Updated: July 13, 2011 2:15AM
AREA LAKES: Bass, especially topwaters early and late, or bluegill, in weed pockets or outside weed lines, are the top bites; there has been a bunch of good bass sent in for Fish of the Week. Mike Matuk of Streamwood reported Vulcan Lakes (Three Oaks) in Crystal Lake is still producing bass, though they are more scattered, and occasional walleye.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Salmon Stop reported excellent catfish on Sonny’s or crawlers. Triangle reported top bite is bluegill on Marie and Petite; walleye are excellent, mostly on leeches, look for fish in the current on Marie, Petite or Bluff or try the river; white bass are good in 8-12 feet; muskie are best morning or evening on topwaters, best is Marie; crappie are fair toward evening.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Braidwood is 104 degrees on south end, 94 north. Alan Epich and Bill Lanham had a solid day at Mazonia South fishing deep (17-25 feet) for big bluegill and an 11-inch redear on weighted harness and crawler piece.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported outstanding fishing. Bluegills are in 15-20 feet on the weed lines; walleye are active on crawlers on the outside weed line in 20; largemouth are schooling (if you find fish, stay there); pike are best on a sucker in 20 feet. GENEVA: Duwe reported rock bass in 10-12, bluegill in 12-15 around weed flats, largemouth moved to deep weed line in 18-20, pike on the thermocline (and moving deeper).
DOWNSTATE NOTES: REND: Guide Jason Johns of Todd Gessner Outdoors reported excellent crappie keep going; find brush on drop-offs. Catfish are right under the surface eating Japanese beetles, sight fish or drift for them.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Ken Gortowski of WaterCrawler Fox River Guide Service reported fresh water from Monday’s storm improved action. “The rain didn’t have much of an effect on the river,’’ he said. “Wading is absolutely perfect. Can go anywhere.’’
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors reported sauger and walleye hitting over the weekend from Peru to Hennepin, mainly jigging. Catfish are good on shad or herring, or stinkbaits.
KANKAKEE RIVER: “Catfish’’ Dave Bradigan reported decent catfish while wading around Momence; others caught good bluegill in the Momence backwaters. Norm Minas reported fish scattered, so he’s using rattlebaits and crankbaits to cover as much water as possible. Ed Mullady said Dave Zack of Kankakee River Conservancy reported good smallmouth, largemouth and catfish east of Momence. In Indiana, Mullady reported good catfish in English Lake Area; largemouth around “The Point’’ area and bayous around LaSalle FWA.
LAKEFRONT: PERCH: In July, perch fishing on Lake Michigan is closed for those 16 and older; those 15 and younger may catch and keep 10 perch daily. CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported action varying from day to day with lakers 90-110 east of Diversey, mixed salmon in 45-70 feet from the O Marker to Evanston; mixed salmon around the R4 from 45-80. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported blue/green flies on red or orange Dodgers are best for salmon in 80-120 feet; best spoons are Orange Crush or White Crush. NORTH POINT: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported decent fishing from “The Hotel’’ to Kenosha, Wis., for salmon; they are moving around and sometimes there are fish on the inside of the hill early.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: The Chamber of Commerce reported action improved as water warms into the 70s with muskie good all day on outside weed edges; walleye are on outside weed edges, best early and late; pike are active around weeds. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice reported summer patterns setting up with best bites on walleye (best on deep lakes and flowages) on leeches and largemouth on inside weed lines. Smallmouth (best early on plastics), pike (on spoons in weeds in 6-10 feet) and bluegills (on weed edges) are good. Muskie, perch and crappie are decent.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported perch from Burns Ditch through Michigan City, spinners and soft shells best if trolled at 1 mph; a few perch off the Lake Street wall. There are steelhead at the mouth and in the creeks.
SHABBONA LAKE : Lakeside reported best is trolling for muskie; hybrid stripers on chicken livers, or crawlers and leeches for walleye (some legals). NOTE: Lakeside holds the Bluegill Open on Saturday. The winner is the heaviest stringer of 10 bluegill; families may combine their catch. Call (815) 824-2581 or go to shabbonalake.com.