MID­WEST FISH­ING RE­PORT

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AREA LAKES: Dana Robin­son: Mixed bag at Tampier, in­clud­ing chan­nel cat­fish. Ken “Husker” O’Mal­ley: Evenings best for large­mouth; work a Texas-rigged Power Worm along deep weed lines; dur­ing last half hour of light, try a Berkley Choppo. Pete La­mar: Catch­ing big bluegill hit­ting bass bugs (a few large­mouth, too). AREA RIVERS: CHICAGO: Jef­frey Wil­liams: Carp to 20 pounds. Lu­cas Wise (see Fish of the Week): Some de­cent large­mouth down­town. FOX: La­mar: Good small­mouth in cooler trib­u­taries in fast-flow­ing water. ILLI­NOIS: Re­mem­ber lock clo­sures for re­pairs at Dres­den Is­land, Mar­seilles, Starved Rock, Peo­ria and LaGrange. KANKA­KEE: Some of low­est, most wade­able water of the year. CHAIN: Tri­an­gle: Nice wall­eye, shal­low early morn­ing on Marie on jigs and crawlers or leeches; bluegill on outer, deeper weed lines (8-10 feet); cat­fish good on cut bait or stinkbait; smaller small­mouth in north river, bet­ter small­mouth in south river. DELAVAN/GENEVA, WIS.: DELAVAN: Dave Duwe: Large­mouth on deep weed line; bluegill on weed line in 15-20 feet.; perch in 12-14 on leaf worm or hell­gram­mites. GENEVA: Ar­den Katz: Good small­mouth at night on wind-blown points in 20; some large­mouth mixed in; rock bass ev­ery­where. Duwe: Pike most con­sis­tent, in 32-35; very good wall­eye at night on Lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers in 14-17 on weed line; large­mouth ac­tive in 10-13; lak­ers ac­tive in 108-112.

GREEN LAKE, WIS.: Mike Nor­ris: BIG GREEN: Heat slowed ac­tion; try small­mouth early morn­ing on Ned rigs, or try pike. FOX: Good al­ter­na­tive in heat; large­mouth and pike are good close to bank and un­der piers on re­ac­tion baits; try Strike King Thun­der Crick­ets. GREEN/STUR­GEON BAYS, WIS.: Howie’s: Wall­eye strong trolling crankbaits or crawler har­nesses; perch “up and up” — try Stur­geon Bay ship canal, Sawyer Har­bor and Lit­tle Stur­geon. LAKE­FRONT: Chicago lake­front re­mains of­fi­cially closed, but peo­ple are do­ing lots, in­clud­ing fish­ing by walk­ing or bik­ing in. Fish­er­man’s park­ing passes not be­ing sold while the lake­front re­mains of­fi­cially closed. Andy Mikos: Caught a 15-pound king al­ready turn­ing color north­east of the R4 in 100. Capt. Bob Potesh­man: Out of Chicago, “lak­ers are on fire” with oc­ca­sional steel­head, coho and a rare king in 100 be­tween R4 and “The Wreck”; out of North Point, there’s the oc­ca­sional king, coho and steel­head scat­tered be­tween 140 and 240 feet. Capt. Scott Wolfe: Waukegan fish­ing ex­cel­lent morn­ings for lim­its of lak­ers and oc­ca­sional salmon, poor in after­noons; most spread in 110-130, but some out past 200.

N. WIS.: Kurt Jus­tice: Un­sta­ble weather made for in­con­sis­tent fish­ing. Pike, bluegill and large­mouth were good to fair. Water in mid-70s and sta­ble weather this week should im­prove fish­ing.

NW IND.: Slez’s: Steel­head fair to great in 38-45 at The Ditch; perch hit and miss, some east of Dunes SP east to Mt. Baldy in 30-40. Stan’s Bait: Drum good off piers on lake­front; salmon in 90-130; lak­ers in 100-120.

SHABBONA: Lake­side: Some bass on soft plas­tics, wacky worms and buzzbaits on dam face and around tim­ber and rocks; some cat­fish in the no-mo­tor zone; some crap­pie on min­nows; water 83. SW MICH.: Slez’s: Perch good in New Buf­falo.

WOLF LAKE: Stan’s: Wall­eye best on leeches. Robin­son: De­cent pan­fish.

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