Updated: July 8, 2011 1:51PM
INDIANA’S FREE FISHING: Indiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, but it applies only to Hoosier residents.
AREA LAKES: As the Fish of the Week show, largemouth are prime on area ponds and lakes now. Should be the prime week for bluegill and redear, as well.
AREA RIVERS: It’s spring floods. But Ed Mullady sent this note for the Kankakee, which applies broadly, “Through the years, many really nice fish have been caught at high-water times during spring flooding from the Kankakee, Iroquois rivers and all tributaries.’’ Fish eddies and pockets tight to shore, especially with live bait. DES PLAINES: Should fall below stage in most areas this week. FOX: Upper sections are in better shape than areas like Montgomery and Dayton. Creeks remain the best options. ILLINOIS: Morris receded below flood stage, Ottawa should by today, but LaSalle is projected to be in flood stage for the next week. KANKAKEE: River is coming off near flood stage in Illinois, remains at flood in Indiana. Mullady had this advice, “Boat fishing not recommended at this time due to high water. Not a good time for wading. Best is fishing from the bank and watch out for slippery clay banks!’’
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: With warming waters, bluegill in the channels are the top bite. Triangle reported catfish improved, too; Grass, Fox and Marie are best. Crappie are good, slabs being taken, look in channel mouths. Walleye are good around current areas and bridges on Lindy rigs with blade spinners or on floating jigheads. Muskie improved on main lake points near deeper water. Some good-sized white bass are being taken, look on Marie or Petite.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Angelo’s reported bluegill, bass and crappie going at Mazonia. Catfish remain the top bite at Braidwood, for bigger ones go to cut bait. Close is 8:30 p.m. HEIDECKE: Crappie catches are going, but walleye take sorting for keepers, according to Mik-Lurch.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported bluegill in 3-4 feet or out in 11-12, excellent pike in 11-13 on weed flats, walleye are on a night bite in 10-15, crappie are steady in 11-13 and the largemouth spawn is confused by the cold water. GENEVA: Duwe said rock bass are hitting throughout, bigger ones in Belvidere Park; largemouth are shallow; smallmouth are transitioning; and bluegill are around piers.
DOWNSTATE NOTES: SHELBYVILLE: Guide Ken Wilson of Lithia Guide Service reported excellent white bass on main lake flats or points trolling with small crankbaits, some walleye, too. Crappie slowed. Walleye are good below the dam evenings. EVERGREEN: Site staff reported saugeye are best bite, in 10 feet or less on humps, flats or off points. Bass are taking topwaters, bluegill are being caught along weeds and rip-rap, and crappie slowed.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: The best news might be the perch Park Bait reported off the east jetty at Montrose on Tuesday morning. Capt. Bill Kelly reported good lakers in 105-115 feet. Capt. Bob Poteshman reported good kings and coho scattered in 65-100, best on Dodgers and Howie nuggets. Water needs to clear for the shoreline smallmouth to improve. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported good action in 80-105, between Waukegan and Great Lakes, 40-65 down, for coho and big kings (up to 19 pounds). Smaller boats are trolling shallower and picking up some. A few perch reports deep (55-60 feet). Shore fishermen are taking a few perch off the end of the pier, a few coho and steelhead, too. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported good coho and kings on the hill (90-120), straight out and to the nuclear plant; a few nice steelhead. He said there’s some nice coho on the beach for small boaters, too. RICHARD J. DALEY MEMORIAL FISHING TOURNAMENT : Species for June are carp, catfish, perch, coho and chinook.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: The muskie opener was slow. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported walleye outside of the weeds in 6-15 feet, pike good around weeds in 10 or less and crappie near new or emergent weeds. MINOCQUA: Minocqua guide Kurt Justice reported good bites for largemouth (weeds in 3-8), pike, perch (near fresh weeds in 6-8) and bluegill (4-6 feet, not in yet). Smallmouth are just starting to bed. Better muskie came from deeper, clear lakes on small gliders, twitchbaits and bucktails.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported salmon scattered from 70-200 feet, and smallmouth improving with clearing water on Lake Michigan. Willow Slough remains good for bluegill and crappie, hitting in the front now, too. Walleye are good at Wolf.
SHABBONA LAKE: Lake is normal pool but murky. On Memorial Day, Lakeside reported perch and bluegill were best with catfish improving. Lake should clear by weekend for better fishing. NOTE: The muskie rescue scheduled for today below the dam has been postponed.
NOTE: The muskie rescue scheduled for today below the dam has been postponed.