Northern Illinois Fishing Report – June 14th, 2013
Chain: Walleye action is hot and heavy around current areas, bridges and shallows. They have been biting on minnows and nightcrawlers in afternoon. Bass and bluegills are either on their beds or getting there. Muskies have been spotty.
Shabbona: Crappie fishing is good. Look for them on the south end of the lake in the near shore waters. Crappies have all but moved out of the no motor zone and are relating to the fish cribs and deeper timber of the north end of the lake. The spawn is just about over. Walleye fishing could be considered fair. Walleyes have been caught over the rockpiles on the roadbed by anglers using crawlers. They have also been caught along the shallower weed edges using shallow running crankbaits and rattle traps.
Braidwood: Good bass fishing at Mazonia lakes, but clear water can make for tough fishing. Braidwood is into the 90s on the hot side, 70s on the cool end. Catfish and bluegills biting fair on worms and nightcrawlers.
LaSalle: Largemouth bass in the 12- to 15-inch range are good along the banks and the bigger bass are holding deep with many small bass suspended in the discharge canal. The smallmouth are slow. Some drum and catfish are being caught on crankbaits, with a few real nice blue catfish being landed.
Heidecke: Walleye action still strong. Drifting minnows or leeches on the bottom is most productive.
Lake Michigan The coho bite has slowed down on the north end near Waukegan and Northpoint. Larger dodgers in silver or white with small peanut flies are taking fish in the top 30 feet of the water column. The standard 00 orange dodgers with peanut flies in blue/silver and black/gold are also good producers. Good perch fishing at Montrose with minnows. Perch in and out around other harbors; large fatheads are working best. Smallmouth hot downtown. Good bite for coho and lake trout and a few browns and kings in 75-85 feet off Edgewater. Off Evanston, some coho and kings in 60 feet off the bank.
Perch being caught south of Waukegan harbor, jumbos deeper. Salmon good, mostly coho and some kings. Coho, kings, steelhead and lakers caught out of North Point.