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Midwest Fishing Report: Chicago perch

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Perch fishing on the Chicago lakefront leads this Midwest Fishing Report.

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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.

If you have suggestions, post in the comments section or let me know at outdoordb@sbcglobal.net.

LAKEFRONT PERCH

The great bite in Chicago fishing is on. The perch are on shore. Larry Jennings' FOTW, caught on soft shells at Montrose Thursday, is symbolic of that. ``Big perch are back on the lake!,'' the Lynwood man exclaimed.

``It should get [even] better,'' said Stacy Greene at Park Bait, where multiple perch over 1 pound have been weighed. ``That wind is to turn around and we should get hot. Big southwest winds coming in.'' Oh, those hot days and southwest winds later this week should hold the cold water on the Chicago shoreline, and hold the perch. As one veteran lakefront fisherman put it, ``This should be the weekend.''

Last weekend was pretty good too. ``[Caught] a mess of perch Sunday, lots of jumbos,'' said Scott Lowery (above), who caught a 1-pound, 9-ounce jumbo as big as Jennings'.

Soft shells and minnows are both working. Though most focus on mornings or evenings, there has been a day bite most days at Montrose. And the bite is all along the lakefront. ``Burnham seems to be outdoing Montrose for jumbos, and soft shells are outdoing minnows,'' said Alex Deutsch at Henry's .

Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch reported some jumbos starting in the weed beds of Cal Harbor for boaters trolling spinners. Boaters are taking variable catches in the weed beds off Navy Pier, too.

FREE FISHING DAYS

During Illinois' Free Fishing Days--Friday through Monday--anyone may fish without a sport fishing license, inland trout stamp or salmon stamp. Many park districts and forest preserves are hosting various events.

FROGGING

Bullfrog season in Illinois is June 15 through Aug. 31. A sport fishing license is required. 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. Daily bag is eight.

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AREA LAKES

Bedding bluegills remain the top bite. The best I heard of, an improbably fat-bellied one of more than 10 inches, was caught by Todd Reeves from a Joliet pond. (You'll have to wait on that photo, if has FOTW potential.) Gerald Jahnke of Itasca sent photos of some wonderful walleye caught from Busse with his buddy Bob Kofer of Medinah (above) and this note:

Just a line to say the fishing at Busse Lake Has been great this weekend. My Brother-in-law and I went out Sunday and Tuesday night from about 6 to 8 pm. The first night we pulled in a 24 in. walleye and some small bass. The second night He got his limit all about 22 in. I wasn't able to boat anything that night, not because they weren't hitting just poor judgment on the rig I used. We also managed some good size bass that evening also.

AREA RIVERS

For an overview of nearby river conditions, click here. I debated holding off on river reports until later this week, but the big rains didn't come overnight, so I included most individual river reports.

BIG GREEN LAKE, WISCONSIN

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

CHAIN O'LAKES AREA

Triangle Sports walleye are good, fish the mouth of the river or current areas. The Route 12 bridge is good for walleye and white bass. Leeches or crawlers are the best bait. Bluegill are bedding. Muskies are very active, especially in the 5-foot range around spawning bluegill. Bass are moving out, try frogs in weeds, work plastics around docks or on deeper weed lines. Catfish are decent. Carp are spawning.

For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/

More Chain info at www.foxwaterway.state.il.us.

CHICAGO RIVER

Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass sent this:

South branch, water low, smallies hitting craw jigs and gulp imt. minnows , main stem crappies and rock bass on gulp imt. minnows on slip bobber , near locks smallies and small largemouth worms on drop shot

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS

Forecast for high temperatures later this week, suggest this might not be the weekend for the cooling lakes. Mazonia lakes are probably a good option yet, especially on cloudier days. Heidecke is in or nearing its shad-hatch doldrums.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES AREA, WISCONSIN

DELAVAN: Arden Katz reported good bluegills shallow and bass by the docks (5-7 feet). Guide Dave Duwe sent this:

Delavan Lake 6/6/10 through 6/13/2010
Fishing continues to be very good. Any species of fish can be caught in some form or fashion. Boat traffic remains below normal, so the boat launch is a bit easier to deal with than years past.
Northern Pike remain on the weedline in 15-20 ft of water. They can be caught lindy rigging suckers. The standard rig I use is a ¾ oz lindy sinker with a 24 inch leader and a 1/0 bait hook. I will slowly troll the suckers along the weedline. The best location has been west of Willow Point, the gray condos or by Browns Channel.
Bluegills are pretty much done spawning. The bluegills I caught last week, were in the 12-15 ft depth range. I know that there was also good number in the 3-4 ft depth range still spawning. For the shallow fish, leaf worms fished on a small bobber was the best presentation. For the deep water bluegills, I used a leaf worm with a medium sized round split shot. I would cast out and slowly let it fall to the bottom until I got a bite.
Walleye are being caught either casting crank baits or on nightcrawlers. The best location has been by Del Mar or over by the Yacht Club. The fish I've been catching have been coming out of 15-18 ft of water. I've been using a light lindy rig or a chartreuse painted hook and a large split shot.
Largemouth bass are on the weedlines. They can be caught either by wacky rigging Senkos or by using nightcrawlers. The fish have not schooled up much so you will be catching one here and there so you need to keep moving. I normally don't fish piers, but last week I did catch a couple really nice fish off some south shore piers.
Crappies have finished spawning and are slowly moving out on the weedline. The best depth is 10-12 ft. Small plastics are producing most of the action.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
Daily Report
6/6/2010 - Lake Geneva, sunny, west winds at 15 mph. Water temp 69 degrees, air temp 65 degrees. Caught only 1 largemouth bass and about 15 rock bass. Fished artificial lures, had other fish on but they came un-buttoned.
6/5/2010 - Lake Geneva, sunny, 70 degrees, winds were out of the west at 5 mph. Water temp 69 degrees. Caught 3 largemouth and 50-60 rock bass. Fishing continued to be slow for me today. We did manage to catch one bass close to 5 lbs. The best depth was 10-11 ft of water.
6/3/2010 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 75 degrees, winds were light out of the south. Water temp 74 degrees. Caught 2 walleyes, 2 northern pike, 9 largemouth and about 20 bluegills. Fishing was pretty good today. All fish were caught on nightcrawlers. The weedline seemed to be the best bet. Did catch one fish underneath a pier.
6/2/2010 - Lake Geneva, sunny, 80 degrees. Winds out of the west at 15 mph. Water temp 71 degrees. Caught 3 smallmouth, 1 largemouth and a bunch of rock bass. Took a couple small children fishing today. The little fish were very active so the bass didn't have much opportunity to bite. All fish were caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers.
6/1/2010 - Lake Geneva, foggy then sunny, 85 degrees. Light wind out of the SW. Water temp 71 degrees. Caught 4 smallmouth, 7 largemouth. All fish were caught on artificial lures. Green pumpkin wacky worms and zoom lizards produced most of the action. The best depth was 10-12 ft of water.
5/31/2010 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 75 degrees, water temp 71 degrees, light winds. Took my son and friends bluegill fishing. Caught between 50 and 60 bluegills, kept about 40, also caught 2 largemouth and 1 smallmouth. Fished the weedlines in 12-15 ft of water. A small split shot and a leaf worm did the trick.

GENEVA: Duwe sent this:
Lake Geneva 6/6/10 through 6/13/10
Lake Geneva has been pretty good for this time of year. I'm having a hard time getting a consistent pattern, the tried and true locations over my guiding career aren't producing well, so we're moving around more than we'd like but we are finding some fish. If you want to fish a bunch of fish, it hasn't been a problem but saying you want to catch numbers of smallmouth and largemouth only could prove difficult.
Smallmouth bass are done spawning. The smallies I've been catching have been in the 12-15 ft depth range close to the typical spawning flats. I've been either catching them on 4 inch green pumpkin worm fished wacky style, or Carolina rigging a 5 inch green pumpkin lizard. The best location has been by Black Point or by Belvidere Park.
Largemouth bass are starting to move to the mid depth weeds in the 12-15 ft range. The best location has been by Big Foot Beach or in Geneva Bay. The best lure has been Carolina rigging a 5 inch green pumpkin lizard or using a 4 inch worm on a shaky head jig. I have been catching a few fish on split shot rigged nightcrawlers, but the problem is the over abundance or rock bass.
Rock bass continue to be all over the lake. They are very easy to catch using a nightcrawler on a split shot. The best depth is 10-12 ft of water. The highest concentration of fish that I've found was by Belvidere Park.
Bluegills are still in the shallows in 3-4 ft of water. Look for the fish in Geneva Bay or in Williams Bay. The best presentation is a small bobber fished with a leaf worm. Within the next few days, the bluegills will finish spawning and move out to the deeper waters.
Northern Pike remain active in the shallows. Last week, I had two or three grab little rock bass as they were being reeled in. The best depth is 8-10 ft of water with scattered weeds. The best location is by Linn Pier or by Knollwood. Use chrome/blue or chrome/black jerk baits or the tried and true white spinner bait.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

DOWNSTATE NOTES

EMIQUON: The definition of slow depends on where you are fishing. On a day of fun fishing over the weekend, guide Pete Riedesel (p.riedesel@att.net) called and said fishing was slow--and he caught 60 bass. 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 info from the Corps, call (217) 774-2020. EVERGREEN: Site staff sent this:

EVERGREEN LAKE FISHING REPORT 6/8/10
Water Conditions
Level: Slightly Above Capacity
Clarity: 6"-2'
Temps: Low-Mid 70's

Saugeyes, Catfish, and Bluegills seem to be biting the best. Saugeyes are being caught on humps, points, and main lake structure mainly on jig/crawler and jig/leech combos. Some are being caught on crankbaits. Best times are early mornings and late evenings. The catfish are mostly being caught in the evening and after sunset on worms, chessebaits, and shrimp. Bluegills are being caught near shoreline structure on worms and waxworms. Crappies are fair and have moved back into deeper water 10-20'. Small jigs tipped with minnow best. Bass are fair and are being caught off deeper water structure and points on plastics and a few on crankbaits. Small fish are still in shallow. The muskie are still fairly slow with only a few reports of follows. Good Luck & Good Fishin'

Any updated fishing report will be posted here. POWERTON: Summer hours--6 a.m.-8 p.m.--are in effect.

DuPAGE RIVER

Because of high, dirty water, the report from Frank Macikas

FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS

Ken Gortowski sent this:

It looks like the smallies are going into their summer patterns. Was able to get out 3 times over the last week to areas all up and down the river. Nothing hot and heavy yet, but 2 to 6 smallies every time with an equal amount or more of missed fish.

I was hanging lures in some of the fastest riffles I could find. I've walked through these areas in the past and I knew that there were indents in the river bed where the fish could hunker down and let the current go over their heads. This is where they were being caught. Best presentation is from above the riffles casting down. I don't know how anyone that casts up into water like this actually expects to catch anything or how they do it. Getting hung up on rock isn't worth the frustration.

Tail out of riffles was another good spot. Classic smallie holding spot. I always cast further down then bring the lure into the edge of the tail out and just let it swim around. Patience here is a virtue. Eventually something will hit it. Pretty much a given.

The usual current breaks were next. Cast down stream, let the lure swim around, move it from side to side in and out of the current break.

And of course if the shore has rock, fish it tight. Caught a few that seemed to be within inches of shore hunkered between some big rocks.

Didn't bother with any creeks, wanted to give them another day or two to settle down. The sporadic rains we had the last few days had virtually no effect on the river, just a little bit up and then just as quickly back down. But they kept turning the creeks muddy. Now all the rain they had in Wisconsin is trickling down here. The river came up to 2000 cfs over night.

That could all change in the next 36 hours. Looks like an all day rain is called for on Tuesday, starting tonight and ending Wednesday morning. If that doesn't kick the river up much, things should continue to pick up all week. More sporadic rains later in the week, but they may not matter much. They didn't last time. Could be a good week over all and into the weekend. We'll know when the rains stops Wednesday morning.

Just spent Monday sunset combing a creek. It had come down and was slightly stained, which is good. Keeps the fish from getting too spooked. Picked up 7 smallies, but watched a lot more come up behind the lure and just nip at it. Very frustrating to watch. Tried both fast and slow retrieves and the one that got the most was when I was just letting the lure drift around in the current. It's like they wanted to make as little effort as possible.

Brian Zemlanicky left a post on windycityfishing.com on his weekend fishing. He was out both days in a stretch that we'll say is far enough north that I never go there. Used pretty much just topwaters and landed 22 smallies in the 12 to 18 inch range on Saturday. Used nothing but topwaters on Sunday and picked up 19 more with the biggest at 19 inches.

When I read reports like this I have to question what I do, how I fish and whether or not my reports have any real validity. But, I tried topwaters where I was with not even a pop on the lure from anything. Tried crankbaits too and still nothing.

Then I got this in an email from Brian on Tuesday:

"By the way, I was out last night (Monday) for about an hour and the topwater bite was non existent. But I know that there are always at least 2 smallies in this one particular laydown. I walked a bit upstream and "hung" a jig in front of where I normally get crushed with a popper. It worked! Twice! Except the second time I lost the fish because when I tried to muscle him away from the laydown the hook on the jig opened up a bit!"

I think Brian had one of those once in a lifetime fishing moments when he got all those on topwater. Those moments are to be savored.

This whole thing turned into a real jumble of words. Basically, if guys can stand being in the water, fish what you can reach without putting yourself in danger. If it looks higher than you like, then walk the shore and fish the shore. There are some times when predicting what's happening is a real crap shoot. This is one of them.

Just tell guys to get out fishing I guess, it's getting good.


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GREEN BAY

From the Wisconsin DNR Green Bay Fishing Report:

Green Bay Fishing Report: June 7, 2010
Oconto Co.
Hot and humid were the call words for this past week driving up the water temperatures at the landings to near 80 degrees. Although fishing pressure was light to moderate, the number of pleasure boaters increased. Smallmouth bass and brown trout are on the menu in the Stiles Dam area with the smallies actively engaging small crank baits and the browns reacting well to nymphs. Pensaukee fishermen are enjoying the walleye bite by fishing 9 to 15 feet using crawler/harness, some small and largemouth bass are being caught in the Pensaukee River using crank and spinner baits. Carp and smallmouth are putting on a good show at the mouth of the Oconto River. Some carp are over 20 pounds and put up a terrific fight. Walleye, northern, catfish and sheephead are being caught trolling the bay out of Oconto Breakwater and Oconto Park II trolling crawler/harness in 9 to 22 feet of water.
Marinette Co.
Peshtigo harbor fishermen are catching some big cats, smallies and sheephead at the mouth of the river fishing dead stick with crawlers or casting small cranks and spinners around drops and structure. The smallmouth bite by the Peshtigo Dam area is in full swing with everything from live bait drifted in the current seams to streamers and crank baits. A fisherman reports having success for walleye out of the landing at Little River. Walleye fishermen on the Menominee River are catching fish by the Hattie Street, Mystery Ship and Government Pier areas early morning and evenings. There are reports of a few salmon and splake being caught in the bay in 50 feet of water fishing 40 feet down in the predawn hours.

ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA

The river is holding just under the flood stage at LaSalle. Use caution if putting a boat in.

KANKAKEE RIVER

I was out Tuesday morning fishing the high dirty water in the state park with Norm Minas. Click here for the story. There's fish to be caught, but it is tougher than normal and will be very slowly clearing and receding. Ed Mullady sent this:

Subject to change depending upon how much rain his us tonight and tomorrow. Right now, catfishing good, especially right on or at flooded shorelines. Best on *minnows *night crawlers *cheesebaits.
Some creeks and ditches are clearing slightly. Fair for rock bass, smallmouth bass. Live bait and bright colored lures the best.

LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON

John Saban reported good walleye (average of 6 pounds with the biggest of 29 inches going 9.5 pounds) on weekend trip to Kelleys. Best was trolling reef runners and crawler harnesses. For Ohio DNR report go to wildohio.com and or call (888) HOOKFISH.

LAKEFRONT

CHICAGO: For perch, see top. Smallmouth are spottier. Capt. Bill Kelly reported mixed coho and small kings east of Wilson to Evanston to 50-60 feet; some coho, kings and rainbows east of Wilson and the car ferry in 70-110 with lakers on the bottom; and some bigger coho at the R3 and R4. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters said there a very strong lake bite continues in 100-130 feet. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported good coho and kings in 110-130 south on tinsel flies and Dodgers or spoons. Boaters are finding scattered perch; few off the piers. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported varying catches from 40 feet to the hill. Probably a good time to search deeper. Lots of big coho being taken, some good kings around too. RICHARD J. DALEY MEMORIAL FISHING TOURNAMENT: Fish may be weighed at Henry's, Park Bait or Vet's. In June, the species are carp, catfish, perch, coho and chinook. 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.

MADISON LAKES, WISCONSIN

For D&S Bait, go to dsbait.com

NORTHERN WISCONSIN

Guide Kurt Justice of Island Sports sent this:

Much needed rain. but un-needed cool weather, wind and bug hatches have changed the local fishing reports from last week. All species have been affected. some (Walleye) more then others.

Largemouth Bass: Good-Fair. Colder (48-50 degree) night time temps have affected the shallow water fish the most. {This will be a running theme}. Think smaller and slower. Pre-rigged plastic worms (6") tubes on (3" on 1/16 - 1/8 oz heads) 1/8 oz jig and pigs and 4" senko worms. Fish hunkered down in heavier weeds, slow approach best. Live bait (leeches, crawlers, chubs) on light jig in 6-10' weeds. Still catch and release season.

Bluegills: Good-Fair. Cool temps (see above) have slowed surface bite. Some lakes gills still found on beds. Go tiny 1/8 oz jigs tipped with tiny plastic, gulp, small leeches. Thunder bugs on #8 light wire aberdeen below tiny floats. Depth 1'-6'.

Smallmouth Bass. Good-Fair. Sluggos, 4" wacky worms, 3" tubes out in 6-12' of drowned wood. Slow approach. Hot surface action of last week is done till heat returns. #6-#8 husky jerks and x-raps worked slow also picking up fish.

Musky: Fair. A little quieter than last week. Good time to use twitch baits (6-7") light gliders. Buck tails with large fluted blades that can be worked over weed tops at medium speed also effective.

Northern Pike: Fair. Best at mid morning on, as surface temps and air temps match up. Boonie bait spinner baits in the smaller 1/8 oz size producing, but fish are not chasing, almost have to hit em on the head. Live bait best at times like these. Be sure to set hook early in bite so as not to deep hook if release is possible.

Yellow Perch: Fair. Warm weather would really help. Anglers using thunder bugs and frozen soft shells reporting some nice perch to 11" in 12-18' of water over sandgrass. Slip bobbers and medium fats picking up some fish along bridges.

Crappie: Fair. Cold pushed remaining shallow fish out. Target 8-14' weeds with small plastics or minnows. Don't expect much for #'s, but a small catch of nice fish is possible.

Walleye: Fair-Poor. The Turtle Flowage and Rainbow have had big Hexagema hatches. Once things warm back up, other lakes will be receiving theirs also. Casting #9 countdown (blue-silver) Rapalas at dusk over shallow weeds as been working for anglers fishing lakes that haven't hatched.

Doesn't look like we'll see the 80's till late in the week. We desperately need the rain, but the night time lows in the high 40's hurt the action. Looks like by Wednesday things will level out temp wise with more rain. The cloud cover can help those targeting Walleye and Musky.

EAGLE RIVER: Creative Brilliance sent this report for the Chamber of Commerce:
WEEKLY OUTDOOR AND FISHING REPORTS, and calendar highlights:

***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY) -- as of June 8, 2010:

(Head): Muskie action slows a bit, with a good bite for walleye, northern,
bass (all catch and release), crappies, bluegills and perch, in the Eagle
River, Wisconsin

(Lead): Water temps dropped into the mid to high 60s in the Eagle River
area, and are now starting to move back up.

A cold front and rain cooled the water in the Eagle River area, and made
anglers work harder, but with water temps starting to move up again, the
action is increasing across the board.

Muskie action slowed down a bit as the water temps in the Eagle River area
cooled, but is on the upswing again as the water warms. When the water's
cooler use small baits such as a Mepps bucktails, or a 4-6 inch minnow bait
"twitched" over deeper weeds. Move your boat out over the 10-12 foot depths
and cast towards the weed edges, letting the bucktail slow down and drop a
bit deeper on the retrieve. Twitch your minnow bait in small one foot jumps
over these same deeper areas. And of course describing the degree of
"action" as having slowed somewhat doesn't mean that anglers aren't catching
muskie - - far from it. Guide, Ranger Rick Krueger caught and released a
48 incher. Guide, Muskie Matt saw some nice action with smaller fish on the
Eagle River Chain of Lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world),
running 28-34 inches, with four or more fish being caught and released in an
hour's span. So as usual, Eagle River muskie action is always "there," it's
just that at times it slows -- just a bit!

The water is warming up again. According to Muskie Matt this means a
feeding spell with the muskies moving back into shallower weed areas to
feed. Stick with the usual early season muskie approach: Small bucktails,
minnow baits, and surface baits, worked in and over weeds in 4-8 feet of
water.

Walleye and perch in the Eagle River area are hanging in the same area.
Fish 7-10 feet of water in the weeds just off the weed lines, tight to the
bottom. Vertical jigging right over the side of the boat with 1/16 or 1/8
ounce jigs, tipped with a fathead works very well. Orange, chartreuse and
hot pink are good colors. Other anglers are having success using a fathead
under a slip bobber. Good action.

Northern in the Eagle River area are providing good, consistent action in
5-10 feet of water in and around weeds. Use a spinner bait, Husky Jerk, or
a medium sucker minnow under a slip bobber.

Small mouth bass are in 15 feet of water or less over hard, sand/gravel
bottom in the Eagle River area. Good action using a jig and a leech or a
jig with some type of plastic like a tube. Smallies are strictly catch and
release right now.

Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in
and around weeds, associated with structure such as drowned wood, docks and
brush piles. Use a Texas Rig with a plastic worm, or in the evening use a
top water such as a Heddon Torpedo, or Zara Spook. Largemouth are strictly
catch and release right now. Good action.

Crappies and bluegills are putting on a nice bite in the Eagle River area.
Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a crappie minnow or a
chunk or crawler on a jig or under a slip bobber. Both crappies and gills
are suspending up and down the water column.


NORTHWEST INDIANA

Starcevich reported spinners taking perch at Cal harbor, decent catches inside and outside of Pastrick and off Michigan City. Some coho were being taken in 65 feet north of the Gong on with a few other species mixed in. Lakefront smallmouth are ``in limbo.'' Weeds exploded at Willow Slough.

ROCK RIVER

OREGON: On Tuesday, Jan Prose at TJ's Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental sent this:

River is at a steady level, and a bit murky yet. Channel catfish being caught on shrimp, dip baits and cut bait. A few flatheads being caught on blue gill and suckers. I weighed a nice 19 pound flathead caught by Adam Quick of Oregon south of the dam. Measured and weighed a 29 inch, almost 5 pound Northern caught at the dam yesterday.

ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICHIGAN

BJ Sports reported the river is high, but catfish and sheephead are decent and walleye are fair. Weekend forecast looks good for fishing.

SHABBONA LAKE

Bass are settling into summer patterns, bluegill remain shallow and catfishing should pick up with the hot weather later this week. Guide Jay Angel sent this:

The crappies have moved out to the campground cribs. More crappies will be following in the next week. This is good news because now they will be in greater concentrations than we have seen them for the past month.

Crappies are also beginning to show up on the cribs that surround each of the land piers.


For more reports, click here

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT

From the Wisconsin DNR Lake Michigan Report:

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 7, 2010
Kenosha Co.

Fishing in the harbor has been very slow, as I have not seen a fish caught at all recently. Word of the slow fishing is apparently out, as very few fishermen have even been out and many are not staying very long. The trolling bite has been good for those able to find the right areas. Good catches have been made from 40 all the way out to 130 feet of water. Dodger and green fly combinations have been working, but spoons are now taking more fish as well. Along with good coho catches, some large kings have been showing up as well, with fish already being caught in the 20# range by a few of the charter boats. Finding the right temps and alewife schools has been key to filling the cooler.
Racine Co.
Fishing from shore continues to be slow, with only an occasional coho caught (usually in the early mornings). If you can get alewives, they have been out-producing everything, but have been hard to get in any numbers. Trollers have been having good catches recently. Fish seem to be spread out and have been caught in as little as 30-50 feet and as deep as 120. Kings are starting to show up mixed in with the coho, which have accounted for most of the fish caught recently. Most of the kings have been smaller fish. Dodger and fly combos are still the best producer, with orange or red dodgers and green flies being a good choice.
Milwaukee Co.
In Milwaukee trollers have been catching decent numbers of coho and chinooks, along with a few rainbows and lake trout. Orange dodgers coupled with blue or green flies have taken the majority of fish, and the spoon bite remains slow. The most consistent depths have been 45 to 150 feet of water. Overall, Milwaukee shore fishing remains slow but some coho and brown trout have been taken off McKinley pier. Alewives fished on the bottom have produced the most. The McKinley fish cleaning station is now up and running.

WOLF LAKE

Bluegill are bedding. Bass should settle into summer patterns. Mik-Lurch reported walleye turned on, especially on crawler harnesses and leeches.

LINES ONLINE

ILLINOIS

www.ifishillinois.org
www.prairiestateoutdoors.com

CHICAGO AREA CHAT/REPORTS

www.chicagolandfishing.com
www.chitown-angler.com
www.windycityfishing.com
angling101.com
Fishing Headquarters
www.wadauwant.com
http://www.foxlakefishing.com/
www.heartlandoutdoorsman.com
www.patharrisonoutdoors.com

CHICAGO AREA INFO

fishingchicago.org
www.chicagofishinglinks.com
chicagofishing.org

DOWNSTATE
larrysfishinghole.com
www.ilfishing.com

MICHIGAN DNR REPORT

www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10364-34956--,00.html

WISCONSIN DNR REPORT

dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/news/or/

IOWA DNR REPORT

www.iowadnr.com/news/currentfish.html

INDIANA DNR REPORT

http://www.in.gov/apps/dnr/fishing/dnr_fishingreport?display=Lake+Michigan

MIDWEST

www.lake-link.com

NORTH AMERICA

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This page contains a single entry by Dale Bowman published on June 9, 2010 5:52 AM.

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