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Midwest Fishing Report: Lakes around Chicago fishing

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The holiday and heat lead this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

This is the extended online version of the MFR, which appears on the Sun-Times outdoors page on Wednesdays. I posted the rivers section earlier.

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

HEAT REMINDER

I know people tend to laugh at the hyperventilating that goes on about the weather, but in recent years with the advent of air-conditioning in vehicles, homes and work places, extreme heat is something most of us are not prepared for.

So pretty simply, here a few reminders that apply not only for fishing, but doing about anything around this holiday.

Pre-hydrate and continue to hydrate during fishing. Veteran Kankakee River fisherman/explorer Norm Minas added, ``Try dipping your hat and bandana in the river and lay the bandana on the back of your neck. . . . Another thing to try is submegrging your arms past the wrists for a while, it also seems to help. Don't try to be the macho guy either, take some breaks in the shade or in the air-conditioned car if it's close. Once the heat starts getting to you, you start making questionable decisions. Even in the lower flow, mistakes can be fatal.''

I especially would note that part about not trying to be a macho guy in this weather.

LAKEFRONT PERCH

REMINDER: The hated July closure for perch fishing by those 16 and older on the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan is here; however, those 15 and younger may catch and keep 10 perch daily in July. Perch were all over Chicago harbors on Tuesday.

INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported the good school of jumbos in 22-30 feet a quarter to half a mile east of the Donut; key is soft shells and spinners for bigger ones, minnows work for numbers. Some are in front of the Ditch in 30 feet. West suburban Sammy Noto caught a 16-incher weighing 1-11 Tuesday morning.

AREA LAKES

As Fish of the Week showed, largemouth are the top bite right now. For holiday fishing, look for largemouth early and late on topwaters, worms or Senkos on weed lines other times; and bluegills in weed pockets or outside weed lines. And find shade, for yourself, and the fish.

BIG GREEN LAKE, WISCONSIN

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

CENTRAL WISCONSIN

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

(Head): Great action for walleyes, crappies, bass, bluegills, catfish and
muskies; with plenty of black bear activity at area bait stations; all in
and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and
Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

Fishing in the central Wisconsin area continues to be very good with
excellent catches of walleyes and crappies coming in along with some very
nice muskies.  In addition to the great fishing we have been seeing a lot of
activity around area bear baiting stations.

The walleyes in the central Wisconsin area have been primarily holding in
about 8 to 12 feet of water along sharp break lines.  A few of the fish have
been holding along the deeper wood edges, but most of the action has come
from fish associated with rocks.  We are using jigs tipped with minnows and
crawlers but have also seen some action on leeches.

The crappie bite in the central Wisconsin area has been very good, and we
aren ow starting to see some of the larger "slabs" in our daily outings.
Most of the fish are suspended in 12 to 16 feet of water about 4 to 6 feet
down.  Run slip bobbers set to appropriate depths baited up with small jigs
and minnows to entice the crappies into striking as you move through the
areas in which they are holding.

Action for bass has been outstanding in the central Wisconsin area.  We are
catching numbers of nice fish in the 16 to 18 inch range, along with a few
pushing the 20 inch mark.  Most of the action has come from crayfish
imitating crankbaits worked around mid-lake rock humps and shoreline
rip-rap; but we also saw some good action on top water baits over weeds.

The bluegill bite in the central Wisconsin area has been very good, and
anyone wanting to get a youngster into fishing should take advantage of this
great bite.  For action, look for mid-depth weeds in 4 to 8 feet of water.
Run a small hook baited up with a worm or piece of crawler suspended under a
tiny bobber set about 1 to 3 feet down.  For the larger gills, don't use a
bobber at all and work the outside edge of the weeds.  Once you've tossed
your bait in, let it slowly fall all the way to the bottom and work it back
to the boat.  You may even run into a few nice perch along the way.

Wow -- the catfish bite in the central Wisconsin area has been very good and
it just seems to get better every year.  Lots of nice cats in the 3 to 5
pound range are being caught every day along with some really nice fish in
the 10 to 15 pound range - -and those are some real slobs!  For dining and
catching catfish just locate any deep pool or washout hole in the main
Wisconsin River channel, wherever you may be fishing, and set up directly
above the hole.  Run small sucker minnows or cut-bait on a #4 or #2 Octopus
hook and weight it down with a large bell sinker set about 18 inches above
the bait.  Toss the bait into the washout hole or pool.  Anchor the rod down
and get ready.  It won't take long, and you should run into a feisty
catfish.

With the recent heat the musky bite in the central Wisconsin area has really
turned on.  We are catching multiple fish on our trips along with some
really nice sized fish as well.  Most of the action is coming on bucktails
and spinnerbaits in orange and green, but we are seeing some good action on
the top water baits, too.  We are targeting weeds in 6 to 10 feet of water,
and wood strewn break line edges along the old river channel in the main
lake system.

The warm weather hasn't deterred the black bear activity at our central
Wisconsin area bait stations, which are being hit every day by frequently
visiting bait raiders.  We have had action from several different bears and
it looks like they have decided to make our locations their new home. To
keep the bears coming and to be consistent it is imperative to keep changing
the bait with different kinds of food and rotate your days as far as
baiting.  This inconsistent way of baiting will keep the bears interested in
the site, and keep them from moving off to another location.

As usual, the bear update with your fish.

CHAIN O'LAKES AREA/UPPER FOX RIVER

Staff at Triangle reported good white bass early and late; catfish are good throughout the day on stinkbait and crawlers; walleye are early and late, leeches are best bait on slip-bobber rigs or Lindy rigs, main lake points, best on Bluff or Marie; crappie are good late evening; muskie are active, mostly on topwaters or bulging bucktails.

For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/

More Chain info at www.foxwaterway.state.il.us.

COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS

Fish kills are expected shortly, but as of Tuesday morning, neither Braidwood or LaSalle had any major kills. As of now, LaSalle remains open daily.

DELAVAN/GENEVA AREA, WISCONSIN

DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe sent this:

Delavan Lake 7/2/12 through 7/9/12
Fishing remains excellent. You need to go early to avoid the crowds. Most days there are between 100-150 fishermen out on the lake. The fishing has been awesome for bluegills and largemouth bass.
Largemouth bass fishing has been great. You want to fish underneath the north shore piers or on the deep weed line points. I've been fishing mostly with nightcrawlers on a split shot rig. A lot of jig fishermen have been catching as much as I have. Due to the time of year, the largemouth bass have schooled up so if you catch one, wait for another 3 or 4 in the same spot, don't move too fast. For the docks, I've been using 5 inch Yum dingers, Texas rigged, in green pumpkin or green pumpkin metal flake. The best time has been early a.m. or late afternoon.
Bluegill fishing has been outstanding. The bigger bluegills are in 12-15 ft of water. Look for the fish by the Yacht Club or by Willow Point. The best approach is split shot rigging a small leaf worm with a single hook and small split shot. A lot of bluegills we've been catching are in excess of 9 inches.
Perch fishing has also been excellent in 8-12 ft of water. The best location has been by Browns channel or by Township Park. They are biting on big green hellgrammites or small leaf worms. They can be caught with a small split shot and a single hook or a Thill slip bobber about 1 ft above the weeds.
Northern Pike fishing has been average. The fish haven't been biting as well as recent years. The best bite has been lindy rigged bluegills caught in Delavan Lake in 20 ft of water. The suckers haven't been producing as well as the lake caught bluegills. The best location has been just west of the Yacht Club and by Willow Point.
Walleye fishing has been average. The best presentation has been a lindy rigged nightcrawler or leech in 20 ft of water. Look for the fish by the concrete point or by the Yacht Club. The best time to fish has been early morning or at dusk.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
Daily Reports
7/1/12 - Lake Geneva, sunny, 75 degrees, no wind, water temp 75 degrees.  Caught 3 lake trout, all 3 were legal.  Had 3 others on that lost the hook.  Fished between Conference Point and Cedar Point.  The best depth was 70 ft down in 118 ft of water.
6/30/12 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 80 degrees, SW wind at 5 mph, water temp 75 degrees.  Caught 9 largemouth, 5 were legal, 1 smallmouth bass and 1 northern pike. The fish were on main lake point and caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers.  The pike was caught on lindy rigged small bluegills in 19 ft of water.
6/28/12 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 98 degrees, winds SW at 10 mph.  Water temp 77 degrees.  Caught 12 largemouth, 3 smallmouth and 1 walleye.  All the bass were caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers in 10-12 ft of water.  The best location was by Browns Channel.
6/26/12 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 90 degrees, winds S at 5 mph.  Water temp 78 degrees.  Caught 8 largemouth, 3 were legal, 3 walleyes and 1 northern pike.  The bass were caught on main lake points on split shot rigged nightcrawlers.  The northern was caught on a lindy rigged sucker.

GENEVA: Duwe sent this:

Lake Geneva 7/2/12 through 7/9/12
Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be very good. The boat traffic has been very intense. Due to vacation season, you need to go early in the a.m.
Smallmouth bass are on the weed line in 15-20 ft of water. The best location is by Abbey Springs or by the Yacht Club. The best presentation is a 1/8 oz lindy sinker with a 2 ft leader and a small hook tipped with a nightcrawler. Most of the fish are biting within a foot of bottom.
Lake Trout are biting in the main lake basin in 115-120 ft of water. They are biting on nickel/blue or nickel/green spoons. I've been trolling between Conference Point and Cedar Point. The best time to go has been between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. The fish have been suspended until the sun gets too high, then they stick to the bottom.
Rock bass are biting in 12-15 ft of water. The best approach is a split shot rigged nightcrawler or a small hair jig. They can be caught when the wind is blowing well or electric motor trolling. The best location has been by the Military Academy or by Abbey springs.
Walleye fishing has been phenomenal. You want to fish at night in Trinkes or west of Abbey springs. The best depth has been 12-15 ft of water. Try large crank baits in chrome/black or perch color for the most action. Most of the fish are coming right off the weeds about 2 ft off bottom. The fish are very aggressive this time of year and remember you want to fish when its windy.
Bluegill fishing has been good in Geneva Bay. The bluegills are in 6-8 ft of water in and around the boat docks. You want to fish with leaf worms or small red worms underneath Thill slip bobbers. The key has been scattered weeds. The thick matted weeds haven't been producing as many fish so you want the weeds with scattered sandy spots.
Northern Pike fishing has been all right, the fish are in 30 ft of water. They can be caught by using medium suckers fished on a lindy rig. The fish are being caught by Fontana Beach or in the narrows. The fish have been aggressive. It seems as though they haven't seen a sucker in about a year. The best presentation has been slowly back trolling with the electric motor. You should be able to see the fish on your fish finder. If you don't see any, move on until you see them.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

DOWNSTATE NOTES

REND: The Army Corps reported crappie (6-10 feet and around Ina marina pilings) and channel catfish (rocks and dam) as excellent.

EVERGREEN: Time on the Water Outdoors reported crappie still being caught on a split-shot rig drifting in 20-30 feet; a few saugeye, mostly small, off weed edges. . . . Any updated fishing report from site staff will be posted here.

HENNEPIN CANAL: Tine on the Water reported largemouth are very good early and late; catfish are hitting inside the locks; flatheads are hitting live bluegill above the locks.

POWERTON: Summer hours--6 a.m.-8 p.m.--are underway.

EMIQUON: The 2012 permits are available for fishing at Emiquon from Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown.

HENNEPIN-HOPPER LAKES: They will be closed again for 2012 as work on common carp removal continues.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN

From the Wisconsin DNR report on Monday:

Green Bay Fishing Report: July 2, 2012
Brown Co.
No report; check back next week.
East Shore
With the hot temperatures this week, fishing pressure has picked up a little bit from last week. It has also increased the water temperature in Sawyer Harbor and on Little Sturgeon Bay to about 74 degrees. The water temperatures are about the same as last week at Bayshore Park and Chaudoir's Dock of about 74 degrees as well. Perch fishing is still very slow at most locations, but it has picked up a little bit at Chaudoir's Dock. There were many pleasure boaters out this weekend in Sawyer Harbor and on Little Sturgeon Bay.
Bayshore Park: At Bayshore Park, fishermen were targeting walleye and perch. Walleye is also slowing down here, but fishermen are using crank baits most of the time, and some fishermen were using night crawlers. There were perch fishermen, but success was very low. Night crawlers were the main choice of bait for perch; a few people used minnows. Sheepshead and gobies are still being caught.
Chaudoir's Dock: At Chaudoir's Dock, fishermen were targeting perch and walleye. Walleye is slowing down and perch is starting to pick up. Fishermen were using night crawlers, leeches, and minnows for perch. The perch were being caught in about 23 feet of water. Only a handful of walleye were caught, using cranks baits mostly. Sheepshead and gobies are still numerous.
Sawyer Harbor: In Sawyer Harbor, fishermen were targeting smallmouth bass and perch. Shore fishermen were targeting perch and also caught some rock bass. Night crawlers were the main bait for perch and rock bass, but spinners and plastics (green and watermelon in color) were the most used for smallmouth bass. Sheepshead and gobies are numerous.
Little Sturgeon Bay: On Little Sturgeon Bay, there was a Bass tournament this weekend so it was very busy during the week. Fishermen were targeting smallmouth bass, perch, and walleye. Walleye are very slow, and perch numbers are very low. Fishermen from boat, shore, and pier were using night crawlers for perch and using tubes (mainly green) for smallmouth bass. Gobies and sheepshead are still making appearances as well.
Oconto Co.
With the hot and humid weather this past week many people took to the water. Fishing pressure was moderate as was pleasure boating and rafting. Fishing for panfish below the Stiles Dam has been good with some nice bluegill and crappie being caught with slip bobbers and garden tackle. Spinners and small Rapalas have been deadly on smallmouth from the Stiles Dam to the mouth of the Oconto River. The walleye bite on the Bay from Pensaukee Landing to Oconto Park II has been fair, fishing in 15 to 30 feet of water. Crawler/harness is working well. Some larger fish are being caught on larger Raps being trolled at the same water depths. Mornings and evenings have been best. Some perch are starting to show up in 15 to 20 feet of water adjacent to weed beds; minnows and crappie rigs have been the bait of choice.
Marinette Co.
With the hot and humid weather this past week many people took to the water. Fishing pressure was moderate as was pleasure boating and rafting. Fishing on the Peshtigo River has been slow with a few freshwater drum, catfish, and smallmouth being caught downriver from Klingsborn landing to the mouth. With the Peshtigo River Bridge and Dam construction, the upper Peshtigo is running muddy. Perch fishermen running out of Little River are getting a few fish in 8 to 10 feet of water adjacent to weed beds. Trolling on the Menominee with crawler/harness has been producing catfish, drum, smallmouth, and some walleye. The hot spot seems to be from the Turn Basin to the mouth of the river, with periods of low light being best. Salmon and trout fishermen have been having good success fishing spoons in 100 feet of water 80 feet down. Most fish are being caught on spoons with bright colors. Kings are in the 10 to 16 pound range with brown trout in the 6 to 10 range.

LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON

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

LAKEFRONT

For perch reminder, see top.

CHICAGO: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters reported good coho with kings mixed in in 60-90 east of Chicago harbors; early bite is important. Bite is switching from Dodgers and flies to include spoons. He said Leadcore is starting to work with spoons.

WAUKEGAN: Capt. Augie Ralph of the Salmon Stop reported a good bite in 60-80 and another in 90-110 for coho, kings and steelhead.

NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported early bite (4 a.m.) is extremely important for kings, coho and steelhead, fish being caught in both states, on the hill and around the hill.

CHICAGO FISHERMAN'S PARKING: The fisherman's parking pass--$10 for two months and available at Henry's Sports & Bait--is needed to park south of the main building at Northerly Island. . . . That's the same pass good for the small fishermen's lots at Burnham and DuSable harbors.

DALEY DERBY: In July, the species are carp, catfish, perch (15 and younger, coho, Chinook and steelhead for the Richard J. Daley Memorial Sport Fishing Derby are perch, coho and chinook. Check fish in at Henry's Sports & Bait. Derby runs through September with cash prizes for the heaviest three fish from selected species caught around Chicago each month.

MADISON CHAIN, WISCONSIN

Gene Dellinger at D&S Bait reported good bluegill, suspended or hanging just outside the weeds, on Monona, a few walleye for trollers on Waubesa and Kegonsa.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN

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

(Head): Very good to excellent bite for northern, bass, and panfish, with
good action for musky and walleye, in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the mid 70s.  The
top-flight fishing this season in the Eagle River area continues, with the
Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the
world) producing the best all-around action.  You should be up in Eagle
River, fishing.  You won't be disappointed.

Northern in the Eagle River area continue on a tear.  Fish 8 feet of water
or less in and around weeds.  Use a jig and a fathead minnow, bass style
spinner bait, #4 Mepps, minnow bait or a Husky Jerk in a minnow or walleye
pattern.  Everything's working.  All day bite.  Very good to excellent
action.  Don't forget that the bigger northerns will be somewhat deeper,
albeit providing a little less action.

Both species of bass are providing very good to excellent action in the
Eagle River area.  For the largemouth fish shallow -- heavy weeds, lily
pads, almost under every dock in the area.  Find shade in a couple of feet
of water in the locations just named, and you'll get action.  Use a Scum
Frog, spinner bait, most any type of plastic, topwater rat, Texas Rig- - or
"all of the above."  They'll all work.  All day bite.  The smallmouth bass
are off of break edges over hardbottom in 12-15 feet of water on the clear
lakes, and 10-12 feet of water on the darker waters, such as on the Eagle
River Chain.  Use a jig and a leech (minnows are still working as well, but
not quite as good as the leeches),a Shad Rap, or a Rattle Trap.  All day
bite.

Crappies, bluegills and perch are biting in the very good to excellent range
in the Eagle River area.  Fish 10 feet of water or less on the weed edges or
in the weeds themselves.  the perch will be tight to bottom, with the
crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column.  Use a crappie
minnow or a chunk of crawler on a small jig or under a slip bobber.  All day
action, and a lot of fun.

Good action for musky in the Eagle River area.  Fish 8 feet of water or less
in and/or just on the outside of the weeds.  Use a small bucktail or
topwater.  Average speed on your retrieve, and don't forget to do the
"figure 8" at all times when your lure approaches the boat.  All day bite,
with peaks around sunset.  Some nice sized fish are being taken (and
released!), with lots of follows.

Good bite for walleye in the Eagle River area.  Fish 10 feet of water or
less on weed edges.  The walleye will be tight to bottom.  Use a 1/16th
ounce jig and a fathead minnow.  All day action with peaks around sunset.

(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: Kurt Justice of Kurt's Island Sport Shop sent this:

Heat and high pressure (with the occasional lightning storm thrown in) has made midday fishing rather miserable. No problem, the fish aren't biting then anyway. The best has been very early in the A.M. (sometimes bite over by 6:30-7) or towards dusk. Fish being caught, but window of opportunity sometimes small.
Walleye: Good. But... it's very important to fish early (pre-dawn till 7AM) or late. Deep, large lakes best. Jumbo leeches on lighted slip-bobbers accounting for best catches. Crawlers on jigs or drifted on crawler harnesses over off shore humps. Flowages giving up some fish on leeches and crawlers, but anglers have to work for them.
Musky: Good. Evenings best. Topwater time. Pacemakers, Whopper Ploppers and Creepers, last hour till after dark. Bucktails during day- work quick.
Northern Pike: Good. Casting Boonie Baits, shallow Shad Raps, Chatterbaits over weed flats. Soaking & big sucker under a float also good.
Largemouth Bass: Good-Very Good. Inside weed lines at dawn and towards dusk. Plastic frogs, mice, etc. towards dusk around lily pads & emergent weeds. Buzz baits also good action. At dawn, smaller x-raps, husky jerks and torpedoes. During mid-morning through the day jig and pig/creature (chompers skirted grubs), plastic craws served Carolina style and pre-rigged plastic worms scoring well. 1/8 oz jig and 4" worms, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits worth a go.
Smallmouth Bass: Good-Very Good. Lots of smallies relating to deeper weed edges of 14-18'. Wacky worming with Yum Dingers and senkos and 2 ½-3" Gulp! Minnows as well as leeches on jigs. 30-40+ fish days with nice fish to 20" early and late in the days.
Bluegills: Good. Especially in the evening on poppers. Small leeches worms, waxies and Gulp Alive fish fry also good. Shallow weeds seen to be holding good #'s surprisingly with the kind of heat we've had.
Perch: Good. Action heating up, work 8-12' weeds with medium fatheads on leeches. Frozen soft shell crayfish tails for big perch over sandgrass flats in 14-20'.
Crappie: Fair. Some very big slabs (14+") being caught by anglers using small crankbaits, spinnerbaits meant for bass. Find deep wood to catch crappies using minnows on small hair jigs in 12-18'.
Water temps surge in afternoons with cloudless skies and no wind. Night time cools, but overall most lakes recording surface temps in the mid to upper 70's. During such warm spells handle fish as little as possible and get them back in the water. For fish you planning to eat, keep alive as long as possible and ice them down. Take care to keep bait cool and well aerated also.

NORTHWEST INDIANA

For perch, see top. Mik-Lurch reported steelhead are scattered out deep, but some are in shallow (12-30 feet) up and some went up Trail with the rains; another pod is staging. Big kings with some coho are in 55 to 100; best on UV meat rigs and UV spoons.

SHABBONA LAKE

Denny Sands at Lakeside reported lots of crappie in the cribs and brush piles, about 7 feet down. A good thermocline is at about 17 feet, so stay above. Hybrid stripers are chasing shad (wait for them to bust the surface); walleye are below the hybrids taking crawlers and leeches; and an occasional catfish below, too. A lot of bluegill, but smaller.

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SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT

From the Wisconsin DNR Lake Michigan Report on Monday:

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: July 2, 2012
Kenosha Co.
No report.
Racine Co.
Those fishing from shore have had their best luck throwing spoons while at low light. Anglers were primarily targeting browns from the pier and in the harbor. Trollers have had great success with dipsey divers and flies along with trolling spoons in anywhere from 40 to 80 feet down in 50 to 105 feet of water depending on the day. Anglers were focusing mainly on coho and Chinooks though the fish have seemed to be more spread out in recent days. A few rainbows were picked up as well. Perch fishing is slow from shore with the best rigs being minnows under a slip bobber. Those jigging for perch down at the Rockwall by Meyers ramp have had much better success with minnows under slip bobbers and have picked up extra perch throwing small crank baits, although after an hour and a half after sunrise fishing slows considerably.
Milwaukee Co.
North Shore: Trolling for Chinooks and coho along with a few lake trout and rainbows has been very successful in recent days. Most trollers have been focusing in 50-105 feet of water with baits about 30-60 feet below the surface. However, there have a quality amount of 4 year old Chinooks caught in 40-60 feet of water during low light periods. The best baits have been spoons of various colors and dipsey divers with flasher flies. Flasher flies of white, blue, and watermelon have produced the best. Fishing on the pier has picked up recently with Chinooks and browns caught on live bait rigs of alewives. Throwing spoons and soft plastics in the gaps have produced quite a few Chinooks from both the shore and in boats. The shoreline along Summerfest is producing a few browns with the most successful presentations focusing on minnows with a few additional fish being caught on spoons. Perch fishing has yielded some success off of McKinley pier within an hour and a half of sunrise, with the most successful rigs being minnows under a slip bobber or shrimp.
South Shore: Trollers have been catching a variety of species including: Coho and Chinook salmon along with rainbow and lake trout. Spoons in a variety of colors were landing Chinooks, and flies were bringing in coho. Trollers were anywhere from 50-105 feet of water with baits set about 30-60 feet below the surface. Jigging in the gaps with soft plastics has produced some Chinooks as well. Fishing under the Hoan Bridge has been slow. A few small browns have been caught off of Grant Park and along the Oak Creek power plant fishing pier along with only a few perch at the pier as well. Perch fishing at the boils and off of Oak Creek has yielded fish, but the bite seems to slow down within an hour and a half of sunrise.
Ozaukee Co.
Port Washington Ramps: Low to moderate recorded angler activity. Anglers harvesting chinook salmon, coho salmon, lake trout, brown and rainbow trout in 85-150 feet of water on flies, spoons and plugs.
Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Low recorded angler activity.
Port Washington Pier: Low recorded angler activity. Anglers harvesting chinook salmon, rainbow trout, coho salmon and brown trout on alewives.
Sheboygan Co.
Sheboygan Ramps: Moderate recorded angler activity. Anglers harvesting chinook salmon, coho salmon, lake trout and rainbow trout in 60-100 feet of water on spoons and flasher-flies.
Sheboygan Piers/Shore: Low to moderate recorded angler activity on both piers. Anglers having successful harvest of brown trout, chinook salmon, rainbow trout, coho salmon and whitefish using alewives.
Amsterdam Rd. Ramp: Low recorded angler activity.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN

Tyler Harmon messaged,

Water temperatures have warmed along the coast considerably Steelhead will continue to be seen around until even warmer water pushes them out. Lake Michigan water temps running around 70 degrees at the moment. Above 75 is to warm and will push them offshore. River temperature on the larger rivers are pushing 80 degrees during the day far too hot for steelhead. Due to extremely low rainfall the rivers are way down. For example the St. Joe river is running under 1000 cfs. A trickle compared to the 3000-4000 it should be this time of year. Bass fishing on inland lakes

WISCONSIN DELLS

Water is low. River's Edge reported smallmouth in the shallows, taking crawlers or leeches while trollers are taking spotty walleye.

WOLF RIVER, WIS.: FREMOND

Guide Bill Stoeger reported mostly bluegill and crappie, a few walleye; heavy rains upstream are expected to relocate fish.

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ILLINOIS

www.ifishillinois.org
http://www.heartlandoutdoors.com

CHICAGO AREA CHAT/REPORTS

www.chicagolandfishing.com
www.chitown-angler.com
www.windycityfishing.com
Water Dog Journal
Fishing Headquarters
angling101.com
http://www.foxlakefishing.com/
www.heartlandoutdoorsman.com
www.patharrisonoutdoors.com

CHICAGO AREA INFO

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DOWNSTATE

larrysfishinghole.com

MICHIGAN DNR REPORT

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WISCONSIN DNR REPORT

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IOWA DNR REPORT

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INDIANA DNR REPORT

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MIDWEST

www.lake-link.com

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