MIDWEST FISHING REPORT
LAKEFRONT PERCH: Henry’s: ‘‘ They’re shoulder to shoulder’’ around the Southeast Side slips. Arden Katz: ‘‘ For the first time in my life, I was sight- fishing perch.’’ He was at 87th. Spikes took more fish; minnows took better ones. Park Bait: On Tuesday, perch were being caught in Montrose Harbor. Bigger fish came early; takes sorting later. Slez’s: Perch action steady 89th through 95th, boat or shore; minnows best.
MUDPUPPIES: A reminder: It’s that time when mudpuppies are incidental catches. Don Ayres reminded that they are threatened in Illinois. They need to be released unharmed.
ICE FISHING? MINOCQUA, WISCONSIN: Kurt Justice: ‘‘ It will be touch- and- go for a while on the ice fishing. As in, ‘ Touch the ice with your chisel. If it cracks, go! Get off of there.’ ’’ Ice- making looks tenuous for the coming week. Where ice is safe, walleye shallow ( 3 to 7 feet). Perch in same area. Muskie guys have until Nov. 30 in open water. AREA RIVERS: CHICAGO: Capt. Pat Harrison: Water cooling into 40s and 50s. Some bluegills and smaller bass. KANKAKEE: Most effort still going toward trout in Rock Creek. CHAIN O’LAKES: Triangle: Crappie are in the channels and around remaining piers; best on Channel and Catherine. Some perch and yellow bass at C. J. Smith’s. Muskie ( to 42 inches) hitting suckers. Some walleye near shore very early or at night. LAKEFRONT: Perch at top. Park Bait: Some steelhead in recent days at Montrose and other North Side harbors. A couple of browns Tuesday at Montrose. NORTHWEST INDIANA: Perch at top. Slez’s: Lake trout day- to- day on Michigan City pier and from boats outside of Burns Ditch on Big Dude bladebaits.