MID­WEST FISH­ING RE­PORT

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AREA LAKES: Cooler weather should change week­end fish­ing. Ken “Husker” O’Mal­ley: Bass slower as wa­ter warms through 80s, try deeper ledges with Texas-rigged power worms or Carolina-rigged lizards; best evening into dark. AREA RIVERS: CHICAGO: Jef­frey Wil­liams: Wa­ter in 70s, but caught good bluegill, a pump­kin­seed and a nice cat­fish. DuPAGE: Larry Narro catch­ing many small­mouth, best go­ing 19 1/2. FOX: Pete La­mar: Wa­ter clear as it gets in sum­mer. ILLI­NOIS: Re­mem­ber lock clo­sures for the Dres­den Is­land, Mar­seilles, Starved Rock, Peo­ria and La­Grange. KANKA­KEE: Ge­orge Peters: Top­wa­ter pro­duced a 19-inch-plus small­mouth; river very low and clear with green moss on rocks, try shal­low-run­ning baits.

CHAIN: Don Lup­tak, 68, caught a 26-pound, 11-ounce cat­fish on Bluff on a small hook and leech for the big­gest thrill he had fish­ing in Illi­nois. Tri­an­gle: Be aware of low wa­ter; chan­nel cat­fish strong; some good flat­heads in the river; bluegill, take sort­ing, best on weed lines on Chan­nel.

DELA­VAN/GENEVA, WIS­CON­SIN: DELA­VAN: Dave Duwe: Large­mouth “out­stand­ing” on weed lines in 15-18 on crawlers on a split-shot rig; bluegill (20-24 or 15-17) and pike (Lindy-rig­ging suck­ers in 20) are “awe­some”; wall­eye on drop in 16-24. GENEVA: Ar­den Katz: Bluegill and pump­kin­seeds best on leaf worms in Geneva Bay; small­mouth good off points at night in 17-20; some wall­eye with the night small­mouth. Duwe: Pike on ther­mo­cline in 35 and deeper; large­mouth on sur­face baits; wall­eye con­sis­tent at night trolling crankbaits or crawler har­nesses on weed lines in 15-17.

GREEN LAKE, WIS­CON­SIN: Mike Nor­ris: FOX: Bluegill ac­tive on weed lines; large­mouth un­der and be­tween piers. PUCKAWAY: Bluegill ex­cel­lent where Fox River en­ters and ex­its. LIT­TLE GREEN: Large­mouth and bluegill ac­tive un­der and around piers.

LAKE­FRONT: Chicago lake­front of­fi­cially closed, but lots walk­ing or bik­ing in to fish. Capt. Rick Bent­ley: Caught a good cat­fish trolling Satur­day. Capt. Bob Potesh­man: Lak­ers out­stand­ing out of Chicago in 100-160 and North Point from 160-210, morn­ings bet­ter than af­ter­noons, fish scat­tered and through­out wa­ter col­umn. Capt. Scott Wolfe: Chi­nook moved out of shal­low wa­ter; so mainly world-class lake trout in 120-140.

N. WIS­CON­SIN: Kurt Jus­tice: With fly­ing ants all over, bluegills came to the sur­face, ac­tion and good-sized fish; crap­pie re­lat­ing to nar­row leafed cab­bage in 8-12; pike best on bladed baits; wall­eye fair (no leeches, so crawlers best), deep lakes with humps best; large­mouth bet­ter size than ac­tion; small­mouth best drop-shot­ting on coon­tail edges; muskie good on fast jerk­baits. Fish may push deeper with cooldown this week­end.

NW IN­DI­ANA: Slez’s: Some salmon/trout in 90-130 out of Burns Ditch; some steel­head in trib­u­taries, but wa­ter low and warm.

POWERTON: Closed for levee re­pairs through Sept. 15.

ST. JOSEPH: A few salmon in 90 early morn­ing, oth­er­wise lak­ers in 100-120; be­fore Tues­day’s storm, perch in 40-45.

SHABBONA: Lake­side: wa­ter warm­ing through 80s; cat­fish on edges and rock piles; crap­pie in the cribs and deep trees; wall­eye best in the east bay or the deep trees.

WOLF: Stan’s: Wall­eye on crawlers or leeches; cat­fish good on stinkbait, beemoths or cut bait.

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