Northern Illinois Fishing Report- June 12th, 2015
Chain: Panfish action continues to be hot. The shallow portions of the bays seem to be producing quite well also. Find the newer weeds in 8 feet of water or less and the gills will be there, but look for deeper water for the white bass and crappies. The bite changes from day to day so be prepared to move and change baits. Walleyes have proven to be difficult lately as the boat traffic has picked up. Trolling harnesses or casting jigs and crankbaits have both been about equal in effectiveness. The main lake areas are starting to get a good green weed growth. Largemouths are holding tight to cover and are active when you can find them. Look for the inside edges of weedbeds that are good transition points between cover and their spawning areas.
Banner Marsh Lakes: Bluegills fair-good on waxies and crickets. Muskies fair on Johnson Lake with many follows.
McMaster-Snakeden: Largemouth bass fair on plastics and spinnerbaits. Bluegills fair in most lakes on waxies and crickets and just a few redear at McMasters on part crawler fished a little deeper. Channel cats fair on cut baits, leeches and crawlers early and late in the day. Crappies slow-fair on minnows scattered near deeper cover.
Shabbona Lake: Largemouth bass fair on plastics, spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Bluegills fair on waxworms and some on crickets. Channel cats fair-good on cut baits, dip baits and crawlers. Striped bass fair on crankbaits and chicken liver. Muskies fair, with a 38-incher reportedly caught on crankbait near the marina. Walleyes fair, with a 26-incher caught on nightcrawler.
Argyle Lake: Channel cats fair on crawlers and dip baits late in day. Largemouth bass fair on plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappies fair on minnows.
Carlton: Walleyes fair on minnows. Crappies good on minnows. Largemouth bass fair on plastics and spinnerbaits.
Pierce Lake: Largemouth bass good on plastic worms, salamanders. Channel cats good on large shiners and crawlers.
Braidwood: Catfish are being caught on bottom rigs tipped with crawlers or other cut bait.
Lake Michigan-South: Large perch being caught up to 14 inches and 22 ounces. Not large quantities. Try casting and sinking a crankbait just above the bottom for a jumbo. A spinner tipped with a minnow will do the trick, too. Some soft shell action just beginning.
Lake Michigan-North: Kings in 50-125 feet of water. Shore guys before recent storms were getting cohos and steelies off the pier using spawn sacks, roach minnows, and also throwing some spoons. Blue and silver, green and silver, orange and gold spoons seem to be better as well as glow-in-the-dark spoons, also, day or night. Very few perch reports.
Heidecke Lake: Channel cats slow on cut baits and dip baits. Crappies slow on minnows drifted out deeper. Walleyes slow on live bait rigs. A couple of muskies were caught in recent weeks.