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MID­WEST FISH­ING RE­PORT

- Fishing · Outdoor Hobbies · Hobbies · Chillicothe · Dresden · Marseille · North Point · Michigan · Michigan City · Fly Fishing · Highland Park · Portage · St. Joseph · Lakeside, Michigan

AREA LAKES: For bluegill, find shade spots, weed pock­ets or out­side weed lines dur­ing pres­sured hol­i­day events. Larry Jen­nings: Good pan­fish at Monee Reservoir, big-fish con­test runs through Aug. 31. Ken “Husker” O’Mal­ley: For large­mouth, evening top bite on shal­low run­ning crankbaits, Senkos, frogs or pop­pers. Pete La­mar: Fly fish­ing suc­cess with cricket and adult dam­sel­fly pat­terns for bluegill and bass.

AREA RIVERS: DuPAGE: Brian Ath­ern: Small­mouth on top­wa­ters or weighted keeper jig and twin-tail grub. FOX: Freddy Cas­tre­jon: Caught and re­leased 24-inch wall­eye at Batavia. Matt Dlouhy: Same day, nice flat­head on swim­bait on 8-pound line. ILLI­NOIS: Jared Gibbs caught a 10-pound bowfin in a Chilli­cothe back­wa­ter. Be­gin­ning to­day, clo­sures are set for the Dres­den Is­land, Mar­seilles, Starved Rock, Peo­ria and La­Grange locks. KANKAKEE: Iro­quois at flood. Ge­orge Peters: Good small­mouth; feeding on cray­fish.

BRAIDWOOD: BoRabb Wil­liams: Good blues (eaters and big ones). CHAIN: Bill Calvert: Caught and re­leased a 45-inch muskie with Capt. Joe Kieser Thurs­day. Tri­an­gle: Cat­fish (crawlers, leeches, pre­pared baits); nice pike around ar­eas with pan­fish; bass on weed edges and main lake ar­eas; find shade, find bluegill; try drift­ing for crap­pie and moving water for wall­eye.

DELAVAN/GENEVA, WIS.: DELAVAN: Rob Abouchar: Large­mouth bite on weed lines is on (weighted wacky worms or top­wa­ters early). Dave Duwe: Wall­eye (leeches on a light Lindy rig or small jig in 18-20 ft.) and large­mouth (work­ing slop on sunny days, oth­er­wise top­wa­ters) lead ex­cel­lent fish­ing; big­gest bluegill in 15. GENEVA: Ar­den Katz: Schools of pan­fish in 23-18 on spikes on two-jig rigs; small­mouth and large­mouth in 20-22 off se­condary points on drop-shots or try in 8-12 off flats with wacky worms.

BIG GREEN, WIS.: Mike Nor­ris: Clients catch 26-40 bass per out­ing on Senkos, tubes, Ned rigs, drop-shots and swim jigs, weedy and rocky ar­eas in 6-12 ft.

GREEN/STUR­GEON BAYS, WIS.: Howie’s: Good small­mouth push­ing deeper than usual (8-15 ft.).

HEN­NEPIN-HOP­PER: Open Tues­day-Sun­day, wet­lands-ini­tia­tive.org/dixon­pad­dling-fish­ing.

LAKE­FRONT: Of­fi­cially, Chicago lake­front closed, but plenty walk­ing and bik­ing in to fish. Mike Joho: Boated a few small­mouth in Cal Har­bor; friends did bet­ter in river with some large­mouth, too. Capt. Bob Potesh­man: Very good fish­ing for big coho and a cou­ple kings and steel­head in 50-60 ft. off Navy Pier and south; also fish in same depths off High­land Park; out of North Point, lak­ers deep (150-250) and coho in close (50-70). Capt. Scott Wolfe: Ex­cel­lent out of Waukegan, too, coho dom­i­nate with oc­ca­sional kings, steel­head and lak­ers in 50-100.

N. WIS.: Chris­tian Howe: Leech bite, under lighted slip bob­ber, on for wall­eye on weed edges next to sand or gravel flats; crap­pie and bluegill deep (14); perch on mud flats. Kurt Jus­tice: Large­mouth (top­wa­ter ac­tion) are very good on in­side weed lines or cab­bage pock­ets); wall­eye, crap­pie, pike, bluegill, perch, small­mouth and muskie are good.

NW IND.: Slez’s: Perch going on mud line in 25 ft. out­side of the Ditch and the Donut to Mt. Baldy.; salmon and trout solid from west of the Ditch to straight out of Michi­gan City in 70-110; some steel­head at Michi­gan City pier and Portage River­walk.

ST. JOSEPH, MICH.: Tackle Haven: Perch in 30-40, north or south; oc­ca­sional steel­head (15 3/4-pounder Tues­day) off pier.

SHABBONA: Lake­side: Heat damp­ened fish­ing, cat­fish (bait on the bot­tom) and large­mouth (weed lines) strong­est bites; some wall­eye on rock piles and north­east weed lines.

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