Wonderful bass from local ponds and lakes headline the Midwest Fishing Report.
Got to love the perspective in this photo from Mike Baskovich, who e-mailed:
Here is a picture of a bass I caught in a retention pond in Lockport Township on Sunday, July 26th
It measured 5lbs 7oz it was 23inches long, caught it on a small rooster tail.
Or this one from Gary Rigoni:
Just had to send you this picture of a 4lb plus Largemouth I caught last night fishing a local subdivision pond. This fish hammered a Berkley Gulp 6 inch Natural Nightcrawler worm, didn't initially fight like a big fish was very surprised to see the size.
I understand just had to.
And this one from Don Nekoliczak:
I caught this beauty on a minnow sat at 4-lakes resort in Lisle. 17", weighed 4lbs, was released. Was fishing in a rowboat near a submerged tree when my bobber disappeared. Also caught a 12" crappie here.
This is the extended online version of the MFR, which appears in the Sun-Times on Wednesdays. Normally, I post the online MFR by Wednesday morning. I'm running late today.
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We begin with perch and rock bass.
Perch season reopens to all in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan on Saturday and daily bag returns to 15. Park Bait reported perch being caught on the outside at Montrose. ``They should be here,'' Mike Repa at Park Bait said. ``They haven't left yet.'' After the Rock Bass Rally at Northerly Island Saturday, Steve Palmisano of Henry's
reported, ``P.S. Some perch were caught along with the rockies. Saturday morning is the perch opener and I know there are some perch still on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan!!'' Mik-Lurch reported Cal harbor is loaded with perch, but they haven't fully turned on yet.
ROCK BASS RALLY
Palmisano sent this account of Saturday's Rock Bass Rally at Northerly Island:
Heaviest weight for 5 fish 1st pl. winner with 1.50 lb caught by Tony Petoske. 2nd place 1.20 lb Jimmy Dibiase and 3rd pl 1.15 lb Ricardo Gonzales. Big fish winner for the event was a feisty .50 lb fish!! Aberto Romano.
Big bass are the story on a variety of baits, as the catches of Rigoni, Nekoliczak and Baskovich showed.
For an overview of nearby river conditions, go to this NWS site. Individual reports are below.
BIG GREEN LAKE, WISCONSIN
For guide Mike Norton's report, go to
www.nortonsfishingandhuntingadventures.com, then click on fishing, then lake report.
Bullfrog season runs through Aug. 31. Here's the details from the IDNR regs:
A sport fishing license is required to take bullfrogs. Bullfrogs may be taken by hand, pole and line fishing methods, pitchfork, landing net, bow and arrow or bow and arrow device, spear or gig. Firearms, air guns, gas guns or commercial fishing devices such as dip nets, hoop nets, traps or seines are not allowed in the taking of bullfrogs. Bullfrogs may be taken from June 15 to August 31 (both days inclusive). The daily limit is 8 bullfrogs with 16 bullfrogs being the possession limit.
CHAIN O'LAKES AREA
Triangle reports best bite is topwaters for bass. Walleye are fair on leeches or crawlers around bridges or main lake points, White bass are excellent, fish over main lake basins. Catfish are ``supreme'' throughout the Chain on Sonny's or crawlers. Muskie are good on topwaters or big jerkbaits, Marie is No. 1. Crappie are fair, mornings and evenings around channel mouths. Perch are fair, some 10-inch class fish around Marie.
For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/
McHENRY LOCK: Because of funding issues, the IDNR will have the Stratton lock closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (with the exception of holidays). Hours of operation on Wednesdays and Sundays will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The lock will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Holiday hours will be from 10 a.m. to midnight.
More Chain info at www.foxwaterway.state.il.us.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS
BRAIDWOOD/MAZONIA: ``Bluegill Bill'' Young continues to take good bluegills from the Mazonia lakes. Site staff reported a blue, topping 30 pounds, caught at Braidwood.
HEIDECKE: Hybrids and a few catfish are the primary catches.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES AREA, WISCONSIN
DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe sent this:
Delavan Lake 7/27/09 through 8/2/09
With the cooler weather, fishing has been a bit up and down. This time of year, the pike should be deep and the bass schooled up. At this point, neither of those have happened. The only constant are the big bluegills in the deeper water.
Bluegills are off the weedline in 16-18 ft of water. They can be caught anchored and fishing straight beneath the boat or with slip bobbers. Small Bait-Rig Cobra's fished with a small split shot is producing a lot of action. I'm using a pink and white or chartreuse color. The fish are by Assembly Park Point or the Delavan Lake Marina. There are quite a few smaller fish mixed in so you need to sort to catch a good limit.
Crappies remain slow. The only good action is within the weeds in 10-12 ft of water. Small plastics in purple or chartreuse are working well. Fish them on a 1/32 oz Arkie Jig, I put a small split shot 1 ft above the jig to enable me to cast further and fish a bit faster. The best location is by Browns Channel or by the Yacht Club. With the warmer summer weather, they are really soft so we haven't been keeping any.
Walleyes are starting to show up with regularity. I caught the biggest walleye is 17 years of guiding this week. It was a nice 26 inch fish; feel free to view the photo on www. Fishdelavanlake.com. It was caught by 10 year old, Andrew Gonzalez all by himself. There were quite a few high fives in the boat after that! Most of the fish I've been catching are on nightcrawlers, but I've caught an occasional fish on small suckers. The fish seem to be in the weeds in 12-14 ft of water.
Northern Pike have been almost non-existent for me. Other than catching bass and an occasional walleye on the suckers, it hasn't made much sense to spend the money on the bait every trip. If I tell you where to fish for them, I'd just be guessing. I haven't really found them yet!
Largemouth bass have two patterns right now. The weedline and the boat dock pattern. The weedline bite has been very sporadic, you need to move along and catch one fish here and there since they aren't schooled up. I did, however, catch a 7 lb fish last week by Del Mar. Most of my fish are coming off of nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig or leeches being drop shotted. For the boat dock pattern, try casting smoke or green pumpkin spider grubs on ¼ oz bullet head weights. This seems to be producing most of the action. The north shore docks seem to be the best from the Yacht Club to Willow Point.
GENEVA: Duwe sent this:
Lake Geneva 7/27/09 through 8/2/09
Fishing still remains a bit inconsistent. The cold weather and thunderstorms put a damper on the summer bite this week.
Northern Pike are starting to show up in 30-35 ft of water. However, they are not in big schools, so it's one here or there at this point. Lindy rigging small suckers are producing most of the success. The west and east side of Williams Bay is producing most of the action. Some fish are also being caught in Fontana.
Largemouth Bass remain in 12-14 ft of water. They can be caught drop shotting small 4 inch worms or on nightcrawlers. The best location is by Trinkes or in Williams Bay. The best colored worm is green pumpkin. I prefer Yum Finesse worms. Some fish are still being caught on top water in early morning. The best success is coming near Trinkes or around the boat docks in Williams Bay.
Smallmouth bass are very scattered. There are some large fish still being caught in shallow water, due to the cold temperatures. The best lures have been small husky jerks or white hair jigs. Work a depth of 14-16 ft. for the most active fish. The best location has been by Elgin Club or by Fontana.
Perch are very active in the shallow water. Look for the fish in 10-12 ft of water. The best location is by Rainbow Point or by Colemans Point. Small fathead minnows fished on a slip bobber is producing most of the success. It remains the same, that you need to sort through a lot of fish to catch a good meal of quality size.
Bluegills have started to migrate into deeper water. The bigger fish are in 16-18 ft of water. The best location is by Elgin club or by Linn Pier. The easiest way to fish is straight beneath the boat using small leaf worms or red worms while anchored.
Walleye fishing at night remains average. Trolling Walleye Bandits or Lindy rigging leeches have been producing most of the fish. The best location is by Geneva Bay or Fontana Beach. I like the water depth of 15-18 ft.
Good Luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
HENNEPIN-HOPPER: Site is open to public fishing on Fridays and Saturdays. Guide Jay Angel reported only a few bites, but the bass are very good quality.
EMIQUON: Multiple reports are coming up of very good catches of bass, for numbers.
Emiquon Preserve near Lewistown is open to fishing. Interested parties may request a permit and list of rules between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown. There is no fee. No gas powered motors are permitted, and bank fishing is not allowed. For more, call (309) 547-2730.
SHELBYVILLE: For more, call (217) 774-2020.
EVERGREEN: When updated, the fishing report is posted here.
POWERTON: Summer hours are 6 a.m.-8p.m.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS
Levels continue to be good, and catfishing is the top thing.
Ken Gortowski has a mixed bag report and frankly, it sounds like the grind of a very odd summer for fishing is catching up with him. For those not afraid of morose observations, follow the links to the three postings below:
Don't seem to be finishing them up with too many words.
As for fishing, I ask this all the time, if you go out for three hours and land two smallies and miss at least 12 more, did you have a good day of fishing or a bad day.
Look around my site, especially Beyond Northeast Illinois. It all depends on where you go I guess.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA
Cajuns reports good white bass on bladebaits early morning or late evening in front of the dam, inside the Vermilion or by Peru. Keep moving to stay on top them. Stinkbait is picking up catfish recently.
River levels are wonderful, perfect for those wading as a side trip at Bears training camp.
``Catfish Dave'' Bradigan sent report with a humorous twist:
WE WENT OUT SATURDAY MORNING. ONE NICE ONE 5-6 THE REST WERE IN THE THREE POUND RANGE. A TOTAL OF THIRTEEN CATS. I FELL IN TRIPPED OVER A BIG TREE LIMB AND FELIX WENT IN FACE DOWN LATER. THAT IS WHAT HE GETS FOR LAUGHING AT ME A HOUR EARLIER. NOT TO MENTION HE TRIPPED AND FELL IN FACE FIRST WHEN SETTING THE HOOK ON A CAT. LOST THE FISH TO BOOT.
Ed Mullady seconded the good catfishing report and sent this:
Kankakee River is low. Catfishing good, best right at dark in both Indiana and Illinois.
Good baits are: *nightcrawlers *minnows *cheesebaits.
According to Gladys Martin at LaSalle F&W Area,Rt.41, Indiana, some nice catches of both smallmouth and largemouth bass have been caught in the river itself. Many bayous have large amounts of algae at present time.
Catfishing, Smallmouth Bass good in Momence Area.
Chris at Sportsman's Edge in Braidwood reports good smallmouth at Kankakee River State Park in the Areas 9 and 10.
Check the latest at Harborside.
LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON
For Ohio DNR report go to wildohio.com and or call (888) HOOKFISH.
For perch, see top.
CHICAGO: Skip Lubinski sent this account from a smallmouth outing last week, just the kind of news I want to hear: I
launched at Burnham Harbor at 5:30am this morning. Got 6 smallies in the first hour. Total of 15 on the day , all on various crankbaits. Good size mix , from 12" to 18"(5 over 16")..
By far the best day this year for me
That would qualify as a good day.
Capt. Bill Kelly reported mixed bag in 50-70 feet east of Burnham, lakers east of Diversey in 90-105, mixed kings, coho and rainbows at the Wreck and east to 110; big coho at the R3 and coho and kings southeast of the R4.
WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop said reported variable action for salmon and trout, best in 40-60 feet south of the harbor.
NORTH POINT: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters said mornings are good on hill from the Wisconsin side on south in 50-100. Lot of Leadcore actions; spoons are working better, but flies are taking fish, too.
RICHARD J. DALEY MEMORIAL FISHING TOURNAMENT: In August, the privately funded derby goes to carp, catfish, panfish, coho, chinook. Fish may be weighed at Henry's, Park Bait or Vet's.
MADISON LAKES, WISCONSIN
For D&S Bait, go to dsbait.com
MENOMINEE RIVER, WISCONSIN/MICHIGAN
Guide Mike Mladenik of BigSmallmouthBass.com said fishing has been good even with the unstable weather, and the photos show some monster smallmouth.
Guide Kurt Justice of Island Sports reported improving weather has finally made for better fishing for all species. Water temperatures are finally setting up more normal summer patterns. We should have a more extended northern Wisconsin report next week.
For perch, see top. Steelhead in the creeks are the top bite and lots of people are trying. Even with the pressure, Lee Sczepanski reported good catches last week.. Mik-Lurch reported Capt. Ralph Steiger is doing well for kings between 70-100 feet. Willow Slough has lots of weeds, so bring a cane pole to dabble in the holes.
OREGON: Jan Prose at TJ's Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental sent this:
Mostly channel cats. Dip bait, liver and shrimp are working pretty good. Some big carp on worms and corn. A few nice walleyes caught in the deeper holes on minnow. Fatheads around 20 pound range are being caught on suckers and blue gills, but I haven't heard of many over 30 pounds lately.
River is at summer time level, nice for boats and shore fishing.
Angel reported crappie are deep, 20 feet down in deep trees, and take sorting. Bigger bass on rock piles or steeper drops. Walleye are showing up on deeper flats; leeches are best.
For more reports, click here.
Mik-Lurch report walleye are decent at Wolf Lake, muskie are active and there's action on bass, especially on topwaters.
CHICAGO AREA CHAT/REPORTS
CHICAGO AREA INFO
MICHIGAN DNR REPORT
WISCONSIN DNR REPORT
IOWA DNR REPORT
INDIANA DNR REPORT