Summer patterns and shoreline perch lead this Midwest Fishing Report.
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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CHICAGO LAKEFRONT PERCH
Shoreline perch remain good at Montrose, both on minnows or soft shells, according to Park Bait. My guess, considering the forecast winds for later this week, is that shoreline action should hold for the favorite of Chicago fishing. Spots other than Montrose have been more variable, but there's been some good action, depending on the day at Northerly Island and Burnham.
Mik-Lurch reported good perch on spinners and soft shells in the weed beds off Navy Pier. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported fair perch there. Mik-Lurch reported some perch in the weed beds of Cal Park.
RICHARD J. DALEY MEMORIAL FISHING TOURNAMENT
In June, the eligible species are carp, catfish, perch, coho and chinook. The winners for May were Vincent Chan for perch (1 pound, 10 1/2 ounces) and Jason Lee for coho (7-12). Fish may be registered at Henry's , Park Bait or Vet's.
Bullfrog season in Illinois opened yesterday and runs 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.
Bluegill remain the top shoreline bite. This is a pretty prime time for shoreline fishing for bluegill, just about area wide. Otherwise summer patterns for bass are setting up: frogs and topwaters early, plastics or Senkos on weed lines otherwise.
For an overview of nearby river conditions, click here. I included most river reports, but because of flood or near-flood conditions on the Kankakee and Illinois rivers, I may update them separately later this week.
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 reported bluegill remain the No. 1 bite; fish shoreline areas, especially shaded areas. With the current, walleye remain excellent around current areas; leeches are No. 1 bait, best on Lindy rigs or Howie's Harnesses. Muskie are very good, try topwaters or bucktails around main lake structure dropping into deeper water. White bass are good, start in 8-12 feet for suspended fish. Catfish are also good, stinkbait, crawlers or leeches are working. Crappie are fair.
For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/
More Chain info at www.foxwaterway.state.il.us.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS
MAZONIA: Ed McCain at Mik-Lurch called the bluegill fishing so good it was like ``bluegill farming.'' HEIDECKE: Mike Lynch of binksboat.com sent this:
The water temp is in the mid 70's and is starting to get some bloom on the south side but the north side is still gin clear. Cats, crappie, hybrids and walleye are all going strong. Trolling cranks and working live bait slow on both sides has produced the best bites.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES AREA, WISCONSIN
DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe sent this:
Delavan Lake 6/13/10 - 6/20/10
Fishing has been outstanding. We had our share of rain this week, but there were still plenty of opportunities. Even a big cold front Saturday afternoon didn't cool the fishing much.
Largemouth bass are in between post spawn and the weedline bite. My best success this week was in 3-5 ft of water on cruising fish, also I caught fish on the deep weedline in 15-20 ft. With warmer weather the fish will all be deep but it was fun to catch the shallow fish. The shallow fish can be caught on Wacky rigged All Terrain stik or on a nightcrawler fished on a split shot rig. My best location was by Browns Channel or Willow Point.
Bluegills are in different stages of spawning. There is quite a few in the 3-5 ft depth range. The bigger fish I caught were in 12-18 ft of water. I was straight lining leaf worms or fishing them on a Thill slip bobber. Once I got on a good school of big fish, you could catch your limit very easily. The best location was by the Yacht Club or by the Island.
Crappies are post spawn. They are on the outside edge of the weedline in 12-15 ft of water. In the early morning, you should look for the surface feeding. I've been catching them by Browns Channel or by the Village Supper club. The best presentation is a 1/32 oz Arkie Jig fished with a purple or chartreuse twister tail.
Walleye fishing has been improving. They have pushed out of the shallow weeds and are located in 15-18 ft of water. They can be caught either trolling crank baits or fishing lindy rigged nightcrawlers. The best location has been by Belvidere Park or by the gray condos.
Northern Pike are being caught off the deep weedline on small suckers. Look for the fish by the gray condos or by Browns Channel. The best depth has been 18-20 ft of water. I don't have any clue what happened to the big ones. I've been catching a lot of 25-26 inch fish. The size of the sucker hasn't seemed to be a factor. The smaller fish have been eating the larger suckers.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
6/13/2010 - Delavan lake, cloudy, 70 degrees, winds light out of the east. Water temp 69 degrees. Caught 6 largemouth, 1 walleye, and 50-60 bluegills. Took my son out to catch dinner. The bluegills were in 15-20 ft of water. We caught bass shallow and deep on split shot rigged nightcrawlers.
6/12/2010 - Delavan Lake, cloudy, 70 degrees, winds light out of the east. Water temp 69 degrees. Caught 4 northern, 4 walleyes and 9 largemouth. We had a dual pattern going, both shallow and deep. The pike were caught on medium suckers, all other fish were caught on nightcrawlers.
6/11/2010 - Lake Geneva, sunny, 80 degrees, winds out of the SW at 15 mph. Water temp 68 degrees. Caught 16 largemouth, 10 were legal. Fished exclusively split shot rigged nightcrawlers in 8-10 ft of water. Fished at Trinkes.
6/10/2010 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 75 degrees, winds were light out of the east. Water temp 69 degrees. Caught 4 pike, 12 largemouth, and 2 walleyes. Fished the shallow bite for a while and then went to the weedline for the northern pike and the walleye. The pike were caught on medium suckers and the walleye were caught on nightcrawlers on a split shot rig. The best location was by Browns Channel.
6/9/2010 - p.m. - Lake Geneva, sunny, 73 degrees, winds howling 20+ out of the west. Water temp 68 degrees. It was so rough we never left Williams Bay. Caught 3 largemouth, all three were legal. Fished nightcrawlers on a split shot rig by Gage Marine.
6/9/2010- a.m. - Delavan Lake, sunny, 70 degrees, light winds out of the north, water temp 69 degrees. Caught 17 largemouth, 5 were legal. Learned from the day before and fished 3-5 ft of water. The guy at the dock yesterday was right. The bass were cruising the hard sand bottom. The best location was by Browns Channel. Caught all the bass on nightcrawlers.
6/8/2010 - p.m. - Delavan Lake, rainy, winds out of the E at 10 mph. Water temp 69 degrees, air temp 70 degrees. Caught 4 largemouth and 4 northerns. Fished the weedline like a dummy. A guy at the launch told me the fish were shallow but I didn't fish shallow. Fished 15-20 ft of water. The bass were caught on nightcrawlers and the northern pike were caught on medium suckers. The best location was Belvidere Park or by Browns Channel.
6/8/2010 - a.m. - Lake Geneva, rainy, winds out of the E at 15-20 mph. Water temp 68 degrees, air temp 65. Caught 3 largemouth and 1 smallmouth along with a bunch of rock bass. Fished Belvidere Park in 8-10 ft of water. Nightcrawlers on a split shot rig worked well. We also fished near Colemans point
GENEVA: Duwe sent this:
Lake Geneva 6/13/10 through 6/20/10
Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be pretty good. The best bite on the lake has been post spawn largemouth bass. They are in the 8-10 ft range. Rock bass continue to be the most aggressive bite throughout the whole lake. They can be caught anywhere between 8 and 12 ft of water. With the summer and the kids being out of school, the lake is getting busier. Your best bet for fishing is early in the a.m. or late afternoon.
Largemouth bass have been biting in the 8-10 ft depth range. They can be caught on nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig or a wacky rigged All Terrain Stik, in green pumpkin. The best location has been by Linn Pier or Trinkes Bay. I've been getting quite a few legal fish, with the biggest last week at 19 inches. The time of day doesn't seem to matter, my best day, I started my guide party at 1 p.m.
Rock bass remain throughout the lake in 8-12 ft of water. The best presentation is a split shot rigged nightcrawler. Last week a few of the rock bass I caught were in excess of 1 ½ lbs. On ultra light tackle, they are pretty fun to catch for people that don't fish everyday. The best spot for them has been by Belvidere Park or by Black Point.
Yellow Perch have been biting. The only problem is the size is pretty small. You'd have to do a lot of sorting to catch any keepers. The best location has been by Colemans Point or by Belvidere Park. Most of the fish are being caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers.
Smallmouth bass have been spotty. All the fish are done spawning. The few I've been catching have been on their spawning flats like Elgin Club, Belvidere Park and by Linn Pier. I've been using split shot rigged nightcrawlers in 12-15 ft of water. Most of the fish have been in the 12-15 inch range. The bigger fish are probably chasing the pods of small minnows in the deeper water and I haven't had time to search them out.
The thermocline has not yet formed, we are probably 2-3 weeks away. That's when the Northern Pike fishing will become consistent. Fishing the shallow water, you can see a lot of Northern Pike cruising the shallows. Once the water temperature gets warmer, the Northern Pike will move deep. Once the pike move deep, they'll be suckers for lindy rigged suckers.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
DES PLAINES RIVER
From Andrew Ragas, Counsellor of the Fish Parliament www.fishing-headquarters.com:
June 14, 2010
It's been a long time since I last reported to you all since the week of May 24th. I have been out of state for my usual northern Wisconsin trips but for the next few weeks I will be home a little bit more with hopefully some fishing thrown onto the side. Here is this week's status report for the Des Plaines River.
Water temperatures are in the low 70-degree range and levels are decent with gauge reading at 3.7 and CFS slightly over 800. Clarity is very stained.
Anglers are reporting that the fishing is becoming a little more difficult now that the fish are transitioning off into their summer patterns. The best bets for right now are Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and assorted Panfish species.
For Pike, a lot of shore fishing is taking place and those working from shore are having success on smaller fish with Mepps inline spinners (#3, 4, 5 blades), smaller jerkbaits, dark colored and fluorescent spinnerbaits, and shallow running crankbaits. With the warmer summertime water temperatures from now until the start of September, live bait isn't much of an option and neither is it needed. Smaller fish are relating to shoreline cover (laydowns, weedbeds, bridges) while larger fish are seeking deeper water with current, as well as the main river channels. If you have boat access to these mid-river fish-holding areas, expect to find the bigger fish - up to 30 inches. And if you have boat electronics that will help you find the deeper holes and drop-offs, use them! Very early in the mornings, midday cloud cover, and evenings are offering anglers the best overall feeding windows.
Channel Catfish are extremely active everywhere on the river right now and most fish are running in the 2 to 5-pound category. Best areas right now are deep hard-bottomed pools with current, and any areas that offer the fish some shade such as beneath bridges and around the pylons. Live bait (nightcrawlers, shiners) and cut bait are scoring up fish.
Largemouth Bass are somewhat active right now, but expect smaller fish in the 10 to 14 inch range to be caught on a variety of lures such as crankbaits, buzzbaits, topwaters, spinnerbaits, and plastics. Fish are relating to the deeper wood, off-shore weedbeds, pools with current, and mid-river channels.
Lastly, assorted Panfish species such as Bluegill and Crappie are being found by shoreline anglers who are focusing on weedbeds and wood. In addition, if you fish by boat, expect to find fish from deep wood as well as in the channels as they tend to suspend during the summer months. Small tube jigs, twistertails, minnowbaits, and live bait dunked beneath a float are catching fish.
At this writing, river is wadeable, but as always, use caution while walking and navigating through it as water clarity is borderline-terrible, especially the further out you go from shore.
SHELBYVILLE: Guide Ken Wilson--(217) 454-2672--out of Lithia Marina reported white bass are the top bite, especially around Point 3 and 5 or look for them busting early on the north end. Largemouth are better on points, walleye slowed. Water is 81 degrees. Levels are up slightly. For info from the Corps, call (217) 774-2020. EVERGREEN: Site staff reported:
Evergreen Lake Fishing Report - 6/14/2010
Water Clarity: 6-12"
Water Level: Flowing Over Spillway
Water Temps: Mid-Upper 70's
Despite the rain over the weekend fishing has been hot on Evergreen. Bass, Saugeye, Bluegill, and Catfish all continue to be doing very well. Most of the Bass are being caught off of points and along weed lines with spinner baits and crank baits. Saugeye have been doing best on humps and along drop offs with crawler/jig set ups and some are hitting crank baits. Bluegill continue to hit wax worms along weeds and rip rap. Crappie continue to be in deeper waters 10-20 ft on minnows and tubes.
Any updated fishing report will be posted here. HENNEPIN CANAL: In Bureau County, Time on the Water Outdoors reported good largemouth (Tiskilwa and visitor's center). EMIQUON: 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. POWERTON: Summer hours--6 a.m.-8 p.m.--are in effect.
Frank Macikas sent this:
I was able to get out both Saturday and Sunday this weekend in hopes that the river was in better shape than it has been in the last few weeks. Fished a few spots from Plainfield down to Shorewood and it fishing is still a little tough. Water clarity is like chocolate milk 2-3" at best and level is still a little high and fast. With rain being forecast another three days this week I dont think we will see much of a change for Fathers Day weekend. If the river stays in this condition best bets will be baits with flash and vibration.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS
Ken Gortowski sent this short report:
All the rain in the past few days stopped the decline of the water level in the Fox, but it didn't go up. A little high, but overall it looks good. Next few days could see a big improvement. I spent time in the creeks. Smallies up to 18 inches, lots of big creek chubs and I caught a rock bass that may have given the state record a run for it's money. Never saw one that big before. Dropped it while trying to get a picture.
And for those who enjoy his ruminations, here is a longer one:
For all of the sporadic and sometimes violent storms that have gone through the area over the last few days, it has had hardly any effect on the Fox River. It did stop it from coming down and has been stuck at the same level for almost a week now, but it's just slightly high and stained. No big deal really and if you pick the right spots and run between the rain drops, there should be no reason I can think of why you shouldn't catch something if you go. Unless you just pick the wrong spot.
Heard a lot of comments about the water being muddy with a foot clarity. We've got spoiled over the last couple of years. The water has only come down to normal levels twice in the last two and half years and that was for a day or two. I've noticed that the clarity during that time frame has been up to two feet. That is excellent for the Fox. The influx of water has been what has improved the clarity.
During a normal year with normal water levels the river slows down and the algae blooms behind all the dams kick in. We forget that during a normal year the river is an odd green color with a foot visibility at best. Thank the dams and the algae blooms for that. The Fox isn't like the DuPage or the Kankakee during the summer. It never runs clear like those rivers.
I didn't bother hitting the Fox in the last week, but chose to hit a couple of it's creeks instead. Got out Friday before the rains came and the creek was near normal but stained. Which is perfect to me. This creek was loaded with bait fish, fry, tadpoles and all kinds of bugs. The fishing was steady with smallies and I picked up 6 and missed another 6 that I got to see slash at the jig and twister. The largest of the fish were 16 and 18 inches. Considering the creek is only about 30 feet wide where they were caught, that's not bad.
Creek chubs couldn't be kept off the hook and some of them were pushing the 10 inch mark. I only used a 1/16th ounce jig with a #4 hook and a 2.5 inch panfish assasin for all the fish caught that day. Yes, big fish eat little baits and that's what the big smallies were caught with too. I stick with the small bait so I can catch everything in the creek. Picked up a bluegill too, which is unusual. Throw in a handful of big shiners and the action on non gamefish was pretty non stop.
One small area produced 3 rock bass. The largest might have given the state record a run for the money. I have never seen one this big. As I struggled to get some kind of measurement and a picture, it shook itself loose. I've caught plenty of 1.5 to 2 pound smallies over the years and this was in that range.
A couple of weeks ago I stepped up on shore and almost stepped on a new born fawn. When I got to that spot I was looking for it and almost stepped on it hunkered down on a tiny island in the middle of the creek. It had doubled in size in that short time.
Sunday sunset I hit another creek. I went out after the rain and fished for about an hour. The earlier downpours muddied it a bit and raised it a bit. It wasn't awful conditions, but the fish apparently didn't like it. Put a big bladed safety pin spinner on the jig just for the extra noise and got to see three smallies smack at it while I just let it hang in the current. The largest seemed around 14 inches. That made it worth getting out.
They keep changing the 10 day weather forecast. Sometimes these sporadic rains are in it and then they're not. Doesn't seem like it makes a difference and if anglers are comfortable where they like to wade, I'd go wading.
If you don't get a DuPage River report, the gauges are showing it's almost normal. These rains didn't have much of an effect on that river either. My reliable sources got back to me that it's slightly stained. I would think, like the creeks, that's a good thing.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA
River is forecast to crest just above flood stage Friday morning. Otherwise, Time on the Water reported good catfishing. May update later this week.
Much of the basin was hammered with heavy rains late Tuesday. The river is forecast to crest later this week just under flood stage at Wilmington. I may update later this week.
LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON
For Ohio DNR report go to wildohio.com and or call (888) HOOKFISH.
CHICAGO: For perch, see top. Capt. Bill Kelly reported great coho and kings east of Diversey in 40-55 feet. There's limits of lakers with some kings, coho and rainbows 60 degrees out of Diversey in 75-105. The R3 and R4 have been spotty. Smallmouth have been variable along the lakefront. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported salmon in 90-120 straight out and north, down 60-90 with white flies and dodgers or Little Boy Blue or spoons such as Natural Born Killer or Electric Kool-Aid. Shore fishermen are finding some perch off the end of the pier; boaters are finding some in 30-50. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported good kings and coho in 50-100 on the hill on Dodgers and flies. 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
NOTE: Bass harvest season opens Saturday in the north zone.
Guide Kurt Justice of Island Sports sent this:
Rain and cool weather prevailed this past week. The cool has held the mayfly hatches at bay on most bodies of water, but there is evidence they are getting ready to pop soon (watch Squirrel). The Willow Flowage started Thursday, but haven't gotten other reports.
Northern Pike: Very Good. Seem to be responding to cool temps. Nice fish of 24-28" with a 38" caught and released Saturday. With Pike active a variety of lures working. Spinnerbaits (Boonie Baits) #3 and #4 Mepps, Chatterbaits, X-Raps and Rattle Traps worked across the weed tops. Jig and Chubs also working well. Pike could be taking up in weeds because Walleyes (in some cases) have left.
Largemouth Bass: Good. Not chasing much, but taking spinnerbaits, flat raps. Punching pockets with Senkos and jig-pig combos. Lots of action with good fish to 20" not out of the question.
Walleye: Fair-Good. Work flats outside weed beds of 10-14'. Red tailed chubs leeches best. Overcast skies making for good day bite. Cold mornings slowing early bit, work slow, watch for signs of Hex hatch (Mayfly), if visible, find another lake.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Cool weather hurt bite. Better with tubes, plastic crawlers. Search first breaks in 12-18'. Try jig and craw combos.
Yellow Perch: Fair. Nice perch (8-9") scattered in weeds. Thunderbugs, medium leech, medium fats in 6-8' weeds.
Bluegill: Fair. Waiting for warmer weather. Leafworms, Thunderbugs under small floats. Fish 8-12', warmer weather will bring this species back in.
Muskie: Fair. Nice weather just not a lot of reports. Bucktails, 7" twitch baits moving most fish.
Crappies: Fair. Few reports.
Rain and wind kept anglers off water. Some very nice catches made but not always easy (high wind). Surface temps averaging 62-64 degrees (down from highs of 74-75 degrees two weeks ago.
EAGLE RIVER: Creative Brilliance sent this report for the Chamber of Commerce:
Water temps still holding in the low to mid 60s in the Eagle River
Muskie action in the Eagle River area has improved somewhat. The bite is
decent, and will continue to improve as the water warms. Fish 15 feet of
water or less in and around the weeds. Use a small bucktail, minnow bait or
crankbait during the day. There is some topwater action in the evening. As
water temps warm this week, work the 5 foot depth with the aforementioned
Here are the results for Eagle River's Spring Classic Muskie Tournament
which was held this past weekend: 46 muskies caught in a day-and-a-half by
184 anglers, under less than optimal conditions (cool water temps). Largest
fish came in at 43.75 inches.
Walleyes are holding in 5-15 feet of water in and around weeds in the Eagle
River area. Use a jig and fathead minnow. All day bite, with peak action
early and late in the day.
Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and
around weeds. Use a Husky Jerk, bass style spinner bait, or a Mepps #4.
Smallmouth bass (harvest season opens Saturday the 19th of June) in the
Eagle River area are holding in the 8-15 foot depth range at the first
break, over hard bottom with rocks/gravel/sand. Tube jigs, a jig and a
leech or a spinner are all working.
Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are locating in 10 feet of water or
less in and around weeds and tight to structure (docks, drowned wood, stumps
and brush piles). Use a Texas Rig and a plastic worm, or a crankbait like a
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are all hanging together in the
Eagle River area. Fish 15 feet of water or less in and around weeds. The
crappies and gills will suspend up and down the water column, with the perch
tight to the bottom. Use a crappie minnow or a chunk or crawler under a
(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance
interviews with Eagle River guides "Muskie Matt" of Wild Eagle Lodge,
"Ranger Rick" Krueger of Guide's Choice Pro Shop, and Mat Hegy).
Contact info for Eagle River:
* Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
* "Muskie Matt", 715-479-8086; e-mail: email@example.com
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e:-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Guide's Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner "Ranger Rick" Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
The creeks reopen to fishing today. Mik-Lurch said usually the first week means spinners work well. Perch are in the weed beds by Cal Park, in and out at Pastrick. Salmon are good in 62-72 on Dodgers and flies, though bigger kings are coming on meat rigs.
OREGON: Jan Prose at TJ's Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental sent this:
Well, it's raining. So, there's not much going on! Still mostly catfish, cut bait is working the best. A few walleye here and there in the deeper holes.
Cabela's King Katfish tournament was last weekend in Dixon, you probably got a report on that. Some nice cats were caught!
Guide Jay Angel reported a very good bass bite, including action on frogs. That may be in my future this week. Guide Pete Riedesel (email@example.com) reported active smaller muskies. This is prime catfishing and bluegill time too. For more reports, click here.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT
From the Wisconsin DNR Lake Michigan Report:
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 15, 2010
Brown trout are finally starting to be caught in the harbor, with early morning hours being the best. Spoons (silver/chartreuse) fished in the middle of the water column have produced, as well as white tubes. Fishing is still not what I would call "hot", but its certainly good enough to warrant a trip. Trolling bite remains good, with good coho numbers still being caught. Chinook and rainbow are starting to make up a larger portion of catches, with some very quality fish being brought in. Dodger/fly combos continue to produce. Lead core has also been producing great catches. Many fish have been located in the 50 ft range, although there are still some having good action out in the 100-120 ft range as well.
Following a very slow period on the Racine piers, fishing is now starting to pick up a bit. A few coho have been caught in the early morning hours. Browns are also starting to be caught with some regularity along with rainbows. Trout have been caught throughout the day. All fish recently have been caught on silver spoons fished in the top half of the water column. Trolling bite has also been good, with most good catches coming from 50 ft of water or less. Coho are still being caught in the best numbers, but chinook have been making up a larger percentage of fish, with many in the 14-22lb range now showing up in the same areas as the coho. Dodger/fly continues to produce, but spoons are starting to take a larger percentage of fish.
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. The most consistent depths have been 110 to 150 feet of water. Overall, Milwaukee shore fishing remains slow but some coho and rainbows have been taken off McKinley pier. Live alewives fished on the bottom have produced the most.
Mik-Lurch reported the boat launch on the Indiana side is open and trollers are finding walleye in 10-15 along the tollway; once found fish them with slip-bobbers and leeches.
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