Northern Illinois Fishing Report – July 24th, 2015
Chain: Most fish are slower because of the heat. Bluegills have been good in and around shallow shoreline piers or laydowns. Catfish are excellent on nightcrawlers or leeches. Walleye fishing remains good around bridge areas. Crappies are fair in 10-12 feet, with Marie best. White bass are good. Muskies are decent on topwaters mornings or evenings, or try bucktails.
Shabbona: Bass fishing has slowed a bit but they are still being caught. They are being caught on the deeper weedlines, on the bottom around the bases of the standing timber and on the deeper flats. Use larger soft plastic lures. Bass are also being caught using plastic frogs in the weed mats toward evening. Larger bass are being caught using leeches or minnows over rock piles. Walleye fishing is fair but will continue to improve with the hot weather. Walleyes are being caught on the deeper flats, the steeper dropoffs and over the rock piles. Use leeches and minnows for best results. The best walleye fishing is toward evening. Crappies are being caught, suspending over the deeper fish cribs and brush piles. They are also being caught suspending in the deeper standing timber and over the rock piles. Use crappie minnows or smaller jigs such as Mini Mites for best results.
Braidwood: Catfish are good on shrimp and cheesebait. Bluegills very good on waxworms and red worms at Mazonia. Good bass fishing at Mazonia, but clear water can make for tough fishing.
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. Smallmouth fishing good. Catfish moving to shallows and doing well on dipbait, minnows and nightcrawlers.
DuPage Forest Preserve: Bass slow, as are crappies and walleyes. Pratt Lake slow for catfish.
Heidecke: Walleyes good on crawlers and jigs. Catfish fair, with several reported on stinkbait or crawlers.
Lake Michigan (Chicago Area): Harbors have been good for panfish, most around weed pockets or on the walls. Salmon good, kings are best, with some steelhead, browns, coho and lakers mixed in. Best action on spoons or big flies.
At Waukegan, Mostly kings and coho in 40-100 feet, depending on time of day, on spoons, Dodgers or flies. Most of the fish are coming on spoons or bigger flies. Some mornings the action is shallow in 20 feet.