08/27: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media August 26, 2014 8:30PM
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Updated: August 26, 2014 8:50PM
MIDWEST FISHING REPORT
LAKEFRONT SALMON: CHICAGO/WAUKEGAN: Waiting. INDIANA: Before rains blew out streams, a few big kings (and browns) came in. SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN: Harborside: Chinook being seen in Kenosha Harbor. SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tackle Haven: A few kings came in.
AREA LAKES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Floating Rapalas or small creature baits taking bass shallow early.
AREA RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch: River is high, but pike are going on Colorado-bladed spinner baits and large Husky Jerks. ILLINOIS: Tine on the Water Outdoors: Catfish on cutbait are best. River is high, stained. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas: River high and muddy with debris. ‘‘Weighted keeper with twister along water-willow beds getting fish. Rattlebaits also catching fish on seams and flats.’’
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Fish early or late to avoid pleasure boaters. Triangle: Catfish are good on Sonny’s or cutbait. With increased current, walleye are improving. Pike are more active. Bluegills are tight to shore; look for shade. Some white and yellow bass on Marie and Pistakee. Drifting is producing some crappie.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA: Staff said the heavy rains last week flooded some north-unit lakes. Jon’s: Mainly smaller bass on Senkos, rubber worms or topwaters. Scattered redear at Ponderosa. BRAIDWOOD: North end was 93 degrees Saturday, which means south topped 100 for first time this summer. LaSALLE: Bait shop is open weekends.
DOWNSTATE: REND: Jason Johns, Boneyard Fishing: Catfish are good all over on dipbait. Crappie are scattered. SHELBYVILLE: Ken Wilson, Lithia Guide Service: Best are crappie on slip corks over main-lake brush or laydowns on river banks. LAKE OF EGYPT: Johns: Bass are good on topwaters or shakyhead jigs in 6 to 12 feet.
GENEVA LAKE, WISCONSIN: Arden Katz: Outstanding bluegills in 18 to 25 feet. Big rock bass and good largemouth on drop-shot rigs.
GREEN/STURGEON BAYS, WISCONSIN: Lance LaVine, Howie’s Tackle: Walleye are improving (Henderson’s point area or northern Door County peninsula). Salmon are very good. Perch are variable. Pike are beginning.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Henry’s: Best are rock bass, bluegills and smallmouth in harbors. Park Bait: Wind change Monday brought big drum to Horseshoe. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Lakers are very dependable. A few kings in 100 to 140 feet. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Trollers going deep are finding some kings, big lakers and big steelhead in 200 feet. Rock bass, bluegills and smallmouth from shore. NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Lakers and some kings in both states (more kings in Wisconsin).
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Pike (weeds or weed beds), smallmouth (break edges over hard bottoms) and panfish are good to excellent. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Island Sportshop: Largemouth (plastics early, topwaters evenings) and bluegills (suspended along deep weed edges on small leeches) are good to very good. Crappie, smallmouth, walleye, pike and muskie are good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Streams are high, but steelhead are in. Bluegills are good at Pine and Stone. Trollers taking some big kings deep.
SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside: Bass (topwaters or Senkos) have been consistent all year. Top holiday bites should be striped bass, catfish and muskie.
FISH OF THE WEEK
James Guarascio of Naperville caught a 50-inch muskie with a 22-inch girth this month on Green Bay near Little Suamico, Wis. Guarascio, who headed back to college this week, was casting a Double Cowgirl bucktail.
‘‘It hit within 10 feet of the boat for an exciting fight boatside, which James handled perfectly,’’ his father, Herb, emailed. ‘‘The hook popped out as we lifted her out of the net, and we released her strong and healthy for the next lucky fisherman!’’
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