Rivers around Chicago settle into normal May patterns for this Midwest Fishing Report, enough so that Fox Valley Area Anglers will hold their rescheduled white bass open on Sunday on the Illinois River.
This is the extended online version of the MFR, which appears on the Sun-Times outdoors page on Wednesdays.
Well, this is the rivers section for rivers around Chicago fishing. The lakes and areas MFR will follow shortly.
Normally, I post the online MFR, both the rivers and lakes/areas sections, by Wednesday morning.
I will probably separate out the rivers section like this until the fall.
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For an overview of nearby river conditions, click here.
Up until the weather change, Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass had been doing well, haven't heard from him recently.
DES PLAINES RIVER
With water levels come down to normal levels for the first time in months. Fishing has been excellent!! Fish are being caught in heavy current areas, shoreline structure, Current breaks and even being pulled off of wood. Fishing at its best!! Baits of choice have been the In-Line spinner for the most part. "I have an interest" :)
Smallies are also starting to hit. Water temps were 58.7 degrees this past week, while just this morning they were down to 54.4 degrees. "Main River Channel" With warming weather in the forecast this week, fishing is going to be awesome!!
Try and find Eddy's and downed wood. Most likely there is more than just one fish hanging in this type of area. Fish it as many different ways as you can think of.
Try and get to areas in the river with bigger boulders and downed trees. Fish the current breaks. Jig-n-twister never fails. Both Largies and Pike have been using these types of areas for the past 10 days or so. Best colors have been Bright Yellows and Bright Oranges.
Keep moving if things are slow in one particular area. Fish have seemed to be stacked up when they are found. :)
Carp are EVERYWHERE in the river system right now. The spawn is in full swing! It's not even funny how many fish you will see in the shallows doing their thing. Give that a go! I am not a rough fish guy but... Fighting a 20# carp is just as much fun "if not more" than fighting a bigger DPR Pike ;) Best of luck!!
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS
River is dropping, but creeks remain the best option. Click here to read and view the latest salvo from Ken Gortowski.
River is dropping. Time on the Water Outdoors reported trollers taking some sauger on the St. Bede and Peru flats (most likely the Hennepin flats too); white bass are slow. Looking at the forecast maybe catfish and white bass will be going by the weekend. NOTE: The Fox Valley Area Anglers hold their rescheduled White Bass Open on Sunday. Click here for details.
Most of the river is receding. Smallmouth are up and the best target.
Ed Mullady sent this on other species:
Kankakee down nearer to normal. Some areas still high.
Walleye fair in Indiana and Illinois: Mouths of ditches, creeks, bayous. Good on *Mr.Twister
wtd keeper hook, twister tail and minnow combo! *jig and minnow *weedless Dr. Spoons
Catfish good throughout on *live minnows *cheesebait on catfish plastic grub or worm
Rock Bass, Croppie hitting good throughout on *small spinners *2-3" minnows *live crawlers *#1,#2 Mepps spinners *fly rod spiders*small bass bugs.
Best to you.......
Morris Wetlands is open for fishing that stretch of the Mazon. Hours will 6 a.m. to sunset.
OREGON: Jan Prose at TJ's Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental sent this:
A few small flathead have been caught on night crawlers, catfish are biting on dip bait. Water temp is just under 50 degrees, and the level is still a little above normal, but nice fishing and boating. We just need a nice weekend now without rain for goodness sake!
The Wisconsin DNR Root River Report wasn't updated.
WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMONT
Guide Bill Stoeger said the cool-down (62 degrees to 55) pushed the white bass out deeper, best action is in 10-14 feet on river rigs, either minnow or fly and minnow. He suspects by the weekend, fish will be shallow again. Forecast looks much more promising by late week.
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