Updated: November 2, 2011 6:27PM
PERCH: Happiness on the lakefront. Perch are in for shore fishermen and boaters alike. Let’s hope the wind shift overnight doesn’t change it. CHICAGO: Sawn has been best, both Monday and Tuesday, from shore. Arden Katz caught them on every cast Tuesday at Montrose with Mini-Mites with spikes; but those with soft shells did better for jumbos. For shore fishermen, Montrose is tops for numbers, but Henry’s reported better size from Navy Pier south. Boaters did well at Burnham Monday. On Tuesday, Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported outstanding perch on fatheads in the weed beds off Navy Pier. NORTH SUBURBS: Salmon Stop reported boaters doing well in the weed bed near the green can in 30 feet outside Waukegan, and off Tower Road; fair action from shore off Government Pier. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported water cooled to 71 degrees in Cal Harbor and turned on bigger ones; otherwise Burns Ditch remains hot spot.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Salmon Stop reported outstanding catfish on Sonny’s or jumbo crawlers. Triangle reported bluegill are good, look shallow around shade. Walleye are good, especially with current from rains. White bass are good on Marie; try 8 feet or less. Muskie are fair, morning and evening, with topwaters. Crappie are fair evenings.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported outstanding fishing continuing, especially for bluegill on deep weed lines (18-20 feet) and largemouth on deep weeds and rock points. GENEVA: Duwe reported bluegill are excellent in 12; pike are on thermocline; largemouth depths are varying.
DOWNSTATE NOTES: REND: Guide Jason Johns of Todd Gessner Outdoors reported good catfish (minnows or drift fishing with cut shad or shrimp sprayed with garlic) and crappie (limits). EVERGREEN: Site staff reported good crappie in 15-20 feet, good catfish, good bass on topwaters or rubber worms around cover.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: ChicagoNow blogger Ken Gortowski said, barring major overnight rains, river is nearing normal. If rains come, he would just do the usual tight-to-shore fishing.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors reported white bass are active, try bladebaits at the Vermilion or 251 bridge, or find cooler water. Catfish are going on cut shad or Asian carp.
KANKAKEE RIVER: River is near normal. Norm Minas reported smallmouth scattered, keep searching and trying baits; algae causes issues on bottom lures. Ed Mullady reported good catfish throughout, as are rock bass. He reported walleye improving around the state park islands, Momence and LaSalle FWA (Indiana).
LAKEFRONT: See perch above. CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported good kings, rainbows and coho in 50-80 feet from the Wilson crib to Evanston and at the R4 to 4 miles south; Dodgers and flies are most consistent, but spoons work. Poteshman reported good, but variable, salmon around T Marker to the R4. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported salmon in 65-110, down 30, on spoons or Dodgers and flies. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported good summer fishing for big steelhead, big coho and some kings on the hill from Waukegan to Racine.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert reported nice catches of kings with some steelhead, coho and lakers mixed in out of East Chicago. Mik-Lurch reported best are meat rigs or green and blue spoons for salmon; any orange spoon for steelhead. Steelhead are found in 45 feet from Chicago to Michigan City.
SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside reported good muskie for trollers along the weed lines; bass are going on topwaters in the weeds in the evenings and crappie are in the fish cribs.
ILLINOIS HUNTING REPORT
SQUIRREL: Despite heat, Iroquois County SWA—the one nearby site open in August—had an unbelievable opener with eight hunters reporting 25 squirrels. “I have never in 30 years had that many squirrels taken on opening day,’’ veteran site super Frank Snow said. WATERFOWL: Fourth zone was approved. Zone line for geese in northeast was shifted back to I-80. ARCHERY: Archery deer, turkey and firearm youth deer permits on sale over-the-counter. PHEASANT: Online permit reservations started for controlled pheasant hunting. Go to dnr.illinois.gov, click “Upland Game’’, then “Controlled Pheasant Areas.’’ UPLAND: Applications may be made for free upland permits. TEAL: Season is Sept. 3-18.