(NOTE: Updated with Minocqua report.)
Once again, the weather feels more like late summer than November for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; otherwise a few perch reports come in and some reports of lake trout on shore in southern Lake Michigan.
The MFR appears in a condensed form Wednesdays on the Sun-Times outdoors page.
Photo at the top is Jim Giglio with a sampling of some of the nice smallmouth they have caught the last couple days on Green/Sturgeon bays.
Again, the nice weather is drawing more than usual out neighborhood ponds and lakes, mostly for crappie fishing.
Ken “Husker” O’Malleysent this:
Hey Dale, Area lakes picked up for bass with more consistent weather patterns. Lipless cranks (sexy shad) worked as slow as you can go without getting hung up was the bait of choice. A low gear reel is definitely needed for this presentation. Midday (1-3) on sunny days the best. TTYL — Ken Husker O’Malley Huskeroutdoors Waterworks fishing team
TROUT NOTE:Still a few leftover trout around on local lakes.Daily bag is five, inland trout stamps and fishing licenses are required for those 16 and older. Here is the list of nearby sites, including the ones not on the state list: Axehead, Belleau, Busse North, Horsetail, Green, Wolf (Cook County); Silver Pickerel, Grove (DuPage); Bird Park Quarry, Rock Creek (Kankakee); Big Lake at Silver Springs SFWA (Kendall); Sand Lake at Illinois Beach SP and Banana (Lake); Spring Grove Hatchery Pond (McHenry): Lake Strini, Van Horn Woods (Will).Click here for the statewide press release on the fall trout season.
AREA WATER LEVELS
Go to http://water.weather.gov//ahps2/index.php?wfo=lot to check area water levels and projection. To get to more specific gauges, even on creeks, in Illinois, go to http://waterdata.usgs.gov/il/nwis/current/?type=flow
Hooksetter’s Guide Service, via Creative Brilliance, sent this:
(Head): Walleyes and musky hitting hard, with deer hunters expecting a strong and perhaps prolonged rut; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau). Warmer than normal temperatures are sticking around this fall encouraging outdoor participation. With that said the fishing and hunting continue to be hot. Fishing remains very good with musky and walleyes taking the center stage. Most of the action has come from deeper water in the 8 to 12 foot range with some fish holding even deeper. The walleyes have been staying close to mid lake structure and jig and minnow combinations seem to be the most consistent tactic for catching them right now. We are even picking up a few nice crappies at the same time we are targeting the walleyes. Muskies are showing very selective feeding windows right now and the windows may can range from a few minutes to over an hour. The problem is that you don’t know what period of the day that they are going to turn on, so you have to be out there all day long to be there when it happens. For a little help watch the moon phases and try to plan around them, it seems to help a little bit but Mother Nature can always throw you a curve. HUNTING REPORT:Hunters preparing for the rut are experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures and conditions for this time of the year. What does that mean? It means that the conditions may prolong the rut and it should increase your opportunities at tagging that big buck. With bucks in the rut they can be found just about anywhere. We recently had one running around on top of a dam at mid-day chasing a doe right out in the open. If you are looking for consistency, look for areas with heavy doe populations. Set up in strategic locations between feeding and bedding areas always taking the wind into consideration.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA
Arden Katz said bluegill are outstanding shallow on Channel, and I mean outstanding.
Art Frisellat Triangle Sports & Marine said crappie are top bite, best on 1/64th-ounce jig tipped with spikes; muskie are going on 10-inch suckers over deeper water; walleye are good, Marie or Bluff are best.
Check Chain updates at Fox Waterway Agency or by calling (847) 587-8540.
For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS
MAZONIA:Closed for season, except Monster Lake at Mazonia South, which is open year-round.Lakes are open daily 6 a.m.-sunset.HEIDECKE:Closed for season.BRAIDWOOD: Closed for season.LaSALLE:Closed for the season.
DELAVAN/LAKE GENEVA AREA, WISCONSIN
Brain GatesatGeneva Lake Bait & Tackle said that on Delavan, largemouth are good on small suckers in 12-17 ft, some walleye and pike are with them; some walleye are being caught from shore at night. On Geneva, perch are good; and only a few scattered bass.
DES PLAINES RIVER
HENNEPIN-HOPPER:Closed for the season. Will reopen to fishing in 2016 with a much expanded format. Also, there should be at least one day of ice fishing this winter.EMIQUON:Because of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s shutdown, fishing and boating permits will be done at the launch. Call (309)547-2730.SHELBYVILLE:Check withKen WilsonofKen Wilson Guide Service.SOUTHERN ILLINOIS:Check withJason JohnsofBoneyard Fishing POWERTON LAKE: Closed to fishing. Shore fishing on Dec. 21. Boat fishing reopens Feb. 15. McMASTER LAKE at SNAKEDEN HOLLOW:Closed to fishing until Feb. 1.
EVERGREEN:Bait shop is closed.Larry Dozardoflarrysfishinghole.com sent this:
A SOUTHERN PART OF EVERGREEN LAKE – AROUND DEER ISLAND and ALL OF SIX-MILE CREEK BAY IS CLOSED TO GAS MOTORS from Oct. 15th through JAN. 1st to allow resting areas for migratory waterfowl. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO STILL RUN A TROLLING MOTOR IN THESE AREAS ONLY.
Larry Dozardoflarrysfishinghole.com also had these updates:
SPRING LAKE (South & North) –* THIS AREA WILL BE CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING in Hunting Area ON OCT. 17th with Last Day to Boat Fish being Oct. 16th— with BANK FISHING ALLOWED ONLY AFTER 1pm–AREAS THAT REMAIN OPEN TO BOATS ARE NORTH OF MAPLE ISLAND with ramp at north end at the Sky Ranch Road launch and IN PIKE HOLE with carry in boats — SANGCHRIS LAKE –* THE WEST and EAST ARMS OF LAKE and Small AREA NEAR DAM ARE CLOSED DURING WATERFOWL SEASON to boat traffic effective Oct. 14th (last day to boat fish will be Oct. 13th) through Jan. 31, 2016(during this time fishing boat traffic is permitted in the center hot arm only). ANDERSON LAKE –– –THIS AREA IS CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING in Main Lake from Oct. 16th through Dec. 22nd during waterfowl season with bank fishing Only allowed. BANNER MARSH –** THIS AREA WILL CLOSE TO BOAT FISHING Oct. 14th (last day to boat fish will be Oct. 13th) –AND BANK FISHING ONLY ALLOWED AFTER 1PM but NO FISHING ALLOWED in EAST POINT ACCESS AREA, which is CLOSED TO ALL FISHING to provide a GOOSE REFUGE AREA during season till Feb. 1st – – PRAIRIE LAKEin Jim Edgar/ Panther Creek State F&W Area –– Lake is CLOSED to Fishing from Nov. 1st – Jan. 15thuntil After 12:01 PM on Wednesdays and Saturday. CLINTON LAKE –REMEMBER an easterly area of Clinton Lake between the DeWitt (CH14) and the 48 bridges is CLOSED FROM OCT. 10th through MARCH 31st to protect fish and wildlife… NEWTON LAKE –As written in the fishing regs booklet : ** The cold arm of Newton Lake shall be Closed daily from one-half hour before sunrise until 1:00 pm to all fishing and boat traffic except for legal waterfowl hunters during waterfowl season commencing with regular duck season through the close of the Canada goose and regular duck season. * For here – Regular South Waterfowl Season: Nov. 14 – Jan. 31
No update, though I heard multiple second-hand reports of white bass and smallmouth bites being good.
GREEN BAY/STURGEON BAY
Jim Giglio said smallmouth were very good Monday in Sturgeon Bay on swimbaits and blades; water was 52 degrees on Monday.
No update fromLance LaVineatHowie’s Tackle in Sturgeon Bay.
The Wisconsin DNR posts a report, typically updated on Tuesdays at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html
Thom MatejewskiatIllinois Valley Outdoors said sauger/walleye are best at Senachwine or Hennepin; while white bass are best at 39 bridge or mouth of Vermilion; the outstanding crappie bite has slowed some.
Illinois Valley Outdoors is open in Spring Valley. The phone is (815) 663-1000.
Some steelhead are in the streams, but they are well up. Rain and cold would help bring in a run.Access points for Trail Creek can be found on theTrail Creek Access Map.
River, before Wednesday’s rains, is in some of the best shape of the year. Heard some good smallmouth and walleye reports from hunters.
LAKE KOSHKONONG, WISCONSIN
StaffatMik-Lurch said shore anglers catching a few perch at 87th; boaters taking a few in Cal Park. Staff at Henry’s said there is a mattering of perch at Montrose; a few steelhead and coho, too. Tim Freysaid there are plenty of steelhead and browns in 100 feet between R4 and the Wreck. The problem there will be the wind the next few days.
SNAGGING: Henry’s reported fair action at Lincoln Park lagoon south of Fullerton. The only other spots open for snagging coho or Chinook are Waukegan Harbor north basin, Winnetka Power Plant discharge, and Jackson Park inner and outer harbors.
MADISON CHAIN, WISCONSIN
Checkreports fromGene DellingeratD&S Bait.
MENOMINEE RIVER, WISCONSIN
Check withMike MladeikatMike Mladenik Guide Service.
My email was screwed up yesterday and Kurt’s report did not pop in until last night, so here is the Minocqua report.
MINOCQUA:Kurt JusticeofKurt’s Island Sport Shop sent this:
Minocqua Area Fishing Report 11/10/2015 Unseasonably mild weather for the first third of November has kept plenty of fishing opportunities open, but few anglers out to enjoy it. Musky: Good. While suckers on quick set rigs accounting for over half the action, gliders and jerk baits as well as slow moving rubber baits also producing. Walleye: Good. Most over deep water humps and transition zones of 30-45’. Larger red tails, black chubs and suckers on rigs best. A few anglers finding fish suspended 4-6’ off bottom using jigging raps to score fish on less windy days. Largemouth Bass: Good. After weeks of no reports, anglers casting and slow retrieving spinner baits (Colorado blades) catching nice Largemouth bass in good numbers over weeds in 6-10’. Crappies: Fair – Good. On the nice warm days, with manageable wind, anglers scoring fish along drowned wood, cribs and in some cases rock piles. Water temps above average for this time of year. Mostly 42-50 degrees. A cool down with rain scheduled for late mid – week (wed night – Thurs), but more highs in the low 50’s for the weekend. Kurt Justice Kurt’s Island Sport Shop
EAGLE RIVER:This report came theEagle River Chamber of Commerce, based on Creative Brilliance interviews with Eagle River guide“Muskie Matt”and legendaryGeorge LangleyofEagle Sports Center and hunting enthusiast Dan Anderson:
(Head): Musky and walleye action is fair to good, with perch fair; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area. Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the lower 50s. MUSKY: 12-16 inch suckers are being used. Drag the suckers along deeper weed edges (12-16 feet of water – -lake dependent). While dragging the suckers, throw a big jerkbait along the weed edges. There are feeding windows, but they vary so greatly (moon phase and lake dependent), there’s no real pattern to hone in on. Remember to always do a figure 8 as your bait nears the boat. All day bite, and the action is fair to good. WALLEYE: The walleye are still tight to bottom on mud flats in 15-30 feet of water. Use a jig and a redtail chub up to 4 inches in length. Try to fish depressions or holes on the mud flats. That’s where most of the walleyes are locating All day bite, and the action is fair to good. PERCH: The perch are mixed right in with the walleyes – -tight to bottom on mud flats in 15-30 feet of water. Use a jig and a smaller minnow than for the walleyes. All day bite and the action is fair. FLY FISHING: With untold numbers of rushing streams, brooks and rivers, Eagle River provides wonderful opportunities for fly anglers of every ilk. And for the adventure of a lifetime go for gamefish with a fly rod on one of the Eagle River area’s hundreds of lakes. Eagle River guide guru, and 35 year avid fly angler for musky, George Langley, tells us that it’s a memorable experience for fly anglers, but realistically you must be able to double-haul cast and attain distances of 70-90 feet on your cast.
StaffatMik-Lurch said some lakers are being caught on the reef; few perch out of Portage and Cal Harbor (should be going at Gary Light).
ROOT RIVER, WISCONSIN
The Wisconsin DNR Root River Report is generally posted on Tuesday.
ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN
Phil Shuman at Tackle Haven said a few steelhead have been caught off pier and in the river to Berrien Springs; a week or so ago, a few whitefish were caught off the pier.
ST. JOSEPH RIVER, INDIANA
Click here for reports from the Indiana DNR.
The Wisconsin DNR posts a report at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html. It is usually posted by Tuesday afternoon. Stream flow info is at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/current?type=flow.
WOLF RIVER, WISCONSIN