Updated: November 2, 2011 7:32PM
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Salmon Stop reported ‘‘a bonanza of catfish’’ on jumbo crawlers and Sonny’s. Triangle seconded catfish as good; best on Grass, Nippersink and Fox. Good white bass around Mineola on small jigs and spikes or minnows. Bluegills good around shade trees or boat lifts. Bass are tough.
CHICAGO RIVER: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass reported bluegills and small largemouth are hitting Mr. Twisters or small crankbaits on the South Branch.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA/BRAIDWOOD: Ed McCain at Mik-Lurch reported good bluegills on Mazonia lakes; try Gulp Alive maggots on jigs around 14 feet. Close goes to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. It’s 92 degrees on the north end of Braidwood. LaSALLE: Open Wednesday-Sunday through Sept. 30. More trying, especially early and late.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Arden Katz reported outstanding bluegills in 15 to 18 feet around the weed beds on trout worms or hellgrammites. Bass are tougher, but good quality on drop-shot rigs on the deep edges. GENEVA: Guide Dave Duwe reported best pike action in five years. Fish are holding between 33 and 40 feet and are hitting medium suckers on a Lindy rig. Rock bass remain best overall bite in 12 to 15 feet. Bluegills are deeper in 16 to 18 feet.
DOWNSTATE: SHELBYVILLE: Guide Ken Wilson of Lithia Guide Service reported good crappie on minnows in 10 to 12 feet on main lake laydowns or brush piles. Drift fishing is producing good catfish in creeks. White bass has slowed. REND: Jason Johns of Todd Gessner Outdoors reported catfish are good on main lake flats, especially with Hoss’s Hawg Bait. Crappie have slowed a bit; work main lake flats and foundations in 5 to 10 feet on minnows or jigs (silver).
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Chicago Now blogger Ken Gortowski reported smallmouth are very aggressive in the classic spots: eddies, current seams, behind obstructions and occasionally out in the current.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors reported white bass are picking up from Starved Rock to Hennepin, while catfish are slowing. Smallmouth are improving in the Vermilion for boaters and shore fishermen/waders.
KANKAKEE RIVER: ‘‘Catfish’’ Dave Bradigan reported catfish are good enough around Momence that 12-year-old Dimitri ‘‘King Kat’’ Piperas caught an 8-pounder on his first time wading. Mik-Lurch reported Wilmington as the hot spot for catfish. Ed Mullady reported good smallmouth throughout. He also said Greenwood Bait in Indiana reported a 10-pound pike caught near English Lake. Norm Minas reported good smallmouth (mostly on crankbaits) around seams, around humps and on flats.
LAKEFRONT: The big blow Sunday altered conditions greatly; perch, in particular, are tough. CHICAGO: Park Bait reported some good rock bass at Montrose. Before the blow, Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported great fishing east of the Wilson crib, the car ferry and the R4 in 60 to 110 feet on big Dodgers and flies. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters
reported lakers, steelhead and some kings in 115 to 120 feet off Evanston. Some lakers at the R4, too. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported boaters taking kings and steelhead in 120 feet. There was a report of a few kings off the end of government pier in the middle of the night. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported the blow shifted the bite to 160 to 250 feet for kings, coho, steelhead and lakers. Some big kings very early on the hill.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported excellent pike action in 4 to 7 feet around weeds. Muskies, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth are good. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice reported very good smallmouth (sandgrass flats or gravel humps in 20 to 30 feet) and largemouth (deeper weeds and edges or shallower early). Muskies (evenings on topwaters), bluegills and perch are good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch said perch are best around the Black Ditch. Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert reported steelhead moved into Trail Creek late last week, along with a few browns. Breidert said there are mixed salmon and trout in 80 feet.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Tyler Harmon posted on Facebook that summer steelhead are moving. He suggested going to the dam in Mishawaka, Ind. Steelhead have moved into the river.
SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside reported a 45-inch muskie was caught Tuesday. Some good crappie (around fish cribs in 10 to 12 feet) and bass on topwaters. NOTE: Catfish Open is Saturday.
ILLINOIS HUNTING REPORT
WATERFOWL: Resident hunters can apply online through Aug. 30 for the first lottery for the Illinois 2011 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program. For more information, go to dnr.illinois.gov/duck or dnr.illinois.gov/goose.