MID­WEST FISH­ING RE­PORT

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LAKEFRONT KINGS: Capt. A.J. Cwiok caught a pair of shore­line kings, in­clud­ing a 24-pounder, over the week­end. There have been re­ports of a cou­ple on the Chicago lakefront, which of­fi­cially re­mains closed. The Chicago Park District hasn’t re­sponded to ques­tions about when the lakefront of­fi­cially will re­open for an­glers.

DERBY: The North­ern Illi­nois An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion’s 37th Kanka­kee River Fish­ing Derby be­gins Fri­day. Go to kanka­keefish­ingderby.com. STUR­GEON: Hook-and-line stur­geon sea­son in Wis­con­sin opens Satur­day below the Dells dam (and other spots). Per­mit re­quired if hop­ing to keep fish. Min­i­mum length is 60 inches. De­tails at wis­con­sin.gov/topic/Fish­ing/stur­geon/Stur­geonIn­landFish­ery.html.

AREA LAKES: Rain would help. If try­ing for bluegills over the La­bor Day week­end, fo­cus on out­side weed edges or weed holes. For bass, Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Mal­ley emailed evenings are best with Texas-rigged plas­tics along out­side weed lines. Shore­lines ad­ja­cent to deeper wa­ter hold­ing ac­tive fish.

AREA RIVERS: ILLI­NOIS: Dres­den Is­land, Mar­seilles, Starved Rock, Peo­ria and La­Grange locks re­main closed for re­pairs. Pete Riedesel: Con­tinue to find bass with top­wa­ters. KANKA­KEE: Derby be­gins Fri­day. George Peters: Wa­ter nearly low as 1988; use care with catch-and-release. O’Mal­ley: Fo­cus on faster wa­ter with rif­fles and cur­rent breaks.

CHAIN: Wa­ter is ex­tremely low, so use cau­tion. Tri­an­gle: More white bass on Bluff and Pe­tite. Cat­fish good on cut­bait and stinkbait. Low wa­ter makes wall­eye tough.

DELA­VAN/GENEVA, WIS­CON­SIN: DELA­VAN: Dave Duwe: Go early or late to avoid boat traf­fic. Bluegills and pike ‘‘awe­some.’’ Large­mouth ‘‘out­stand­ing’’ on weed lines in 15 to 18 feet. Perch in 17 to 19 feet. GENEVA: Ar­den Katz: Small­mouth with a few large­mouth and a cou­ple of wall­eye on drop-shot rigs in 18 to 25 feet at night. Duwe: Pike on the ther­mo­cline. Bluegills in 20 to 25 feet. Large­mouth on top­wa­ters over shal­low weeds in 10 to 12 feet. Wall­eye con­sis­tent at night on weed lines in 15 to 17 feet.

DOWN­STATE: HENNEPIN-HOPPER: Fi­nal day Mon­day. POWERTON: Closed through Sept. 15. SHEL­BYVILLE: Ken Wil­son: Crap­pie biting; best longlin­ing a two-jig rig in 10 to 12 feet at 1 mph. Large­mouth ac­tive shal­low early, then go deeper. REND: Ja­son Johns: Cat­fish good (drift­ing or sit­ting) on Triple S, shrimp or shad. Crap­pie scat­tered at ev­ery depth. LAKE OF EGYPT: Johns: Bass school­ing. Use top­wa­ters early, then Ned rigs later. GREEN LAKE, WIS­CON­SIN: Mike Nor­ris: PUCKAWAY: Bluegills (to

9 inches) and perch (to 11) very good. BEAVER DAM: Shore an­glers pick­ing up crap­pie and a few wall­eye. Some wall­eye below dam. LAKEFRONT: See king note at top. Chicago lakefront of­fi­cially re­mains closed, but peo­ple are do­ing a lot of things on the lakefront, in­clud­ing fish­ing by walk­ing or bik­ing in. Fish­er­men’s park­ing passes are not be­ing sold while the lakefront of­fi­cially re­mains closed. Also hear­ing re­ports of good drum. Capt. Bob Potesh­man: Good lake trout con­tinue off Chicago in 100 to 130 feet; morn­ings best. Out of North Point, mainly lak­ers with a few steelhead, coho and an oc­ca­sional king; best in 130 to 200 feet between North Point and Waukegan. Also some good lak­ers out­side of Ju­lian’s Reef.

NORTH­WEST IN­DI­ANA: Stan’s: Cat­fish (liver, crawlers) and pan­fish (red worms, beemoths) de­cent to good on area lakes. Trollers work­ing in 120 to 170 feet.

ST. JOSEPH, MICHI­GAN: Tackle Haven: Drum, small­mouth, flat­heads and cat­fish go­ing in river. On Lake Michi­gan, mainly lak­ers in 160 feet. Perch spotty; try around 40 feet.

SHABBONA: Lake­side: A few muskies on buck­tails over the week­end. Crap­pie mainly on min­nows down 5 to 10 feet in the cribs. Wall­eye and hy­brids slow.

WOLF RIVER, WIS­CON­SIN: FRE­MONT: Bill Stoeger: Wall­eye fair on jigs tipped with crawlers. Good perch in bay­ous and river. Bluegills on wood along shore.

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