Updated: January 1, 2012 8:16AM
FISH OF THE WEEK: Mike Barbush caught a 14 3/4 -inch yellow perch weighing 1 pound, 7 ounces last Wednesday at the Hole-in-the-Wall to earn FOTW. Barbush, of St. John, Ind., used minnows to catch a “nice limit of perch,’’ all over 9 1/2 inches, at the Arcelor/Mittal Steel breakwall in East Chicago, Ind.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: There’s a chance of spotty ice fishing by the weekend, but nobody sounded too sure Tuesday morning. EAGLE RIVER: “We are hoping, but there is a lot of open water,’’ said Brianna Holmberg at Eagle Sports Center. HAYWARD: “It don’t look good for the weekend, just skim ice,’’ said Al Rosenquist at Pastika’s Sport Shop. “The 50 degrees three or four days ago just killed it. It just cleared off. Maybe call ahead.’’ MINOCQUA: “It’s not looking that way, we have ice but not enough to be walking on,’’ said Lucas Zajicek of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop. Minocqua was completely open Tuesday morning.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported mostly muskie fishermen trying with fair success. On days less windy than Tuesday, some crappie fisherman are out. Most are waiting for first ice — next week?
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle reported those fishing nights are catching good walleye in 1-4 feet, days it is 8-11; on lures like Husky Jerks or Rattlin’ Rogues. GENEVA : GLBT reported some crappie in 10 feet in Fontana.
DOWNSTATE NOTE: EVERGREEN: Alan Epich said members of Team Mohawk caught 51 keeper crappie to 12 inches while fishing with Jim “The Crappie Professor’’ Kopjo on his pontoon.
KENOSHA, WIS.: Andy Mikos of Morton Grove reported good browns, to 12 pounds, fishing Shad Raps from his 14-foot boat in the small boat harbor or in front of the hotel. He said it will hold until ice; water is in the low 40s.
LAKEFRONT: With waves to 19 feet on Tuesday, it will take days to settle. Perch fishing at Navy Pier had improved steadily by Sunday for keepers, according to Arden Katz. Minnows were key for keepers. Navy Pier should clear fast.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER: CLINTON, IOWA: Mike Jarvis, two-time state qualifier bass fisherman from Taft, caught sauger with some walleye mixed in Friday and Saturday, and his cousin Ron Meister caught a big pike of about 35 inches. They fished minnows in 15-30 feet; but others caught sauger/walleye on three-ways with crankbaits.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Lake will take time to clear. But the streams should only take a day or two and there’s plenty of steelhead there.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Tyler Harmon messaged that the river is up with some color, but steelhead action continues. Last week had some great pier and beach steelhead.
WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT: Guide Bill Stoeger reported excellent walleye (limits) downriver from Boom Island to the mouth, but more boats are trying around Fremont and upriver, too. Might be the last chance before ice comes in next week.