Chicago fishing: Brown trout and largemouth bass a part of summer time fishing settling in


Summer season patterns, together with massive brown trout on southern Lake Michigan, settle in and lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

Alex McGeshick emailed the photograph on the prime and this:

I caught this bass and my uncle advised me to ship it to you it was about 2 1/2 kilos

Good uncle in my view.



Huge Catch Angler Affiliation’s annual Youth Fishing Event is Saturday, July 15, at Miller Pond in Nation Membership Hills. To register, e-mail bigcatchangler@sbcglobal.web or go to their Facebook page. Extra info on the membership is at


Salmon-A-Rama opens Saturday, July 15, and runs by means of July 23. It’s headquartered a Reefpoint  Brew Home parking zone in Racine, Wisconsin, Data at


Chicago Park District’s parking passes ($20 for 2 months) for the anglers’ parking heaps at DuSable and Burnham harbors are on sale at Park Bait at Montrose Harbor (money solely) and the Northerly Island Customer Middle (bank card solely, through the summer time, 7-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays).

My column from Nov. 30, 2022, on parking the size of the Chicago lakefront is posted at


Illinois’ bullfrog (solely) season runs by means of Oct. 15. A fishing license is required. “Bullfrogs could also be taken solely by hook and line, gig, pitchfork, spear, bow and arrow, hand, or touchdown web.” Every day bag restrict is eight, possession restrict is 16.


Dave Kranz of Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy in Crystal Lake and together with his You-Tube channel, Dave Kranz Living the wild outdoors, texted:

Latest rains in n northern sick has helped water ranges some. Smallmouth bass beneath Algonquin and Carpentersville Dams is absolutely good proper now! Small spinners, Crankbaits or prime water baits will catch them! Catfish continues to a terrific chunk, crawlers, stink bait and larger minnows will all work.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with a good largemouth bass from local waters. Provided photo

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with a very good largemouth bass from native waters.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley of Husker Outdoors emailed the images above and this:

Hey Dale,

Here’s a recap if this previous weeks fishing.

Space lakes- the bass chunk has been excellent throughout night hours.

Working a BPS bull hog texas rigged with a Vector hooks 4/0 EWG in deeper remoted weeds will take first rate numbers. Most fish are hitting the bait on the autumn.

As soon as the solar hits the tree tops it’s time to modify to prime water baits. This chunk has been wonderful utilizing a pop r labored excessive of weeds alongside windblown flats. At all times an thrilling technique to catch fish.

. . .


Ken Husker O’Malley

Husker Outside Waterwerks fishing workforce


Open day by day 6 a.m.-sunset.

District fisheries biologist Seth Love want to hear from anglers on catches at Braidwood. You possibly can e-mail him at


Kyle Tepper at Triangle Sports and Marine in Antioch stated white bass are good, in 8-10 toes on spinners or jigs and minnows; channel catfish are vrey good, hen liver, cutbait, leeches or crawlers; carp are excellent; walleye being caught on leeches or trolling; muskie are energetic; bluegill slowed; crappie are onerous to search out, attempt suspended in 8-12, slip bobbers and little plastics.

NOTE: Verify updates on water circumstances at or (847) 587-8540.

NOTE 2: Stratton Lock and Dam is open 8 a.m. to midnight by means of Sept. 30


Nick Winstead holds a walleye caught from the Chicago River downtown. Provided by Anthony Johnson.

Nick Winstead holds a walleye caught from the Chicago River downtown.

Offered by Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson messaged the photograph above and this:

My buddy Nick Winstead received a stable, clear 2.5-3lb Walleye out of the Chicago River by DuSable Harbor close to the pumping station. I’m going to incorporate a couple of photos


Arden Katz stated panfish are excellent, park in 17 toes and solid into the weeds off the seconardary factors; good perch are displaying up blended with the bluegills; bass in 13-15 toes, tight to the weed line on drop-shot rigs with Kalins Weenie Worms.

Capt. Dave Duwe emailed:

Delavan Lake 7/10/23 by means of 7/17/23

The fish are of their mid summer time patterns. The water temperatures have elevated so many of the fish are within the deeper water and aggressively hitting.

Walleye fishing might be good given sufficient time. The fish might be caught on leeches fished on small jigs or on chrome and blue jigging rapalas. One of the best depth has been 21-25 ft of water. Search for the fish off of Meeting Park level or by Willow Level. That you must transfer round to search out the energetic fish. A lot of the success is coming in early morning or proper earlier than the solar units.

Bluegills are on the weedline in 14-16 ft of water. One of the best location is by Browns Channel or simply west of the Yacht Membership. They’re aggressively putting leaf worms fished on a break up shot rig. With all the stress the fish are seeing, the typical measurement is barely lowered from current weeks. Because the water continues to heat, the fish will transfer even deeper.

Largemouth bass are of their summer time sample. They’re schooled up in massive numbers. If you happen to discover a college you must be capable to catch double digits with out a lot downside. I’ve been fishing them with break up shot rigged nightcrawlers or casting a black and blue All Terrain jig. One of the best depth to search for them is in 16-18 ft of water.

Northern pike motion stays regular. One of the best depth is 20-25 ft of water. One of the best strategy has been lindy rigging massive suckers. At the moment the pike are preferring the larger bait. Search for the fish by the grey condos or by the previous Boy Scout camp on the west finish.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been form of spotty. The numbers within the lake have improved drastically over current years. I’ve been catching a number of each journey out. One of the best strategy is a break up shot rigged nightcrawler fished alongside the weedline related to rock. A few of my favourite spots are the Yacht membership or Browns channel.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For information events, please name Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063


POWERTON: Summer season hours—6 a.m.-8 p.m.—run by means of Sept. 30.

EMIQUON PRESERVE: Fishing is dawn to sundown. Entry permits and legal responsibility waivers can be found Tuesday to Saturday at Dickson Mounts Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HENNEPIN-HOPPER: Website is open by means of Sept. 4, dawn to half-hour after sundown. Verify laws at

SHELBYVILLE: Verify with Ken Wilson of Lithia Guide Service.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Verify with Jason Johns of Boneyard Fishing.


Vince Oppedisano holds a good walleye from the Fox River. Provided photo

Vince Oppedisano holds a very good walleye from the Fox River.

Vince Oppedisano emailed the photograph above and this:

Hey Dale,

Bought again to fishing the Fox River over the weekend after a couple of days in Canada.

Early morning on Saturday was on fireplace, positively the most effective days I’ve had fishing the Fox. Ranges had been up a couple of inches in Kane County which, together with cooler temps, an overcast sky and a cool breeze, positively helped the fishing. It actually felt like an early Could kind of day on the market. Most fish got here on small minnow imitations, with some good smallmouth (a number of from 12 to 18 inches), two good sized walleye & an honest northern pike. A toothy trifecta…?

Summer season warmth, solar, and dropping water ranges had been again on Sunday. I had a troublesome time discovering fish on the market. Hopefully the rivers get some extra good rainfall this week.

Ken Gortowski with a smallmouth bass from the Fox River. Provided photo

Ken Gortowski with a smallmouth bass from the Fox River.

Ken Gortowski emailed the photograph above and this:


Within the final 2 to three weeks we’ve been getting sufficient rain within the Fox River Valley to make my vegetable backyard comfortable and to spike the Fox River up and down out of drought mode. In that timeframe we went from a low 251 CFS to 715, 1060, 1170, 1560 and 1060 CFS. Downside is with the river in drought mode there’s nothing holding again the water and as rapidly because the river spikes up, it comes again down nearly as quick. By the point I received out for the previous couple of of hours of daylight on Sunday the river was flowing alongside at 430 CFS.

I fished 1 / 4 of a mile stretch of the Fox simply down stream from my home. The rain muddied up the river a bit of, however I might nonetheless make out my toes when standing in a pool a bit of over 3 toes deep.

It took loads of wading and casting for the primary hour earlier than I lastly hit the candy spot. Wound up with 12 smallies and 1 channel cat. One other dozen fish had little interest in staying hooked for lengthy. Two of these had been actually onerous hits and heavy as hell as they refused to come back off the underside and took me for a journey earlier than self releasing.

Forgot to convey alongside the stringer once more. It’s time to restock the freezer.

Ken G

Good to see him doc with figures what different anglers had been noticing.

Pete Lamar emailed final week:

Hello Dale,

Think about this an early submission for subsequent week’s report or a corollary to my Tuesday submission. I hadn’t deliberate on going out within the 90 diploma warmth yesterday, however when my spouse received dwelling she stated that there was nearly no visitors and I might get anyplace I wished to go simply sufficient. I packed the trout spey rod to fish the Fox if it had been attainable and a shorter rod in case I needed to go far upstream on a tributary to search out clear water. I couldn’t have been extra mistaken in my guess concerning the Fox: it had come up a bit of from the rain-there was a robust present the place there had been slack water 10 days before-but it was in prime situation. After the weekend rain, temps had dropped a couple of levels even with the current warmth and readability hadn’t been affected in any respect; as Ken G. identified a couple of weeks in the past, the Fox is often as clear as it’s now solely in winter. Good numbers of small smallmouths round. I misplaced the large fish of the night earlier than I received a very good have a look at it, however primarily based on the battle and a short glimpse of it by means of a pair toes of water, I believe it was a sheepshead.

Extra rain coming and a few cooler temperatures earlier than lengthy, so the nice fishing might proceed for some time earlier than the annual algae bloom.



Arden Katz stated he’s beginning to catch plenty of smaller smallmouth, night time fishing in 15-20 toes from Black Level to Rainbow Level, on drop-shots and Flat Worms.

Capt. Dave Duwe emailed:

Lake Geneva 7/10/23 by means of 7/17/23

Lake Geneva continues to be actually good fishing nevertheless it additionally continues to be tremendous busy with pleasure boats. Plan to fish early a.m. or late p.m. for a safer, extra productive journey.

Lake trout proceed to chunk in the principle lake basin. One of the best time to attempt for them is early a.m. because the solar in arising. Search for the fish 90 ft down in about 110-118 ft of water. One of the best motion has been on nickel/blue or nickel/inexperienced spoons. I’ve been inserting the lures 40-50 ft behind the down rigger balls.

Walleye proceed to chunk decently at night time. One of the best hours to attempt for them are 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. They have a tendency to chunk higher when there’s a slight chop on the water. Strive #13 Rapalas in fireplace tiger or chrome and black for probably the most motion. One of the best location has been by Yerkes Observatory or Trinkes.

Largemouth bass are on the deep weed factors in 20-25 ft of water. Search for the fish by the 700 Membership, the west aspect of the narrows or by Colemans Level. With the fish so deep, one of the best presentation is Carolina rigging inexperienced pumpkin lizards or drop shotting Yum Hoodini worms. A number of the fish final week had been over 5 lbs. Numerous fish are nonetheless shallow so the early morning prime water chunk remains to be productive. You need to use chrome/blue or chrome/black chug bugs.

Rock bass fishing has been wonderful in 12-15 ft of water. The fish are biting on break up shot rigged nightcrawlers or small white hair jigs. One of the best location has been by the Navy Academy or by Colemans Level.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been bettering. They’re on the deep weed factors just like the Navy Academy or the 700 Membership. They’re aggressively hitting nightcrawlers fished on a lindy rig. You need to fish a 24 inch chief and the lightest sinker you will get away with. I’ve additionally been utilizing a heavy lindy rig with a small perch and catching a number of very nice fish. Each northern pike and smallmouth bass have been biting on the small perch. I’ve been fishing them nearly completely in better than 20 ft of water.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For information events, please name Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063


Information Mike Norris texted the photograph above and emailed this:

Fishing Report – July 10, 2023

Mike Norris

Huge Inexperienced: We’re getting an algae bloom on the lake and the chunk has improved with the lowered gentle penetration. Some anglers are catching smallmouth bass on Senkos and Ned Rigs in 8 – 10 toes of water, whereas others are working drop photographs and tube jigs on remoted rock piles in 24 toes of water. Largemouth bass are holding the cabbage weed. The profitable weight for 5 bass within the WABATA match final Sunday was 19.31 lbs. Walleyes are energetic early morning and night in 12 – 15 toes of water. Strive trolling with nightcrawler rigs. Bluegills and rock bass are organising in and across the deeper cribs.

Fox Lake: One of the best chunk for largemouth bass is early within the morning between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Search for them across the ideas of the islands and beneath piers alongside the north and west shorelines. Skip Senko’s and Bitsy Bug Jigs tipped with plastics beneath the docks and the place the docks hook up with the shoreline. Anglers are nonetheless trolling for and catching walleyes within the open water basin however the chunk has slowed. Drift the basin with jigs and minnows for crappies.


Click here for the Wisconsin DNR weekly report.


Open 6 a.m. (6:30 financial institution fishing) to sundown.


George Peters with a rare largemouth bass from the main stem of the Kankakee River.  Provided photo

George Peters with a uncommon largemouth bass from the principle stem of the Kankakee River.

George Peters emailed the photograph above and this:

Hello Dale, Kankakee excessive water after final week rain. Fish near financial institution the place water clears up first. This 181/2 hit in 1 foot of water. Might need made the chief board however I don’t enter. G. Peters


Click here for the Ohio DNR Report.


Dan ``Chizel’’ Kwiecinski with one of the big brown trout being caught earlier than usual off the R4 buoy. Provided by Andy Mikos

Dan “Chizel’’ Kwiecinski with one of many massive brown trout being caught sooner than traditional off the R4 buoy.

Andy Mikos emailed the photograph above on Mondayand this:

There are some massive browns being caught on the R4 RIGHT NOW. They often don’t present up till late July or early August however everybody appears to be getting them on a regular basis on the market for the previous couple of weeks. Here’s a image of my buddy Chizel with a 16.5 pounder from yesterday. Larger ones are being caught. Hope all is properly.

That’s Dan “Chizel’’ Kwiecinski.

James Baranski with a pair of good smallmouth bass from southern Lake Michigan. Provided photo

James Baranski with a pair of excellent smallmouth bass from southern Lake Michigan.

James Baranski messaged the photograph above and this:

Hello Dale, the previous few weeks has been a grind on Lake Michigan. Just a few 3 pounders the previous 2 weeks and loads of dinks out of Chicago. The chunk has positively been within the AM. Previous few years smallies had been rocking presently however this 12 months has been a bit sluggish. Different boaters have stated the identical however here’s a few from Sunday a double increase increase.

Ron Urick with a good smallmouth bass off Chicago in Lake Michigan Tuesday morning. Provided photo

Ron Urick with a very good smallmouth bass off Chicago in Lake Michigan Tuesday morning.

Ron Urick texted the photograph above and solely this Tuesday morning:

Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters stated, “It’s been an excellent summer time.” That has continued not too long ago, too. “Lake trout off Chicago is on fireplace.” Out of Chicago, straight out of Montrose and north, good lakers, occasional king and a few coho 110-150 toes; lake trout baits on the underside; mornings higher.

Out of North Level, from the hill on out deeoer (200-300), however 100-200 appears finest with a very good blended bag of some steelhead, some lakers, some coho, and the ocassional king; fish coming down deeper.

A big jumbo perch  caught at Montrose Harbor. Provided by Park Bait.

A giant jumbo perch caught at Montrose Harbor.

Stacey Greene at Park Bait at Montrose Harbor texted the photograph above and this:

Saturday night by a couple of of the blokes that had been fishing.

No studies Sunday.Monday there have been a couple of caught.So this season, fishing has been so goofy. Very sporadic.

Numerous north/east winds now they’re south/west so timing is the important thing to perch. It’s a type of issues that you just simply should exit and fish and be fortunate your there after they begin biting. They’re utilizing the same old baits , minnows, crabs, worms, cranksbaits. No harbor studies all have been caught lakeside.

Smallmouth studies are higher additionally. They had been performing unusual for awhile however appear to be again to regular now. They’re within the traditional locations, harbor mouths and alongside the partitions. Hitting the same old stuff, plastics of every type and if utilizing stay bait use pond crabs, leeches and crawlers.

Sheephead good when winds out of north/east.Have a terrific week.

Capt. Scott Wolfe of School of Fish Charters emailed:

Hello Dale

This season has been very easy fishing with nice catches on many various shows. This week get a lot harder, with inconsistent catches. Most journeys have nonetheless been excellent. An occasional day appears to have troublesome chunk for no obvious motive.

Coho have principally been shallower, 75 to 100 toes, with the Kings, steelhead and lake trout exterior of them in 110 to 135. Some boats who’ve gone out to the 200 foot plus vary have had principally lake trout with a couple of kings and steelhead. North versus South has not mattered a lot. Staying out of loads of boat visitors has mattered because the boats packing up appeared to close off the fish or transfer them.

Finest shows for us have been white flashers and aqua, white or Little Boy Blue recordsdata 40 to 90 down. Divers with Orange stubby dodger and Aqua or Blue/Inexperienced flies on divers 45 to 100 or downriggers 25 to 45. Leadcores 5 to 10 colours with Warrior Two Face and Three Face in XL and Commonplace sizes for kings and Coho. and steelhead on Warrior Blue Dragon Slayer shows.

Blues and blacks on overcast days and inexperienced, white and orange on sunny days has been a constant pattern.

Capt. Scott Wolfe312-933-0552

Good to have a report from Capt. Wolfe once more.


Website is open day by day 6 a.m.-sunset. As a perched lake, boating is closed when winds prime or will prime 14 mph. Verify day by day updates on boating at (815) 640-8099.


Click here for the replace from D&S Bait, Deal with & Fly Store .


Hours are 6 a.m. to sundown.


Shelly Justice caught this 20 1/2-inch smallmouth bass on an Oneida County lake. Provided by Kurt’s Island Sport Shop

Shelly Justice caught this 20 1/2-inch smallmouth bass on an Oneida County lake.

Offered by Kurt’s Island Sport Store

Kurt Justice at Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua emailed:

Total, a pleasant week after the festivities of the 4th subsided. Lakes weren’t overly crowded and a few good fishing was had. Just a few in a single day rains/thunderstorms however not sufficient to have an effect on something. Water temps ranging 69-73 levels on most our bodies.

Largemouth Bass: Very Good – Bass stay energetic, daybreak to nightfall. Daytime fishing utilizing plastics (Wacky, Beavers, Craws) within the weeds, in addition to twitching stick baits (Husky Jerks, X-Raps) and lipless cranks (Rattle Traps, Rattlin Raps) very efficient. Prime-water motion finest early and late. Whopper Ploppers, Choppos, Spooks and Fight Frogs near shore weeds and lily pads.

Smallmouth Bass: Very Good-Good – On lakes, exterior weed edges utilizing tubes, Wacky Worms selection! Rock bars attempt drop-shotting 3 Gulp Alive Minnows, Z-Man TRD Craws or Berkley Leeches. Good bass this week, tops Shelly Justice with a 20 ½ C&R.

Bluegill: Very Good-Good – Gills working cabbage flats taking Mini-Mites, 1 tornado tails, small leeches. Finest motion in water of 6-10’.

Yellow Perch: Good – Keep on with cabbage (broad leaf if attainable) in 6-10’. Weedless jigs (1/16) tipped with ½ crawlers, medium leeches or fatheads. Additionally, the lightest Ned jig tipped with small ½ plastic Ned worm or tiniest rubber craw you could find work nice additionally.

Musky: Good – Bucktails and top-water finest over cabbage beds early and late within the day. Good numbers of fish shifting within the mornings. Late mornings work exterior coontail of 12-18’ utilizing rubber baits parallel to edges.

Northern Pike: Good – Casting chatterbaits and spinnerbaits over weed tops. Fish extra energetic of late.

Crappies: Honest-Good – Some higher studies as anglers discovering Crappies working tall slender leaf cabbage in 8-12’. 2 Twisters, Kalins Crappie Scrubs and a couple of Ripple Shads to find. Slips and small minnows to zero in.

Walleye: Honest – Various studies from anglers fishing deep rock discovering fish on bigger lakes and flowages to some discovering weed and wooden fish in water from 10 to as shallow as 4’. Crawlers and leeches first selection, however redtails, black chubs, in addition to jigging tornado tails additionally producing!

Forecast for drizzle and clouds July Twelfth-14th with highs in low to mid-70’s ought to make issues snug for the week. With steady temps and a few protect from the solar seeking to see some higher Walleye and Crappie motion.

Kurt Justice

Kurt’s Island Sport Store – Like us on Fb


A recent catch of coho, steelhead and a king aboard the Triplecatch Charters out of Portage, Indiana. Provided photo

A current catch of coho, steelhead and a king aboard the Triplecatch Charters out of Portage, Indiana.

Capt. Wealthy Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station texted the photograph above and this:

Trollers have been doing properly straight out of portage in 70 to 100ft of water. Coho primarily however steelhead and kings blended in.

Dodgers and flys, and magazine measurement spoons doing good.

Perch fishing is what all people needs to get going as of yesterday not many teams out and just some being caught close to the doughnut out of portage.

Numerous fisherman out at night time fishing burns ditch and deep river for catfish. Triple S stinkbait, skipjack and shad baits to make use of.

Christina Petrites at Stan’s Bait & Tackle Center in Hammond emailed:

Hello, Dale! Are you & yours trying ahead to the upcoming heat, extraordinarily good climate as a lot as we’re? It’s going to be nice for fishing additionally! Fishing has been heating up in direct constructive correlation with the climate! Right here’s what’s been occurring with angling in our space:

Perch fishing is absolutely starting to warmth up, with some very nice catches in 40 FOW; beemoths, redworms, & spinners/harnesses have been working wonders!

Coho & Steelhead fishing continues to be robust.

Inland lakes’ anglers are nonetheless catching Bluegill, however in principally deeper waters; mealworms & nightcrawlers/pink worms are yielding one of the best outcomes.


Click here for the Wisconsin DNR’s report, often on Tuesday or Wednesday.


John Honiotes at Boondocks reported walleye proceed to go loopy, principally smaller, on crawlers on the underside; bluegill chunk is finest evenings.

Website summer time hours—6 a.m.-10 p.m.—run by means of Oct. 31.

Boondocks’ bait store is open day by day, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; restaurant hours are 11-8.


Click here for the southern Lake Michigan studies from the Wisconsin DNR.


Employees at Tackle Haven in Benton Harbor stated perch are sluggish; some silver fish Saturday in 90-120; catfish within the river.

Paddle and Pole hosts the Berrien Springs Fish Ladder Camera.


Information Invoice Stoeger texted:

Walleye motion continues to be good within the Fremont space, and north on the river. Bluegill and a few crappie within the wooden alongside the shoreline. Search for timber in deep water with little present.


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