Northern Illinois Fishing Report – August 7th, 2015
Chain: Walleyes are biting well in the evening on jig/minnow combos and crawler harnesses. River channels and the shallow sandy flats are showing the most action. Bass are holding tight to cover and are hitting wacky rigged worms near boat docks and weedless frogs worked over the heavy mats of weeds and lilies.
Muskie action is slowing with the warmer water temps. Early morning or later evening are best with black bucktails and topraiders showing the most fish movement. Trolling has been effective as well to cover more water.
Shabbona: Good catches of panfish are being taken near the cribs and the wood pilings on live bait like leaches and crawlers. There have been few reports on muskie fishing as of late. Trolling crankbaits along the roadbed or near the deeper timber can produce some monsters. Walleye fishing is fair with some larger fish showing up. Look for walleyes on the deeper flats, the steeper dropoffs, the deeper weedlines and the rock piles. For best results use jumbo leeches.
Heidecke: The hybrid stripers have been taken by shore fishermen on chicken livers and by boaters trolling cranks or casting the riprap. The walleye bite is really picking up with some large fish being taken on jig and minnow combinations or by trolling spinner rigs with nightcrawlers.
Lake Michigan (Chicago Area): Kings and cohos have spread out in many depths of water. The bite has gotten tough over the last few weeks. Trolling in the 85-125 feet of water range seems to be the broad area as of late. Downriggers and dipseys are doing well, and Magnum spoons on full and half cores (5 and 10 colors of leadcore line) or large flasher/fly combos on dipsey divers are producing a mixed bag of kings and steelheads. Upsize your normal coho spread and throw in some larger spoons or flies to entice these fish. Vary your speeds up to trigger the fish. The night bite has been starting to heat up for salmon. Trolling glow spoons or glow flashers working well in most areas.