7/2: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

Written By BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media Posted: 08/03/2014, 06:33am


LAKEFRONT PERCH: CHICAGO: Park Bait: Montrose remains best from shore, but Belmont good, too. Bite shifted to soft shells. Henry’s: Best downtown south is pipe at Burnham. Boat fishing has been tough, a few in the harbors. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Slowed for boaters, a few off Government Pier on minnows, shrimp or soft shells. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch: Bite in Cal Harbor died; as it did near the Port of Indiana. ST. JOSEPH, MICH.: Phil Schuman, Tackle Haven: Some in 40 feet south of St. Joe pier. KENOSHA, WIS.: Bob DeAngelis, Harborside: Slow from shore; boaters catching a few.

AREA LAKES: Bluegill are in weed pockets or lines, better ones suspended. Ken “Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Evening best for largemouth, work a Bandit Footloose along inside weed lines; key is “parallel to the shoreline to keep it in the strike zone longer.’’

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle: Walleye are biting around any current area on jig-and-minnow, leeches or trolling; catfish are ‘‘infested,’’ try crawler on bottom or Sonny’s for bigger ones; bass shallow hitting soft plastics or frogs; bluegill are shallow, bigger ones suspended; for crappie target Mineola or Catherine; muskie hitting black buzzbaits.

DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe: Smallmouth above average on deep rock (12-15 feet); largemouth on deep weed lines (12-15). GENEVA: Duwe said: Rock bass and bluegill are “abundant and fairly easy to catch’’; largemouth in shallow or under piers in 10-12; walleye picking up at night.

DOWNSTATE: REND: Jason Johns, Boneyard Fishing: Catfish are being caught in the rocks or drift fishing; crappie are deep on brush piles, stumps or points. SHELBYVILLE: Ken Wilson, Lithia Springs Guide Service: Water is in the 80s, up enough that they opened up the flow, crappie are biting, catfish are good, but walleye slowed, and white bass have not been busting. LAKE OF EGYPT: Johns: Night fishing for bass remains outstanding.

FOX RIVER: Ken Gortowski: River is high, fast and muddy, you dabble tight to shore in urban areas, or “go teach yourself how to walk the shores and fish when things are high, fast and muddy.’’

GREEN/STURGEON BAYS, WIS.: Lance LaVine, Howie’s Tackle: Salmon are good, including a 30-pounder on Monday; smallmouth are very good, wind permitting, Sturgeon Bay Flats north to Sister Bay; perch hit and miss.

KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas: Fish slack-water areas in the high water for smallmouth; easier is channel catfish on live or stinkbait in slack areas; or mulberries for carp. DERBY: The Kankakee River Valley Fishing Derby (kankakeefishingderby.com) runs through Sunday.

LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top. CHICAGO: Capt. Bob Poteshman, Confusion Charters: R4 has coho and lake trout, some days good, some days tougher; lakers in 100 feet straight out of Montrose. NORTH POINT/WAUKEGAN: Poteshman: Tougher bite, mainly coho with occasional king, laker and steelhead in 40-50 inside or on the hill.

MADISON LAKES, WIS.: Scott Hill, Fishing Thrills Guide Service: Suspended crappie and bluegill top bite, suspended deeper from weed lines, drift in 10-17 feet.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: A few steelhead at Michigan City and up the creeks. Trollers picking up a few coho with lakers deep. Mik-Lurch: Walleye slowed at Wolf Lake; Willow Slough is mainly an evening bite. NOTE: Skamania Mania (nwisteelheaders.org) is this weekend at Michigan City.

ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Tackle Haven: Salmon and steelhead being caught in 160-200; steelhead should be coming in “any day now.’’

SHABBONA LAKE: Lakeside: Catfish (chicken livers) and bass (topwaters on weed lines) are top bites; walleye are mostly an evening bite in east bay or deep trees.


John Horak of Mundelein caught an unexpected trophy, a 31-inch walleye, while fishing for smallmouth bass in three feet of water in northern Door County in Wisconsin. He was fishing with Robert Elliott and daughter Kristen Elliott of Mokena.

‘‘The trip is not possible if it wasn’t for my wonderful daughter Kristen,’’ Elliott emailed. “She is 28 years old and still comes to help her broken-down father and friend go fishing. I’m very lucky to have her.’’

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