MIDWEST FISHING REPORT
AREA LAKES: Numerous readers indicate largemouth and bluegills are most active. Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley: Largemouth good evenings on Texas-rigged power worms on deep weed lines. After rains, work inflows with crankbaits on seams. Pete Lamar: Bass and bluegills (some spawning again) active on flies.
CHAIN: Triangle: ‘‘Catfish taking it all: cutbait, stink bait, crawlers, leeches.’’ Good white bass schooling on Petite and Bluff. Some walleye early mornings at channel mouths on leeches and crawlers. Bluegills active (better ones on deeper weed lines). Bass slowed. DELAVAN/GENEVA, WISCONSIN: DELAVAN: Dave Duwe: Despite boat traffic, fishing is ‘‘fantastic.’’ Largemouth ‘‘stacked on the weed lines’’; use crawlers, deep-diving crankbaits or weed jigs. Pike on outer weed lines. For bluegills, try Lake Lawn or Yacht Club point. GENEVA: Mark Kubal: Big pumpkinseed and bluegills in 16 to 20 feet over tops of weed bed with giant red worms. Chunky rock bass mixed. Duwe: All species good. Pike moved to thermocline (30 to 35 feet). Largemouth on deep weed line (18 to 20 feet) or shallow weed line (10 to 12 feet). Perch good in 16 to 20 feet. Smallmouth scattered. Walleye OK at night.
GREEN LAKE, WISCONSIN: Mike Norris: BIG GREEN: Largemouth and smallmouth hit-and-miss (better with cloud cover or wind). Walleye active early and late on spinners and crawler harnesses in 15 to 18 feet. Pike active in 30 to 35 feet. FOX: Walleye good trolling crankbaits over deep basin. Bluegills active off piers. Largemouth around deep weed lines.
KANKAKEE RIVER: George Peters: Back to fishing near shore, where water clears faster. Slow black jigs will get smallmouth out of current.
LAKE ERIE: Larry Jennings: When conditions allow, great walleye continue.
LAKEFRONT: Chicago’s lakefront officially remains closed, but people are doing many things, including fishing by walking or biking in. Fishermen’s parking passes aren’t being sold while the lakefront officially remains closed. Capt. Bob Poteshman: Out of Chicago, ‘‘lakers are spectacular’’ in 95 to 100 feet on Spin-and-Glos on bottom. ‘‘There’s been some brutes, including a 28-pounder.’’ Out of North Point, some coho and an occasional steelhead and king, but mostly lakers. Every day is ‘‘a different deal with water temperatures changing.’’ Capt. Scott Wolfe: Seventy-five to 125 feet out of Waukegan, north and south of harbor equally good for lakers from 50 feet down to the bottom. NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Kurt Justice: Largemouth very good (best wacky-worming). Smallmouth (outside edges of coontail in 14 to 18 feet), bluegills (over cabbage beds) and pike good to very good. Muskie and crappie good. Leeches remain low in supply but high in demand.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Slez’s: Perch OK for groups moving around in 30 to 45 feet east of the Donut working toward Michigan City. Trollers taking some steelhead outside of Ditch in 35 to 45 feet. Salmon and trout in 80 to 150 feet. Catfish nights at Portage Riverwalk. Stan’s Bait & Tackle Center: Perch in 28 to 32 feet. Lots of lakers in 100 to 140 feet.
ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN: Tackle Haven: A few steelhead off pier. Perch slowed with water flipped.
SHABBONA: Lakeside: Heat slowed fishing, though water cooled to low 80s. Catfish good on chicken livers or crawlers on bottom near weed line. Bass shallow on soft plastics.
WOLF LAKE: Stan’s: Jumbo leeches and crawlers taking walleye.