Midwest fishing report
February 15, 2011 8:24PM
Updated: March 17, 2011 12:27AM
LAKEFRONT PERCH: Good perch continue to come from Navy Pier and the Cal system. On Tuesday, Carl Vizzone reported a dozen perch out of 60 at Navy Pier were 9 to 10 inches. He found some open water around ice floes. Henry’s reported good perch at DuSable, both in open water near the river wall and ice fishing inside the harbor. Mik-Lurch and Henry’s reported good numbers and good-sized perch from the Cal around 92nd and 95th.
AREA LAKES: Some shorelines are softening, but the ice fishing should hold across the area for those willing to put on rubber boots and wade through the slop on top.
AREA RIVERS: As of Tuesday, many rivers remained locked up. But that is changing very rapidly, and many will be completely open by this weekend. DuPAGE: At Plainfield on Monday, Ken Gortowski reported open water upstream and down. FOX: As of Monday, Gortowski said much of the river remained iced over, but it is changing quickly. Hermann’s reported good ice fishing for bluegills and crappie in Nielsen’s Channel at Port Barrington. ILLINOIS: Time on the Water Outdoors reported ramps are open at Ottawa and Hennepin, but Spring Valley remains locked in. Sauger fishing is under way. KANKAKEE/IROQUOIS: I did a tour Tuesday, and much of the Kankakee and the lower end of the Iroquois remained iced up. That will go quickly, though. This is generally the period where the monster walleye come from the Kankakee/Iroquois.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle said bluegills are shallow and crappie are shallower than normal, staging in channel mouths or bay areas. Pike are beginning to stage in channel mouths and creek areas on most area lakes; try tip-ups with large roaches. Walleye are fair on Petite and Marie.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Braidwood reopens March 1. Mazonia lakes still have ice fishing, but conditions might change by late this week. LaSALLE: Tentatively reopens March 16. HEIDECKE: Reopens April 1.
DOWNSTATE NOTES: POWERTON: Boat fishing opened Tuesday. Winter hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. SANGCHRIS: Guide Ken Wilson reported the plant is going again. Crappie are shallow on a cork and a jig. COFFEEN: Wilson said crappie are good shallow (5 to 6 feet) in the hot arm around laydowns. Worms, spinner baits and Rogues have been the top bass choices.
LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top. Ice fishing continues in the harbors, but use caution around edges and under piers. Mik-Lurch reported some browns at the stateline power plant.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported consistent pike on weed edges in 6 to 16 feet, inconsistent walleye and improving crappie on deep weed edges. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice reported steady fishing, especially for walleye around dawn and dusk, either in and along cabbage and coontail edges or on off-shore humps and bars. Crappie and perch are good. The best numbers of perch are on mud flats. Pike and bluegills are decent.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported good steelhead in Salt and Trail. There are browns at the stateline power plant and Amoco.
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