A couple favorite derbies in Chicago fishing and a national carping event for kids leads this Midwest Fishing Report. Oh, and there's a nod to high water on the rivers and another nod to a good bite on Lake Michigan off Chicago.
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 email@example.com.
Henry's eighth annual perch derby is at Northerly Island on Saturday. It runs until 10 a.m. Henry's staff will rove and begin registering fishermen about 6 a.m. Go to henryssports.com or call (312) 225-8538.
KANKAKEE RIVER VALLEY FISHING DERBY
The 27th edition of this family event ($20 per family) from Northern Illinois Anglers Association starts Friday and goes through July 4. River conditions could make the beginning part interesting. Click here for info.
TAKE A KID CARPIN WEEKEND
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.
It's summer. Bluegill and bass are the top bites on local ponds and lakes. Every fishermen should have one or more nearby that is their get-away-at-home lake.
For an overview of nearby river conditions, click here. I will update the rivers report later this week. But I included some reports any way, despite the high dirty water rampant across the area. I do that despite seeing a another blob of rain headed our way on radar as I type.
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 on wax worms and ice jigs under small bobbers or floats. Catfish are excellent with large ones being taken; Grass or southern lakes are good. Walleye are good in current areas on leeches; best mornings or evenings. Muskie are good on topwaters or bucktails, mornings and evenings. White bass are good in 8 feet, suspended.
For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/
More Chain info at www.foxwaterway.state.il.us.
From Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass:
Chicago river, south branch ...water temp spike up 89 degrees from 72 in one week water level back up to normal ......blue gills and bass hitting small spinners with yellow twister tails along banks, near wreaks and swallows( ashland) . North pier.....small mouth hitting jigs with chigger craws in weed beds.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS
Mazonia is a good option, especially on cloudier days, for multiple species. The cooling lakes at Braidwood and LaSalle are heating up and fishing has been tough, other than for catfish.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES AREA, WISCONSIN
DELAVAN: Arden Katz reported good crappie in 7-11 feet, but you must find the cabbage, fished with a 1 /32nd-ounce jig and twister. Guide Dave Duwe sent this:
Delavan Lake 6/21/10 through 6/27/10GENEVA: Duwe sent this:
Fishing remains fantastic on Delavan Lake. The really good news has been that the boat traffic has been very light. The fish seem to be about 2 weeks ahead of normal as far as their patterns go. The fish are on the weedline but have yet to really school very hard.
Largemouth bass remain either in the shallows in 5-6 ft of water or on the deep weedline in 15-18 ft of water. Last week, the bigger fish seemed to have come off the weedline but the larger numbers were shallow. The best presentation for the shallow fish was a nightcrawler fished on a split shot rig or a Wacky rigged All Terrain Stik. The best color was green pumpkin. The best location was by the Village Supper Club or by Browns Channel. If the weather remains warm, most of the largemouth bass will pull off of the shore structure and school on the deep weeds associated with rock in 15-19 ft of water.
Walleyes have been biting on the weedline in 16-18 ft of water. They are being caught on a lindy rigged leech or a lead head jig fished with a nightcrawler. The best location has been by the Yacht Club or by Willow Point. You need to keep moving to find the active fish, they are not schooled up very hard right now.
Bluegills are in the 12-16 ft depth range. It has been a weird week. When you find the big ones, they are schooled up by size. If you catch some really nice one, stick with it a lot longer. My Monday guide party, I had a hard time finding the big fish. It was hit or miss on the big fish, but we caught plenty of smaller ones. Every spot I tried had bluegills it's just a matter of the size you want to keep. The best presentation has been a split shot rigged leaf worm fished straight beneath the boat or casted a short distance away.
Northern Pike fishing has been very good. They are on the deep weedline. The best presentation is a lindy rigged sucker or a sucker fished on a slip bobber. Work a depth of 18-20 ft. The biggest problem this year seems that the fish are very finicky. They want at least a 6 inch sucker. The size of the pike doesn't matter, the smaller ones have been biting the larger bait just like the bigger pike. I have dragged around 4 inch suckers and not had a bite, but once I put a 6 inch sucker on it was bit immediately. The best location has been by Willow Point, the island and Browns Channel.
Lake Geneva 6/21/10 through 6/27/10
Fishing remains very good. Most of the game fish are very active with the warmer water temp. The water temps haven't risen enough to make the fish go deep. Most of the fish can be found in 15 ft of water or less. Right now all the fish have completed spawning and are aggressively feeding.
Largemouth bass can be caught using two different methods. One is top water and the other is drop shotting. Top water fishing has been good by Trinkes, Williams Bay and by Knollwood. The best presentation is chrome/blue and chrome/black Chug Bugs. I work a depth of 10 ft or less. Don't be afraid to try deeper water. The fish will come out of the 10 ft of water to hit a top water lure. As you may notice, the best locations are weed flats. The other option is drop shotting 4 inch green pumpkin worms. The best depth is 12-15 ft of water. You want to look for scattered weeds. The best location has been by Belvidere Park or by Trinkes. Some of the biggest fish of the year were caught last week.
Rock bass continue to be everywhere. The best presentation is a split shot rigged nightcrawler. Look for the fish by Belvidere Park or by Colemans Point. I've been catching most of my fish in 10-12 ft of water.
Smallmouth bass have been sporadic. With the spawn completed, they are chasing their dinner. If you find a school of bait fish, you will find the smallmouth bass right behind them. I've been either drop shotting 4 inch green pumpkin worms or slowly reeling in a jig and a grub tail. The best depth has been 12-15 ft of water. Look for the fish by Maytag Point or by Bigfoot Beach.
Yellow Perch are still in the shallows in 10-12 ft of water. The average size for me has increased. You basically have to catch 7 to keep 1 which is a much better average than in recent weeks. The highest concentration of big fish has been by Linn Pier. I've caught most of my fish on split shot rigged nightcrawlers.
With the warmer weather, the walleyes are starting to become active at night. You want to either troll medium diving crankbaits, such as the Walleye Bandit or Rapala, in 12-15 ft of water or fish lindy rigs with leeches on the weedline. For the crankbaits you want to troll them at 1.5 mph. The best location has been in Geneva Bay or in Trinkes Bay.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
6/20/2010 - Happy Fathers Day.
6/19/2010 - Delavan Lake, cloudy, 70 degrees, winds west at 15 mph. We have not yet fished but we will get them. I'm going away for Fathers Day so more on this days outing later.
6/15/2010 - Delavan lake, cloudy, 72 degrees, winds were light out of the east. Water temp 69 degrees. Caught 7 largemouth, 3 were legal, 4 walleyes and 4 northerns. We fished the deep weedline with nightcrawlers on a split shot rig. The best depth was about 18 ft of water. The big bluegills were very skittish today. The nightcrawlers I got were about the size of my foot and probably hindered their bite. The best location was by the Yacht Club.
6/14/2010 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 70 degrees, winds out of the west at 15 mph. Water temp 69 degrees. Was on a quest for panfish, trying to switch to game fish later in the evening. Had a hard time catching the larger bluegills. We ended up catching 60-70 but the problem was the average size. All fish were caught on leaf worms fished on a split shot rig.
SHELBYVILLE: Guide Ken Wilson--(217) 454-2672--out of Lithia Marina reported white bass are best on topwaters early around Point 3 and 5 or Coal Shaft bridge, or troll crankbaits later. Largemouth are on points. Lake is coming up, about 4 feet above normal pool so far. Muskie are slow. Drifting is producing good catfish on cut shad around Wolf Creek. For info from the Corps, call (217) 774-2020.
EVERGREEN: Here is the staff report:
Evergreen Lake Fishing Report - 6/21/2010Any updated fishing report will be posted here.
Water Clarity: 1-2 ft.
Water Level: Flowing over
Water Temp.: Mid 70's
Good fishing continues on Evergreen. The last few weeks have been wet ones, but that has not changed the fishing on Evergreen. Saugeye and Bass are the best bet right now, with several nice fish being caught. In recent weeks daily limits of Saugeye have been pulled from the lake by many anglers. Still the best set up has been light colored curly tailed tubes and night crawlers for the Saugeye. Bass continue to hit artificial lures on the lake. Many anglers are switching up lures often, saying that being versatile is key. Crappie are still being caught in 15-20 ft. of water suspended at about 10 ft. Bluegill continue to be caught along weeds and rip rap with wax worms and crawler pieces. Catfishing has been great with several nice fish being caught on mostly liver or shrimp.
POWERTON: Summer hours--6 a.m.-8 p.m.--are in effect. PrairieStateOutdoors.com reported a spat of big blue and flathead catches recently.
EMIQUON: The bite has been tough for a variety of reasons, including the weather. Emiquon Preserve is near Lewistown. 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.
Frank Macikas sent a brief but right on assessment of local river conditions:
Sorry Dale not much to report except very high fast muddy water. I didn't even bother trying to get down there. The storms last week completely blew everything out. I'll be watching the gauges and will be getting out there ASAP.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS
Ken Gortowski sent this short version:
The sporadic rains continue to keep the Fox River from coming down to normal. Muddies it a little every time too. It's not as high as other area rivers, so experienced waders can get in the water they know well, while novices should stick to the shorelines. Fishing tight to shore eddies even at this slightly higher water is the way to go. Not sure it matters what is used, just make sure it's going in and out of even the smallest slack areas. Hanging a lure in the faster current now and then probably wouldn't hurt.
The Fox creeks are going up and down like a water roller coaster making a muddy mess of them every time. They still come down faster than the river, but with no breaks in these rolling storms they don't get the chance to clear up.
And he also sent this longer rumination, which wanders off on some tangents:
Friday was one of those perfect days to get out and I planned all day to do just that around Orchard Road for the last few hours of the day. Lower temperatures, lower humidity, bright blue skies and a few clouds just makes for a pleasant time to be out. I had been watching the river gauge all day and the river was dropping like a rock. By the time I headed out it had come down enough that I could wade across the river to the stretch I like. Problem was that the river was dropping like a rock. This always seems to screw up the fishing pattern. The fish can feel the water dropping and they tend to move around to accommodate that. They don't like to get trapped in lower water areas.
The best place to go when the river is dropping like that is near a dam. I seriously considered wandering to Yorkville near my house, but on principle I'll no longer fish near a dam. That attitude started years ago when the IDNR walked away from trying to stop the Dayton Dam from being relicensed. Denying the license would have opened up the possibility of having it removed, which would have opened up the Fox River to fish migrations from the Illinois River for the first time in 75 years. After initially moving ahead, I vaguely remember being told that they decided it wasn't worth their effort. Never did ask what brought about the change of attitude, I was too fed up with them to care.
Then the nail in the coffin, literally, was the death of three guys at the Yorkville dam in 2006. A few years earlier at a dam removal meeting in Batavia, I was told by someone high up at OWR that if one more person were to drown at Yorkville, the dam would get pulled with no further discussion. So much for that. I still stick to my principles on this issue even though no one knows or cares.
But I digress.
Initially things went like I thought they would down from Orchard Road. Couldn't buy a hit. Crossed the river to fish behind the islands where the shore looks like some of the best smallie holding water there is. On good days, it is. Two casts in the first few feet and I caught 2 smallies. I thought the next half mile was going to be one of those banner days of fishing. Instead it was one of those days of casting practice. Not another hit was had.
On the way back across the river to my car I stopped and stood in the middle of the river to watch the sun set and the clouds float by. I've begun to wonder about my motivation for coming here at sunset knowing very well the fishing would be mediocre at best. Perfect would have been a mid river boulder to sit on while I thought that over.
Tuesday I had no intention of getting out since the sporadic weekend rains had raised and muddied the river again, but the end of my running around found me driving across the river at North Aurora. The river was high and a little muddy as was expected, but I also had to go do a visual check on the nearby creek since it was just down the road. Looked good even if a little high and stained.
The fishing wasn't hot and heavy and 4 dink smallies was all that was caught. But what was hot and heavy was the mosquito bite. The little blood suckers were relentless. I gave up on the idea of going to the mouth of the creek and instead hiked through the woods to go fish one shore line that has produced some nice smallies at high water in the past.
Huge mistake. I was dancing like an out of control marionette trying to swat bugs and dabble a shore line while oozing sweat in the repressive windless heat. That lasted about 2 minutes before I took off through the woods hoping to out run the blood suckers. Normally I stock up on a couple of handfuls of wild strawberries that are all over this area this time of year, but they weren't worth the pint of blood they would cost me.
I headed to Indian Trail Road in the hopes of a quiet shoreline and fewer mosquitoes.
I got both. Out from the shore for up to 15 feet and for as far down as you could see was the perfect eddy. You can't walk too far out from shore along here when the water is up. Been there, did that stupid thing years ago and spent much of my time drifting down the river with my toes barely touching the ground and the water almost filling my waders. The first cast got another dink smallie. About 100 feet down was an underwater boulder making a boil. I was hanging a jig and twister in the lift in front of it and got 2 hard and heavy hits that teased me.
I went a few more feet, got bored and gave up. I wanted to be on the other side of the river where I knew the fishing was always better. But that was impossible. I couldn't get across and the other side had no shore access. The fish holding spots along that shore were all in perfect shape, only I couldn't get to them. I sat on a boulder tucked onto the shore perusing the possibilities of the opposite side. I heard myself say "I hate high water" then got up and went home.
I had to go home before I found myself trying something stupid.
Ed Mullady sent this bulletin:
THE KANKAKEE RIVER and it's tributaries are very high in most areas, with water covering most shorelines. Fishing from boat can be dangerous. Many of the fish will be feeding in these locations.
There can be some very good fishing, despite or I should say because of high water in the shoreline areas. I am curious to see how the derby (see top) goes with the high, dirty water.
LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON
Rickard's reported trollers doing best six miles east of Kelleys on worm harnesses or stinger spoons. Early the walleye are suspended, then they go deeper. In Canada, the east side of Pelee has been best.
For Ohio DNR report go to wildohio.com and or call (888) HOOKFISH.
CHICAGO: Perch have been spottier, though shore fishermen continue to pick some up at Montrose. Boaters did excellent on Sunday in the weed beds off Navy Pier, Saturday and Monday were slow. Park Bait reported some perch being caught at Montrose and Belmont, but it slowed some. It is a mix of soft shells or minnows. For shore fisherman, Steve Palmisano at Henry's said the key seemed to be finding weeds in harbors like Monroe or Burnham. (See top for perch derby on Saturday.) Capt. Bill Kelly reported lakers remain outstanding in 90-105 straight east of Wilson crib. There's a very good bite on coho and chinook between the Wilson crib and the T marker in 45-60. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters said the steelhead are deeper.
WAUKEGAN: The Salmon Stop reported decent salmon action in 40-60, best has been a Little Boy Blue or aqua fly behind a white plastic Dodger. For spoons, Hey Baby or Natural Born Killer have been good. If shallow is not producing, Capt. Augie Ralph said to work 95-125. Some perch off the piers, lots of panfish in the harbor.
NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported good coho and kings with an occasional steelhead in 50-100 on the hill. But it varies day to day, if not catching move around or go deeper.
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
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Guide Mike Mladenik of BigSmallmouthBass.com sent this:
Water temps have cooled (68) due to the rain but the smallmouth are still active on the Menominee River.
Fish tight to cover and you will find smallmouth.
July should be great for the topwater bite on the river.
Walleye & Smallmouth fishing has been great on High Falls Flowage. We boated a 9 pound walleye last week. I am catching walleye in places I have not caught them for 20 years!
Guide Kurt Justice of Island Sports sent this:
Wind and rain kept back the participation some, but looks like we should see some stabilizing weather by weeks end.
Largemouth Bass: Very Good. Bass actively hitting a variety of lures (chatter baits) Boonie (spinnerbaits), twitch baits (x-raps) lipless cranks (rattle traps) as well as live chubs meant for Pike and Leeches meant for Walleyes. Nice bass to 20", with many in the 14-17" range being caught. Target heavy weeds of 4-8'. Top water a little slower, but getting better as water temps rise.
Bluegill: Good. Action increasing, especially in the afternoons. Thunderbugs, small leeches, tiny tubes (Gulp Bugs) good choices. Wet flys working for fly anglers, top water once rain and wind move out.
Smallmouth: Good-Fair. Action picking up as water temps rise. Tube jigs with 1/4 oz heads, Chompers, slinted grubs as well as #7 shad raps. Large leeches also effective. Fish holding along breaks in 10-14' of gravel/rock.
Yellow Perch: Fair. Need a hot spell. Medium leeches, thunder bugs, medium fats up on top of weed bars in 8-12'. Find cabbage for best perching.
Northern Pike: Fair. Big chubs-suckers (6-7") #4 Mepps spinners, Boonie Baits, husky jerks worked over 6-10' weeds. Some days you almost have to hit them over the head, not willing to travel. Slow retrieve (good time to switch to twitch baits).
Musky: Fair-Good. While most anglers reporting best action on bucktails, had days when only twitch baits (7") would work. Top water also moving fish on overcast and evening trips. Nice fish including a reported 51" caught this past week.
Walleye: Fair. Wind made boat control tough. While some of the largest lakes have not experienced mayfly hatches (Fence, Trout ect.) the flowages and small to mid sized lakes are past that. Leeches and crawlers picking up action. Still like to toss redtails under windy conditions.
Crappie: Fair. Haven't set up strong in summer patterns, but anglers focusing on crappies catching fish using Charlie Bees, 2" twister tails on 1/32 oz jigs over curly leaf cabbage beds. Locate weeds of 8-10, work top 2' of water column. Deep cribs also producing.
We have some more rain due mid-week, but as weather calms down and lake temps continue to rise, expect both bass as well as bluegill bite to take off.
Surface temps that dropped to love 60's early last week have risen to high 60's nearly 70's. Some lakes have seen levels rise a little
EAGLE RIVER: Creative Brilliance sent this report for the Chamber of Commerce:
(Head): In the Eagle River, Wisconsin area musky, northern, bass, and
panfish all providing good action, with the walleye bite just fair, due to
the mayfly hatch.
(Lead): Water temps in the Eagle River area are in the upper 60s, with a
few low 70s here-and-there.
Musky in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and around
weeds. Use small Mepps bucktails, crankbaits, and topwaters. Action has
been good and is improving and that includes both the Eagle River Chain of
28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world), and larger Eagle
River area waters such as North Twin lake. While it's an all day bite,
action peaks early morning and late afternoon into evening. Mixed bag on
Northern are holding in the weeds in 10 feet of water or less, in the Eagle
River area. Husky Jerks, Mepps #3s, and spinnerbaits (chartreuse has been
proving effective when using a spinnerbait) are all working..
Smallmouth bass in the Eagle River area are locating off break edges, in
8-15 feet of water over hard bottom (sand/gravel/rocks). Use a tube jig,
plastic crawfish, or a jig and a leech.
Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less
holding in the weeds, and relating to structure such as docks, drowned wood,
brush piles and stumps. Use a Texas Rig with a plastic worm, a Senko rigged
wacky (that means hook the worm in the middle of the body so it hangs
loose/limp), or a top water like a Heddon Torpedo or Zara Spook in the
Crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River area pretty-much hanging
out together in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. The crappies
and gills will suspend up and down the water column, with the perch fairly
tight to the bottom. Use a jig and a minnow, or a crappie minnow, waxie or
chunk of crawler under a slip bobber.
The bite for walleye in the Eagle River area is only fair, due to the mayfly
hatch (which will last about another week or so). Fish 15 feet of water or
less in and around the weeds. Use a jig and a fathead minnow. Best action
is early and late in the day.
(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.
Mik-Lurch reported decent steelhead off the Michigan City piers, salmon are going on meat rigs or Lemon Ice spoons (4515 or 4516). Willow Slough remains weedy, but those using cane poles are doing OK for bluegill.
OREGON: Jan Prose at TJ's Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental sent this:
River has muddied up with recent rains, and remains stable for level. Some nice flathead are being caught on suckers and bluegill at the dam and deeper areas. Channel cats are biting on shrimp, dip bait and cut bait.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICHIGAN
BJ Sports reported some skamania on shrimp off the piers, and boaters taking perch in 30 feet to the south. Carp and catfish are best in the river.
Guide Jay Angel sent this:
Shabbona Lake 6/20
Water temperatures are in the high '70's.
Bass were hard to come by during the bass open last Saturday due to the severe thunderstorms that roared through the area on Friday.
We caught walleyes on Saturday night in the shallow water by the rock piles. I love it. There weren't any big ones caught with all of them being between 14 - 16 inches long , but there were lots of them. Bigger ones will be coming in as the summer progresses.
Use leeches for best results.
There were also a few big cats caught, some perch and lots of hybrid stripers all in the same place.
This bite is exciting and takes place mostly in the evening.
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SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT
Wisconsin DNR Lake Michigan Report: Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 21, 2010
Brown trout have started biting in the past few days, mostly out near the ends of the piers. Mornings have been good, but evenings and nights have been even better. Spoons in silver or glow have been producing most of the bites, although tubes continue to take fish as well. Perch fishing from shore has been very slow, with the first half hour of light being best. During the day and in the evening the fish have been few. Live minnows, crabtails and jigs have produced best. Those out in boats have had better luck, with decent action at both the breakwall and at the bubbler as long as the lake allows fishing. This weekend many were having trouble holding position at the bubble due to both wind and wave action and gave up or moved to a more protected area like the inside of the breakwall. Trollers have been catching fish, with good chinook numbers starting to show up. Spoons, j-plugs as well as dodger/fly combos and lead have all been taking fish. The cold water has fish spread and being caught in many locations and depths.
The past week has seen lake temps drop and as a result there are now rainbows and browns being caught off of both piers (fishing has been sporadic, not consistent at all). Spoons have taken most, but perch fishermen are hooking a few as well. While the cold water is good for trout fishing, it has the perch fishing currently very slow. Shore fishermen are having a hard time getting any kinds of numbers, and the majority of fish have been caught during the first hours of sunlight. DeKoven Park has been producing best, most consistent bite. Those out in boats have also been catching fewer fish, but many have still managed to catch limits. Live minnows/shiners as well as jigs have been working best for most anglers. Trollers have found fishing good as long as the lake has allowed them to fish (strong winds have had the lake rough, especially farther out). Fish have been caught all over the place, from right in the mouth of the Root, to Wind Point and even further out in the deeper water. All types of lures have been working, it has been best to put out as many different baits and let the fish tell you what they want.
In Milwaukee trollers have been catching 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 90 to 120 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. Shore anglers have been catching decent numbers of 10 to 13 inch perch off Cupertino pier and in South Shore Park. Fathead minnows and crab tails fished very early in the morning has been the most productive. Boaters launching at Bender Park and fishing for perch have been catching limits at the boils off South Milwaukee, but perch have been harder to come by near the Oak Creek Power Plant.
It's settling into summer patterns for bluegill and bass. Otherwise, Mik-Lurch reported some decent walleye at night on the Indiana side.
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