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Midwest Fishing Report: Rivers & summer

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Summer heat is building (many lakes and waters have or are warming into the 80s), summer patterns take the lead for the Midwest Fishing Report. That includes a focus on river fishing.

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Another focus is the trolling bite for crappie on Lake Shelbyville. Guide Ken Wilson sent the photo above.

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.

And I believe for the first time this year, all the usual rivers have a report.

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

We begin with reminders on perch fishing.

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 Cal harbor has been slow. There's some being caught from the Chicago harbors and Waukegan piers. For Chicago kids (15 and younger), the Richard J. Daley Memorial Fishing Tournament has perch open in July.

FROGGING

Bullfrog season in Illinois 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.

AREA LAKES

It's summer. Fish bass early and late, especially with frogs or topwaters; otherwise try bluegills on weed lines or in the weed pockets. If your pond or lake gets a passing shower or thunderstorm, try fishing any inflows this week.

AREA RIVERS

For an overview of nearby river conditions, click here. Looks like a week to wade.

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 are the top bite, try in 4-8 feet around laydowns or pier areas. Catfish are excellent on stinkbait or crawlers on most lakes. Muskie are good early and late, big bucktails, jerkbait and topwaters. Crappie are fair; suspended in 8-12. Walleye are fair; fish wind-blown points or current areas; leeches are top bait. Don Letrich reported very slow bass, but decent catfish, including one shore guy with one topping 8 pounds.

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:

chicago river report 7/ 12/ 2010, fished 4 days this week including today..................bad to worse(south branch) very few blue gill loomis slip, carp gorging on black berries along banks, main branch a few small rock bass west side at van buren , tried jigs in corners under bridges no good a few small blue gill, rock bass and one small striped bass at north pier, did not fish north branch this week water temps south branch at loomis 90 to 93 north pier 68 to 71, clear by chicago standards, p.s. just a tough week to fish the chicago river saw a few other fisherman/women out there hope they had better luck but we threw about everything in the tackle box out there with little luck.

That cooler water downtown is important. I would note that the fishing program along the south bank or the main stem downtown reported kids catching some very nice bluegill.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS

Considering the heat, I do not recommend fishing Braidwood or LaSalle. The Mazonia lakes are a good option, if we get cloudy days again, otherwise go early or come late.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES AREA, WISCONSIN

DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe sent this:

Delavan Lake 7/11/10 through 7/18/10
Fishing on Delavan Lake is simply phenomenal. The largemouth bass are hitting really well and there are several other species that are pretty hungry too. I believe though that my secret lake has been found, the boat traffic has been extreme. Last Saturday I launched at 5:15 a.m. and was about the 40th boat there. Weekdays are just about as heavy so come with some patience.
Northern Pike are still hitting on lindy rigged suckers. The fish are in 22 - 25 ft of water. I've been lindy rigging medium sized suckers. Six inch suckers continue to be the best size for me. The best location has been by Willow Point to the west or by Browns Channel. On an average, the bigger fish haven't been hitting, the fish I've been catching are 24-27 inches. When using bigger suckers, the small fish have been taking out 15-20 ft of line, killing the bait but aren't being caught.
Largemouth bass are starting to school up heavy on the weedline. They can either be caught fishing a jig, black and blue colors work best, or on a nightcrawler fished on a split shot rig. Last week, I probably caught 10-12 over 18 inches. The best location has been by Brown's Channel, the Yacht Club or Assembly Park point. The key to the bass is finding locations with hard bottom in the deep water. Now if you catch one, most likely you will catch 2-3 from the same location.
Walleye fishing has been just okay. The numbers and size of last week have declined. Most of my walleyes are being caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers or leeches. Some of my friends have been trolling 300 series Bandit crankbaits with some success. It has been hard to catch more than 3 or 4 per trip. The best location has been by the concrete point, willow Point or by Browns Channel.
Bluegills are positioned off the weedline in 18-20 ft of water. The best location has been by Browns Channel or by the Oriental boathouse. Split shot rigged leaf worms or wax worms fished on a Lindy Genz worm has been a good option also. The fish have been schooling in the same size range as last week. So if you are into a school of small fish, you need to move.
Crappie fishing has been all right. Most folks don't care to keep crappies this time of year because their flesh is so soft. They are positioned off the weedline and are suspended 5-10 ft down in 20-25 ft of water. They can be caught on small plastics. The best color is purple or chartreuse fished on a 1/32 oz Arkie Jig. The best location is by the Clock tower by Willow Point or off the concrete point.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

GENEVA: Duwe sent this:
Lake Geneva 7/11/10 through 7/18/10
Fishing on Lake Geneva is pretty good right now. It's tough to get out on Geneva since Delavan fishing is outstanding but plenty of fish can be caught on Geneva too and the boat launch is much more pleasant.
Smallmouth bass are suspending off of the weed flats. They are in anywhere between 18 and 22 ft of water. The best approach is drop shotting 4 inch worms in green pumpkin or Carolina rigging Arkie crawlin grubs. Look for the fish by Elgin Club, Maytag point or over by Belvidere Park. If you are a live bait fishermen the best approach is lindy rigging nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass can be caught either on top water or on the deep weedline in 18-20 ft of water. On the deep weedline you can catch the fish dragging All Terrain football jigs tipped with an Arkie Crawlin' grub. Root beer or green pumpkin colors are the best. Or you can Carolina rig 6 inch green pumpkin lizards, I've been using Zoom. You still can catch some fish while drop shotting 4 inch finesse worms however, I feel Carolina rigging and dragging jigs cover a lot more water. The best location has been by Trinkes or by Geneva Bay. Top water fishing is still good in the early morning in 8-10 ft of water. You want to use Chug Bugs or Pop-R's. The best location is Williams Bay or by Linn Pier.
Bluegills have moved out into the 18-20 ft depth range. My best spot is by Knollwood or by Elgin Club. Use leaf worms on a split shot and single hook straight beneath the boat. The fish are averaging 9 inches, so it's actually been quite a bit better average than on Delavan.
Northern Pike are on the thermocline in 30-35 ft of water. They can be caught lindy rigging suckers. The best location is the hump in Williams Bay or the North shore in the narrows. The fish are sporadic so you need to keep moving.
Lake trout are hitting in the main lake basin. The can be caught using down riggers, 65-70 ft down with a bottom depth of 108-135 ft of water. Nickel/Green and Nickel/Blue spoons have been producing most of the action. The floating weeds are the biggest problem. The best action has been just before the sun comes up.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
Daily Reports
7/10/2010 - Delavan Lake - partly cloudy, 83 degrees, winds out of the west at 10 mph. Water temp 80 degrees. Caught 15 largemouth, 6 pike, 1 smallmouth - 20 inches and 1 walleye. Fishing was awesome today. All of the fish except the northern were caught on nightcrawlers. The best location was by Belvidere Park or the North shore just east of the marina.
7/9/2010 - Delavan Lake - partly cloudy, 86 degrees and humid. Water temp 76 degrees. N winds at 15 mph. Caught 18 largemouth and 1 northern Pike and 1 walleye. The best location was west of the Yacht club in 18 ft of water. Nightcrawlers produced most of the fish. We caught 6 bass over 18 inches. The northern came off of a suckers but the wind and amount of people in the boat made sucker fishing a bit of a challenge.
7/5/2010 - Lake Geneva - sunny, 85 degrees, water temp 76, winds out of the W at 10 mph. Caught 6 smallmouth, 3 largemouth and 20 - bluegill, 9 inch avg. The bluegills were caught in 18-20 ft of water on nightcrawler pieces by the Elgin Club. The smallmouth were caught in 22 ft on water off of the Military academy while drop shotting. The largemouth were caught on top water lures in Williams Bay.
DES PLAINES RIVER

Nice to have Andrew Ragas, Counsellor of the Fish Parliament www.fishing-headquarters.com back. He sent this:

Here is my first report in what seems like months!

River is up and muddy, but not flooded. Water temperatures are warm
and running near 80-degrees. Gauge height is at a 3.6, with flow rates
at a 690 over 430. Wade with caution due to the dark water, but take
note that the river is still completely fishable.

For now, the best options to catch anything from the river is to
either fish early or late in the day, and take advantage of low-light
conditions.

Northern Pike and Channel Catfish are providing anglers with the best
excitement. Before the most recent wave of rainfall, there were
unconfirmed reports of Pike being caught in the mid 30-inch range,
along with the standard small snakes around everywhere too.

Most Pike are now relating to the deepest and coldest water possible,
whether it is deeper pools, in the middle of current, mid-river
channels and the edges, weedbeds, shaded shorelines, and downed wood.
For the most part, fish are running small in the 15 to 25 inch range.
Spinnerbaits, inline spinners with #3 and 4 blades, shallow running
crankbaits, and buzzbaits have been catching fish.

Channel Catfish seem to be all over the place right now as well, and
providing anglers with the most consistency. It's an all-day bite, but
the fishing tends to pick up in early mornings, and at around sunset
into dark. Dunk some live or cut bait in the deeper pools with
current, and enjoy sipping a cold beer from your lawn chair on shore!
Majority of these fish are small, with the decent fish running in the
range of 3 to 5 pounds.

Not much action taking place amongst other species of fish, and
likewise on the feeder creeks and streams.


DOWNSTATE NOTES

SHELBYVILLE: Guide Ken Wilson--(217) 454-2672--out of Lithia Marina reported lots of crappie trolling in 15 feet and good white bass trolling in 18 feet with Bandits. Walleye are spotty. Lake is dropping, but above normal pool and 85 degrees. For info from the Corps, call (217) 774-2020.

EVERGREEN: Remember the closures of the main launch and portion of the lake Friday night and Saturday morning for the triathlon. Site staff sent this report:

Evergreen Lake Fishing Report - 7/12/2010
Water Conditions
Water Clarity: 1-2ft.
Water Level: Just below capacity
Water Temps: Low 80's

Saugeye are still being caught, but they have been slower. Most are still being caught with crawlers. Crappie limits are still being caught regularly on tubes and minnows. Most Crappie reported are in 15-20 ft. of water. Bluegill continue to do ok along weed lines on waxies and crawler pieces. Catfishing continues to be good on livers, shrimp, and stink baits. Bass have been doing best on top water baits in the evenings.


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.

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

Frank Macikas: sent two reports and I think it gives an idea what impact our weather has on our river fishing. I think it is more dramatic of an impact because of the development along our rivers.

Latest:

I headed to Channahon and Shorewood yesterday after work and the river is up and dirty. Not unfishable but less than ideal for sure. Fished for maybe an hour and a half had a strike on a rapala, follow on a 1/4oz buzzbait and one rockie on a jig and helgie but that was it. Weeds and grass are taking hold so its a cast and clear situation again. I'll be watching the weather and gauges throughout the week and will be getting out as time allows.

His first weekend report before the passing rains:
I was able to make it out to a few spots on the Dupage over the weekend from Plainfield to Channahon. River was in excellent shape. It was running a little higher than normal but very clear and actually nice for this time of year. Fishing was great with quite a few smallies and rock bass. Most fish were on the edge of deeper water and current. I did good number wise using chigger craws and hellgrammites on jigs but nothing with any real size. My buddy Alex landed a very nice smallie and lost another at hand on a wacky rigged dinger and a new fishing buddy AJ was picking up fish with an inline spinner in current so everything was working. Doesnt look like the storms last night did much damage, the flow and height is up a little from yesterday but nothing terrible. I will be getting out and exploring some new areas after work today and will try to get you an update this evening as to where the clarity and flow is at after the rain.

FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS

Ken Gortowski sent this crotchety and ranging report:

General life nonsense and job crap limited my time in flowing water to one brief period in the past week.

Come Sunday morning I knew that the creeks were in pretty good shape. Reports on my web site indicated that the clearer flowing waters of the Kankakee, the DuPage and these creeks were resulting in some pretty good numbers of smallies. But for some reason as I left my house at sunrise, I opted to go to the Fox below Orchard Road. The water had come down enough to make wading tolerable. This option was the worst option I could have chosen.

The summers of the past two years had been considerably cooler than the one we are now experiencing. Because of this, the river killing pools above the various dams on the Fox were not able to produce the algae blooms of the past. The last two years saw summers where the river was relatively clear with a good 18 inches of clarity. All that has changed this year.

The heat so far this year has brought back the pea soup color of the past with its barely tolerable 6 inch clarity. All that time spent by the IDNR years ago to study the effects of dams on the Fox River and virtually nothing was done with the information. The majority of the dams that could be removed will probably stay in place for years to come while a dam that should have been removed is being rebuilt. Suddenly water quality in dam pools seems to mean nothing anymore. Maybe a more vitriolic rant for another day.

After an hour and a half with only one 4 or 5 inch dink smallie to show for the efforts, I simply gave up. I didn't have the energy to head for the more productive rivers and creeks. Just like the algae blooms eventually suck the oxygen from the river, it had sucked the interest out of fishing this soupy mess and any further fishing for the day. Probably for the better. I needed a break from the frustrated rants forming in my head.

For some reason the pattern for this year is that the smallie fishing is better on the Fox the further north you go. I have not had and have not heard of many successful days below Aurora, while friends and acquaintances are reporting some pretty good days of fishing to the north. Of course, timing is everything and the ones doing the reporting are doing a good job on their timing.

I expect in the next week the general life nonsense and job crap to taper down to a tolerable level, possibly freeing up some time. So, Fox River to the north, Fox River creeks, Kankakee and DuPage Rivers . . . I might be able to take my own advice in the coming days. Now the sporadic rains called for need to behave. ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA

River is at the most stable level it has been for months. Should be setting up for a good weekend of fishing and boating.

KANKAKEE RIVER

All you need to know about people just waiting to get back to wading the Kankakee is two glowing reports late last week.

First, after a Friday outing, Bill Buchhaas sent this:

Finally has gone down, and smallies are hitting soft plastic twisters and crayfish imitators. Perfect wading conditions in the St Pk areas. Best smallie was 16" with numerous other sizes in 3 hrs work. Hope it stays like this!!!!

So do I.

Saturday afternoon, Norm Minas called to see if I had gotten out. He said Saturday morning was unbelievable with fish hitting topwaters until late morning, until he had to switch to other methods.

Ed Mullady sent this: I

n Indiana...smallmouth bass good, over 3 pounds in the Point, north of English Lake. . *Bluegill in quieter waters on redworms.
Illinois: Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass good in Momence Area Smallmouth Bass good *Kankakee River State Park *Wilmington. Dam into DesPlaines Area.
Good baits include *Wtd., Keeper Hooks & Twister tails *live minnows *Mepps spinners.

LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON

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

LAKEFRONT

For perch, see top.

CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly reported lakers in 90-105 feet east of the Wilson crib; good kings and some browns and rainbows in 40-60; some kings in 32 at the R2 and some kings and lots of lakers in 60-90. There's some really good carp swimming the harbors; otherwise, try for panfish or rock bass in the harbors.

WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported browns and kings with some coho in 35.

NORTH POINT: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters said they are still fishing shallow (25-80 feet) from Waukegan to Racine, Wis. Fish--big kings with a few coho, browns and steelhead--are scattered but the big kings make it worthwhile. It is mainly spoons on Leadcores, J-plugs or some Dodgers and flies. Check Fish of the Week for the sort of big kings that make this fishing worthwhile off the North Shore.

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

D&S Bait reported good bluegill on Monona, some perch along the weed lines. Muskie are fair on Monona and Waubesa. Smallmouth are fair on Mendota, a few perch in the weeds. For D&S Bait, go to dsbait.com

MENOMINEE RIVER, WISCONSIN/MICHIGAN

Late last week, guide Mike Mladenik of BigSmallmouthBass.com sent this:

Fast Current=Hot Weed Bite!!

Had a fantastic morning on the Menominee River while fishing one of the reservoirs.

With the increased current I found a bunch of quality smallmouth stacking up on the weedlines OUT OF THE CURRENT. Started with a Hubs Chub and I caught many large smallmouth. When the topwater bite stopped, I switched over to my Finesse Grub and continued to catch more big smallmouth. Can't wait to return to that weedline!
Next week should be excellent!!

NORTHERN WISCONSIN

Guide Kurt Justice of Island Sports sent this:

Anglers dealt with some changes this past week. Lots of sunny, high pressure days mixed with small quick moving rain/thunderstorms. Fishing started out very good, but seemed to slow by weeks end.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Fish moving into thick, heavy cover on hot evenings, top water (plastic frogs, jitterbugs, pop-Ra's) best over cover and in pockets within thick weeds. Wacky style worms (Senkos, Dingers), chompers skirted grubs and yums, wooly bugs punched through thick weeds accounting for bass to 20".

Smallmouth Bass: Fair-good. Would respond better to more heat. Running coontail edges and sand grass flats searching for baitfish and crayfish respectively. Lipless cranks along coontail edges (countdown to within 2' of bottom) and tubes and skirted grubs in crawfish pattern over sandgrass flats. Fish scattered, so spend time searching.

Yellow Perch: Fair - good. Use frozen soft shells over sandgrass flats to entice larger perch (10 + inches). Be ready to get intercepted by SMB and Walleye. Medium leeches under slip-floats in and along weed beds of 8-10' also holding good numbers.

Crappie: Fair. Weathers instability slowed action, should return. Work tiny jigs (twister tails, freshwater shrimp and mini mite) to locate fish over weed tops. Usually in 8-12' but found nice fish in as shallow as 4-5' last week.

Bluegills: Fair. Stick with small leeches, worms. Inside weed edges best. Look to docks, boat houses, drowned wood, cribs to hold fish.

Northern Pike: Good - Fair. Week started out very good, with nice Pike to 32" taking Boonie Baits worked over weed tops of 5-8'. Action slowed, try chubs on light jigs to tempt bites.

Musky: Fair. After good week action died. Twitch baits over weed tops big rubber baits over open water.

Walleye: Fair-Poor. Bite tough on local lakes, slow presentation of leeches on slip floats along weed edges at dusk best.

Even though we still need more rain for some lakes (a lot are back to full), some summer patterns back into play and make fishing a bit more predictable... But that's Fishing...


EAGLE RIVER: Creative Brilliance sent this report for the Chamber of Commerce:
(Head): Excellent northern bite, with very good action for musky,
smallmouth, and panfish, and good action for walleye and largemouth in the
Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

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

Northern action in the Eagle River area is excellent. Fish the weeds in 10
feet of water or less, using a small bucktail or spinner bait. All day
bite.

The musky bite is very good in the Eagle River area. Fish 10 feet of water
or less at the outside of thick weedbed edges - -3 to 6 feet of water depths
are producing best. Use a Mepps bucktail (tail and blade color vary
greatly, so most anglers are "mixing and matching" until the right combo is
found), crankbait or a topwater. Find where the weeds thin enough to work a
bait above the weeds, and you'll probably locate fish. All day bite, with a
peak in late afternoon into evening (guide Muskie Matt says that 3-5 pm
seems to be primo right now). A mixed bag of sizes, with a few trophies
going 50 inches or a bit more.

Smallmouth in the Eagle River area are hitting in 10-20 feet of water over
hardbottom (sand/gravel/rocks) areas and related break edges. Use a plastic
worm rigged wacky, a 3 inch tube, plastic crawfish, or a jig and a leech.

Panfish are pretty much together in the Eagle River area. Fish 8-12 feet of
water in and around weeds. Use a crappie minnow or chunk of crawler under a
slip bobber, or a jig and a minnow. The crappies and gills are suspending
up and down the water column, and the perch are near/on the bottom.

Walleye are putting on a good bite in the Eagle River area. Fish outside
weed edges in 10-20 feet of water, using a jig and a fathead. Jig colors of
chartreuse, orange and hot pink are providing the most action. All day
bite, with peaks in the evening hours.

Largemouth in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less around
weeds, related to structure (docks, stumps, drowned wood and brush piles).
Use a Texas Rig with a plastic worm, or run a plastic lizard, rat or frog.
Good action.

(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", 715-891-5980; 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

Mik-Lurch reported kings and coho northeast of the Gong; otherwise trolling in front of the Ditch is producing steelhead. Perch are slow.

ROCK RIVER

OREGON: Jan Prose at TJ's Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental sent this typical summer report:

Mostly catfish right now, leeches, shrimp and dip bait is working.

ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICHIGAN

BJ Sports reported perch north and south of the pier in 30-35 feet. The river, fairly low, has walleye, sheepshead and catfish from shore and boat. This weekend is Venetian Festival, so pier access will be tough.

SHABBONA LAKE

Lakeside reported water is 80 degrees. Catfish are probably the top bite. Crappie are deep in the trees (15 feet) or around the cribs in 8-10. Some nice perch toward the south end. Some bass on frogs in the pads. Some bluegill on the weed lines. Use live bait in the weeds for general fishing. It's typical July fishing.

NOTE: Bluegill Open is Saturday. Weigh-in is 7 p.m. for the heaviest stringer of 10. Call (815) 824-2581.

For Bluegill open details and more reports, click here.

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT

From the Wisconsin DNR Lake Michigan Report:

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 shore, but 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, rainbows, and coho taken off the piers. 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 been producing as well. A few 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 had some success at the boils off South Milwaukee and near the Oak Creek Power Plant. Small shiners have produced the best.

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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2 Comments

Crotchety. . .
Just sent Norm a message telling him it's smallie envy. I live a two minute walk to the river and I have to go elsewhere to catch anything lately. Him and his near 100 fish day. Harumph. My kids claim I'm going to turn out like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino or Michael Douglas in Falling Down.

Crotchety, grouchy, crumudgeonly, gortowskily...
get your string stretched and you'll get close to normal.

I'll be up in Montgomery Saturday morning for the waterwillow planting unless you do a rain dance. Hopefully catch a few fish afterwards.

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