Fishing report Midwest
Noteworthy: Mik-Lurch tackle shop in Hammond, Ind., weighed in a 7-pound, 5-ounce walleye last week. It was caught by a shore fisherman using minnows for perch at the Inland Steel hole-in-the-wall on Lake Michigan.
Area lakes: Spotty: Warmer weather brought more anglers out, but action is spotty. Laydowns at Skokie Lagoons are producing decent crappie, Ed Shirley’s reported. Rain could improve the bite in flow places such as below the Busse dam.
Chain O’Lakes area: Decent: Triangle reports some nice perch on Bluff on small fatheads, start in 8 feet, then swing shallow and deep. Crappie remain strong in the channel mouths with access to nearby deep water. Bluegill are good in 6 feet in weeds, Channel is best. Walleye (fish in the 5- to 7-pound class) are good with increased water flow around bridge areas or main lake points with current. Muskie are good on big suckers or big jerkbaits; Channel and Catherine are best. Loon is also a good choice for muskie.
Downstate: Fair: Shelbyville: Guide Mary Satterfield reports some crappie, a few more keepers, and white bass are the steadiest bites. Lake cooled to 54, some portions are turning over. Evergreen: Remember the area around deer island and all of six-mile creek bay is off limits to gas motors through Jan. 1; trolling motors are allowed. Larry’s Fishing Hole reports some bluegill and crappie; but slow saugeye and muskie.
Fox River: Western Suburbs: Decent: Ken Gortowski of WATERDOG ink reports smallmouth are hitting plastics with increased flow from the McHenry dam and the rain. Otherwise, stick with live bait and work below the dams.
Illinois River: Starved Rock area: Decent: Cajun’s reports decent white bass at the drop-offs and gravel bars. Shore anglers are catching some at the dead lock, the grain elevators or Peru rocks. Sauger are spotty at best; river needs to cool from 57.
Kankakee River: Decent: Ed Mullady reports good smallmouth around Momence and Aroma Park, and below the Wilmington and Kankakee dams. Catfish are best toward dark, there are crappie around in-water logs.
Lakefront: Fair: A MFR regular said there are small perch coming into Montrose harbor, but it takes light line and tiny jigs tipped with minnows. There have been some good browns swimming around Montrose, just off the wall, sometimes taking jigs with spikes under a float. Henry’s reports other harbors continue to have chinook, but they are getting darker. There are a few more steelhead and browns coming into harbors. The Salmon Stop reports boaters are taking some perch, when winds allow, in 50 feet off Waukegan.
Madison Lakes, Wis.: Decent: D&S Bait reports some perch on Waubesa weed lines; bluegills over the weed tops. Shore and boat anglers are taking good bluegill in Monona bay. Muskie are tough with water in the low 50s.
Northern Wisconsin: Fair: With rut picking up, more are hunting than fishing. Lakes are holding in the 40s, but the cool-down has to come some time. Minocqua guide Kurt Justice reports decent action, but fair size on muskies (though a 48-incher was reported from Mercer area), on suckers or jig and plastic. Walleye are scattered.
Northwest Indiana: Decent: Mik-Lurch reports lakers are in at the Port, usually best in the morning on Spin-N-Glos or the silver and blue fly. Capt. Chuck Weis pulled good perch on the Indiana shoals, most coming in 38-42 feet, but action comes and goes.
St. Joseph area, Mich.: Decent: BJ’s reports a few more steelhead coming into the river with the recent rains. There were some steelhead off the piers on Saturday but Sunday’s waves shut that down. A few lakers are in the river, all the way up to Berrien Springs. Winds may make the lake iffy the next few days. A few more walleye are being taken in the holes.
Shabbona Lake: Fair: Big Jim’s reports few anglers out. Those trying are going mainly after crappie, bluegill and catfish. Lake needs to cool down to turn on the traditional fall bite.
Wolf Lake: Decent: Henry’s reports good crappie in the corn channel on the Indiana side (an Indiana license is needed) with minnows under a float. Mik-Lurch also recommended tiny jigs and working the near weed line. There are a few walleye at corn channel at night, mainly on live bait.