Midwest Fishing Report (Sept. 15)
BY DALE BOWMAN September 13, 2011 10:02PM
Updated: September 13, 2011 10:02PM
SHORELINE SALMON: CHICAGO: Montrose has been most consistent, with coho mixed with kings. Mike Repa at Park Bait reported at least 11 again Tuesday morning, most mornings are producing. Belmont (pay to park or walk far) is also good. Steve Palmisano at Henry’s said Burnham is solid. He said crankbaits are best days, glow-in-the-dark spoons in the dark. A 15-1 leads the Daley Derby. WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph at the Salmon Stop reported a good weekend on basics like Cleos, Krocodiles and Moonshines; or try firetiger J-13 Rapala. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported fish everywhere: Hole-in-the-Wall (see Fish of the Week), East Chicago Marina and Portage. KENOSHA, WIS.: DNR reported some browns and a few kings (south pier) in the harbor. RACINE, WIS.: DNR reported kings being caught near the harbor mouth and in the basin near the Pershing Park launch. Root is very low, slow fishing. ST. JOSEPH, MICH.: Tyler Harmon Facebooked that salmon are good in the river and off the piers.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Arden Katz reported good white bass, mainly smaller, shallow (5-6 feet) on wind-blown shores of Marie; good channel catfish and walleye on minnows in 10-12. Triangle reported the fall bite is starting; bluegill are picking up around shallow shoreline (weeds or cover); for muskie, try shallower than 7 feet (in chasing panfish).
CHICAGO RIVER: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass reported best bass at dusk on drop-shot rigs on the South Branch, downtown has been slower; and catfish good at the Western launch on shrimp.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported the lake “on fire’’ with cooling waters: largemouth are excellent in sandy holes in weeds in less than 10 feet; walleye and pike are improving in 12-15; crappie and bluegill are shallow. GENEVA: Duwe said rock bass remain excellent, best fish in 15-20; some big bluegills (12-15 by Chapin Road).
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Ken Gortowski reported outstanding smallmouth action (50 fish days) on mostly smaller fish, relatively shallow around classic fall spots, such as a lift draining into a chute.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors reported sauger (takes sorting) starting around Hennepin; spotty white bass; crappie around the pilings and buried brush. River cooled to mid-70s.
KANKAKEE RIVER: River is very low, fishing very good. Ed Mullady reported Dave Zach reported pike to 42 inches around Momence, largemouth good, too; smallmouth good in the state park; catfish and smallmouth good around Wilmington; in Indiana, good walleye, smallmouth and catfish north of English Lake; nice bluegill at Horseshoe Bend. Norm Minas reported smallmouth best on rattlebaits or crankbaits around seams, washout holes in front of and behind humps and in channels between riffles.
LAKEFRONT: Shoreline salmon at top. CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported smaller kings, big coho and lakers in 120-160 feet from east of Diversey to the R4. Capt. Bob Poteshman seconded that good mix in 120-180 and noted how many big coho are being caught. WAUKEGAN: Ralph reported boaters can try for mature kings in 20-40 or else work from 125 out to 250, down 90-140, for big coho, younger kings and some steelhead. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported “ridiculously good’’ fishing for big coho, younger kings, steelhead and a few lakers from 120-170.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Shoreline salmon at top. Mik-Lurch reported steelhead and kings in the creeks, some to Johnson Road on Trail; Little Cal is the one slow spot.
SHABBONA LAKE: Muskie Open is Saturday. Call (815) 824-2581.
WISCONSIN DELLS: River’s Edge reported decent walleye, trolling or on crawlers; a few smallmouth and crappie. STURGEON: Lots of small sturgeon, no legals yet.
Harvest begins (corn is 5 percent harvested statewide). DEER: Random daily draws for permits run through Oct. 3. WATERFOWL: Third lottery for the Illinois 2011 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program runs through Sept. 27. CANADA GEESE: Early season ends Thursday. SQUIRREL: In September, local sites include Silver Springs SFWA, Kankakee River SP and Iroquois SWA. TEAL: Season ends Sunday. State waterfowl biologist Ray Marshalla said there has been quite a few shot on Carlyle Lake; other reports are sparse.