MIDWEST FISHING REPORT
NOTE: Pending unforeseen issues, Park Bait is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Montrose.
AREA LAKES: Continue to see kids and families fishing ponds and lakes I’ve rarely seen fished. Does my heart good. Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley: Best topwater action for largemouth last hour of the day; work a Berkley Choppo over outside weed lines.
AREA RIVERS: CALUMET: Jackson Kennedy reported a bass in the river. ILLINOIS: Closures continue for the Dresden Island, Marseilles, Starved Rock, Peoria and La Grange locks.
KANKAKEE: Good wading conditions. O’Malley: Topwaters (Zara Spooks, Whopper Ploppers ) good before sun gets high. After that, switch to Bandit 100s and craw imitators on a keeper hook on faster water.
CHAIN: Triangle: With cooler water, a few muskie being caught. Try for crappie in channel mouths. Walleye fairly slow. Bluegills on weed lines. NOTE: Final day of Stratton Lock and Dam will be Sept. 14.
DELAVAN/GENEVA, WISCONSIN: DELAVAN: Dave Duwe: Perch ‘‘fantastic’’ on west end in 10 to 11 feet. Largemouth moved to 10 to 12 feet. Bluegills in 12 to 13 feet.
GENEVA: Arden Katz: Good smallmouth nights off points in 20 feet on drop-shot worms. Decent largemouth mornings in 8 to 12 feet, especially around docks on wacky worms. Duwe: Walleye very good (midnight to 3 a.m.) trolling large Rapalas. Bluegills very good in 18 to 20 feet. Lakers good in lake basin in 112 to 120 feet.
GREEN LAKE, WISCONSIN: BIG GREEN: Mike Norris: Largemouth schooling around pods of bluegills around weed edges in 8 to 13 feet.
LITTLE GREEN: Norris: Panfish anglers catching crappie and bluegills. Bass anglers catching largemouth beneath docks on plastic worms. Crappie good drifting basin with minnow and split shot. FOX: Bass good shallow (bulrushes with jig and pig) and deep later. Walleye good early and late on jig and crawlers under slip bobber along weed edges.
LAKEFRONT: Chicago lakefront officially remains closed, but people are doing things, including fishing by walking or biking in. Fishermen’s parking passes are not being sold while lakefront remains closed. Capt. Bob
Poteshman: ‘‘Chicago, the lake trout capital of the world, is on fire.’’ A few coho and a few kings mixed from 120 to 200 feet. Out of North Point, fish keep moving anywhere from 160 to 300 feet. ‘‘We were getting a bunch of lake trout and salmon, about 50-50, but the weather seems to have slowed the salmon down. Overall, fishing remains very good’’ on spoons and Dodgers and flies. Capt. Scott
Wolfe: Warm water pushed good fishing to between 205 and 300 feet and scattered. ‘‘Spread out and cover water.’’ Morning trips better than afternoons for mostly lakers with a few coho, kings and steelhead.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Kurt Justice: Bluegills (cabbage 6 to 10 feet), smallmouth (deep humps), pike, muskie (windy or cloudy days) and largemouth are fair to good.
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Slez’s: Lakers with steelhead, coho and a few kings in 100 to 140 feet out of Burns Ditch. Lots of steelhead and anglers in Trail. Boaters moving around catching good panfish. Stan’s: Salmon picked up in 80 to 110 feet.
SHABBONA: Lakeside: Walleye picking up on drop-offs and rock piles. Topwaters in weeds producing largemouth. A couple of muskie caught with the cooler water (70s). After the storm Monday, an angler saw a hybrid busting the surface, hooked it and lost it.