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Midwest Fishing Report: Stateline perch

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The first call came Sunday afternoon after the Bears game while I was hiking with the family--a guy just raving about the yellow perch caught out of East Chicago (Ind.) Marina. Two days later, Minocqua (Wisc.) guide Kurt Justice slipped this in: ``Will keep tabs on water temps for first ice anglers.'' Late fall patterns lead the Midwest Fishing Report this week.

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.

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Capt. Chuck Weis of Ace Charters did excellent for perch (numbers and size) spot hopping out after launching from East Chicago Marina on Sunday.

``The mother lode of perch has arrived,'' Ed McCain at Mik-Lurch announced Tuesday morning. He said the better ones are coming toward sunset. He said the three top spots are the 95th street breakwall, the point of Inland and the bigger ones are in deeper water north of Gary light.

``We have seven days of perch weather coming: south winds coming [Tuesday afternoon] and staying for one week,'' McCain noted. ``Barring a north wind of 30 or 40 mph, we will have them.'' He thought 95th was the best place to launch from, but East Chicago is a good option too.


For an overview of nearby river conditions, go to this NWS site. I included individual reports of area rivers, though nearly all are high and dirty.


For guide Mike Norton's report, go to, then click on fishing, then lake report.


Arden Katz continues to do well for bluegills on Catherine. With the high water, he is fishing tight to shore with maggots and Mini-Mites. Triangle reported crappie being caught around channel mouths in 6-10 feet, look later in the day, on small fatheads and Mini-Mites with slip-bobbers. Walleye are excellent with the increased flow, look in and around bridge areas or in the river. Muskie are excellent, bite is moving toward a sucker bite, try jerkbaits to draw the fish.

For more reports, see

The upper and lower rivers by the Chain were on no-wake on Wednesday, but the river is receding quickly. Check latest at Fox Waterway Agency


Only Monster Lake at Mazonia South remains open year round for fishing.


From Andrew Ragas, Counsellor of the Fish Parliament

The timing could not have been any worse. The fall runs have been derailed by last week's unnecessary rain.

River is still a mess, running high, 100% unwadeable and even worse for boating and floating, and any shore fishing at this time must be done with caution. An extreme low number of anglers are even bothering trying right now. Flows are running at 1700 over 400 so if you're familiar with analyzing the USGS graphs, then you should get the overall picture.

We've had to cancel our Thursday Night Fall Walleye League outings for two straight weeks now. Hopefully by this coming weekend the river will be fishable again for at least the shore-bound angler.


EMIQUON: Emiquon Preserve near Lewistown is open to fishing. During the duck season, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, fishing is closed in the mornings. Otherwise, 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. POWERTON: Shore fishing reopens Dec. 28.


The upper and lower rivers by the Chain were on no-wake on Wednesday, but the river is receding quickly. Check latest at Fox Waterway Agency

Ken Gortowski said reports are coming or will be coming of walleye improving around the western suburbs.


River is expected to fall below flood stage at LaSalle by the weekend.


Ed Mullady sent this:

The Kankakee is beginning to recede and fishing should pick up this week end in both Indiana and Illinois. Catfishing continues good along shorelines, in-water trees on *minnows *crawlers*cheesebaits.
Pike starting to hit more in mouths of ditches and bayous on large minnows, Dardevles, big
spinners, Doctor Spoons.
As water clears slightly, try for smallmouth bass on fluorescent colored spinners, lures, live minnows, imitation crawfish. Best around Point, north of English Lake, Indiana *Rt. 55(Indiana)
Smallmouth Bass In Illinois, *Momence area, Kankakee, Kankakee State Park, Wilmington Island Park area.
Again, be sure fishermen check with F&W Areas, Parks, other public areas to be sure sections may be closed during the hunting season.

Keep the rain away for awhile!


Root River Report is at

Or check the latest at Harborside.


For Ohio DNR report go to and or call (888) HOOKFISH.


CHICAGO: For stateline perch, see top. A few shoreline perch have showed at Montrose, Park Bait reported. Ray Hinton reported outstanding lake trout along the South Side lakefront. ``Mac'' Sloan at Macs on East 75th reported the key for Hinton was the glow Moonshine lures. ``They are so bright, it looks like a flashlight under the water,'' Sloan said. ``It looks like a green orb going through the water.'' And it stays for an hour or more after being hit with a flasher. Sloan said the biggest of Hinton's lakers, from the photos, looked to be close to 20 pounds. Park Bait reported at least one laker at Belmont. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported spawn taking some steelhead or browns, frozen shad also taking browns. CHICAGO'S FISHERMAN'S PARKING: The $10 parking passes for the small fishermen's lots at Burnham and DuSable harbors are available at Henry's. SALMON SNAGGING: Snagging for chinook and coho salmon is open at select areas on the lakefront: inner and outer harbors at Jackson Park, Lincoln Park Lagoon from the Fullerton Avenue Bridge to the southern end of the Lagoon, Winnetka power plant discharge area and Waukegan Harbor (in North Harbor basin only). No snagging is allowed at any time within 200 feet of a moored watercraft or as posted. Salmon snagging season ends Dec. 31.


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Guide Kurt Justice of Island Sports sent this:

Super swings in the barometer and sudden drop in temps on Friday didn't seem to help (though duck hunters loved Saturday morning) but water temps had stabilized, even risin a bit by weeks end (Trout 45*, Minocqua 44*). This coming week should see a continued drop with highs Tuesday to Thursday on in mid 30's.

Musky: Fair to Good. Some sucker action but not as much as the previous week. Should pick up as we close in on Cisco spawns.

Walleyes: Fair. Deep water action still best nice fish to 27" last week from 50' depths on redtails on 3/8 - 1/2 oz jig.

Pike: Fair. Same as in the past weeks. Taking smaller musky suckers, large pike suckers and 7" twitch baits.

Smallmouth: Actually found some deep (35-40') fish relating to hard bottom (gravel, sand) taking large chubs meant for walleyes. Bring up slow due to depth for healthy release of fish 18-20".

Reports will remain quiet with lack of anglers. Will keep tabs on water temps for first ice anglers. Deer starting rut.

From Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, based on Creative Brilliance
interviews with Eagle River guides "Muskie Matt" of Wild Eagle Lodge, and Mat Hegy: .

Muskie are hitting well in the Eagle River area, with some trophies showing
up. Fish outside of weed edges, over hardbottom areas in 10-15 feet of
water. Use a crankbait, glidebait, or a 16 inch sucker on a quick-set rig.
Kentuck Lake has been the "go to" lake this fall for active muskies.

The walleye in †he Eagle River area are locating in 5 to 25 feet of water on
break edges. Use a jig and a XL fathead minnow.

Northern are hanging in the weeds in 15 feet of water or less in the Eagle
River area. Use a medium sucker under a slip bobber, a minnow bait, or a
Husky Jerk in a perch or minnow pattern.

Crappies are still showing up in two places in the Eagle River area. Fish
along weed edges in 15 feet of water or less, and over cribs or brush piles
in 25-30 feet of water. Use a crappie minnow under a slip bobber.

Perch in the Eagle River area are mixed in with the walleye in5-25 feet of
water along break edges. Use a jig and a small fathead minnow.

Hunters in the Eagle River area are having a good grouse season in the Eagle
River area.


For stateline perch, see top. Mik-Lurch reported lakers continue to be caught over Port of Indiana reef. Expect action to improve with cooling water. McCain said the best is 42 to 46 degrees (it warmed to 53 after the north blow). Creeks are down to normal pool with some kings and steelhead, best taken on spawn sacks on a slow drift.


OREGON: Jan Prose at TJ's Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental , which closed up for the year on Sunday, sent this:

The river came up quite a bit and fishing slowed down as much. Walleye were doing pretty good from the east side of the dam before this last rain and higher water, a few nice Northerns have been caught at Byron Pit. Some channel cat in the 5# range have been caught on minnow. The fallen leaves has made it difficult to fish from shore line.


Lakeside is closed. For reports, click here.


Mik-Lurch reported a very good crappie bite in the corn channel on the Indiana side. The Illinois side has some restrictions because of waterfowl hunting.


Guide Bill Stoeger reported a few variable walleye in the goofy weather. I think we are in limbo.



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