Midwest fishing report
BY DALE BOWMAN email@example.com/blogs.suntimes.com/bowman May 10, 2011 9:12PM
Updated: June 12, 2011 12:31AM
BEST BETS: White bass on the Wolf River in Wisconsin, largemouth at Emiquon, crappie at Mazonia, smallmouth on the Kankakee River.
AREA LAKES: Bass are pulling up. Henry’s reported Busse is hot for crappie. There have been multiple crappie reports at Saganashkee. Lee’s in Carol Stream
reported good pike, muskie and largemouth at Mallard.
reported outstanding bluegills in the channels on No. 12 Rat Finkees with spikes under small floats. Triangle suggested finding the warmest water in the channels for crappie. Walleye are good around current areas and bridges. Largemouth are just off the weed lines.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/
BRAIDWOOD: Bill Lanham reported crappie in the spawn at Mazonia North; throw small tube-jigs. Braidwood has good channel catfish. For keepers, Henry’s suggested suckers or cut bait. LaSALLE: Jim Hartley reported trolling for smaller
hybrids, yellow bass and smallmouth.
Water level is low, so use caution. HEIDECKE: Should be coming up on the prime week. Guide Jay Angel reported good walleye and small hybrids around the buoy line; troll with crankbaits or with crawlers on bottom-bouncers.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported bluegills in the channels shallow, crappie in 6 to 7 feet, pike on the weed flats and largemouth cruising the shallows. GENEVA: Cold water has made for tough fishing.
DOWNSTATE: EMIQUON: The unbelievable bass fishing has started again. Make the trip. SHELBYVILLE: Guide Ken Wilson reported crappie have moved to the sloping grass banks, three-quarters of the way back in the coves; use a jig and minnow a foot below a float. EVERGREEN: Crappie action took off in the last week.
DuPAGE RIVER: Frank Macikas reported green silver craws are catching smallmouth.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: River is high but dropping. No-wakes were lifted. Could use a regular reporter because Ken Gortowski is semi-retired from reporting.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: River dropped below flood stage, and fishermen are returning. Should be time for white bass shortly.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas reported catching smallmouth on current seams with rattle baits, then plastic worms. Ed Mullady reported good crappie in quieter bayous, good catfish close to shore or by bridge piers and fair walleye in mouths of ditches or creeks.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Henry’s reported smallmouth started on dark plastics on light jigs on light line and good graphite rods (to feel the bite) in downtown Chicago. Full moon is Tuesday. Park Bait
reported outstanding coho with a few kings off the Montrose horseshoe Monday, plus a few small perch in the harbors. Capt. Bill Kelly reported a mixed bag of coho and some browns in 15 to 30 feet around Chicago Light, plus coho and some rainbows east of the R4 in 90 feet. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported coho (frozen shiner or crawler on slip bobbers) and browns (frozen shad or shiner closer to the bottom) off the piers; best pier
varies day to day. Perch action is spotty for boaters in 30 to 60 feet. Capt. Augie Ralph reported coho in 80 to 110 feet in front of Great Lakes. NORTH POINT: Capt. Bob Poteshman reported great coho from the state line to the nuke plant, from the beach to the hill. He’s using Dodgers and flies.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported pike are hitting on the edges of the old weeds in 5 to 10 feet, plus excellent perch and walleye around hard-bottom areas or off old weeds. M I NOCQUA: Minocqua guide Kurt Justice reported a good opener with walleye on many lakes already on a post-spawn bite. Some fishermen are taking good walleye on stickbaits such as Rattlin Rogues, No. 9 Floating Rapalas or No. 10 Huskies Jerks over weed beds. Crappie are best on warming days.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch
reported some good kings with browns mixed in out of East Chicago and lots of kings from the condos at Michigan City, Ind., to New Buffalo, Mich. NOTE: Mik-Lurch holds seminars with a free fish fry from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Mike Starce-
vich holds a perch seminar at 2, and Capt. Ralph Steiger talks on salmon at 4.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT: Wisconsin DNR reported better steelhead action over the weekend in Racine, near the Horlick Dam.
WOLF LAKE: Ray Hinton reported crappie, pike, catfish and one walleye on the Illinois side Sunday. Mik-Lurch reported boaters and shore fishermen (willing to walk) were finding walleye on the Indiana side.
WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger said walleye are good drifting and jigging with minnows. White bass are starting with a lot of big females (14.5 to 15.5 inches).