Midwest fishing report (May 25)
By DALE BOWMAN email@example.com May 24, 2011 7:30PM
Updated: August 31, 2011 12:38AM
AREA LAKES: Bass have been up and off beds, depending on the lake or pond. On some warmer ponds and lakes, even bluegills were bedding. That might change again with the cool-down and rains. If we get warmer weather for the holiday, just about everything should be up.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported walleye are good; bite is changing to crawlers and leeches around current areas and the river. Keep moving to find good bluegills; if warm weather comes, that bite should rebound. Muskies are good shallow. For white bass, look around 12 feet; Marie is best. Catfish are fair.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Mazonia is the top choice for multiple species for the holiday. Mik-Lurch reported some blues in the 20-pound range on big hunks of cutbait at Braidwood. Otherwise, the best action is for bluegills and channel catfish. Closing time extends to 8:30 on Sunday. HEIDECKE: Should be a top choice for walleye and hybrids. Bobby Valenti boated a 27-inch hybrid.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported largemouth are spawning, pike are active in the weed flats (9 to 12 feet), crappie are scattered and bluegills are average. GENEVA: Duwe reported improved fishing, with smallmouth suspended in 15 feet, rock bass active in 10 to 12 feet and bluegills and largemouth shallow.
DOWNSTATE NOTES: SHELBYVILLE: Walleye are good, but white bass are so excellent that trollers can’t keep them off the crankbaits when working main lake ledges and points, guide Ken Wilson said. Crappie are postspawn; the bite will be trolling deeper water soon. Walleye are good below the spillway mornings and evenings. EVERGREEN: Time on the Water Outdoors reported good crappie in 10 feet, down 4 feet. Site staff reported water is in the mid-60s. Catfish and muskies are slow. MID-STATE STRIP PITS: Larry Dozard of LarrysFishingHole.com reported outstanding bluegill action as they bed.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Creeks remain the best option. River remains up, and fishing is on the tougher side because smallmouth are in some stage of the spawn, guide Ken Gortowski said.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: As of Tuesday, river was in good shape. Time on the Water reported catfish and drum are picking up, white bass are good shallow and sauger are being taken on the Peru and Hennepin flats on crankbaits or jig and minnow.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas reported good smallmouth in seams and mud lines on crankbaits and good rock bass shallow on light jigs and 3-inch worms or plastic leeches. Ed Mullady reported good catfish in both states, good pike around Wilmington dam, Kankakee dam and downstream and fair walleye.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Perch and smallmouth are slow. If weather ever allows water to clear, they should rebound. Capt. Bill Kelly reported limits of lakers in 80 to 105 feet. He also said coho had slowed off the Wilson crib and reported some coho and rainbows east of the R4. NORTH POINT: Capt. Bob Poteshman reported outstanding coho through Tuesday morning on Dodgers and flies. The key this spring is moving around to find cleaner water after the blows. That should hold again for the holiday weekend.
MADISON LAKES, WIS.: D&S Bait reported decent panfish on Monona over emerging weeds in 8 to 10 feet and good catfish on Mendota.
MENOMINEE RIVER, WIS./MICH.: Guide Mike Mladenik reported legal walleye daily on High Falls Flowage on leeches. He also said smallmouth (shallow) are hitting Case Magic Sticks.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: MINOCQUA: Pete Riedesel reported outstanding bass action on prespawn patterns. Minocqua guide Kurt Justice reported things are off-kilter with the cold spring, but that makes for good walleye around deeper wood and some in weeds in 6 to 10 feet and good pike in standing weeds. Crappie and bluegills are fair for May. NOTE: Muskie season opens Saturday. Justice recommended keying on shallower weedy areas where smaller fish can be had with smaller baits.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported kings, coho and lakers in 65 to 75 feet, down 40 to 50 feet, on meat rigs on Spin doctors and spoons. Smallmouth and perch are tough. Crappie and bluegills remain good at Willow Slough. Walleye picked up on the Indiana side of Wolf.
ROCK RIVER: OREGON: TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental reported some large carp, catfish good on dip bait, liver or worms and some pike on minnows.
SHABBONA LAKE: Crappie are the top bite, as the Crappie Open proved Saturday. The other top bite is largemouth. Bluegills have not pulled up.
WISCONSIN RIVER, WIS.: DELLS: River’s Edge reported walleye are good mornings on half a crawler or a leech. White bass are picking up toward the dam.
WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger said white bass are making a lot of people happy with big females spawning. Work along the grass for the females and about anywhere for the males, with your bait or lure of choice.