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11/23 Midwest Fishing Report

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Updated: December 24, 2011 8:16AM

FISH OF THE WEEK: Gary Le caught this 22-inch largemouth bass from a pond in DuPage County with his primary bait, a Gary Yamamoto Senko. ‘‘She ripped drag from over 40 yards away!’’ Le
e-mailed. ‘‘One hell of a time reeling her in!’’

LAKEFRONT PERCH: CHICAGO: Thanksgiving bite should go at Navy Pier. There’s perch at Montrose and Belmont harbors. Minnows are key to catching more keepers; spikes get numbers. Mike Repa at Park Bait said bigger perch have been on the outside of Montrose. Bob Shirley of Anglers Outlet in Markham
reported his staff and customers catching perch in the river at 92nd. Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch said slips with cleaner water near the mouth of Cal Harbor are best. INDIANA: Starcevich said the guys at the Hole-in-the-Wall did well for quality perch Tuesday. One fisherman caught good perch in 60 feet off the Donut near Portage. That gives hope the Gary Flats will go when the weather settles. Current breaks, such as the point at 95th or the gap in Cal Harbor, have been good.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Water is down, so take caution launching. Try Steitz’s or Barnacle Bob’s. Triangle reported good muskie fishing; best on suckers or jerkbaits in 20 feet. Look for walleye deep there, too, then moving shallower toward evening. With water dropping, main lake points take precedence for most species.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle reported
walleye at night in 1 to 4 feet along shoreline on Husky Jerks, X-Raps and Rogues. Sporadic bluegill catches, either
deep (40 to 45 feet) or shallower (8 to 10 feet).
GENEVA: GLBT reported fair crappie in Fontana in 8 to 10 feet.

AREA RIVERS: It’s live-bait time. ILLI-
Time on the Water Outdoors
reported lots of sauger (takes sorting) on three-ways with a floater or jigging. Crappie are biting by the pilings.
KANKAKEE: Norm Minas reported flow is up a bit, but he can’t put together a consistent pattern, other than a Rattling Spook over deeper water with softer flows has been best for smallmouth. Ed Mullady reported good fall conditions. He said crappie and bluegills should be good all winter in ‘‘ponded’’ locations.

LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: For perch, see top. Some nice bluegills have come from Montrose and Diversey harbors. WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph at Salmon Stop reported bottom-fishing salmon eggs (raw best) is taking some steelhead
inside the harbor.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Ice fishing is on hold. Muskie season ends Wednesday. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported good walleye, pike and panfish with fair muskie. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice reported those trying are doing well for muskie, including two 47-inchers Saturday. He said walleye are good on deep-water lakes with smaller suckers.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. The creeks have good steelhead in them; spawn or spinners are working. Burns Ditch has good crappie.

ST. JOSEPH RIVER: MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged whitefish were good and steelhead decent off the piers. He expects the rain to bring in more steelhead. INDIANA: DNR report indicated all steelhead going through at South Bend.

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT: DNR reported increasing steelhead and browns in the Root downstream. Kenosha is slow.

WISCONSIN DELLS: River’s Edge said there are lots of walleye on hair jigs and minnows.

WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger reported excellent walleye jigging down the river to the mouth.

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