Northern Illinois Fishing Report – July 12th, 2013
Chain: The walleye action is really hot right now. Fishermen have been reporting good catches in Pistakee and Marie in the early morning or late evening. Jig and minnows or jig and leeches have done well as well as crawler harnesses drifted over the flats. Fishing in the 5 to 15 feet of water range has all been producing with chartreuse doing the best. Bass are being found around the boat docks in the morning and are pushing out to the deeper weed edges later in the day. Spinnerbaits and swimbaits are doing well.
Shabbona: 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 are also catching bass in these areas using crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Bigger bass have come off the rock piles using leeches. Walleye fishing is fair with some fish coming off the deeper flats, the weedlines or the rockpiles using leeches. Catfishing is good. 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. Hybrid stripers are hitting spinnerbaits, and walleyes have been biting minnows, nightcrawlers and crankbaits. Catfish have been biting a little bit of everything. From nightcrawlers to minnows, dip baits and stinkbaits, anglers have been having a lot of luck with the cats.
Braidwood: Bluegill fishing is 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.
Apple Canyon Lake: Bluegills being caught on waxworms and chunks of worms. Some crappies moving to 10-12 foot water, weigh about a pound and hit minnows. Smallmouths good. Catfish moving to shallows and doing well on dipbait, minnows and nightcrawlers.
LaSalle: Smallmouth action still slow. A few bass being caught on crankbaits and spinners. Crappies fair on minnows.
DuPage Forest Preserve: Bass and bluegills good in deep water. Catfish being caught on stinkbaits and worms.
Lake Michigan (Chicago Area): Fishing remains consistent up and down the lakefront. Coho and king salmon are being found in the 80-120 feet of water range. Water surface temperatures are about 64 degrees but it drops into the mid-40s when you get down 50 feet in the water column. Magnum glow spoons as well as larger flasher and flies have been taking most of the fish. Downriggers and dipseys have been doing best with copper and leadcore coming in a close second.
Lake Zurich: There has been a good topwater bite for bass. Poppers or zara spooks worked near the shallow weedbeds have been offering fishermen quick and explosive action. The fish are getting aggressive on the outside edges of the weeds as well and are being caught on medium diver crankbaits or lipless cranks.