Northern Illinois Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013

Chain: Bluegills good in shallow water. Crappies good on minnows and light jigs around piers in channels. Northern pike hitting spinnerbaits 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. Walleyes slow.

Shabbona: Bass anglers were catching small muskies in the shallows of the northeast bay throwing shad raps and rattle traps. A couple of big bass were caught towards evening as well. Bass fishing is still slow. Catfish are being caught in the shallow water of the bays using nightcrawlers. Crappie fishing is excellent around the deeper standing timber of the no motor zone. Crappies were caught using mini mites five feet down over 10-feet of water.

Braidwood: Bluegill and catfish fishing good. A few nice channel cats caught on liver. Bass slow.

Lake Zurich: There has been a good topwater bite for bass in the evenings. Poppers or zara spooks worked near the shallow weedbeds have been offering some 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. There are reports of good crappies being caught on small jigs worked under floats along the deeper weed edges.

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.

Forest Preserve Lakes: Bass and catfish biting, crappies starting to warm up.

Heidecke: Striper fishing has been slow at best and blue cat fishing is fair. Hybrids, walleyes and catfish will likely be the most sought-after fish. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are tough right now.

Lake Michigan (Chicago Area): Fishing has really picked up. Big cohos and king salmon are being found in the 80-120 feet of water range. 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. Early morning or late afternoon/evening are the best chances for limits. The perch season is closed for July to all of those over the age of 16. For those who are able to fish, the fish are being caught jigging plastics and dropshotting minnows in the downtown harbors. The fish are holding tight to the bottom. A lot of moving is key to staying with the schools.

Apple Canyon Lake: A few crappies are biting on minnows and waxworms. Bluegills taking same bait but bass starting to come alive and pick off bait.

Categories: Illinois Fishing Reports, North (Central)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *