Fall river fishing and shoreline salmon and trout lead this Midwest Fishing Report.
Focusing on Chicago fishing, this is the extended online version of the MFR, which appears on the Sun-Times outdoors page on Wednesdays. Normally, I post the online MFR by Wednesday morning.
If you have suggestions, post in the comments section or let me know at email@example.com.
I'll lead with shoreline salmon and trout, but there is also a lot of good river reports scattered below. The fall bite is beginning.
SHORELINE SALMON, SOUTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN
It's still on the spotty side, but the harbors of southeast Wisconsin and the streams of Indiana are loading up with fish. It's underway. KENOSHA/RACINE, WIS.: By Thursday, with a significant rain forecast tonight, this could be the spot. Watch for flow spikes on the Pike and Root. Click here to check on Root flows. Over the weekend, Arden Katz reported good kings and some browns in Kenosha harbor, best after 11:30 p.m. He uses Rat-l-traps. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported pretty silver kings coming in, best pier varies day to day; a few browns on bait. CHICAGO: Mike Repa at Park Bait four kings at Montrose and four at Belmont Tuesday morning; with steelhead being seen in Montrose harbor. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported the streams are loaded with fish (kings, steelhead and even coho), even well inland. This might be the other hot ticket. Spinners and skein are working. Amoco, Hole-in-the-Wall and the harbors are very spotty. ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN: BJ Sports reported good kings and steelhead up to Berrien Springs, pier is fair.
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 crappie are the top bite toward, work near channel mouths; bluegill are good; walleye are fair, but picking up, minnows are better with cooler water, around bridge areas or main lake points; and muskie are picking up. Guide Darrell Baker reported the fall feeding frenzy started on most lakes with good numbers of walleye, bass, pike and panfish.
For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/
More Chain info at www.foxwaterway.state.il.us.
Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass sent this:
Chicago river fishing report; south branch, a few large mouth hit booyah white spinner at origins park(weed bed) water temp 71, North pier; water temp 66 a few large mouth hit rattlin tin man deep diver slow trolling, most spots very slow tough week to fish.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES AREA, WISCONSIN
DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe sent this:
Delavan Lake Fishing report 9/12/10 through 9/19/10
With the shorter days and cooler nights the water temperature is also dropping causing the fish to begin their normal fall patterns. With the kids back in school, the lake is quite a bit quieter.
The northern pike are moving off the deep weed line and returning to the shallow weeds. The fish are being caught on white spinner baits or fire tiger jerk baits. The best depth is 7-10 ft. The best location has been by Browns Channel and by the island. Some nice catches of big fish were caught. For bigger fish I like to position my boat on the weed line and have a free swimming sucker beneath the boat and cast crank baits or spinner baits towards the shallow weeds. With fish following the lures they will devour the sucker nearly 100% of the time. I've caught my biggest fish using this method. This method works until the lake freezes.
Walleye fishing continues to be difficult. The fish are still on the weed line in 16-20 ft. of water. I'm exclusively using nightcrawlers now either fished on a split shot or lindy rig. In the next few weeks as the water cools I will begin to use more fat head minnows. The best locations are Browns Channel or on the south shore over by Willow Point.
Last week perch fishing was above average. Some people I spoke with caught several nice 11-13 inch fish. The best depth was 30 ft. of water. Leaf worms produce nearly as many fish as the hellgrammites and are a lot cheaper. The best location was in front of the Township Park or in front of Lake Lawn.
Bluegill fishing remains very good. The best depth has been 13-15 ft. slip bobbering small worms or wax worms has work the best. Look for the bluegills by the gray condos or by the Island.
Largemouth bass remain on the deep weedline. Nightcrawlers have been producing most of my fish. The best location is by the Yacht Club or by the Oriental boat house. For artificial bait fishermen, the drop shot rig has been the go-to rig. The best bait is a 4 inch green pumpkin worm. I will position the hook about 1 ft off bottom. The best location for drop shot fishing has been in the 15 ft weed range. Look for the fish on the west end by the island or by Viewcrest bay.
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 Fishing report 9/12/10 through 9/19/10
Once school started, it was like a light switch around the lake. Boat traffic has been cut in half. Some of the best fishing is available now through first ice.
Largemouth bass fishing has been spotty - some of the bass are cruising the shallows around piers and weed flats, while others are still in their mid- summer weed line pattern. Earlier in the week, the fish were very active in the 10-12 ft range. Fish are still being caught on night crawlers fished on the split shot rig. When the fish are shallow a purple or black pre-rigged worm can be very effective. Some of the best locations include Geneva Bay, Coleman's Point and Trinkes.
Northern Pike fishing has also been sporadic. The fish are still transitioning from their summer thermo cline pattern to the shallow weeds. On the locator the fish seemed very scattered. The water temperature is now at 68 degrees, once it drops to 63 degrees, all of the northerns will move shallow. Some other fall spots to try (before they go shallow) are Covenant Harbor and Maytag Point.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been pretty good. Most of the bass are in the 21-28 ft depth range. They are being caught on either nightcrawlers or small yellow perch that are caught on the lake. Good locations are by the Military Academy or by Fontana Beach.
Pan fishing continues to be exceptional. Large numbers with quality size can be caught. The best bite has been the yellow perch. They have moved into the shallows and are in their fall pattern. They are positioning in about 8-10 ft. of water over hard sand bottoms with scattered weeds. For the most success, try anchor fishing with slip bobbers. This seems to produce the most action. Use small minnows or leaf worms for the best action.
I have been catching rock bass while drifting for largemouth bass in 12-15 ft. of water. Most of the action is coming off of split shot rigged nightcrawlers. When drift fishing make sure your sinker is large enough to maintain contact with the bottom.
Good Luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
8/31/10 - Delavan Lake - cloudy & windy, 75 degrees, water temp 77 degrees, SW winds at 15 mph. Caught 2 walleyes, 4-5 largemouth and several smallmouth bass plus some fish for a fish fry. Fished walleyes for the first 2 hours of the trip, only found them in one area by Browns Channel in 20 ft of water, caught them on lindy rigged nightcrawlers. The bluegills were positioned on the outside of the weedline in 15-16 ft of water.
DES PLAINES RIVER
Jason Norris of Windycityfishing.com sent this:
The Des Plaines River is starting to get going with some pike action. After a slow summer for pike, the shorter days and cooler temps are getting them active. Been working the north suburbs (Park Ridge through Wheeling) with spinnerbaits.
From Andrew Ragas, Counsellor of the Fish Parliament www.fishing-headquarters.com:
The fishing is getting good. Use what's needed!
Fishing has been fair to good, and the present conditions can be
attributed to the recent cool-down we've had in the weather. The 80
degree temperatures from two weeks ago have finally fallen into the 68
to 72 degree range. This has led to far greater feeding windows for
most fish species.
Water levels are low and clear in most places. Gauge in Riverside is
showing 3.10, with a very slow to moderately slow flow.
During the last week, I've been fishing quite a bit, covering both the
creeks and the river at an equal rate. Best fishing right now is on
Over the weekend and Monday, I got out to the river multiple times,
where we fished the southwest suburbs. Sunday afternoon was a quick
two and a half hour float trip with Dan Cahill, and Monday was a wade
with Dan Sims and David Mannion. Sunday's float was fast action for about an hour as we found all of our fish relating tight to shore and
in the wood. White colorado-bladed spinnerbaits in 3/8 to 1/2oz models
tipped with 5inch Stankx Bait Company grub trailers in shad profile
did most of the damage for Dan and I. Around half a dozen fish in the
12 to 15 inch range were caught, and I topped that off with a fatso 18
inch Largemouth caught on a #4 Mepps spinner, my biggest ever from the
Meanwhile, Monday's wade with Dan and Dave proved to be full of action
for them, but not so much for me. I decided to give fly fishing a shot
for the first time out here with my 8wt and an assortment of large
streamers. I got my butt whooped in the fish catching department by
the other two who were throwing in-line spinners and spinnerbaits with
their spinning gear. Over a dozen fish were caught by them from the
shallow mid-river current and shoreline weed beds ranging from 12 inch
Bass, 3 pound Catfish, to 28 inch Pike, and 15-pound Carp. As for me,
I was bitten off by the only Pike I made contact with in three hours,
and then before leaving, I sank a good three feet into some shoreline
mud that was like quicksand in which I could not feel the bottom! Hard
to imagine that I almost drowned in less than 2 feet of water. It's
always beneficial to wade with other people on this river. I cannot
stress that enough!
Largemouth Bass are giving anglers the best bite right now, and Pike
and Channel Catfish are not far behind.
Nearly all fish we've made contact with have been coming from whatever
deeper pools with current that remain in the low water, and log jams
especially. Largemouth Bass up to 18-inches and Pike up to 25-inches
are holding especially tight to log jams and downed wood (the more,
the better). For Channel Catfish, not so much. Most of the slimers are
on the prowl and on the move in open water and in the channels. There
are plenty of fish around in the 2 to 5 pound range and they are
Spinnerbaits in black, white/silver, and gold/silver with plastic grub
trailers are scoring plenty of Bass, as are in-line spinners,
buzzbaits, and the occasional topwater. The same lures also attribute
to Pike as well. Match the hatch as baitfish and shad are abundant and
busting the surface everywhere. The fish are on the feed and it's been
evident by their full stomachs.
Best feeding windows are happening during the mid-afternoon hours from
12-noon until 5 or 6pm. I've noticed that later in the day as the sun
sets, the river completely shuts itself off and then the savage
mosquitoes come out to ruin all the fun.
No Walleye or Sauger reports from the river yet, but conditions will
be changing for them very soon as water temperatures keep falling into
the cooler zone.
As for the DPR creeks, friend, Issom Beituni, reports that the Hickory
Creek is putting out good numbers and fast action with Rock Bass, and
Smallmouth Bass. Smallies up to 18-inches are being caught on minnow
profiled lures from deeper pools and bridge areas. At other places
like the Salt Creek in DuPage County, I've seen my fair share of
inconsistencies. One evening I wade in water that is 3 feet deep and I
catch Bass and Pike and have my share of bite-offs from the deeper
pools, and then like the following evening I catch nothing and there
is no water in the creek for some reason! I don't know what the cause
of low water is but it leads me to believe that the dam at Busse Lake
shuts down and then reopens. For instance last Friday and then again
on Monday afternoon, the discharge was barely a 7.0 and zero water was
flowing over the dam at Graue Mill. First time I've ever seen barely a
trickle of water in Salt Creek! Very strange.
To make a very long story short, get out there and catch some fish.
After a bad spring and equally bad summer that was filled with hot
weather and floods, these are the best conditions for fishing I've
seen all year long. And if you wade the river, go with a friend and
avoid walking through shallow water with mud bottom. Otherwise, you'll
see what I mean about potentially sinking up to your head.
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.
POWERTON: Site is closed Monday-Wednesday next week for levee maintenance and repairs. It will reopen September 23 at 6 a.m.
From Frank Macikas:
It was a pretty good weekend. I fished the West Branch in the north part of Naperville on Saturday afternoon and did my favorite 6 mile float through Plainfield with a friend. First it is amazing in the difference of clarity between these two sections. the west branch was around 6" clarity and water was more the color of the Fox River. I did manage 3 smallies and a largemouth here. All on the wacky rigged stickworm again all in deeper water tight to bridge supports. 2 of the smallies were between 15 & 16". The section from Plainfield was a little higher than normal and still pretty dirty but when we first put the pontoons in but once we got a mile or two down river the clarity was crystal clear. This stretch would get me 11 smallies and 4 largemouth and 6 smallies for Alex. Alex did have two 17" smallies and my best was a little over 15". Most fish were taken tight to laydowns near deep water; especially the bigger fish. Baits for the bigger fish were worked fast near the top right through or next to the wood. Flukes and a new creature bait I havent used before called a Mighty Bug took the bigger fish. Other fish were caught on wacky rigged stickworms, chigger craws or plastic hellgrammites. The fish were pretty aggressive; fishing should continue to get even better and the weather looks like its going to hold another week; its about time!
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS
Ken Gortowski sent this sprawling work:
My kids lovingly call me OCD, at least I think it's lovingly, for some habits I have that they consider a bit obsessive compulsive. I think everyone has quirks that can be called that, but one of mine that I've always been aware of is counting. I count things. Stairs, steps between one point and another, things as they pass by me while I walk or drive. I don't know why I do this, but I've learned to accept it. I can control it most of the time, but other times I just let it happen and kind of enjoy it. Keeps my mind occupied, I guess.
Those that have followed my fishing reports over the years know that I used to keep track of every fish of every species that I caught. I would even measure them.
I no longer do that. I think I was trying to make a point to myself and I think I made it. I'm just not sure what that point was, or is, anymore.
But today I had the day off and happened to be driving past Les Arends Forest Preserve in Batavia. I rarely fish this stretch anymore and my last time here was a year ago. With the water levels normal, I had to stop and fish it. Once upon a time I practically lived here and it was nice to see that not much has changed. I didn't like the time of day though. High skies far too bright blue. Sunrise or sunset would have been the better choice, but I had the middle of the day and that's that.
The fish were in places that I always caught fish in the past. Which brings me back to the counting. I found myself counting hits and catches. In one small area, an undercut bank that ran for about 30 feet, the missed hits started immediately. I wound up counting 9 hits with 4 of them resulting in fish. Not a good ratio. A 16 inch smallie was a nice way to top off the 4 catches, but one of the missed hits felt even heavier.
By the time I had fished the half mile I had planned to cover, I was up to 17 hits with 7 caught. Another 16 inch was added to the catch ratio. That was a nice one to get. I had been watching from a distance as it kept popping bugs off the surface of the water in a large slack water area. First cast to where it had been surfacing and it nailed the lure hard.
Not sure if it was the time of day that caused it, but the majority of the fish caught were all sitting tight to cover. Tight to the point where inches mattered and most of the fish were caught while drifting a lure tight to cover with no more than 8 feet of line out.
I finished this stretch too fast and decided to hit North Aurora on the way home. I haven't fished this area in a long time either. Another area where I've fished it so much in the past that I still have every rock memorized. Or so it seems. Not much to show for my efforts here or my memorization of the structure, but I did bring my hit/catch numbers to 19 and 9. One of the smallies caught here made the 16 inchers look small in comparison, but when I grabbed it's lip I hit the lure, knocked it loose and the fish thrashed out of my grip. Never was able to get a good length estimate.
So for 3 and a half hours of fishing under bright blue skies I had 19 hits and 9 landed. I would say that for those that can time things better I would get out to the river. The weather and river level are perfect. Fish are holding where you expect fish to hold. Rain is expected Wednesday night. This could be a good thing. In early falls of past years this would turn on a pretty substantial white bass run in Geneva and North Aurora. Not sure why only there, but maybe that's just where I was at the time.
As for where to go, I would try the east side of the east channel at Indian Trail Road. You want to be 13 steps out from the shore and start fishing 5 steps north of the old limestone wall that lines the water intake plant. I may be off by a step or two, but that will get you close.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA
Time on the Water Outdoors reported sauger are good (keepers take sorting), trolling crankbaits or jigging. White bass are beginning (bladebaits and crankbaits). Crappie are going around pilings. Bass are doing well. Catfish slowed, best with cut Asian carp.
Ed Mullady sent this:
SEP 12 2010-SPORTSMAN'S LETTER BULLETIN- BIG OUTDOORS PART OF WKAN 1320AM
Ed Mullady, Editor, 815 932 7285-e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
KANKAKEE RIVER, INDIANA:
POINT, north of English Lake: Catfish fair to good on * minnows * worms *cheesebait. ** Pike. Fair
Try Weedless Doctor Spoons * Dardevles *4" or larger minnows.
KANKAKEE STATE F&W AREA: Rt 8 still closed while new bridge is being replaced, but fishing is available...However, check with the Area to be sure if fishing around 10 mile road and other places is allowed during hunting seasons.
CHECK ALL AREAS DURING HUNTING SEASONS AS TO WHETHER PARTS OF THE AREA ARE CLOSED TO FISHING DURING HUNTING. THIS IS TRUE IN INDIANA & ILLINOIS:
GRAND KANKAKEE MARSH AREA: When fishing during hunting season, check to be sure where and if hunting is allowed. Catfishing good on *minnows *worms *chicken liver. *Walleye fair on *jig and minnow *minnow shaped baits *jig and twister tails.
KANKAKEE RIVER, ILLINOIS:
STATE LINE THROUGH MOMENCE: Dave Zack, Momence Conservancy, reports good catches of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Try around Lake Alexander RV Camp *Glorydale *4th Ave Boat Launch. ** Catfish good on *minnows *cheesebaits *crawfish.
KANKAKEE AREA: Smallmouth Bass Fair from Kankakee Dam downstream. ** Catfish good on *cheesebaits *hamburger *crawfish.
KANKAKEE RIVER STATE PARK: Smallmouth Bass good along shorelines *try in Altorf area to mouth of Rock Creek *Wtd. Keeper Hooks & Twister tail *live minnows *imitation hellgrammites *imitation or live crawfish. *Catfish good on *minnows *crawlers *chicken liver.
WILMINGTON DAM AND DES PLAINES AREA: Smallmouth Bass fair to good in rocky areas on *spinners *imitation frogs, hellgrammites, minnows *jointed crankbaits *streamer flies *poppers. Rock Bass good throughout on * No.1,2 Spinners *crawlers *rubber spiders.
``Catfish Dave'' Bradigan sent this:
Dale made it to the river Sunday afternoon around 2:30. Weather was great fishing was so so. I went out there with another River Rat Dave Cifelli who spent many a days on the river as a youngster. Anyway we caught three fish with the biggest only 3.0 lbs. Bites were few and in-between.. There was some type of falcon out there would hit the water at a break neck speed and pull out with a fish in claws. Very cool to watch. River is still low and the water temperature is dropping with these cool nights.
LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON
For Ohio DNR report go to wildohio.com and or call (888) HOOKFISH.
CHICAGO: As Sunday's tournament showed, big lakers are the big bite. Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported the hot spot was right on the R4 for large lakers and nice kings, also northwest of the R4; there's small kings in 40-60 feet from the Carter Harrison to Evanston; and small kings and some lakers in 80-110 northeast of the car ferry. Perch are slow.
WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported boaters working 80-100 in front of Great Lakes for browns and kings, meat rigs or spoons (Moonshine spoons), down 40-60. Shallow boaters are picking up some perch and near-shore salmon and browns.
RICHARD J. DALEY MEMORIAL FISHING TOURNAMENT: Fish may be weighed at Henry's, Park Bait or Vet's. In September, the species are 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
Weather has made getting suckers more difficult, so be prepared to either pay more or find them difficult to find.
EAGLE RIVER: Creative Brilliance sent this report for the Chamber of Commerce:(Head):
Strong musky bite, with good action for walleye, northern,
smallmouth, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
(Lead): Water temps in the Eagle River area range from 62-65 degrees.
Musky are doing very well in the Eagle River area, particularly on overcast
days. Live suckers, ranging from 10-12 inches on sunny days, to 10-14
inches on overcast days are providing plenty of action. Fish the greenest
weed edges you can find, over hardbottom areas in 10-25 feet of water on
clear lakes, and 8-15 feet of water on dark water lakes.
Walleyes are hitting in 18-35 feet of water over rock bars and break edges
in the Eagle River area. Use a 1/8 ounce jig, with an XL fathead minnow or
crawler. Good action.
Northern action is very good in the Eagle River area. Toss anything
"shiny," or use a northern sucker minnow under a jig. The northern are in
depths ranging from 6-15 feet in and around weeds.
The smallmouth bass are hitting in the Eagle River area. Fish 12-18 feet
off of break edges, rocky points or cribs. Use a jig and a crawler or a jig
and a fathead minnow.
Bluegills are on weed edges in 8-15 feet of water in the Eagle River area.
Use a 1/16 ounce jig or a slip bobber with a chunk of crawler or crappie
Perch are hitting well in the Eagle River, albeit, nothing real big. The
perch are hanging with the bluegills or the walleyes. Use a 1/16 ounce jig
or a slip bobber. The perch are biting strong on crappie minnows or a chunk
Crappies are scattered here-and-there in the Eagle River area, and the
action is just fair. Fish cribs or weed edges in 12-15 feet of water, using
a crappie minnow under a slip bobber.
(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:
email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
* "Muskie Matt", 715-891-5980; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e-mail: email@example.com
* 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:
Cooler than usual temps, plus wind have dropped most area lake surface temps to the low 60 degree mark. Some Flowages and smaller lakes as low as 59 degrees.
Smallmouth Bass: Good. Depending on lake types, some found as deep as
40+ feet while other bodies (those with dark and moving water) holding nice (18-20" fish) in as little as 3-6'. Deep lakes: Drop shotting 3" worms, plastic minnows best. Shallow lakes: Wacky worms, 1/8 oz jigs, 4" worm or 1/16oz jig/minnow best.
Largemouth: Good. This species also found shallow and deep (just not as deep as SMB -- 20'). Carolina rigging creature baits, spider grubs. Shallow bass hitting spinnerbaits, #3 Mepps.
Musky: Fair - Good. Bucktails, topwater definitely way to go as muskies still relating to weeds. Cool water temps should dictate a sucker bite. Hasn't really happened yet, but should be here soon with temps expected to be in high 50's by weekend.
Walleye: Fair. Had some good catches, followed by some tough days. High pressure is hurting. Crawlers and minnows both producing. Gravel humps of 18-28' with 1/8oz jig tipped with 1/2 crawler or large fathead. For shallower weed fish, use redtails on 1/16oz weedless jigs.
Crappies: Fair. Some reports over deep water in 16-24'. Medium fatheads.
Perch: Fair. Wind biggest deterrent. Perch working weeds of 4-10'. Fatheads and crawlers.
Bluegill: Fair. See above.
With temps so cool so early, many September patterns are off. Flowages being full and weedy also creating new challenges. Deep walleye action picking up. Sucker bite for muskies will be best during next four weeks.
For shoreline and stream salmon and trout, see top. Mik-Lurch reported some big crappie coming from the corn channel on Wolf Lake.
OREGON: Jan Prose at TJ's Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental sent this:
Catfish still biting fair on dip baits, worms and liver. A few nice sized ones caught in the 5-6 pound range, a lot of smaller ones too. A few flathead catfish caught on large suckers this past week. Walleye are starting to come in on twister tails and minnow.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICHIGAN
For salmon/trout in the river, see top. River is low. There's some perch in 40 feet south and spotty action for a mixed bag off the pier, reported BJ Sports.
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT
From the Wisconsin DNR Lake Michigan Report:
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 13, 2010
In Kenosha trollers have been catching some chinooks and coho in 60 to 80 feet of water, but fishing there has been relatively slow. Shore anglers in Kenosha continue to catch occasional browns in the harbor near the Best Western, and fresh skein and white tube jigs 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.
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 and browns in 50 to 60 feet of water, with spoons and J-plugs both taking fish. Mature chinooks and coho have also been taken by trollers working around the mouth of the harbor. Racine shore fishing has picked up, with some chinooks, coho, and rainbows taken 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.
In Milwaukee fishing has been relatively slow for boaters. There are some mature salmon in and around the harbor, but they have not been hitting. Trollers out in 70 to 90 feet of water have had some limited success on glow spoons and J-plugs for chinooks, coho, and rainbows. Shore fishing has also been slow, although the nearshore waters remain cool. The rivers around Milwaukee have shown very little evidence of upstream salmon movement so far.
River's Edge reported northern and smallmouth good, walleye are picking up. River is receding. STURGEON NOTE: Hook and line sturgeon season is open. Minimum is 60 inches. A tag is required. Click here for more. River's Edge had not registered any legals by Tuesday; biggest so far was 58 inches.
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