MIDWEST FISHING REPORT
LAKEFRONT REMINDER: Chicago Air and Water Show is this weekend.
AREA LAKES: More crappie reports than usual this early. Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: ‘‘Bass bite is really going.’’ He suggests throwing Bandit Footloose crankbaits, swim baits and flukes in open areas of the moss.
AREA RIVERS: FOX: Ken Gortowski/Bob Long: Both wondering if dearth of smallmouth catches is related to the historic winter. ILLINOIS: Tine on the Water Outdoors: Catfish remain good. A few white bass around Big Vermilion, clam beds or off Illinois Power. Some sauger reports. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas: River is below normal. Algae bothersome downstream, but some good smallmouth and walleye can be had by bouncing crankbaits off rocks or working jigs or rattlebaits.
CHAIN O’LAKES: Triangle: Walleye are good jigging leeches, dragging Lindy rigs or using Wally Divers around main-lake points or bridge areas. Bluegills are good on main-lake flats. For crappie, try shoreline brush in the mornings or lighted piers at night. Catfish are good.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: GENEVA: Arden Katz: Bluegills are excellent in 15 to 20 feet on jigs or trout worms; keepers take sorting. Bass are good evenings in 20 feet on Chompers or natural-colored drop-shot worms. Guide Dave Duwe: Calls bluegills ‘‘fantastic.’’ Lakers in main-lake basin. DELAVAN: Duwe: Multiple species in 6 to 13 feet. Largemouth (6 to 8 feet) and bluegills (10 to 13 feet) are excellent.
GREEN/STURGEON BAYS, WISCONSIN: Lance LaVine, Howie’s Tackle: Best salmon fishing of season. Kings in 90 to 150 feet. Smallmouth remain good up and down Door County peninsula. Walleye improving; best south of Chaudoir’s dock down around Bayshore Park.
LAKEFRONT: CHICAGO: Other than sheephead when weather allows at Montrose, shore action is slow. Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: Lakers remain good in 100 feet from Diversey to Wilmette. A few kings and coho. NORTH POINT: Poteshman: Turned on the last few days with lots of kings, a few coho and an occasional steelhead on the hill from Waukegan to Wisconsin; mornings best.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce: Walleye (off break lines in 25 feet or less), pike, bass and panfish are good to excellent. MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice, Island Sportshop: Muskie (52-incher on the Flambeau Chain; bucktails give best action) and largemouth (short-lipped crankbaits over weed tops) are very good to good. Smallmouth, bluegills, yellow perch and pike are good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Steelhead in the creeks are the most consistent. Trollers finally picking up Chinook in 70 to 90 feet out of Michigan City.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICHIGAN: Phil Schuman, Tackle Haven: Trollers catching kings, lakers and a few steelhead on spoons, copper setups, meat rigs or flasher/fly combos in 100 to 150 feet. Sporadic steelhead off pier and at Berrien Springs.
SHABBONA LAKE NOTE: First Striped Bass Contest Weekend is Saturday and Sunday. Go to shabbonalake.com or call (815) 824-2581.
FISH OF THE WEEK
It’s a week for young women fishing with their dads.
Madison Hanik caught her first largemouth bass in ‘‘an epic battle.’’ The 8-year-old from Oak Forest caught it on a spinner bait while fishing with her father, Matt, in Homer Glen.
On Clam Lake in Wisconsin, 20-year-old Megan Melnyczuk of Schaumburg caught and released her first muskie on a yellow-and-orange bucktail. She caught the 33 1⁄2-inch muskie while fishing with her dad, Mike.
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