I received a few fishing reports recently and I'd like to share them with the readers of this blog. Don't forget that you can see my weekly fishing report in the Chicago Tribune every Tuesday.
FROM THE KANKAKEE RIVER
Hi! The Kankakee is in good fishing condition. In Indiana, at the Point,north of English Lake, smaller pike are being caught on crawlers. Try for bigger ones also with good sized (4"-7") minnows, Dr. Spoons or Mepps #5 spinners.Bluegill, bass both good along quiet shoreline waters.
Illinois; Catfish good throughout (both states) on *worms *minnows *chicken liver.
Momence, IL: Smallmouth Bass good on *minnows *#2 Spinners *fly rod streamers, nymphs, popping bugs.
Kankakee State Park: *Smallmouth Bass good...sometimes in middle of day in and near riffle areas on *jig and twister tails *live minnows *imitation or live crawfish.
Wilmington area: Smallmouth good around Island Park through Boat Launch at DesPlaines Area.
Best Regards! Ed Mullady, The Sportsman's Letter
FROM LASALLE LAKE
Rich Komar from the Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show got out onto LaSalle Lake with his wife Karol on Sunday.
They drifted Carolina rigs baited with cut shad in the pool by the boat ramps. Not a bad day on the water. Ten blue cats from 8 to 16.5 pounds.
FROM LAKE MICHIGAN
Cory Yarmuth fished Lake Michigan Sunday just north of Waukegan. This is what he said...
Hit the launch at 4:15am and we started setting lines by 4:40am. We hadn't finished setting lines when the starboard power pro dipsey went off. The skunk was off the boat with a small 6lb king.
The first hour we had some good flurries of hits and fish landed. We also had a few drive by's and a couple that came unbuttoned as soon as we grabbed the rod and cranked a couple cranks on the reel.
The water was incredible out there as it was a beautiful calm morning. As the morning wore on the wind picked up a bit and the flies came out in full force. We fished hard and ended the day 9 for 11 with two of the nine being shakers that were released.
The water temp early was 65 degrees and when we pulled at 10:30 it was up to 68 degees. We ran between 2.5 and 2.8 mph SOG and worked the area between 60 and 95 fow north of the harbor.
Our best baits were:
BlackFin Tuna magnum on free slider on rigger
Peppermint Moonshine on 10 colors of lead
Glow blueberry moonshine on braided dipsey back 125
Hog Wild stinger mag on braided dipsey back 125
Monkey Puke stinger on Braid dipsey back 145 (took the biggest king)
Black fin Tuna magnum back 25 down 60 on rigger
I did hear guys on the radio that were out in 200-250 fow and they were picking away at them, but there was nothing really hot and heavy. It sounded like we did a bit above average.
FROM SHABBONA LAKE
Jay Angel of Jay Angels Guide Service sent over a report for 8/14/10 at Shabbona Lake:
Water clarity is good and surface water temperatures are in the mid 80's.
Bluegill fishing remains excellent. Look for them over the rockpiles, over the brushpiles and along the deeper weedlines. About every 5th bluegill is 8 - 9 inches long, but the other ones are small. Use waxworms on small hooks for best results.
Crappie fishing is fair with fish being caught over the deeper brushpiles. Use minnows for best results. Most crappies have been small, but some 9 - 11 inchers are still showing up.
Walleye fishing has been spotty. Most of the walleye fishing takes place in the evening. Use leeches over the rockpiles or deep flats for best results.
Thanks for the report guys. Keep em coming. If you have a fishing report that you want to share, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.