MID­WEST FISH­ING RE­PORT

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NOTE: With the heat fore­cast this week­end, use ex­tra care if re­leas­ing fish and ex­tra ice if keep­ing them.

AREA LAKES: Pond fish­ing may be the best choice, es­pe­cially evenings for large­mouth, as Ken “Husker” O’Mal­ley noted. Fo­cus on lakes with deeper wa­ter and work Senkos along out­side weed lines along steep drops for the last hour and a half of light.

AREA RIVERS: CALUMET: Billy Miller/Ryan Whi­tacre: Good evening top­wa­ter bite for bass. CHICAGO: Riverwalk of­fi­cially open. Jef­frey Wil­liams: Large­mouth to 4 pounds, chan­nel cat­fish to 5 on Mon­day. DuPAGE: Larry Narro: Small­mouth “on fire.” KANKAKEE: Prime for wad­ing. FOX: Paul Peza­lla: Catch­ing a cou­ple of big carp daily on the fly.

CHAIN: Tri­an­gle: Cat­fish and flat­heads (on bull­heads or bluegill) are top bites; wall­eye con­sis­tent around bridges and mov­ing wa­ter; bass on weed lines.

COOL­ING LAKES/MAZONIA: Open 6 a.m. to sun­set. BRAIDWOOD: Mi­nor fish kill last week, but fish­ing go­ing on. HEIDECKE: Read­ers re­ported some dead carp, but bi­ol­o­gist Seth Love didn’t find a fish kill. LaSALLE: A species-wide fish kill around the launch last week, but fish­ing con­tin­ues.

DELAVAN/GENEVA, WIS.: Dave Duwe: DELAVAN: Large­mouth ex­cel­lent in slop on bright days or top­wa­ters near shore­line struc­ture; perch best on west end; bluegill in 18-19 feet; pike on deep weed lines; wall­eye are con­sis­tent at dawn or dusk. GENEVA: Bluegill in 16-20 feet; rock bass in 10-12; lak­ers in 75-80 at first light or dusk; small­mouth moved off weed lines; large­mouth on top­wa­ters or Carolina rig­ging; wall­eye at night when wind is blow­ing.

GREEN LAKE, WIS.: Mike Nor­ris: BIG GREEN: Small­mouth im­proved with cool down on tubes on bot­tom near rocky ar­eas or leeches trolled out­side weed lines; large­mouth on top­wa­ters early and late. LIT­TLE GREEN: Crap­pie best, but heat drove them deeper, drift in 12-15 feet.

LAKE­FRONT: Of­fi­cially closed in Chicago, but peo­ple rid­ing or bik­ing in to fish. Fish­er­man’s park­ing passes are not be­ing sold while lake­front of­fi­cially closed. Off Chicago, best has been 70-100 feet or around R-4 worth ride for coho; out of North Point, it’s from the in­side of hill to the hill. Capt. Scott Wolfe: Out of Waukegan, sta­ble weather made for ex­cel­lent fish­ing for coho, lak­ers and steel­head in 80-110 feet; for shore an­glers, some steel­head show­ing in har­bor.

N. WIS.: Kurt Jus­tice: A break in the heat dropped sur­faces to low to mid-80s; large­mouth (in cab­bage flats in 8-12 feet or morn­ing/ evening top­wa­ters), small­mouth (drop-shot­ting Gulp! Alive! min­nows or Senkos along out­side cab­bage or coon­tail edges) and bluegill are very good; crap­pie, perch, wall­eye and pike are good. NW IND.: Slez’s: For perch, try out­side Burns Ditch out­side the mud line in 25-35 feet and from the Donut to Michi­gan City; lots of bluegills at Wil­low Slough on crick­ets or red wig­glers; be­fore blow, best for salmon/trout was 70-100 out of Burns Ditch and east.

SHABBONA: Lake­side: Heat (wa­ter in high 80s and low 90s) slowed ef­fort, some bass hid­ing in and around the weeds; cat­fish are be­ing caught.

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