Chain: Bluegill fishing is good in shallow water. Crappie good
on minnows and light jigs around piers in channels. Northern pike
are hitting spinner baits and spoons. Catfish are biting
nightcrawlers or fatheads. Muskies are very good, hitting on
spinners. White bass are fair in 12 feet with spikes or small
minnows. Walleye action is slow.

Shabbona: According to Jay Angel, crappie fishing remains
excellent. Look for crappies over the fish cribs and brush piles
along the campground shoreline. Begin your search by setting your
presentation half way down the water column. Best presentations
include Mini-Mites and minnows. Look for crappies to invade the
shallow waters of the no-motor zone any day now. Bass fishing is
slow. A few huge fish are being caught by anglers tossing
crankbaits in 2-6 feet of water in the bays. Bass should also begin
looking for their spawning areas any time now. Muskie fishing is
good. Bass anglers casting rattle traps are catching a few bonus

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 bite is
slow. Some drum and catfish are being caught on crankbaits, with a
few real nice blue catfish being landed.

Heidecke: Walleye are starting to hit nightcrawlers fished on
bottom. The daily walleye creel limit is three with a minimum
length of 16 inches. Hybrids, and catfish will likely be the the
most sought-after fish. Smallmouth and largemouth bass will be
tough again this year.

Lake Michigan (Chicago Area): Smallmouth biting good around the
harbors downtown. Shore perch have been slow. Salmon are being
caught in 30 feet of water , near shore and downtown.

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Lake Michigan (Waukegan): A few browns, steelhead and even a
couple coho caught at Johnson pier on fatheads, alewives or dead
roaches. Frozen shiners also working. Boaters are doing well on
browns at the discharge.

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