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Chain: The Chain and Fox River have reopened to boating.
Bluegills are good in shallows, with Channel or Catherine best
bets. White bass are good in Pistakee and Marie. Walleyes and
catfish are excellent near currents. Largemouths hitting worms in
shallows. Muskies still slow, though picking up.

Triangle Sports: Antioch

(847) 395-2430

Shabbona: According to Jay Angel, bass fishing is very good with
bass being caught using wacky rigged Senkos or dingers on the dam
face or the weedlines of the east side of the lake. Anglers also
are catching bass in these areas using crankbaits or spinnerbaits.
We have caught some nice 15 to 18 inchers, but most of them are
respectable 14-16. Bigger bass have come off of the rock piles
using leeches, but you have to sort through a lot of bluegills.
Walleye fishing is fair with some fish coming off of the deeper
flats, the weedlines or the rockpiles using leeches. Catfishing is
good and are in the process of spawning. Quite a few of them have
been caught on the rockpiles or the dam face. Crappie fishing is
good. They are being caught in large numbers in the deeper fish
cribs or brush piles. Angel has seen more 10-inch crappies come out
of this lake than in the last six years.

Braidwood: Bluegill fishing very good on waxworms and red worms
at Mazonia. Good bass fishing at Mazonia, but clear water can make
for tough fishing. Catfish and bluegills biting fair on worms and
nightcrawlers.

Triangle Sports: Antioch

(847) 395-2430

Apple Canyon Lake: Bluegills about 8 to 10 inches being caught
on waxworms and chunks of worms. Some black crappies moving to
10-12 foot water, weigh about a pound and hit minnows. Smallmouth
good. Catfish moving to shallows and doing well on dipbait, minnows
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 smallmouths are
slow. Some drum and catfish are being caught on crankbaits, with a
few real nice blue catfish being landed.

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DuPage Forest Preserve: Bass and bluegill fishing good in deep
water at Corey Lake. Mallard Lake good on catfish, crappies and
wallesye. Silver Lake at Blackwell slow and weedy. Pratt Lake
slow.

Hennepin-Hopper: Hennepin Hopper Lake is just south of the town
of Hennepin. No gasoline-powered motors allowed. You may only fish
it on Fridays and Saturdays. According to Jay Angel, crappies are
in the timber and biting on Mini Mites. Use small bobbers and keep
moving until you find the fish. The crappies will remain in the
timber until they are done spawning. Bass are also in the timber
and in the canals. Use Texas-rigged ribbon tail worms in the
timber. In the canals use either jig and pig or wacky rig. As the
summer heats up, northern pike fishing will improve. Use large
Mepps spinners in the timber for best results.

Heidecke: Catfish are biting on stink baits and nightcrawlers.
Slowing are walleye, hybrids and bass. Guide Jay Angel reported an
8-pound hybrid and a 5-pound walleye casting the rip-rap in the
evenings with crankbaits.

Lake Michigan (Chicago Area): Fishing for bluegills and rock
bass is good in harbors. Weeds or up against seawalls are best
places. Perch biting around harbors, especially Montrose. Coho
fishing decent 45-75 feet east of the Wilson crib to east of the
Pink Hotel, mostly on dodgers and flies. Kings and lakers best on
spoons.

Henry’s Bait and Tackle in Chicago

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Lake Michigan (Waukegan): Mostly kings and coho in 40-100 feet,
depending on time of day, on spoons, Dodgers or flies. Most of the
fish are coming on spoons or bigger flies. Some mornings the action
is shallow in 20 feet.

Henry’s Bait and Tackle in Chicago

(312) 225-8538

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