Lake Michigan: According to Cory Yarmuth, of www.chitownangler.com, the
northern harbors are seeing a decline in the number of fish caught,
but there are still browns and steelhead out there. Spawn sacks
under a float are working well as well as the standard tinsel or
white tube jig tipped with wax worms. The steelhead bite is
starting to increase in the downtown harbors with spawn being a
primary choice of baits. Tinsel jigs as well as tube jigs under
floats are also producing fish.
Navy pier and the downtown harbors are starting to produce some
perch. The fish are ranging in size and a lot of sorting is
required, but crappie rigs with fathead minnows seem to be
producing the best.
Lakers are still being caught trolling dodgers with spin-n-glows
along the reef near the Port of Indiana. They are being found in 20
to 40 feet of water around and on top of the reef. The perch
fishermen bouncing minnows off of the reef are also catching
Chain: The lakes are starting to develop some ice and launching
can be difficult. If you do get out, the walleyes are still hitting
jig and minnow combinations and the panfish are active on the
smaller presentations of a teardrop jig tipped with waxies or
spikes under a float. There are good limits of ducks being taken by
hunters as the ducks are looking for the open water.
Shabbona: According to Jay Angel, water temps are falling fast.
Local angler Denny Sands caught a nice limit of crappies deep in
the standing timber using minnows and slip bobbers. Crappies are
also being caught over the fish cribs. Search the cribs that
surround each of the land piers. The secret to success this time of
the year is to use a lively minnow. You will have to continually
change your minnow because they don’t last long. Perch are still
being caught along the deeper weedlines. Use minnows near the
bottom for best results.