Lake Michigan: Slow fishing for perch and smallmouth bass are hitting live pond crabs. A few Chinook salmon were reported at 63rd Street.
The perch fishing has been on and off from the shore up north. The city is a different story. Casting spinners with softshells or shrimp near the weedbeds seems to be the presentation of choice. The fish are spread out right now and most fishermen are catching, but the size is down.
Chain: Bass have moved up into the slop and are very active attacking scum frogs and other weedless baits. Work the pockets in the weed growth with heavy jigs and also don’t hesitate to back off and fish the outside weed edges in the deeper water. The bass will be cruising these weedlines looking for an easy meal. Fish have been reported to be most active in the upper lakes. The boat docks have been holding good fish, but bigger fish have been found in the weeds and around the channels.
Heidecke Lake: The walleye bite is day to day, but the best bite has been trolling shad raps or nightcrawler harnesses. It really hasn’t mattered if you are on the north or south side, both sides are producing nice fish when you can find them. The stripers are also being caught trolling minnowbaits or by shore fishermen fishing chicken livers on the bottom.
The bass bite, both large and smallmouth, has been really slow. Fish a Carolina-rigged finesse worm parallel to shore fishing the transition of the rock to mud bottom. The fish are using this structure as a place to ambush prey.