Northern Illinois Fishing Report – September 18th, 2015
Chain: The panfish bite is very consistent. Fish small jigs tipped with spikes or waxies under a slip float. Fish the weedbeds and set your depth to just above the weeds. The largemouths have moved into the channels and the heavy mats of weeds. Fishing a scum frog or other weedless bait has been producing some good bass as well as northern pike. The muskie fishing has been hit or miss with some real monsters being boated recently. Look for the breaklines associated with decent weed growth. Troll or cast these edges working parallel to them with glide baits or cranks.
Shabbona: Crappies are biting but numbers are greatly reduced. Crappies can be found over deeper fishing cribs with minnows or hugging the bottom of tree lines in about 20 feet of water. The bass bite is slow, but they can be caught using scum frogs in the evening in thicker emerging weeds. The muskie bite is slow. Walleyes are biting in the evening on leechers around rock piles in steeper dropoffs.
Heidecke: Walleye fishing good on crawlers and jigs. Catfish fair, with several from 4 to 6 pounds reported on stinkbait or crawlers.
Lake Michigan (Chicago Area): Chinook salmon will soon begin their annual fall run into the harbors for their spawn. The changing water will bring the fish in and they can be being caught casting glow spoons worked near the bottom or crankbaits fished very slowly. Waukegan has reported sporadic good catches of coho and kings with the downtown harbors reporting sporadic catches of fish.