Midwest fishing report
OUTDOORS January 18, 2011 11:48PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
FISH OF THE WEEK: Bill Brown caught one of the best largemouth taken this ice-fishing season, a 25-incher weighing 7 pounds from Silver Lake in Cary. The Crystal Lake man caught it on a tip-up. E-mail FOTW nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Kurt’s Island Sport Shop will close for the afternoon at 2 p.m. on 1/23/2011 in observance of the Bears/Packers football game,” Kurt Justice e-mailed from Minocqua, Wis. “Back open at 6 a.m. 1/24/2011 depending . . . ”
AREA LAKES: The sloppiness of Monday should be gone by today. Ice-fishing remains universal; best are retention or farm ponds. MAZONIA NOTE: Mazonia South lakes reopened to ice fishing Monday (at your own risk). Mazonia North opened earlier this month. Regulars at Mik-Lurch report outstanding bluegill catches.
CENTRAL WISCONSIN: From Mike Norris: FOX LAKE, DODGE COUNTY: Crappie are biting in deeper water on small spoons (white) and jigs tipped with spikes or waxies. LITTLE GREEN: Perch are still the target, but anglers will have to weed through a lot of smaller fish to catch keepers. BIG GREEN: Arctic weather this weekend should help solidify the lake and allow anglers to get out and target lake trout.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported bluegills are still good; besides Channel and Catherine, try Marie, Petite or Loon. Crappie are a night bite; try for suspended fish in 15 feet. Walleye are steady on Marie and Petite with tip-ups or jigging in 8 to 10 feet. Pike remain one of the good bites on tip-ups shallow. White bass slowed; try Mineola or Pistakee.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: From Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle: PLEASANT: The best crappie and bluegill action. DELAVAN: Some bluegills and crappie, but better perch in 40 to 52 feet. COMO: Pike remain good, bass slower. GENEVA: About two-thirds is not safe (might change by weekend), but nice perch in front of Lake Geneva Country Club in 19 to 26 feet.
DOWNSTATE NOTES: COFFEEN: Central Illinois guide Ken Wilson said it is 52 to 58 degrees in the hot arm, crappie are in about 10 feet and largemouth are going on spinner baits or Rogues. NEWTON: Wilson said some big largemouth are being taken; best are the coldest, nastiest days. SANGCHRIS: Wilson said the hot crappie bite slowed when the units shut down. POWERTON: Shore fishing is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
LAKEFRONT: Some are still busting ice and sorting through perch at Navy Pier; not sure what the cold snap will do. Henry’s reported steelhead on tip-ups in the inner harbor at Jackson Park. Otherwise, some are sorting perch for keepers in the harbors.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Justice said fishing picked up with good bites on walleye (weeds in 12 to 14 feet), pike (most smaller in 6 to 12 feet) and perch (mud-flat fish best). There’s a fair bite on bluegills (weeds in 6 to 10 feet), crappie and largemouth. The forecast of brutal cold might slow things.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported some good days for bluegills at Willow Slough and some pike on tip-ups. Some pike on tip-ups on both sides of Wolf Lake. Those getting out are finding steelhead action in the creeks.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT: Arden Katz said ice fishermen are doing better at Milwaukee harbor (with spawn) than at Kenosha (“Dead Sea”).