers and a few kings; a few browns on shore. NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Lakers and a few kings are being caught in 150-250 feet
MAZONIA: John Kudia: Bluegill going at South Unit on caterpillars, worms or grasshoppers.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Walleye, pike, smallmouth, largemouth and panfish are good to excellent. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Island Sportshop: Better bites toward dusk; largemouth (finish day with topwaters in shallow slop) and bluegill (coontail edges in 12-14 feet) are very good; smallmouth and pike are good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Steelhead in streams are top bite; some bass, but walleye slowed, at Wolf Lake; Sunday is last day of fishing at Willow Slough.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Phil Schuman, Tackle Haven: Trollers finding decent lakers, kings and steelhead in 120 feet; a few steelhead off the pier.
SHABBONA LAKE: Clint Sands, Lakeside: OK fishing with muskie active in deep trees and no-motor zone on bucktails; bass on topwaters early and late; walleye on leeches or crawlers, more on flats.