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Midwest Fishing Report: Salmon, lakes, etc.

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Once again, this Midwest Fishing Report encompasses lakes and such, and I will post the rivers of Chicago fishing separately.

This is a wonderful YouTube video of a salmon catch on the South Side. Thanks to Patricia ``TrishaDaFisha'' Cole for sending the link: She e-mailed,

``A stupendous video of Eddie (seasoned regular) reeling in a 15 pound salmon with Chicago skyline evening on 39th street/Oakwood.
The fellow who did the movie is Dominique. Enjoy!!!!!!!''

Oh, I did.

This is the extended online version of the MFR (please note the rivers of Chicago fishing are posted separately), 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


There is now a $10 charge (cash or credit card) to park in the lot most often used by fishermen at Belmont Harbor.


Action remains variable, but as Ed McCain at Mik-Lurch noted, ``Skein is still tight. We still have three or four weeks of salmon fishing.'' SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN: Arden Katz said it is slowing but he caught a few on jerkbaits in Milwaukee harbor. He said it's going to a spawn bite. Ed Schmitt reported he and his brother Matt caught good kings on ``a painfully slow retrieved deep diving crankbait'' at Milwaukee (extended report below) Wisconsin DNR report for the Root River Report reported water is low, though clarity is good; and fishermen taking mostly kings around Lincoln Park near Washington Park at the cable bridge. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported mainly kings with a few browns off government pier on spoons or spawn. CHICAGO: A smattering of kings and the occasional coho (see FOTW separate), best on glow lures in the dark, but some are coming in the day. Park Bait reported a few salmon (no trout) at Montrose, the horseshoe and Belmont on Tuesday. ``TrishaDaFisha'' reported some nice catches of salmon at 39th. As the Fall Salmon Classic put on by Henry's showed, there's some kings and coho at Burnham/Northerly Island. NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported creeks are producing mostly kings, some coho and a few steelhead, spinners and spawn are best; a few at Amoco. ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: BJ Sports reported a few kings off the pier; river remains low and warm, so only a few steelhead at Berrien Springs. The hope is the cool down this weekend will cool waters and spike fishing.


Snagging for chinook and coho salmon opens Friday at select areas on the lakefront: inner and outer harbors at Jackson Park, Lincoln Park Lagoon from the Fullerton Avenue Bridge to the southern end of the Lagoon, Winnetka power plant discharge area and Waukegan Harbor (in North Harbor basin only). No snagging is allowed at any time within 200 feet of a moored watercraft or as posted. Salmon snagging season ends Dec. 31.


Fall trout season opens Oct. 16. Stocked area lakes include Axehead, Belleau and Horsetail (Cook County), Silver, Pickerel and Grove (DuPage); Bird Park Quarry (Kankakee); Big lake at Silver Springs SP (Kendall); and Sand Lake at Illinois Beach SP and Banana (Lake). Anglers must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily bag is five.


With the cool down, crappie should come to the fore this weekend. Still getting notes about good largemouth being taken around the area. DuPAGE NOTE: As of Friday, until trout season opens on Oct. 16, Silver, Pickerel and Grove will be closed to fishing.


For an overview of nearby river conditions, click here.


For guide Mike Norton's report, go to, then click on fishing, then lake report.


Triangle Sports reported Triangle reported crappie are the top bite as they move into channel mouths in the evening. Bluegill are slow, try deeper water. White bass are fair, once schools are located by trolling, stop. Walleye and muskie are fair.

For more reports, see

More Chain info at


LaSALLE: Last day of fishing is Oct. 15. During October, it is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. BRAIDWOOD/MAZONIA: Last day of fishing is Oct. 12. Monster Lake at Mazonia South remains open for fishing year-round. HEIDECKE: Last day of fishing is Tuesday.


DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe sent this:

Delavan Lake 9/26/10 through 10/3/10
Fall is officially upon us. The water temperature has been cooling daily. Over the next few weeks, some of the best fishing of the year can be had.
Northern Pike have moved off the deep weedline and are again in the shallow weedy bays. The best depth is 8-10 ft of water. They can be caught on ½ oz white spinner baits with Willow Leaf blades. Look for the fish in Highlands Bay and Viewcrest Bay. A few fish are also being caught on Thill slip bobber rigs with small suckers. I position the bait about 1 ft above the weeds.
Walleye fishing has been improving. The fish are in the main lake basin in 28-31 ft of water. They can be caught on nightcrawlers fished on a lindy rig or on a small fat head minnow. The best location has been by Willow Point or by the island on the west end. This is the time of year for a lot of legal fish.
Largemouth bass have slowed but they are still available. I've been moving shallower in the 5-6 ft depth range. I've been concentrating on scattered weeds with hard sand bottom. Good locations are the Oriental boat house and by Browns Channel. I've been fishing the old tried and true split shot with a single hook and nightcrawler.
Bluegill fishing has slowed. There are some fish in 31-35 ft of water, however, the last time out they were very hard to locate. They can be caught most of the time on leaf worms fished on split shot rig. I will use at least a ¼ oz sinker.
The perch have been biting, the only problem is that the fish have been on the small side. Most of the fish I've been catching have been in the 6-7 inch range. Look for the fish by Lake Lawn Lodge. The best depth is 4-5 ft of water around scattered weeds and hard sand.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
Daily Reports
9/26/10 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 50 degrees, water temp 64 degrees, E winds at 10 mph. Caught 2 bluegills and 1 perch. Tried fishing bluegills in 30-35 ft of water, but couldn't find the fish. It was a nice day for a boat ride!
9/25/10 - Delavan Lake - cloudy and cool, 55 degrees, water temp 64 degrees, N winds at 20 mph. Caught 11 largemouth, the largest was 17 inches, 1 northern pike and 20 perch. The bass were caught on nightcrawlers in 5-6 ft of water. The wind made it difficult to control the boat. The perch were caught on bobbers in 3-4 ft of water.

GENEVA: Duwe sent this:

Lake Geneva 9/26/10 through 10/3/10
Fishing has been very slow. The best bite on the lake continues to be the yellow perch however, some days you'll need to catch 100 to get 20 keepers. As fall continues, the fishing should improve on several species.
Northern Pike are off the deep weedlines in the shallow weeds. The best depth to catch them is 10-12 ft of water. You want to use golden shiners fished on a Thill slip bobber. The best location is Fontana beach or in Williams Bay. Anchoring the boat will allow you to fish as many poles as legal. As a rule the fish have been on the small side, but fall is the best time of year for a trophy.
Yellow perch are in the shallows, in the scattered weeds with hard sand bottom. Look for the fish by Knollwood or Rainbow point. They can be caught on slip bobbered small fat head minnows or on leaf worms. You want to position the bait 1 ft off bottom in 10-12 ft of water. If you are not getting any bites, you need to move on to another location.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been slow. The water temperature hasn't been right. In the next couple of weeks, with the cooler water, the smallies will move shallow and position on the rocky points. The best locations will be places like Conference Point or Black Point. One of my favorite approaches is Carolina rigging 4 inch lizards in green pumpkin or root beer colors. Occasionally you will get into a school and possibly catch 15-20 ft in a short period of time.
Rock bass are always a consistent bite. They are in 10-12 ft of water. Look for the fish by the old Military Academy or by Elgin Club. They can be readily caught on nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig. Some of the rock bass that have been caught can exceed 1 lb.
Bluegill fishing has been rather slow. The best action is in and around the docks in 5-6 ft of water. They can be caught on split shot rigged leaf worms or on a bobber with a single hook. With the shallow bluegills, you will have to do some sorting to get the bigger fish. Look for the fish in Geneva Bay or around Williams Bay.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050


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.

SHELBYVILLE: For info from the Corps, call (217) 774-2020.

EVERGREEN: Any updated fishing report will be posted here.


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


For shoreline salmon, see top. Salmon Stop reported boaters taking some perch in 60 feet northeast of Great Lakes. 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 .


For D&S Bait, go to


EAGLE RIVER: Creative Brilliance sent this report for the Chamber of Commerce:

Musky, northern and panfish providing good action, with the walleye
bite fair in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

(Lead): Water temps are in the mid 50s and continuing to drop, in the
Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Musky in the Eagle River are in 15 feet of water or less around weed edges.
In particular on the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain
of lakes in the world), 6-8 depth range is the area holding fish. 12-14
inch suckers are working along with bucktails, crankbaits and jerkbaits.
Action is good, with muskies active and fall patterns definitely producing.
Suckers in the Eagle River area going from around $4.00-$5.50 each,
depending on the size.

Northern are in 15 feet of water or less in and around weeds and providing
good action in the Eagle River area. Use a Husky Jerk or a northern sucker
under a float.

Walleye are locating in 15-30 feet of water on break edges adjacent to mud
flats in the Eagle River area. Use a jig and a fathead minnow. Action is

Crappies and bluegills in the Eagle River area are in two different
locations. Fish deep water humps in 15-30 feet of water, where the crappies
and gills are suspending anywhere in the water column; or fish shallower
weeds (12 feet of water or less). For crappies use a minnow under a slip
bobber or a Mini-Mite. For the gills try a waxie, chunk or crawler, worm,
or a crappie minnow.

Perch in the Eagle River area are providing some good action in two
locations. They're in with the walleye (15-30 feet of water over mud
flats), and also in weeds in 12 feet of water or less. Use a chunk of
crawler or crappie minnow under a slip bobber.

Anglers should note that while the panfish are providing some decent action
in the Eagle River area, you'll be doing some sorting

(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:; web:
* "Muskie Matt", 715-891-5980; e-mail:
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e-mail:
* Guide's Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner "Ranger Rick" Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.


For shoreline salmon, see top. Mik-Lurch reported boaters taking good salmon, up to a 15-4 king, at the Hole-in-the-Wall on Monday, slower Tuesday. McCain said ``king chop'' and cloud cover are essential. The mud line at the Ditch is also producing with Moonshine spoons at night. Key is slower retrieve or slow trolling (1.2-1.4).


With cooling weather, fall patterns are setting up. Lakeside reported crappie moved into cribs. Good time to go, few others are fishing. For more reports, click here.


For more on Kenosha, check Harborside.

Ed Schmitt sent this:

I took my brother Matt Schmitt up to Milwaukee Harbor Saturday night at midnight to fish for the Fall run of the King Salmon till day-break Sunday. We had discussed this trip for weeks, and he honestly didn't believe me when I gave him the run-downs on my last few trips which can be read at Needless to say, we pulled an all-nighter and had a lot of fun catching and releasing half a dozen gorgeous bronze spawning male salmon. All of the fish we caught were between 12 and 17 pounds, and they all hit a painfully slow retrieved deep diving crankbait. The area we fished is commonly known as the "Sailing Center" at the North end of Milwaukee Harbor. The fish are all over this vast expanse of docks and moorings, and the shore access is just as good as the access the boats have in the harbor. Fortunately, this was on par with my last two trips, and I believe this pattern will continue for at least a few more weeks.

*I hope this helps some of your readers find some action this week, even if it isn't within the city limits, it is only a quick drive over the border to find better numbers of fish.

From the Wisconsin DNR Lake Michigan Report:

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 27, 2010
Kenosha Co.

Shore anglers in Kenosha continue to catch occasional chinooks and browns in the harbor near the Best Western, and fresh skein, white tube jigs, and silver crank baits have been producing. There have been a few chinooks taken on spoons near the mouth of the Pike River as well, but there has been minimal chinook movement upstream. The mouth of the Pike is open, but water levels are low.
Racine Co.
Racine shore anglers have taken some chinooks, coho, and rainbows in Reefpoint Marina and in the small boat basin near the boat launch. Spawn fished near the bottom has been productive, as have small blue & silver or orange spoons. This weekend on the Root River, most anglers were concentrated around Lincoln Park and downstream near Washington Park at the cable bridge. Catches were dominated by spawning chinook salmon, with a good mix of males and females. Most harvested chinooks weighed between 9-12 pounds with a couple of larger males at 16 and 17 pounds. Very few brown trout or coho were reported over the weekend. Successful catches were spread out through the day and came from spawn sacs, play-doh, small spinners, and fly fishing. Some successful fly fishermen reported using red and black egg sucking leeches or imitation salmon eggs. Water clarity was low Saturday morning but improved greatly by Sunday afternoon. Stream water depth was low in areas, although stream flow remained favorable. Water temperatures downstream from the weir held steady at 60°F. The Root River Steelhead Facility is not yet in operation, but the stop logs are in place. Plan to stop down at the facility on Saturday, October 9th for the second annual Open House. DNR staff will give tours and spawning demonstrations, answer questions about aquatic invasive species, and display a fish stocking truck and fish shocking boat. Local fishing club members will teach kids casting, fishing knot tying, fly casting, fly tying, and display a Lake Michigan trolling boat. The Open House will run from 9AM - 3PM on Saturday, October 9.
Milwaukee Co.
In Milwaukee fishing has been relatively slow for boaters, with a few browns and chinooks taken in and around the harbor. Shore fishing in Milwaukee has also been slow, although effort has been relatively low. Fishing on the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers remains slow, but a few chinooks have been taken on flies in Kletzsch Park. Access at Estabrook Park is limited due to road construction through the park. Anglers fishing Oak Creek have taken several chinooks below the dam and a few near the mouth in Grant Park, but water levels are very low.


Check some place like River's Edge before heading up, the river is receding off a major flood. Sturgeon season (flooding has limited in effort) ends Thursday.



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What is the rule for snagging where people are rowing or paddling? Snaggers in Lincoln Park Lagoon are a nuisance to a 100 year tradition of rowing on the Lagoon. Rowing is why the lagoon was originally built - NOT FOR SNAGGING!

I will try to get the official word.

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