Midwest fishing report
April 19, 2011 9:50PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
LaSALLE NOTE: Sunday was the second time in 19 days with a delayed start because of staffing issues. The site no longer has a staff worker and relies on seasonal help. Weather has been the main limiting factor for fishermen. Bass and hybrid have been on and off. Mike Lazas reported yellow bass and bluegills ‘‘on fire’’ earlier this month.
AREA RIVERS: Considering the forecast, all area rivers are or will be cold, high, rising and dirty. Fish tight to shore pockets and eddies.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: With the higher, faster water, Triangle suggested the walleye bite should improve greatly around current areas and bridges with a jig and minnow. ‘‘If it gets warm again and it gets to Warmageddon, I am pretty sure the crappie bite is not over,’’ Greg Dickson said. Before the snow and rain events, largemouth were solid last weekend.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS:
LaSALLE: See top. MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Close extends to 8 p.m. as of Monday. Site staff at Braidwood reported water in the upper 60s on the north end and in the upper 70s on the south, with catfish and bluegills the main catches. Shore fishermen on north end are picking up some bass. With cold weather, few are fishing Mazonia.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES (WIS.): Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle reported some bluegills and crappie on Delavan (mainly in the channels) over the weekend. A few perch near shore on Geneva.
DOWNSTATE NOTES: Southern Illinois might be the place to be. REND: Guide Jason Johns of Todd Gessner Outdoors said: ‘‘Everything good [crappie and largemouth] is in the bushes. We are even catching catfish in the bushes. Catfish are shallow, waiting on the shad spawn.’’ LAKE OF EGYPT: Johns said crappie remain excellent and bass are good.
LAKEFRONT: Weather riled the water. CHICAGO: Henry’s one piece of good news was some spotty keeper perch inside Montrose. There are a few coho being caught in the harbors. Smelters continue to pick up a smattering of smelt, mainly at Montrose. WAUKEGAN/NORTH POINT: Salmon Stop reported a few browns and coho on frozen shad or shiners off the piers; Johnson and Government have been the steadiest. Perch have not been found. Boaters have had limited success reaching coho.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Conditions vary from open water to pockets of ongoing ice fishing. Know what you are doing or where you are going.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Weather has prevented access to the perch off Gary Light, but Thursday might be different. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported very good coho when weather allows access. ‘‘They are moving around and you have to find them, but they are definitely there,’’ said Poteshman, who sticks with Dodgers and peanut Howie flies. Mik-Lurch reported some kings and coho Saturday in front of Michigan City, some by Lake Street and Gary Light and some lakers and coho by The Gong.
ROCK RIVER: OREGON: TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental reported catfish are doing fairly well on dip baits and liver. Water remains in the low 40s, and conditions might change by the weekend.
ROOT RIVER (WIS.): Wisconsin DNR reported increased flow (weather suggests it’s likely to stay that way) with a few fishermen out, but they had decent action for steelhead near Horlick Dam.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon reported hit-or-miss coho fishing off the piers on Lake Michigan. Same goes for boaters. He said the sucker run is slowing in the rivers and creeks.
WISCONSIN RIVER: DELLS: River’s Edge said the river is back to near normal, with some walleye and pike catches.
WOLF LAKE: Mik-Lurch reported even the walleye slowed to a few at night on the Indiana side.
WOLF RIVER (WIS.): FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger said walleye are done spawning and are returning. White bass aren’t active yet.