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Midwest Fishing Report (June 15)

Updated: September 21, 2011 12:33AM



INDIANA STREAMS: The Lake Michigan tributary streams in Indiana reopen Thursday. There’s enough flow of cool water that fishing might be interesting.

SHABBONA BASS OPEN: Shabbona Lakeside’s Bass Open is 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday. Cabela’s is offering $100 for the heaviest bass caught. Lakeside will award an additional $100 for a record largemouth (currently 7.85 pounds). Go to
shabbona
lake.com
or call (815) 824-2581.

AREA LAKES: Bluegills and bass are the main bite, but there was a 52-inch grass carp caught by Leonid Bilyk from Humboldt Park lagoon. It weighed 64.15 pounds at Henry’s.

AREA RIVERS: Rain could alter this, so it’s a short report. FOX: River is falling rapidly, but Ken Gortowski noted current is still strong enough to knock a wader down. Flooded fields are keeping the creeks from coming down to normal. ILLINOIS: River is projected to fall below flood level at LaSalle by Thursday. Time on the Water Outdoors reported a few boaters are getting out, mainly for catfish. KANKAKEE: River is dropping but stained. Catfish are good in both states, according to Ed Mullady. He also reported largemouth and smallmouth are improving around Momence and said some good-sized smallmouth are being taken in the state park. Angelo’s reported nice pike at Wilmington.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Don Letrich reported nice largemouth on Senkos or crawlers, channel catfish on Mepps and a couple of muskie follows on Channel. Triangle
reported good bluegills; look for them on the beds and on Loon as well as the Chain. Try Ants or poppers as an alternative to live bait. Pike are good. Bass are good,
either shallow or on the weed lines. Walleye are excellent. The current keeps a good bite going around bridges or in the river; use Lindy rigs or slip-bobber rigs rigged with leeches or crawlers. Muskies are best on Pistakee or Fox. Catfish (4 to 9 pounds) are good; try Sonny’s. For white bass, try in 8 to 12 feet; Petite and Bluff are best.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Mazonia is on fire for bluegills, according to Mik-Lurch. HEIDECKE: Mik-Lurch reported a nice mix Sunday: catfish, crappie around the island (red and white tube jigs), muskies in the north pool (No. 7 Rapalas), smallmouth, hybrids and small walleye. Water is dirty and only 72 degrees, so troll with No. 5 Rapalas or bright orange crawler harnesses.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported crappie are ‘‘fantastic’’ by Willow Point or Browns Channel, mixed with bluegills in 10 to 12 feet. Largemouth are still shallow, and pike are improving. GENEVA: Duwe reported greatly improved fishing. He said rock bass are everywhere in 5 to 12 feet, smallmouth are spawning or post-spawn and largemouth are shallow around piers

DOWNSTATE NOTE: SHELBYVILLE: Guide Ken Wilson reported trollers taking good walleye. Crappie have moved out on the main lake to chase shad. As for white bass, Wilson said, ‘‘You can catch all the white bass you want.’’ Largemouth are good on main lake points. Smallmouth are ‘‘on fire’’ in the Kaskaskia River.

LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Park Bait reported a few perch scattered on minnows or Paddle Bugs at Montrose. A couple of steelhead have been caught at Montrose and Belmont. Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters said that lakers are good in 90 to 110 feet east of Diversey and that good coho are mixed with kings in 50 to 80 feet in front of all harbors north to the R4 on bigger Dodgers and bigger flies. Full moon is today. Smallmouth should be going in the harbors, but they have been spotty and small. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported good coho in 105 to 150 feet straight out on spring colors of flies and Dodgers. NORTH POINT: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters said coho fishing is ‘‘just
bananas’’ in 120 to 220 feet straight out and to the state line. There are a few kings, lakers and steelhead mixed in.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported pike are good (8 feet or less around weeds), crappie are decent, walleye are improved, perch are fair and muskies are slow.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Streams open Thursday. Mik-Lurch reported some steelhead at the mouth of Burns Ditch and a few off the Michigan City piers. Smallmouth are variable because Lake Michigan is cold at 53 degrees. With full moon, smallmouth should be better. Sonny’s is taking big catfish at Amoco discharge.

ROCK RIVER: OREGON: TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental reported catfish and carp are best. Some nice flatheads are being taken on goldfish at the dam.

ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Tyler Harmon
reported just a few summer steelhead ‘‘poking around.’’ He means two caught by 15 local anglers.

SHABBONA LAKE: Muddied waters slowed things, but Lakeside reported a few muskies in the no-motor zone, a few largemouth on the road bed and a few crappie. Bass Open is Saturday.

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT: Wisconsin DNR reported trollers doing well off Kenosha in 60 feet. At Racine, coho are good mornings in 70 to 90 feet or 110 to 140 feet. Shore action is slow in both places.

WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger reported the white bass run is over. He said walleye (16 to 20 inches) are fair on Poygan and the river.



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