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Midwest Fishing Report: Rivers, finally

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It seems like months, and in some cases it has been months, but finally the rivers are settling down enough to give them real importance in this Midwest Fishing Report.

We'll lead this, the extended online version of the MFR, which appears in the Sun-Times on Wednesdays, with a rivers perspective and a report on perch fishing options.

Normally, I post the online MFR by Wednesday morning. I am way behind today, in part, oh never mind, I am just behind.

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

RIVER PERSPECTIVES

On the Kankakee, Ed Mullady said, ``River is in best condition it has been for some time!'' and ``Catfish Dave'' Bradigan said, `` river is clearing and receding. Finally after one month I was able to wade once again.''

Ken Gortowski did an extended tour of the Apple, Mazon and Fox rivers: Here's his long report:

Starting Friday and going for 4 days I fished 3 rivers and 2 Fox River creeks. I had to really pick and choose where to go because some had come back down to near normal conditions after all the rain we had over a week ago, while others were still pretty high.

I decided to take my own advice on the Apple River and on Friday I took the little over two hour drive and was at the Salem Thompson Unit by sunrise. Wound up with 7 or 8 smallies for the day and a rainbow trout. Awful lot of driving and walking for so little in return. In 2004, last time I was there I think, my notes say I caught about 500 for the year, only I don't remember how many times I went there. I did find that my last trip out there in 2004 was in October and I caught 33 smallies, the fewest of any of the trips. I had one trip in June that got me over 100. Found a note that said in my first 4 trips out there, and the 4th trip was August 23rd, I was averaging 84 smallies per trip.

I have no clue what went wrong this time. Water level was perfect. Water clarity was about 18 to 24 inches, which is good. Fish just weren't around. Not even the usual non-stop creek chub action. After the Salem Thompson Unit I went to the main park and headed upstream. Did a good hike, but not as far as usual. I was pretty burned out by then from the Salem area. The Salem area was a good mile and a quarter down the river and the same amount back on the road.

That river will kill your legs. Here's a link to a small report with lots of pictures on my forum.

http://www.wadauwant.com/wd_journal/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=796

Saturday sunrise I decided to go hit a couple of Fox River creeks that were in perfect condition. The extended version is on WindyCityFishing with some pictures. Rather than repeat all that here, here's the link.

http://windycityfishing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=11703

Sunday morning sunrise I was on the Mazon River. Again it was in perfect condition. Did manage to catch 3 smallies, but I lost considerably more. One in particular was one of the heaviest fish I've had hooked all year. By 9:30 when the sun hit the canyon floor, I was dying from the heat. When I got back to the car the radio said it was already 88 degrees. I would have liked to have stuck it out a lot longer, but down in the canyon there is no wind and it got brutal.

Monday afternoon I stopped at the Fox up from Orchard Road for a couple of hours. After 8 days of no rain the river was still running a little high and had the look of pea soup. Had one hit in the two hour hike I took, was hardly worth it. I passed over a creek on my way to the river and had considered hitting that instead, but I can't give Fox River fishing reports if I don't fish the Fox River now can I.

Not that this was much of one.

Friend Ed Schmitt had a good explanation as to why the fishing on the Apple River was so mediocre, "Wettest June on record for what 20 some years? I bet a lot of those fish got pushed down river with all the high water and fast current. Go back next month, I bet it will have improved by then."

I wonder if his comment pertains to some of the other mediocre outings I've had.


PERCH NOTES

During July, perch fishing on Lake Michigan is closed for those 16 and older in Illinois; however, those 15 and younger may catch 10 daily. Those with valid Indiana licenses may fish the reciprocal waters, though reports in Cal harbor have been spotty. Mike Repa at Park Bait reported a few perch at Montrose, but suggested the dramatic cool down on the shoreline (50s and 60s) should make for good perching. Mik-Lurch reported good perch in front of the Ditch in Indiana, join the pack to the right close to shore or another to the left. On the Michigan side, there is a good bite in 35 feet, just south of the St. Joseph pier, according to BJ Sports. For Chicago kids (15 and younger), the Richard J. Daley Memorial Fishing Tournament has perch open in July. The Salmon Stop reported kids taking a few perch off the Waukegan piers.

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.

AREA LAKES

It's summer patterns, bluegills on the weed lines or weed pockets; bass early and late mainly.

AREA RIVERS

For an overview of nearby river conditions, click here. It's been months since it looks this bland.

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 catfish are the top bite on stinkbait or crawlers on the bottom. Bluegill remain very good, look for them holding around 8 feet. Walleye are best morning and evening, leeches are best. Muskie are active on big bucktails or jerkbaits; best morning or evening on the southern end. Crappie are fair toward evening around current areas, fish faster than normal. White bass are best on Petite or Bluff, look in 8-12.

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

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

CHICAGO RIVER

Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass didn't send an updated report, but I know he has been picking up some decent bass, especially downtown.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS

When it is this hot, I don't recommend fishing LaSalle or Braidwood, though some do. Mazonia still would be one of the top picks by me, from shore or boat.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES AREA, WISCONSIN

DELAVAN: Arden Katz tore up the bass, drop-shotting 4-inch plastic worms in 9-14 feet and found very good bluegill on the weed lines in 15-17.

Guide Dave Duwe sent this:

Delavan Lake 7/4/10 through 7/11/10
Fishing has been simply fantastic. Both numbers and size of fish have been outstanding. The only drawback has been how busy the lake has been. I launched at 5:40 a.m. on Saturday and already had to park on the grass as the lot was full.
Northern Pike fishing has been great. The fish are in 22 - 25 ft of water. I've been lindy rigging medium sized suckers. This time of year, the size matters. If I use suckers that are too big, the smaller pike have been hitting it and taking out about 15 ft of line and then dropping it. It wouldn't be such a big deal, but the suckers are pretty expensive at $2 each. 6 inch suckers have been the best size for me. It will catch both the larger and smaller pike. The best location has been by Willow Point to the west or by Browns Channel.
Largemouth bass can be found throughout the weedline. They aren't totally schooling up yet, but they are starting to. If you find a location with active fish you should be able to catch a couple off of every spot. My largest fish last week, was a nice 22 inch fish. The best location has been by Browns Channel or by the old Delavan Lake Marina on the north shore. The best presentation has been either nightcrawlers or fishing All Terrain swim jigs. Look for the fish by the weeds in 16-18 ft of water.
Bluegills have moved deeper, they are in 18-20 ft of water. I've been catching most of my fish on Thill slip bobbers or fishing a split shot and a single hook. The best location has been by Willow Point of by the point at Assembly Park. If you find a school of small fish, you might as well move. The bluegills are now schooling by size. On Sunday, we got into a school of 8-9 inch fish and never had to throw one back.
Walleyes have been biting either trolling crankbaits or fishing live bait such as nightcrawlers and leeches. The best depth has been 16-18 ft of water. I've been trolling on the outside of the weedline with medium diving crankbaits. Fire Tiger or Pearly have been producing most of the fish. For live bait, I've been fishing the leeches or the nightcrawlers on lindy rigs with a chartreuse painted hook with a 24 inch leader length, the sinker size is 1/8 oz.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

Daily Reports
7/4/2010 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 80 degrees and humid, water temp 76, SW winds at 15-20 mph. Caught 2 largemouth and a whole bunch of 8-9 inch bluegills. Took some friends who wanted to fish for a fish fry. The best depth was 15 ft of water. We used leaf worms for the bluegills.
7/3/2010 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 80 degrees and humid, water temp 76, winds SW at 15 mph. Caught 3 northern pike, 10 largemouth and 1 walleye. This day was the busiest day I've fished on Delavan this year. The fish were pretty active, it was just hard to find a good place to fish due to the boat traffic. Used medium suckers and nightcrawlers.
6/30/2010 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 70 degrees, water temp 76, winds out of the east at 5 mph. Caught 11 northern pike, 14 bass and 2 walleyes - 1 was legal. Another great day on the water. The fish were in 16-18 ft of water. Caught most of them on nightcrawlers and medium suckers.
6/29/2010 - evening - Delavan Lake, sunny, 75 degrees, winds out of the east at 10 mph. Water temp 75 degrees. Caught 16 northern pike, 10 bass and 3 walleyes - 1 was legal. This was one of the best days on Delavan Lake this year, you couldn't keep a suckers in the water without getting it eaten. The best location was by the Yacht Club. The baits were medium suckers and nightcrawlers.
6/29/2010 - mid day - Delavan Lake, sunny, 80 degrees, west wind at 10 mph. Water temp 76 degrees. Caught 11 pike, 3 bass and about 75 bluegills. The fish were right on the weedline in 18-20 ft of water. The best location was by the Yacht Club. Fished medium suckers and nightcrawlers.
6/29/2010 - early a.m. - Lake Geneva, sunny, 75 degrees, water temp 74 degrees, winds N at 15 mph. Caught 4 largemouth - all were legal, and a bunch of rock bass and bluegills. Fished by Cisco Beach and by Linn Pier. The best depth we found was 12-14 ft.
6/28/2010 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 75 degrees, north winds at 15 mph. Water temp 76 degrees. Caught 12 pike, 3 largemouth, 2 walleyes and about 50-60 bluegills. Fished the north shore due to the wind. The pike were caught in the first 45 minutes of the trip until we ran out of suckers. The clients were more interested in catching bluegills and we sent them home with a nice fish fry.
6/27/2010 - Delavan Lake, rainy & thunderstorms. Temp was 75 degrees, water temp 74 degrees. Tried to get a trip in before the T-storm hit. We fished about 3 hours and caught 10 northern pike, 8 largemouth and 2 walleyes. Fished on the north shore in 18 ft of water. The best bait was medium suckers for the pike and nightcrawlers for the bass and walleye.
6/26/2010 - Delavan Lake, 85 degrees & sunny, water temp 75 degrees. Winds were light out of the east. Caught 8 northern pike, 11 largemouth - 3 were legal, and 2 walleyes. The fish were on the weedline in 18-22 ft of water.
6/24/2010 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 85 degrees & humid, water temp 74 degrees. Winds out of the west at 5-10 mph. Caught 8 largemouth - 3 were legal, 2 walleyes and 4 northern pike. Fished a mid-day trip from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fish were right on the weedline in 15-18 ft of water.


GENEVA: Duwe sent this:
Lake Geneva 7/4/10 through 7/11/10
It's hard to believe that the 4th of July is already here! It's been hot and humid so the area lakes are very busy. I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July celebrations. Fishing remains very good. Due to all of the warm weather, the thermocline has formed. Northern Pike fishing should improve over the next few weeks.
Largemouth bass can be caught on two patterns. In early morning and evening, the top water bite has been exceptional. Use chrome/blue or chrome/black Chug Bugs or Pop-R's. The best location has been by Trinkes or in Williams Bay. Once the sun gets high in the sky, a lot of action has been coming off the deep weedlines in 18-22 ft of water. I will fish 4 inch worms either drop shotted or Carolina rigged. The best color is green pumpkin or watermelon seed.
Northern Pike are starting to move into the deep water. Currently they are right outside of the weedline in 27-30 ft of water. They can be caught on lindy rigged medium suckers. A quality fish locator is essential for this process. I will seldom fish for the pike unless I see them on my screen first. They aren't schooled up like they will be in a couple weeks so you need to keep moving to find the active fish. The best location has been by Fontana Beach or in the narrows on the north side.
Smallmouth bass have moved deep. They are in 18-22 ft of water. Look for the fish by Elgin Club or by the Military Academy. The best presentation is drop shotting pearl and black Shad lures in a 2 inch size. This is the toughest time of the year to catch Smallmouth bass. Later in the year when they move deeper, they will school up on hard rock bottom. Don't be too concerned about not being able to catch them right now, no one else is doing any better.
Bluegills have moved out of the shallow waters and are in 18 ft of water. My best location has been by Elgin Club. I've been straight lining right under the boat with leaf worms. They have been concentrating in sizes, so if you find a school of larger fish, you need to stay on them because the size will be consistent, the next school you find may be significantly smaller.
Yellow Perch have also moved slightly deeper. They are in 12-16 ft of water. The best location has been by Linn Pier or by Knollwood. I've been catching them on nightcrawler pieces fished on a split shot rig. Drift fishing has been producing most of my fish.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

DOWNSTATE NOTES

EVERGREEN: Site staff posted this:

Good fishing continues on Evergreen. Catfish and Bass are the best bet right now, with several nice fish being caught. The saugeye have slowed down a bit. Catfishing has been great with several nice fish being caught on mostly liver, shrimp or cheese bait (Yes, we sell these at our Bait Shop!). Bass continue to hit artificial lures on the lake. Many anglers are switching up lures often. Crappie are biting well but are being caught in 15-20 ft. of water suspended at about 10 ft. The saugeye are biting, but anglers are reporting having to work hard for them. Jig and crawler or jig and leech still best. Bluegill continue to be caught along weeds and rip rap with wax worms and crawler pieces.

Any updated fishing report will be posted here.

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 or click here.

SHELBYVILLE: Lake is more than 7 feet above normal summer pool, but dropping and launches are OK. For info from the Corps, call (217) 774-2020.

POWERTON: Summer hours--6 a.m.-8 p.m.--are in effect.

DuPAGE RIVER

From Frank Macikas:

Got to the river in Plainfield around 3pm today; and the river keeps getting in better shape. This section cleared up ALOT since yesterday. I was actually very surprised to see such a big change in just a day. The visibility is probably close to 4ft or more. I dont think there was a spot I walked through that I couldnt make out every rock and boulder. Ended up with around 14 or 15 fish today. The biggest surprise (which I guess after yesterdays report shouldnt be) was 3 largemouth two of which were around 14 or 15". The rest of the fish caught were smallies between 5 and 13". Most fish today were taken either with a jig and craw or jig and helgie. I almost didnt make it out after the wicked sunburn I got yesterday but with rain forecast for everyday this week and not getting out for almost a month I had to take advantage of it and am glad I did! Fish were really aggressive today; I had two fish grab my craw in about an inch off of shore the second it hit the water! I also met up with a friend and fished a little further downstream near a bridge from shore I picked up two here and I believe he was at 3 when I left. All were on a wacky rigged Dinger in Junebug. Whats funny is this first area is where I used to fish alot and it was always like today. The last 2yrs it hasnt produced like it used to including yesterday. I guess it was the right place at the right time.

FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS

See Gortowski's report above. Barring anything major, river should be in decent to good shape for the weekend.

ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA

Time on the Water Outdoors reported fishermen just starting to get out again as the river drops and clears. Weekend should be in pretty good shape.

KANKAKEE RIVER

Ed Mullady sent this:

Kankakee River is in good fishable condition, as are many ditches, creeks.
In Indiana....Pike being caught around ditch mouths at the Point, north of English Lake on *minnows *spoons*#5 Mepps Spinners.
Bluegill, croppie, some bass at mouth of Boat Launch into White Oak Bayou, LaSalle
F&W Area.
Illinois: Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass fair to good east of Momence on *minnows *plastic worms *crawfish. Croppie, rock bass good around Kankakee State Park on *minnows *worms *spinners *twister tails.
Catfish good all over, esp. through Kankakee State Park and DesPlaines Conservation Area.
Good on *cheesebaits *chicken liver *minnows*nightcrawlers.
River is in best condition it has been for some time!

Bradigan sent this:
river is clearing and receding. Finally after one month I was able to wade once again. I went out at mid afternoon and fished until 4:30. Missed a couple but I was able to catch three cats. Two were 4.0 lbs and one 2.0 . Also managed to bring in one big dam soft shell that was none two happy as I lifted him off the bottom of the river. Fishing should pick up as river returns to normal.

LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON

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

LAKEFRONT

For perch reports, see above.

CHICAGO: The southwest winds brought cold water close to shore and with it excellent kings. Capt. Bill Kelly reported great kings with some coho, browns and steelhead in 40-60 feet from Burnham to off Evanston. R4 is slow. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters seconded the good king action shallow as 35 feet; he also noted lines and lures need to be checked regularly when fishing that shallow.

WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported a mixed bag in 60-80 straight out and north with some bigger fish deeper (90-120). There's some rock bass and bluegill in the harbors.

NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported mornings are best, but there's good action for mainly kings with some steelhead inside the hill from the beach out (water cooled into the 40s), Illinois or Wisconsin waters. Just about everything will take fish.

RICHARD J. DALEY MEMORIAL FISHING TOURNAMENT: Fish may be weighed at Henry's, Park Bait or Vet's. In July, eligible fish are carp, catfish, coho, chinook, steelhead and perch (for those 15 and younger).

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

The bluegill bite on Monona is on. For D&S Bait, go to dsbait.com

NORTHERN WISCONSIN

Guide Kurt Justice of Island Sports sent this:

Lots of rain and overcast. Some lakes (those with incoming streams, high banks) filling up. Flowages holding more water, rising rather quick. The overcast has helped some improvement in the fishing for certain species, hurt others.

Musky: Very Good: Fish up and active. Follows in the rain hard to detect but good action. Work up into weed flats of 4-8', surface tail baits (pacemakers, talleywackers) big buzz baits, large spinnerbaits best. A 54", 43 lb fish reported. Good numbers of fish in the low to mid 40" range.

Largemouth Bass: Good - Very Good. Great action fishing heavy weed cover. Very nice bass including a 23-1/2" specimen of approximately 7 lbs caught and released using a sweet beaver in 8' weeds. Plastics very good, but blade baits and shallow running cranks also connecting.

Walleye: Good. Due to low light levels during the day, this species staying and feeding relatively shallow. Anglers making surprisingly good catches casting Rizzo Wizz's meant for Muskie. Also targeting Walleyes in 3-5' weed flats using Boonie Bait spinnerbaits (1/8 oz). Walleyes under these conditions are aggressive and charging.

Northern Pike: Good. Jigging chubs and casting spinnerbaits over 6-10' weeds best. Fish to 32" caught this past week.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair - Good. Would respond better with more sun/heat. Casting 1/4 oz tubes in brighter hues effective. Lippless cranks over flats with boulders resulting in action fish (14-16") bigger bass deeper on plastics or live leeches.

Yellow Perch: Fair - Good. Like SMB, like light and heat. Catching fish on med leeches 2" twister tails, crayfish tails, in 8-14' depths. Nice perch reports of 10-11" fish not uncommon.

Crappies: Fair - Good. Starting to set up in summer patterns. Casting tiny jigs (Gapens freshwater shrimp, Mini-Mites) as well as 2" twister tails best. Work at weed top level in 6-10'.

Bluegill: Fair. Need warmer weather/more sun. Small leeches, worms, waxies best baits.

The surprising thing this week was the Walleyes on the Rizzo Whizz and Bonnie Baits. I've seen this pattern before but not every year. Conditions have to be right. With more rain forecasted until Saturday give it a shot.

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 July 6, 2010:

(Head): Good action for musky, walleye, northern, bass and panfish in the
Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

(Lead): Water temps in the low 70s in the Eagle River area.

Musky in the Eagle River area are holding in 15 feet of water or less, near
weeds. Use a small bucktail, spinnerbait, crankbait or a topwater, and work
the weeds in 3-6 feet of water with "speed." Polarized sunglasses are a
must, as the ability to see what's happening with your retrieve is
paramount. All day bite, with sunrise and sunset best.

Walleye are in 10-15 feet of water, outside weed edges, in the Eagle River
area. Use a 1/16 ounce jig and a fathead minnow. All day bite, peaking in
the evening.

Smallmouth bass in the Eagle River area are in 10-20 feet of water on break
edges, over hardbottom areas (rocks, gravel and sand). Use a tube jig,
plastic crawfish, or a Senko rigged wacky.

Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less,
holding in and around weeds, related to structure (docks, stumps, drowned
wood, and brush piles). Use a Texas Rig with a plastic worm, a floating
Rapala, or a Heddon Torpedo.

Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are all locating in the same general
area in Eagle River. Fish 15 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use
a crappie minnow or chunk of crawler under a slip bobber, or a crappie
minnow on a small jig. The crappies and gills are suspending at various
depths on the water column, with the perch on the bottom.

(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:
info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
* "Muskie Matt", 715-479-8086; e-mail: rfrgoutdoors@gmail.com
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e:-mail: lunkerclunkerguideservice@yahoo.com
* Guide's Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner "Ranger Rick" Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
e-mail: fishing@eaglesportscenter.com

NORTHWEST INDIANA

For perch, see top. Mik-Lurch reported good steelhead off Michigan City with good kings shallow (28-45) off the Ditch.

ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICHIGAN

For perch, see top. BJ Sports reported a few skamania off the pier along with catfish and sheepshead. The river is settling and walleye are improving; Berrien Springs remains slow.

SHABBONA LAKE

Guide Jay Angel sent this:

Big cats caught on Shabbona Lake today with leeches on the weedlines. Look for them in 6 - 10 feet of water in close proximity to weeds and deep water. We caught a few that were squirting eggs. They ranged in size from 15 to more than 25 inches long

Nick Beluso of North Aurora caught this 20.5 inch long bass today also using a leech in my boat.
Bluegills were caught over the shallow rockpiles using waxworms.

For more reports, click here.


SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT

From the Wisconsin DNR Lake Michigan Report:

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: July 6, 2010
Kenosha Co.

In Kenosha the trolling bite remains consistent, with good catches coming from as shallow as 40 feet of water, to as deep as 100 feet. Nearly all methods have produced fish at times. Fishing in the Kenosha harbor has been fair, especially in the evening hours and into the night. Silver & green spoons as well as glow in the dark have been catching fish, as have tube jigs. Most fish have been brown trout, and activity has been good from the Best Western all the way out to the ends of the piers. Perch fishing has been slow from the piers, but better from Southport marina, especially in the early morning hours. Live bait has accounted for a large number of perch. Boats out for perch have been having a good bite in the mornings. Minnows have been the most consistent producer, but others are having luck with jigs and plastic.
Racine Co.
In Racine trollers have been catching good numbers of chinooks and a few coho and rainbows. Fish have been near shore, with the best action in 30 to 50 feet of water. Shore fishing in Racine has also been good, with decent numbers of chinooks taken off the north pier before sunrise. Both spoons and alewives have taken fish. Perch fishing from shore has slowed, but for those fishing in boats, the perch bite has been fair, with the breakwalls and the bubbler providing good action at times. Minnows and crab tails have both produced, as have jigs.
Milwaukee Co.
In Milwaukee trollers have been catching mostly chinooks, along with a few coho and rainbows. Fish have been caught in as little as 40 feet of water or out as far as 120 feet. Spoons have taken the majority of fish, although a few have been caught on flies. The best colors have been blue and white. For shore anglers in Milwaukee, the most consistent spot has been McKinley pier. Chinooks have been caught off the pier after dark and before dawn. Most have been taken on alewives, but spoons have started to produce as well. Some perch have also been taken off McKinley pier on small shiners just off the bottom. Boaters launching at Bender Park and fishing for perch have been catching good numbers at the boils off South Milwaukee and near the Oak Creek Power Plant. Small shiners have produced the best.

WOLF LAKE:

Walleye are decent on jumbo leeches, Mik-Lurch staff said. Otherwise, it is summer fishing, primarily early and late.

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

www.casualangler.com


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Regarding the Kankakee River, LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area...

Why do we never hear reports for Area 3 - Black Oak Bayou? At times when the river's high, Black Oak Bayou is an excellent place to fish for bass.

White Oak Bayou is pretty good too; not only for bass, but also for pike and some dandy crappies too.

Both bayous are an excellent choice right now, the topwater bite is on!

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