Chain: Bluegills have been good in and around shallow shoreline
piers or laydowns. Catfish are excellent on night crawlers or
leeches. Walleye remain good around bridge areas. Crappies are fair
in 10-12 feet, with Marie best. White bass are good in Spring with
the current. Muskie fishing is decent on topwaters mornings or
evening, or try bucktails.
Triangle Sports: Antioch (847) 395-2430
Shabbona: According to Jay Angel, bass fishing is slowing a bit
but they are still being caught. They are being caught on the
deeper weedlines, on the bottom around the bases of the standing
timber and on the deeper flats. Use larger soft plastic lures. Bass
also are being caught using plastic frogs in the weed mats toward
evening. Larger bass are being caught using leeches or minnows over
the rock piles. Walleye fishing is fair but will continue to
improve with the hot weather. Walleyes are being caught on the
deeper flats, the steeper drop-offs and over the rock piles. Use
leeches and minnows for best results. The best walleye fishing is
toward evening. Crappie fishing is good with many 8- to 9.5-inch
long crappies being caught. Crappies are suspending over the deeper
fish cribs and brush piles. They also are being caught suspending
in the deeper standing timber and over the rock piles. Use crappie
minnows or smaller jigs such as Mini Mites for best results.
Braidwood: Catfish are good on shrimp and cheese bait. Bluegills
very good on waxworms and red worms at Mazonia. Good bass fishing
at Mazonia, but clear water can make for tough fishing.
DuPage Forest Preserve: Bass and bluegill good in deep water at
Corey Lake. Mallard Lake good on catfish, crappie and walleye.
Silver Lake at Blackwell slow and weedy. Pratt Lake slow.
Heidecke: Walleye good on crawlers and jigs. Catfish fair, with
several from 4 to 6 pounds reported on stinkbait or crawlers.
Lake Michigan (Chicago Area): Perch fishing reopened Aug. 1 for
anglers 16 and older. Harbors have been good for panfish, most
around weed pockets or on the walls. Salmon good, kings are best,
with some steelhead, browns, coho and lakers mixed in. Best action
on spoons or big flies.
Henry’s Bait and Tackle in Chicago (312) 225-8538
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.