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Midwest Fishing Report: Fall trout, fall crappie

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What a wild week for October with a string of temperatures in the 80s or higher; yet it is fall, the rivers are the low, the wading is good, and fall trout season is opening. And that leads this Midwest Fishing Report.

crappie2010octoberBillLanham

Speaking of fall fishing, Bill Lanham sent the photo above and said, which I thought was well put:

Every once in a while Dale,
A day comes along where Mother Nature seems to just hand us a full basket of marvel.
Yesterday was one of those all so precious days for sure.
Mike Davis, Alan Epich and myself spent our Sunday fishing from the bank of a farm pond for panfish, crappies and bluegills.
The bite started right upon our arrival and lasted the entire day long.
The fish must have been real happy to see us for we landed upwards of 300 black and white crappie and maybe 200 bluegills, all of very nice average size.
A gift of a day from Nature's mom.

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.

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

ILLINOIS FALL TROUT

Season opens Saturday. Steve Palmisano at Henry's recommended wax, butter or leaf worms, jar-paste bait, corn or Velveeta on small hooks under a small float on one rod. On another rod, use small inline spinners.

Stocked area lakes around Chicago fishing 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). Parking at Horsetail should be corrected by Saturday.

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.

SALMON SNAGGING

Salmon Stop said action in Waukegan has been variable. Open spots on the Illinois lakefront are the 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.

AREA LAKES

As Lanham noted above about their day on a farm pond, there's been some good crappie and bluegill action. Crappie are also picking up at the usual Cook County lakes--Saganashkee, Tampier, Maple, Skokie, Busse. Henry's reported smaller crappie from the Chicago lagoons. I'm not sure how quickly things will change one way or the other with the weather change.

AREA RIVERS

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.

CENTRAL WISCONSIN

licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik and guide Glenn Moberg of Hooksetters Guide Service:

(Head): Very good musky action, and a strong walleye and crappie bite; with
deer bow season in full swing, in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin
River of Wisconsin's Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and
Wausau).

(Lead): Water cooling, as water levels and currents returning to near-normal
readings in the central Wisconsin area.

The musky bite has been very good in the central Wisconsin area, with some
really large fish being caught. With the cooler water temperatures, the key
is to go big and slow with suckers under slip bobbers, and use large baits
like Suicks, Bulldawgs and Grandma's. These baits are at their best right
now. Target water depths from 8 to 20 feet as the muskies are suspending
over these deep water haunts in search of unsuspecting prey.

Walleyes and crappies have been very active and putting on a strong bite in
the central Wisconsin area. Lots of fish are being caught working deep
eddies and backwater areas with little or no current. For walleyes use
Lindy Rigs tipped with medium walleye sized sucker minnows. Right now these
larger minnows are attracting bigger fish. Work holes in 8 to 12 feet early
and late in the day, and during the mid day hours go as deep as 16-18 feet
if necessary. For the crappies fish in 12 to 16 feet of water, and the
crappies will be suspending 4 to 7 feet down in those depths. Slip bobber
rigs with fatheads have been working best. The important key is to be mobile
spider rigging, which is definitely the best way to find the crappies.

Archery deer season is in full swing in the central Wisconsin area. Hunters
should look for oak ridges as a good location to start, and to find a place
to set up. There is a very good crop of acorns this year, and mature bucks
and does will search out these areas look for food, especially during mid
day hours.

I left the archery report in, it seemed apt.

CHAIN O'LAKES AREA

Arden Katz reported good shallow bluegill and crappie shallow, tight to the piers on Channel and Catherine on spikes. Keep moving until you find fish. Triangle Sports reported good white bass just before dark; crappie moving in after dark around bridge areas and walleye are good and muskie are best morning and evening.

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:

What a great week to fish the Chicago river ! Fished 6 days all were great!South branch; Temps 76, The beetle spin did most good 2 men per boat caught average 30 fish each 4.5 hours(blue gills, L/M bass) until cold front of Monday night leaves covered surface 80 percent bass were hitting surface went with fly rod(white fly) 6 large mouth 14 to 16 inch also a few striped bass as well( first this fall ) ..............Also more wildlife than we have ever seen on south branch lots of turtles,lots of frogs,minnows stacked, a Coyote, a beaver,a weird looking cat and more water foul of different kinds I have never seen in my life I am sure you will get some cool reports this week I can't wait to read what other guys have to say about the crazy weather week in Chicago land.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS

LaSalle Lake closes Friday. Mazonia/Braidwood closed Tuesday, except Monster Lake at Mazonia South is open year-round.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES AREA, WISCONSIN

DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe sent this:

Delavan Lake 10/10/10 through 10/17/10
We've had a great early October this year with temperatures in the 70's and 80's. It's a bit unusual for this time of year but we won't complain. The great weather has kept the boat traffic on the lake up so there is still an awful lot of pressure on the fish. Even if the bite isn't great, who can complain about being out in weather like this.
Walleyes are starting to show up in both numbers and size. They can be caught right on the weedline in 16-18 ft of water or off the weed edge in 23-25 ft of water. The fish that are off the weedline are suspending 2-3 ft off bottom. Trolling deep diving crank baits or bottom bouncers has been producing some nice fish. For the weedline fish, I've been fishing nightcrawlers on a lindy rig. The best location has been by Browns Channel or by Belvidere Park.
Largemouth bass fishing has been good in the 5-6 ft depth range. The boat docks seem to be holding most of the fish. They can be caught either casting black and blue jigs or green pumpkin All Terrain Stiks. Look for the fish around the north shore boat docks. I typically try from the Yacht Club to Willow Point.
Northern Pike fishing has been kind of slow. Some success has come off of lindy rigging suckers or casting white and red spinner baits. I prefer using BooYah Spinner Baits in ½ oz size. The sucker bite remains in 16-18 ft of water, while the spinner bait bite is in shallow weeds in 8-10 ft of water. Look for the fish down on the west end in Viewcrest or Highlands Bay or by Willow Point.
Perch fishing has been good in the 8-10 ft depth range. The best location has been by Township park or by the old Boy Scout camp. The best presentation is using Thill slip bobbers and small fat head minnows or nightcrawler pieces.
Bluegill fishing has been almost non-existent for me. I have not caught any in the last 3 fishing trips. I think the fish have moved into the 5-6 ft depth range, where I have not been fishing. If they are in the shallows, bobbers with a small ice jig or leaf worms will produce most of the action.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

Daily Reports
10/10/10 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 70 degrees, water temp 61 degrees, winds were calm. Caught 1 walleye, 1 smallmouth bass and 1 crappie. Tried to duplicate yesterdays success to no avail. The fish didn't seem to want to bite. We did have some hits on crankbaits that didn't stay buttoned, other than that it was a slow 3 hours on the water.

GENEVA: Duwe sent this:

Lake Geneva 10/10/10 through 10/17/10
With the warm October weather, this is the warmest I've seen the water temperature for this time of year. Because of this, the fish are not in their normal fall patterns. With the cooling water temperatures, most of the fish will be going shallow and associating with the hard bottom rocks of the lake. Look for the fish on the main lake points, places like Black Point, Conference Point and Cedar Point.
Presently the best bite on the lake is yellow perch. They remain in 8-10 ft of water. Look for the fish from Chapin Road to Knollwood or by Rainbow Point. It has been no problem to catch over 100 fish in a few hours. The best method has been fishing Thill slip bobbers with a small hook and either a fat head minnow or a leaf worm.
Largemouth bass fishing has been tough. Most of the success is coming in 12-14 ft of water. Swimming ½ oz jigs with Arkie crawlin grubs has been producing quite a few fish. The best color is green pumpkin or root beer. Look for the fish by Linn Pier, Geneva Inn or by Trinkes.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been spotty. They have not yet schooled up. The only fish that are being caught have been when you find a pod of bait fish and the fish are actively feeding on them. My best location has been by the old Military Academy or the Yacht Club.
Northern Pike fishing has been a bit slow as well. The warm weather has affected their normal patterns. They still remain in the shallow weeds, in 8-10 ft of water. They can be caught on slip bobbered golden shiners or white spinner baits.
Rock bass fishing remains one of the best bites on the lake. They can be caught on nightcrawlers or fat head minnows. The best depth is 10-12 ft of water. The method is nothing fancy, just a split shot rig with a small hook and a 3/0 split shot.
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: The river is at the lowest level it has been all year long, 3.0 on the
gauge, and current flow of 198. If you fish, get out and wade, and
leave the boat sitting at home as water levels are very low.

Water temperatures are still in the 60 degree range, and this has led
to predictable and consistent patterns for all species of fish. The
most notable catches are still coming from Northern Pike and Bass.

Pike up to 31-inches are being caught, with one of the best catches
coming from friend and correspondent, Gary Grenda, who was wading in
the southwest suburbs on 10/7, and casting Mepps Musky Killers to open
water from shore. In addition, plenty of fish from 20 to 30 inches are
being found from north to south, and the deeper we get into fall, the
fishing and overall sizes of catches will continue to improve.

Best bets for Pike right now are afternoons and evenings, but it seems
as if fish are feeding during all times of day. Best areas are channel
edges, deeper pools, log jams and downed wood, and weedbeds. Bucktails
with #5 and #6 blades are working for larger fish while smaller blades
are catching smaller fish - no surprise there. Besides bucktails and
inline spinners, spinnerbaits and crankbaits have been strong
producers as well. Top color selections have been the following:
White/Red, Gold/Yellow, Gold/Silver, Gold/White, Chartreuse, and
Black/Orange. If anything, you can't ever go wrong with matching the
hatch with Shad and Shiner profiles.

Meanwhile, both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are very active, and
some good size fish up to 18-inches are being caught from a variety of
areas. Places to look for are log jams, deeper hard-bottomed pools,
weedlines, channel edges, and current breaks. Most Largemouth are
running in the 12 to 18 inch range while Smallmouths are coming at 10
to 14 inches. For all the skeptics, yes, there are Smallmouth Bass in
the DesPlaines River.

Dan Sims, owner of upstart tackle company, Sims Spinners, agrees that
the fishing is consistent and full of action. On 10/11, got out for a
wade trip and adds the following:

"Got out with our friend, Big Mike, and David Mannion for a quick wade
before receiving a tying lesson from Big Mike. Mike was fishing one of
his fly setups (caught nothing) whereas Dave and I were using spinning
rigs. Dave and I were throwing the good ole Sims-Spinner. I had a #4
bladed Red and White to start while working water with a flat
limestone bottom that was near 4' deep. Within my first ten casts, the
first fish caught was a hammerhandle Pike. I knew we were going to be
on fish. Dave wanted to try some newer water, so he moved about 500
yards upstream from us. He found some nice current that held
Smallmouth Bass and Cats. He landed 5 Smallies in a matter of minutes.
Besides that, I landed two Smallies, nice 12"-13" fish, and also had a
big Pike break me off. He peeled drag really good. I wish I had landed
that fish. I could just tell he had some weight to him. He tried to
shake the hook out of his face a few times which was pretty cool to
see."

Other than the above, little to no Walleye and Sauger reports
currently exist, and very few are targeting Catfish and Carp, or most
other species. Otherwise, it's shaping up to be a great week for Bass
and Pike anglers along most stretches of the river.

DOWNSTATE NOTES

EVERGREEN: Guide Jay Angel reported good action for crappie in 15 feet down 6-9. Lake is down 4 feet and in the upper 60s.

Any updated fishing report from site staff will be posted here.

POWERTON: Boat fishing ends Oct. 22. Shore fishing ends Oct. 29.

SPRING: The last day for boat fishing is Oct. 22 in waterfowl hunting area. Shore fishing in the waterfowl area continues through 29th, then is limited to after 1 p.m. during waterfowl hunting.

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.

DuPAGE RIVER

From Frank Macikas:

Still haven't been able to get any significant time in on the water but did fish a stretch of the East Branch in Bolingbrook today.

Water clarity is around 4ft and river is still low in most places Algae is bad in some areas on the main branch but the east branch seemed much better. Best bets are to fish slower deeper water near wood. X Raps and Original Rapalas burned as fast as possible were producing some strikes and follows from some very large fish but strikes were just short. Did manage a few decent fish drifting plastic helgies but depending on the area the algae makes that tough.

Fishing is still good and I will be getting out as much as time allows.

FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS

If you don't want to read more than just a fishing report, I suggest moving on to the next entry. But I enjoy Ken Gortowski's rambles and sorting through life that encase his reports:

I have not seen a single report on the Fox that shows a fall feeding frenzy. Usually by now someone ties into one. Including me. Doesn't mean it hasn't happened. Maybe they keep it to themselves.

I did get out Sunday morning for a few hours. The bite was slow and the fish were not in chase mode. Picked up four smallies and the biggest, fattest channel cat I have ever caught out of the Fox. Didn't measure it, why?, and had forgot my camera. That's a shame because the sunrise was stunning.

The hits I got were all in the slower moving water or off to the edge of something faster. The longer I let the lure just sit, the better the chance that I got a hit. You can't do that casting up stream.

Speaking of which . . . was taking a break from work in Oswego along the Fox on Monday. A wader was out there quartering an inline spinner upstream and reeling far too fast back. He was well within casting distance to the bridge pylons and yet never cast any where near them. I assume everyone knows that fish will tuck up against the concrete, or corral bait up against the pylon, for an easy meal. Any lure reeled up close to the concrete, over six inches away may be too far, generally gets a hit. But I guess not everyone knows that.

With this kind of weather it seems catching fish becomes a secondary endeavor to just being out in the water. At least for me. Considering that I saw more wading fishermen on Sunday combing the stretch down from Orchard Road than I have all year, others must be thinking the same.
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With Tuesday off from work, the call to be standing in the Fox was a call that could not be ignored. The day started off depressing and emotionally draining dealing with my ex in a DuPage County court room. My need to get in the water increased on the ride home.

Tuesday was also mentally tough from a jobs standpoint. I've been dwelling on how at 54 years old and with 27 years experience I can no longer work in the graphics industry. I was told by 3 different head hunters over the last few months to basically give it up. Find something else to do. . . . I'm job hunting again, but the big question looms. Work doing what? Never an easy answer.

Standing in running water and draining my brain of these concerns was becoming an absolute necessity.

The goal was to be in the water for the sunset walk. I had in mind to start at Violet Patch Park off of Route 25 and hike down to Troy Park, west side. For some reason, as I passed Orchard Road, I turned and headed for the river. As I pulled into the parking area next to the bridge and river, an angler was finishing off fishing for the day. It was Ed, a member of my site. He had just finished a hike down the river starting in Oswego off of Route 34. From there to Orchard Road is quite an accomplishment and it helps to hear that 17 or so fish were caught.

I noticed the net hanging from his wading belt. This was the same angler I had seen in Oswego the day before. The same angler that I reference above that didn't fish the bridge pylons correctly. He promised he wouldn't be upset at my reference to his fishing abilities.

I decided to skip fishing around Orchard Road and go back to my original plan. I hadn't had the opportunity to fish down stream from Violet Patch for some time and it is one of those stretches that has done well in the fall in the past. It was a good plan.

23 smallies wound up being landed in the short hike that barely lasted 3 hours. More fish than that were hit, lost and never landed. The bulk of the fish were sitting in indentations in the river bed no more than knee deep. One small spot in particular yielded 9 smallies. I get to retain the title of dinkmaster since most of the fish were dinks, but there were just enough 12 to 14 inch smallies included to keep my interest level up. The missed hits kept any one section from getting boring. The hits just kept coming for the whole hike.

Only, the dinks fought harder than the bigger fish. Nobody told them they were dinks. Fished with a 1/16th ounce jig and a pearl Producto twister the whole time. I kept thinking I should change up, but then another hit would happen. Why change lures for the sake of changing when what you're using is working just fine.

You couldn't ask for a better afternoon to spend in the water. Not too hot, not cold at all and a beautiful sunset for the last 20 minutes of fishing. As well as the whole stretch of river to myself. By the time I was done the issues of the morning were gone. The job issue remains, but that too will get resolved and the running water helped ease the anxiety. The hike back to the car had me thinking of the "why" to my fishing. But I've hacked the heck out of this fishing report as it is with my nonsensical train of thought. The "why" will have to wait for another time.

ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA

River is very low. Angel reported better sauger action outside of Senachwine. Bob Kidd reported those in the IWT Fall Classic out of Henry did best trolling crankbaits.

KANKAKEE RIVER

Plainfield's Dan Gradon sent this:

Report on the kankakee river. Fished on friday 10/8 at K3 state park . Smallies are on fire. Caught 23 bass between 1/2 lb. and 3lb's. Lost one close to 4lb's. Lost another 5 or 6 smallies. One big Catfish. Used shiner's on a slip-bobber rig. They have the FEED-BAG on.River is in GREAT shape.

Norm Minas said the continued warm weather had slowed fishing by Monday.

Ed Mullady (sportsmanletter@aol.com) sent this:

KANKAKEE RIVER, INDIANA: POINT, north of English Lake: Northern Pike good in smaller sizes on small minnows*Try larger spoons, spinners for bigger pike. Bluegill good on redworms, bee moths. Croppie hitting on minnows * pinkie jigs * small spinners. *Try Rattlin Rogue * jig and double twister tail *Mepps #2,#3 Spinners *minnows for smallmouth bass....esp. near pools next to faster moving water.
RT. 55 AREA: PIKE improving along shorelines, in water logs, mouths of bayous. Big Minnows *Weedless Doctor Spoons good *Mepps #5 spinners. Croppie good on minnows *pinkie jigs *crawlers.
MANY AREAS ARE BLOCKED OFF FROM FISHING IN THE RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES WHILE
HUNTING SEASONS ARE ON: CHECK WITH EACH AREA'S HEADQUARTERS FOR DETAILS!
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KANKAKEE RIVER, ILLINOIS: MOMENCE AREA: Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass hitting good in this area. For smallmouth: Try live or imitation minnows *live or imitation crawfish *Mr.Twister and weighted Keeper Hook with double twister tail. Largemouth: Top water plastic frogs *live minnows *plastic worms *jointed plugs *#3 Mepps Spinners.
KANKAKEE DAM AREA: Some smaller walleye on *jig and minnow *jointed plugs *crankbaits *Mepps #2, #3 Spinner. Be careful if wading, as there are drop offs in some locations.
KANKAKEE RIVER STATE PARK: Smallmouth Bass going good on *minnows *spinners *Rattlin' Rogues *jig and twister tails. *SMALLER WALLEYE : on jig and minnow *jig and crawler * Mepps #2 spinners. Don't pass up fishing along shorelines. Good shoreline access through Park. Nick at Kankakee River Trading Post also reported nice catches of good sized rock bass and catfish.
WILMINGTON AREA: Angelo's Outdoor Sports reported some fair sized walleye at the Dam on minnows crawlers. Big catfish on crawlers *large roach minnows *shrimp.
IN ANY PARTS OF THE RIVER AND WADING, BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL AS THERE REALLY ARE SOME DEEP HOLES, FAST CURRENTS. BE SURE WHAT'S AHEAD BEFORE YOUR NEXT STEP!
River and tributaries still low, so suggested to make quiet movements when walking on the shoreline or in a boat. If using a boat, check with bait shops, marinas, parks, Fish and wildlife areas as to conditions.
River guide Matt Mullady and son Rex Mullady have been catching smallmouth bass (on Illinois side of the Kankakee) in several different locations. The smallmouth will keep on being active as more fall weather drifts in!

LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON

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

LAKEFRONT

CHICAGO: Shoreline salmon/trout action (kings, and a few coho and steelhead) is variable, a slow year by most standards. Henry's said finesse presentations--eggs or spawn, little tube or crappie jigs under slip floats on light line--are key. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters said Julian's Reef was decent for lakers and a few kings. A few scattered browns.

WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported spawn sacs and worms are taking some browns and kings from shore; and a report of perch in 80 feet north of Great Lakes. Some smaller lakes on South Reef, according to Poteshman.

NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported kings, lakers and some coho in 200-250; a few fish on the hill and browns south in 40-50.

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

NORTHERN WISCONSIN

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

(Head): Musky action good on smaller lakes, with good northern, walleye,
bluegill and perch bite in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

(Lead): Water temps are 51-53 degrees on smaller lakes, and 53-56 degrees
on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes, and deeper lakes like North Twin.

Musky are hitting pretty well on the smaller, cooler lakes in the Eagle
River area. The warmer, medium and larger lakes, like the Eagle River Chain
of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world) are not
providing as good a bite. Fish 8-15 feet off of deep-side weed edges,
adjacent to hardbottom areas. Use a 12-14 inch sucker, or a Suzy Sucker or
Bulldawg. Twitch baits are working, too.

Walleye in the Eagle River area are putting on a decent bite. On the Eagle
River Chain of Lakes fish 6-10 feet on the deep side of weed edges, or in
the holes in 18-24 feet. On deep clear lakes, like North Twin, the walleye
are in 18-36 feet of water. Use a fathead on a jig, or a split shot with a
#6 hook and a fathead. Both are producing nicely.

Northern are hitting well in the Eagle River area. Fish 8-15 feet of water
in and around weeds, using a twitch bait, sucker minnow under a bobber,
Husky Jerk, or anything flashy and/or noisy. In reality, the northern will
hit almost anything you put in front of them.

Bluegills are putting on a good bite in two places in the Eagle River area.
Fish shallow weeds, or deeper cribs, brush piles, and weed edges (12-16 feet
of water). Use a small jig with a chunk or crawler, leaf worm or small
minnow; and in the deeper water, try the same bait under a slip bobber.
Good action.

Perch are relatively shallow in the Eagle River area. Fish weeds or brush
piles in 6-8 feet of water (hanging with the walleyes in these shallower
areas, and about a foot off the bottom). Use a jig or small hook with a
grub, chunk of crawler, small minnow or leaf worm. This year in particular,
the Eagle River Chain of Lakes has produced large numbers of perch, and
anglers are doing very well fishing for them on the Chain.

(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

MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Island Sports sent this:

What started out as a great musky week last weekend, slowed with a high pressure system that settled in for a long week. High temps (high 70's to 80) threw things for a loop, lakes have turned but surface temps worked back up into the mid 50's.

Musky: Fair-Good. Fish being caught, but windows are small. Better action on lures than suckers this week (personally), but sucker bite should return one waters start to cool. Twitch baits (cranes, big game), gliders (Warlocks, Smuttly dog, Smitys) producing. Fish shallow now (3-5') probably due to warming water.

Walleye: Fair-Good. Work deep (22-40'). Vertical jig minnows, 1/2 crawlers. Fish deeper this week, most likely due to high pressure.

Smallmouth bass: Fair-Good. Big fish (18-21") working the base of gravel humps in 20-30'. Use 1/8 to 1/4 oz jigs tipped with chubs.

Pike: Fair. Big chubs, slow working twitch baits (Husky jerks, X-raps), spinnerbaits in six to 12' weeds, look for the green stuff.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Spinnerbaits, twitch baits over weed flats producing some fish.

Panfish: Crappies best along deep breaks in 18-28'. Work soft bottoms with small/medium fatheads on 1/8oz jigs or slip floats.

NORTHWEST INDIANA

Mik-Lurch reported the creeks holding kings, coho and steelhead (spinners or spawn); some salmon at Amoco and hole-in-the-wall; a few perch starting off the Inland Wall. Smallmouth are decent on the lake on Poor Boys or tube jigs.

ROOT RIVER, WISCONSIN

From the Root River Report by the Wisconsin DNR:

Root River Fishing Report for October 11, 2010
Water and flow conditions

Fishing pressure on the Root River was high and steady all weekend. Anglers concentrated their effort at Lincoln Park downstream through Island Park and down to Washington Park. Low water levels and warmer temperatures made fishing slow at times. Anglers had the most success fishing near sunrise and sunset.. . .
Fishing Report
Fishing in Lincoln Park was good for many anglers especially Saturday morning. Catches were dominated by Chinook salmon along with a of nice couple of brown trout. Most anglers were fly-fishing trying to drift small flies in areas of current. The harvested Chinook salmon averaged 8-17 pounds and brown trout averaged 6-8 pounds.
At Island Park fish was good over the weekend especially at sunrise. Anglers were concentrating on the large bends of the northeastern stretch and southeast corner. Anglers were fishing the deeper water holes with spawns sacs or imitation baits such as Berkley power eggs rigged up on the bottom. On Saturday morning one angler picked up a nice 6.5 pound steelhead.
At Washington Park angler pressure was high in the mornings but tapered off by late afternoon. Anglers were spread out from the two large bridges and downstream around the large southern river bend. Catches were dominated by Chinook salmon but a couple of brown trout and Coho salmon were also landed. Brown trout averaged from 5-8.5 pounds. Fishing Sunday evening just at sunset one fly-fishermen landed a very nice Coho salmon weighing in at 8.5 pounds on a wet red and white fly.
Fishing at Colonial Park and upstream to the Horlick dam has still remained slow. Low water depths and little river flow coupled with warmer weather made fishing hit or miss. A couple anglers fishing Friday afternoon were able to land one 10 pound male Chinook salmon. They entered at Colonial Park and worked their way upstream through the Racine Country Club.

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CHICAGO AREA CHAT/REPORTS

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CHICAGO AREA INFO

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DOWNSTATE
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IOWA DNR REPORT

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INDIANA DNR REPORT

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Dale,
I just read Ken G's Fox River report. I enjoyed it because I can relate. In closing his article, he wondered "Why?" Perhaps it is simply because I am a little older, but I offer this point of view that works for me: Who cares why?
Don

Thanks Don, probably more for reading my diatribe to the end. I still ponder that question even though I know I answered it when I commented on the reduction in anxiety levels. Once upon a time I counted and measured all fish caught. Today I happen to be counting, I don't measure anymore. Most days I use fishing as an excuse to not look stupid wandering around in a river. That's what age has done for me. Who cares why also works.

The lake "Lake Holiday" which is close to Oswego/Fox River and SHABBONA LAKE has been pretty busy as well. I've caught some pretty sizable Small Mouth, bluegills, and Cat Fish. It's a good year to fish.

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