A look at holiday options and a smattering of shoreline salmon starting in Illinois lead this Midwest Fishing Report.
With a holiday weekend coming, I thought it good to include this photo and e-mail from John Arlow of Porter, Ind. I think many of us around Chicago fishing can relate to both sides of this equation:
These are pictures are of my friends son Brock Ellis of Porter, Indiana. My kids are are all grown now but I remember the days when my son now 17 would fish all day but now has others things on his agenda if you know what I mean. I had the the pleasure of fishing with Brock and his dad Reed Ellis on a farm pond in southwest Michigan. (Bangor). Brock would stay from dawn to dusk if you would let him. What a true fisherman as he had no problem releasing all he caught. I had a great time watching the excitement as he baited with night crawlers one after the other. Brock is usually a shy kid, but while fishing he would not stop talking. He was using his trusted BATMAN rod and reel. This is what fishing is all about. Brock is 7yrs old.
That's what holidays should be like for kids.
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ILLINOIS SHORELINE SALMON
There's a trickle of kings starting, with a few browns and steelhead, too. It's not a full-bore run, but could bust loose any day. CHICAGO: Park Bait reported five kings caught at Belmont Tuesday morning. Henry's reported a few Tuesday, mainly at Montrose. Mac's reported sporadic catches from 39th to 95th. Ray Hinton texted a photo of a king caught on the South Side Tuesday. WAUKEGAN: The Salmon Stop reported some browns (frozen shad or spawn) and a few kings (spoons) off government pier.
With the cooldown by the weekend, there will be changes in ponds and lakes for the holiday weekend. Not sure to recommend, other than play around other than areas you have been fishing for the last two months. Fish will likely move and feed differently.
For an overview of nearby river conditions, click here.
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 No. 1 bite on waxies and ice jigs. Catfish are good on crawlers or stinkbait; morning or evening best. Walleye are fair, look for a night bite, try bridge areas and play current. Muskie are slow, look for more aggressive fish with cooler weekend weather.
For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/
More Chain info at www.foxwaterway.state.il.us.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS
BRAIDWOOD: North ramp is closed for work, south ramp is open.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES AREA, WISCONSIN
DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe sent this:
Delavan Lake 8/29/10 through 9/5/10
Fishing remains very consistent. Both pan fish and game fish continue to bite well. Last week, we had the benefit of a full moon that superseded the cold front. Overall fishing has been the best I've seen it this time of year in the past 5 years.
Largemouth bass are still on the rocky points. When you find a school, it's possible to catch 15-20 fish. They can either be caught drop shotting small 4 inch worms or fishing nightcrawlers on a split shot rig. Look for the fish in 15-20 ft of water. The best location is by Del Mar or by the Yacht Club.
Northern Pike fishing has been very slow. I've been dragging suckers around all week and didn't catch one fish. I still believe that the bluegills are so thick on the weedlines that the pike simply aren't hungry for anything else. I've tried both lindy rigs and slip bobbers without success.
Bluegills for most of the week have been just outside the weed edge in 15-20 ft. However, on Sunday 8/29/10 they were very difficult to catch. I don't know if it was the time of day or if the fish have moved. I was fishing anywhere between 14 and 27 ft without much success. Leaf worms or red worms have been producing and the best approach has been fishing straight beneath the boat or using slip bobbers. Try for them 1 ft above the weeds.
Crappies continue to be very active. They are on the weedline in 14-16 ft of water. They can be caught on small plastics. Chartreuse or purple have been producing most of the action. Look for the fish by Browns Channel or Willow Point. For live bait fishermen, if you find a nice school, a small fathead minnow fished on a Thill bobber will produce a lot of action as well.
Walleye fishing has been kind of slow. I've been catching them here or there but not in any great numbers with any consistency. Most of the time, I've been fishing in 15-17 ft of water. I think that the walleyes are a little deeper in 22-24 ft of water on the outside of the weedline. The best approach to catch them is chrome and blue jigging Rapalas.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the weedline. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
8/29/10 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 85 degrees, water temp 77 degrees, SW winds at 15 mph. Had a bluegill trip and had a difficult time locating the bigger fish. We ended up with 3 largemouth and about 20 keeper bluegills. The best depth was 15-17 ft of water. Fished 4-5 spots and the active bluegills were a bit elusive.
8/28/10 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 80 degrees, water temp 76 degrees, winds W at 10 mph. Caught 17 largemouth and a bunch of bluegills. The fish were caught on the weedline with a split shot nightcrawler rig. The best location was by the Yacht Club or Willow point.
8/25/10 - Delavan lake - sunny, 75 degrees, water temp 76 degrees, SW wind at 5 mph. Caught 15 largemouth - 4 were legal, 1 walleye and 30 bluegills. All the fish were either caught on nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig or on medium suckers. The best location was the Yacht Club or Oriental boat house. The best depth was 15 ft.
8/23/10 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 85 degrees, water temp 79 degrees, light winds out of the SW at 5 mph. Caught 23 Largemouth - 5 were legal, the biggest was 5 lbs 3 oz, also caught 30 bluegills. Most of the fish were caught on nightcrawlers on a split shot rig or medium suckers in 15 ft of water. The best location was by the yacht club or by the Oriental boat house
GENEVA: Duwe sent this:
Lake Geneva 8/29/10 through 9/5/10
It's the calm before the storm. Labor Day weekend is just about here so be prepared for a great deal of boat traffic on the lake. It will be much busier than it has been lately.
Smallmouth bass are starting to come off their sporadic summer pattern and starting to position themselves on the break lines in 15-20 ft. of water. The best presentation I have found is Carolina Rigging, watermelon or root beer colored Arkie crawling grubs or split shotting live night crawlers. Most of the fish being caught are by Coleman's Point or by Linn Pier. As the water cools the small mouth bass will move shallower and concentrate on the main lake points, like Conference Point, Black Point and Rainbow Point.
Largemouth bass fishing has been all right. Most of the bass are being caught in 12-13 ft. of water. The best bait is night crawlers fished on the split shot rig. A secondary pattern was the split shot rig with 5 inch zoom lizards, green pumkin/chartreuse seemed to produce the most. Many of the fish being caught were on the Geneva Bay break line or by Coleman's Point.
Northern Pike fishing has been average. The fish are still deep but are starting to move shallow. Most of the northerns being caught this past week have been in 35-40 ft. of water. They are not as concentrated as they were in mid-August. Six inch chubs seem to be the best approach when fished on a lindy rig. Chubs will out fish the suckers about 5 to 1 right now. The best locations have been Cedar Point, the Narrows and Covenant Harbor point.
Walleye fishing has been slowing due to the cooler weather in the evenings. Some are still being caught at night in about 13 ft. of water. They are still associating with the weed flats. Crank baits or crawler harnesses remain the best approach. Look for them in Fontana Beach or Trinkes. Remember wind is still the key to success.
Panfish continue to be a constant bite. The key to catching them is a live night crawler fished on the split shot rig. The depth has been 10-13 ft. of water for the most action. I've caught good fish pretty much in every spot I've been fishing for bass.
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:
Water levels are very low, surface temperatures are high, there is
more than usual weedgrowth all along the river, and unless you are fishing a dam or set of riffles, don't come to the river with high expectations.
Right now, most fish are concentrating themselves in and around areas with current. With the warm water temperatures of 79-81 degrees, flowing water can be cooler by as much as 3 to 5 degrees as compared to elsewhere on the river. Concentrate on these types of areas for all
species of fish.
No Pike reports, but both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are surprisingly active with the heat, as are the usual Channel Catfish.
Friend, Dan Sims, found the time over the weekend to get out on the river and this is what he had to say: "With all these colder nights lately I figured the DPR would have some fish starting to move around again. Wasn't the case, kind of. I don't know if it's bad timing on my part or maybe I just plain lost it?!"
He notes that Pike fishing has been difficult this summer due to the warmer than usual water temperatures.
"Every time I hit the my favorite spot on the DPR, I always have at least one Pike on the line. I must have tied 5 different lures just trying to get something going. I'm going to let the water cool down, or wait for a good rain before getting back out there again."
Dan and his friend could not find the Pike, but Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass up to 14" were found from mid-river channel areas, as well as downed wood adjacent to flowing water. Drankbaits, spinnerbaits, and X-Raps did it for them.
Meanwhile, Channel Cats up to 5-pounds have been active on most nights. Find deeper areas with current, and pools, and you will find the fish. Slip bobber rigs during the daytime, and bottom rigs during the nighttime fished with nightcrawlers and chicken livers are
offering the best results.
USGS in Riverside at 242, gauge height at 3, and water is safe for wading. If fishing the river, keep an open mind, and maybe it can be worthwhile.
SHELBYVILLE: Lake is near normal pool. Guide Ken Wilson--(217) 454-2672--out of Lithia Marina reported white bass are moving shallow, throw spinners on wind-blown banks. Crappie are improving, takes sorting, in 8-12 feet in brush on main lake point or standing timber. Catfish are good on north end drift fishing with cut shad. For info from the Corps, call (217) 774-2020.
EVERGREEN: Guide Jay Angel sent this:
Crappie fishing at Evergreen Lake is fair during the day and good in the evenings. Crappies have moved a bit shallower with fish being caught in 6 - 14 feet of water. Look for crappies on the shoreline opposite of Deer Island. They are a bit scattered, but they can be caught. In the evenings the crappies have been schooling up on the blown down trees in 8- 12 feet of water.
Lots of 9-10.5 inch long fish have been caught recently.
Site staff reported crappie and saugeye are the top bites.
NOTE: Starting Tuesday, the Evergreen Lake Bait Shop and Boat Rental is open for boat rentals on Saturdays & Sundays Only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last day the Boat Rental is September 26 and the bait is open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last day the Bait Shop will be open is October 17.
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.
From Frank Macikas:
Hit the main branch of the Dupage in Bolingbrook after work Friday with a friend. River is is the best shape I have seen in quite awhile. Its a little higher than normal but very clear. I didnt have a thermomater with me but it seems to be cooling off quite a bit too. Grass is THICK. Started off by throwing some chigger craws with no luck at all except some hits from either tiny smallies or bluegills. Switched it over to jig and helgies in pumkinseed and that was the ticket. Managed around 8 smallies between the two of us all on pumkinseed helgies casting upstream and dragging back through the grass. Fish were holding in the grass and the pockets. Did a 6 mile float trip on the pontoon Saturday through Plainfield. Clarity is 8ft or better but didn't see nearly as many fish as a few weeks ago; that includes Smallies and Carp. All in all it wasnt the greatest day but did manage a few quality fish around 14-15"and one pig but I dropped her before I could get a measurement. Luckily go somewhat of a pic; just not very good and I think it was around 18" with great markings. I managed around 10 smallies total and one largemouth. All fish came from either an orange Hula Grub or on watermelon candy chigger craws. Most fish were taken very tight to cover close to deep water. The bite on most were very light; the only way to tell was when I went to move the bait it was heavy so set the hook and hope it wasnt grass. This week will be a crap shoot based on the weather forecast; we have 3 days calling for scattered storms so hopefully it was blow the river out again.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS
This is an extended rumination, but I included most of it from Ken Gortowski:
I was able to get out this past Thursday toward sunset. The river was in excellent shape both in clarity and water level. I decided to try lures I normally wouldn't throw and not only didn't catch a fish, but didn't get a single hit. I fished from the Route 47 bridge down for a half mile. Zig zagged back and forth across the river, tried all my go to spots . . . not a thing.
I did notice that there was no activity on the river at all, No ducks, geese or herons and absolutely nothing on the surface, bugs or fish. When I saw that in the first hundred yards I almost gave up, but since I had to walk home anyway and I live just up the hill at the half mile mark I figured I may as well fish my way home.
This is in sharp contrast to barely a week earlier when 16 fish were landed and I counted 22 missed hits. The difference was a rain 12 hours before the successful outing that raised the river an inch or two. This time of year in years past when I had the time, I would plan my fishing outings around these small rain events. Rain, 12 hours later go fishing, catch fish. Go two days later and the fish are gone. There was one year in particular that this became somewhat of a science project for me. I tested it on the September white bass run in North Aurora. The day after a rain was always the best day.
As I write this Monday evening the river is in even better shape. Clarity is good, the water is flowing at 645 cfs which is about as normal as it gets and small bursts of rain keep passing through. Only tomorrow I have no time to get out. Another small rain event predicted for Tuesday night and I can't get out on Wednesday. History shows that there is a good chance the bite will turn on after each event, but I'll never know.
My new job has me working 10 to 14 hours a day, 6 days a week. I'll have a day off, but planning for that day is no longer an option. If I want to go fishing I just go regardless of conditions and whether or not I think the fish will be biting. It's an opportunity to go fishing and I have to take it.
I tried over the past 3 months to combine my passion for fishing with a job that would give me the opportunity to share what I know. While unemployed I applied for positions that were open at Bass Pro Shops and Gander Mountain in their fishing departments. Apparently all the writing I've done on river fishing, the river fishing guiding and classes I've done and the fact that I ran a bait and tackle shop for over a year and a half didn't even rate an acknowledgement that the information was received.
This makes me wonder about my continued fishing reports. They will be few for some time. But then what do I do with what I know? Stop telling people? With these small bursts of rain I know exactly where I would go. But I won't because I can't. On my own forum and Windycityfishing.com I give step by step directions to my fishing spots to anyone that asks. I even give them away if nobody asks. Over the years I have put up with a tremendous amount of criticism for doing this, but their criticisms are pointless. Nobody is going to my spots, even after I give out directions.
Every day I have the opportunity to drive along stretches of the river. Every day, even on weekends, I see nobody out there. I'm sure there are those saying that the fishing at the dams is crowded. I don't fish at dams, why?
Since I'm not fishing much anymore and there will be few reports, does that mean what I say here is worthless or does the potential of catching fish based on past history and conditions have merit?
I don't know, but here goes. The conditions are perfect so get out now. From Geneva all the way down to Yorkville, 80 percent of the best fishing is on river right. Face down stream, it's on your right. If something looks interesting on the other side or down the middle, go fish it. If the conditions on river right look like crap, like they do in a stretch in Les Arends Forest Preserve, then go fish the other side. There are bluffs there. Fish like bluffs.
This week all the stretches will be worth hitting. Geneva dam down to the railroad tracks and beyond. Batavia dam all the way down to the mouth of Mill Creek. North Aurora dam all the way down past Indian Trail Road. Downtown Aurora to the bike path beyond Hurds Island. Montgomery dam down for about 8 miles. Then there's the creeks. I have waded and walked all of this, numerous times over the past 14 years.
I have the info, others may have the time. I can't verify if the fish are biting, but I can tell you where to go right down to what tree on the shore at Les Arends has a 3 foot hole in it's undercut bank, a gravel bar in front of it and how long the undercut bank runs. I'll have to rely on someone else to get back to me on whether or not the fish are still living there. I see no reason why they wouldn't be.
Some day I'll finish the river fishing maps I started designing and filling in almost 10 years ago. But every time I think I'm on a role in getting some done, they come out with better maps and I change how I want it all to look. Some day, in the mean time I'll just keep giving away the info and spewing river fishing theory. It's got to help someone at some point, I think.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA
River is in good shape. Sauger fishing is improving. Barry O'Flynn of Walleyes Chicago Facebooked having an outstanding outing, including 15 keepers, on Sunday. Time on the Water Outdoors reported good catfish throughout and white bass on the Peru rip-rap.
Ed Mullady sent this:
KANKAKEE RIVER, INDIANA:
POINT, North of English Lake: \Some pike up to 29" caught on spinnerbaits. Catfish good throughout. *Smallmouth bass on crawlers, bluegill on bee moths in Hanna Ditch. Horseshoe Bend good for bluegill on redworms and baby crawlers.
In this area, Rt. 8 is closed for bridge replacement. Note from:
Kankakee F&W Area:"IN DOT has Rt. 8 SHUT DOWN. They are replacing the bridge over the Kankakee River. Folks can still fish, but it is a bit tough to get on 10 mile road and in the ditch along the highway.
If necessary, call F&W Area 219 896 3522 or Greenwood Bait Shop at 574 896
2367 during business hours.
NOTE FOR ALL FISHERMEN: This is the time that some fishing will be stopped in various parts of Parks and wildlife areas, during different hunting seasons in both Indiana and Illinois. Check it out first with IN and IL areas you want to fish (or hunt)at!
KANKAKEE RIVER, ILLINOIS: MIKE LEE, FRANK'S BAIT SHOP, MOMENCE, IL. told us about a recently caught 36" and a 32" northern pike taken from the river near Momence! Pike are beginning to be caught regularly now up and down the river!
IN THE KANKAKEE AREA, some good fish being caught! Smallmouth Bass hitting well....Diana at the Kankakee River Trading Post in Altorf next to Kankakee River State Park, informed us that one fishermen had 5 fish totalling 36 lbs. in weight. She also mentioned good smallmouth bass between the "Lookout" and Rock Creek mouth, on crankbaits!
RIVER GUIDE MATT MULLADY and his clients have been catching some nice smallmouth bass! He told us that Lee Roski and Maria Chavez caught 11 nice smallmouth bass.
On another river fishing trip, Matt had his son(my grandson)Mick Mullady out with a friend, Lucas Gibson, catching smallmouth bass. Matt mentioned to me how quick Lucas was to catch on to the many different ways of catching smallmouth with different methods!
``Catfish Dave'' Bradigan sent this:
Dale I went to the river yesterday evening with one of my buddies. Started fishing at 3:15 and fished until 7:15. We caught four nice cats in the five pound class . Overall it was a little slow this evening . Presently the river is dropping and clearing. You now have to look for the holes with some water in them. A lot of area in the river is presently ankle deep.
LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON
For Ohio DNR report go to wildohio.com and or call (888) HOOKFISH.
CHICAGO: Perch slowed. Rock bass are strongest bite in harbors. Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported small kings in 60-75 feet from Wilson crib to Evanston; lakers and small kings in 90-120 east of the Car Ferry; and R4 is spotty with some nice kings, browns and lakers. As FOTW showed, there's been some big browns. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters found 2-year-old kings and coho north of T marker in 40-60 feet.
WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported some perch (soft shells) off the piers. Boaters continue to work 70-90 in front of Great Lakes for a mixed bag. For perch, boaters are shallow off the south rocks.
NORTH POINT: Poteshman said starting to catch kings, coho, steelhead and browns on the hill, and there's still fish out deep, and some in 40-50.
RICHARD J. DALEY MEMORIAL FISHING TOURNAMENT: Fish may be weighed at Henry's, Park Bait or Vet's. Species for September are common carp and chinook.
CHICAGO'S FISHERMAN'S PARKING: The $10 parking passes for the small fishermen's lots at Burnham and DuSable harbors are available at Henry's.
MADISON LAKES, WISCONSIN
For D&S Bait, go to dsbait.com
MENOMINEE RIVER, WISCONSIN/MICHIGAN
Guide Mike Mladenik of BigSmallmouthBass.com reported smallmouth scattered but very active; white plastics catching the most fish and topwaters taking smallmouth daily. Action should only improve through September.
EAGLE RIVER: Creative Brilliance sent this report for the Chamber of Commerce:
(Head): Good musky, northern and panfish bite, with walleye, smallmouth,
largemouth and action just fair in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
(Lead): Water temps in the upper 60s to the low 70s in the Eagle River,
Musky fishing in the Eagle River area has picked up dramatically with the
recent drop in water temps., The temps are in the low 70s on the Eagle
River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world),
and a significant algae bloom is happening on many smaller area lakes. Fish
15 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Big blade bucktails that
produce a loud "thump" in the water are a good choice right now, as are
jointed crankbaits. They put out a lot of vibration for the fish to home in
on. Suggested colors now include black/silver, black/orange,
black/chartreuse, on either bucktails or crankbaits.
There's a good northern bite in the Eagle River area. Fish 15 feet of water
or less in and around weeds. Use a bass style spinner bait, #4 Mepps, or a
northern sucker minnow under a slip bobber.
Panfish in the Eagle River area generally hanging together in 15 feet of
water or less, in and around weeds. The crappies and bluegills are
suspending up and down the water column, with the perch close to the bottom.
Use a crappie minnow or a chunk of crawler under a slip bobber. Some
crappies are also being found here-and-there over deep water humps. Panfish
action is good.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 10-30 feet of water (depth is lake
dependent), over rocks, rock points, and rocky humps, or outside of weed
edges. Use a jig and a minnow, leech or crawler. Action is fair.
Smallmouth are in 10-20 feet of water in the Eagle River area. Fish break
edges over hardbottom/rocks/gravel. Use a jig and a minnow, or a jig and a
tube. In the evening try a topwater like a Heddon Torpedo or Zara Spook.
Largemouth in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less relating
to structure. Fish heavy weed areas, near docks, downed trees, stumps or
brushpiles. Use a jig and a pig, spinnerbait, or a topwater like a rat or
frog. Action is fair.
(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", 715-891-5980; 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.
MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Island Sports sent this:
Patterns seem to be changing. Weather remained fairly warm (hot) this past week pushing surface temps back into the mid 70's, but there have been plenty of signs of weeds starting to die back a little. There is a cool down coming for this weekend with Friday being the coldest then warming back up. The high pressure didn't help this past week, maybe the drop in temps will spur some activity.
Musky: Fair-Good. Best action very early am or late pm. A 51"er was caught this week on a sucker. Most action on surface baits, shallow running jointed cranks/twitch baits up in shallow of 4-8'.
Perch: Fair-Good. Work weeds of 8-10' and around cribs using 1/2 crawler on 1/32 - 1/16 oz jig, casting same jigs with 2" chartruse twister to locate small schools then fish live bait. Nice "eaters" of 8-10'.
Largemouth Bass: Fair-Good. Evenings - early am best this past week. 1/8oz jigs with 4" worms, 3" twisters over/through weeds. Plastic frogs early/late still producing some as are Hula Poppers/Jitterbugs. Plunking plastics (Senkos, Beavers) also producing.
Walleye: Fair. Move to gravel humps occuring. Work 1/8 - 1/4oz jigs tipped with large fats, 1/2 crawler in 18-26' depths.
Bluegill: Fair. Despite an 11"er caught this past week, action is down as fish harder to locate. Flowages producing 9-10" fish in heavy weeds, but a good catch is 6-10 fish.
Crappie: Fair. Work weed edges in 14-18' for fish holding at bases. Use small jigs, minnows.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Maybe a temporary hic-up, but fish left many typical rock/gravel humps. Check out sandgrass flats. Use soft shell crayfish (frozen), crawlers or Carolina rig chompers skirted grubs over grass in 18-22'.
Pike: Fair. this species will probably respond well to the cool down coming. Cast 1/4-3/8 oz spinnerbaits over weed flats. Jig/Float chubs in sam 6-10' areas.
Fishing seemed to slow quite a bit, high pressure hurt (maybe it was Mars coming so close to Earth) Make note for 2000 years from now "Mars Bad Fishing". Actually the transition to a more early fall pattern is occuring, things will improve as we get into September.
Mik-Lurch reported good mixed bag in front of Portage around the mud line and some perch off Michigan City. On Wolf Lake, trollers are taking a few walleyes from the island to the Skyway bridge.
OREGON: Jan Prose at TJ's Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental sent this:
Fishing is picking up! The river is down to a more normal level. Catfish are biting on liver, dip baits, and cut bait. A few nice walleyes have been caught at the dam, John Brown from Chicago caught a 26" walleye. Tony G. from Rockford caught a nice 35" (8# 5oz) northern on a minnow. I think the cooler nights we had has helped.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICHIGAN
BJ Sports hopes by the weekend the cool down will bring steelhead into the river. More 30-pound-plus flatheads came from the river. Mik-Lurch reported good perch by New Buffalo Tuesday.
Guide Jay Angel sent this:
Bluegill fishing remains good with large numbers of fish being caught over the deeper rock piles. About every 5th fish is 8 inches or bigger. Use waxworms for best results.
Crappie fishing is fair with some bigger crappies showing up over the deeper rock piles. Use minnows for best results.
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SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT
From the Wisconsin DNR Lake Michigan Report:
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: August 30, 2010
In Kenosha trollers have been catching some chinooks in 60 to 80 feet of water, but fishing there has been hit-or-miss. Rainbows have been hitting somewhat consistently out deeper, around 250 to 270 feet of water. Shore anglers in Kenosha continue to catch occasional browns and a few chinooks in the harbor. White tube jigs and gold spoons have both taken fish. Perch fishing has been slow, both for the boats and those fishing from shore.
Fishing effort in Racine has been low, but those venturing out have had some occasional success. Off and on trollers have been catching some chinooks in 50 to 60 feet of water, but when the fish are not biting in close, chinooks and rainbows have been found in 220 to 240 feet of water. Shore fishing remains relatively slow, and perch fishing in Racine has been almost non-existent.
Generally fishing remains slow for both shore anglers and trollers alike. Rain later this week, along with cooler temperatures, should hopefully trigger some movement of mature chinooks. The few trollers that have been out have been catching a few chinooks and lake trout. Most fish have been caught in 60 to 90 feet of water, and glow spoons and J-plugs have taken the majority. Shore fishing has also been slow, however, a 29 inch northern pike was reported caught off of McKinley Pier in the past week.
River was normal Tuesday, but rains may change that by the weekend. River's Edge reported pike are biting around the creek by the dam, walleye (trolling crankbaits) are picking up; smallmouth are spotty. NOTE: Hook and line sturgeon season opens Saturday. Minimum is 60 inches. A tag is required. Click here for more.
WOLF RIVER, WISCONSIN:
Guide Bill Stoeger reported:
CHICAGO AREA CHAT/REPORTS
CHICAGO AREA INFO
MICHIGAN DNR REPORT
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