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Updated: November 20, 2011 8:54AM

FISH OF THE WEEK: As first muskies go, Michael Kushnerik caught a beauty this fall. The 13-year-old from Oak Lawn latched into a 40 1/4 -inch muskie while fishing a redtail chub on a jig on Winter Lake near the family cottage in Ojibwa, Wis. He also caught a 32-incher while fishing with his proud dad, Bill Kushnerik.

AREA LAKES: Open lakes for trout fishing include Axehead, Belleau and Horsetail (Cook County); Pickerel, Grove and Silver (DuPage); Bird Park Quarry (Kankakee); Big Lake at Silver Springs SFWA (Kendall); and Sand Lake at Illinois Beach SP and Banana (Lake). Crappie started to pick up at the usual fall spots, such as Saganashkee.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Arden Katz reported good bluegills on ice jigs or Mini-Mites shallow (3 feet or less) on Catherine and good white bass and walleye on wind-blown main lake points. Triangle said Marie has been best for white bass and walleye. Muskies should improve with cooling weather.

DES PLAINES RIVER: Dan Sims of Sims Spinners reported walleye (notably a 21-incher on the northern end by Jason
Norris of, pike and bass are good.

DuPAGE RIVER: Frank Macikas reported water cooled to where drifting unweighted minnows in fast current is best for smallmouth.

FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: Ken Gortowski picked up a dozen smallmouth and missed another eight in a few hours Sunday.

ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water Outdoors reported fair fishing, but sauger improving around Starved Rock. Cooler water should spark white bass and sauger by the weekend.

KANKAKEE RIVER: River is low with some dead emergent vegetation and leaves in some areas, Norm Minas said, so fishing is better when topwaters work or with single-hook lures (flukes, swimbaits, swim jigs, spinner baits or buzzbaits). Dan Grabon of Plainfield caught and released many smallmouth using roaches under a slip float in the state park. Ed Mullady reported smallmouth are good through Illinois. He also said there are some walleye in the state park and around Wilmington. Catfish and smallmouth are good at the Point north of English Lake in Indiana.

LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Henry’s reported steelhead and browns are picking up on spawn or small jigs in the harbors. Park Bait reported a couple of steelhead at Montrose and Belmont. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported spawn sacs taking nice steelhead and coho on the south rocks. SALMON SNAGGING: Salmon Stop reported good snagging at Waukegan. Henry’s said Jackson Park remains best in Chicago. Snagging is allowed only at Lincoln Park Lagoon, Waukegan’s North Harbor Basin, the Winnetka Power Plant discharge area and Jackson Park Harbor (inner and outer harbors).

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported good coho on Salt (fish to Valparaiso) and Trail; still kings and a few steelhead, too. Some perch being caught at Hole-in-the-Wall. Walleye are improving on the corn channel on Wolf.

ROOT RIVER, WIS.: The Wisconsin DNR
reported king action concentrated below the facility last weekend. The switch to mainly coho should come this week.

ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Tyler Harmon messaged that more steelhead showed last week.

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