Northern Illinois Fishing Report – October 2nd, 2015

Chain: Walleyes are good in current areas such as bottlenecks of the bridges, most being caught on fatheads or nightcrawlers. White bass good at Marie and Bluff on small spinners. Muskies are consistent on bucktails or jerkbaits around main lake points. Crappies are good in channel areas on small jigs tipped with small fatheads or spikes. Bluegills good around weed areas on small ice jigs tipped with waxies or spikes.

Shabbona: Water clarity is improving. Smallmouths have been caught over the rock piles in 8 to 10 feet of water. The smallmouth bass ran in size from 10 to 14 inches long. No larger smallies were caught. Perch caught on the weedlines near the rockpiles in 6 to 8 feet of water. Perch ranged in size from 7 to 10 inches long. Perch fishing was slow. Crappies were caught over the north roadbed fish cribs. Crappie fishing was fair.

Forest Preserve Lakes: Crappies and bluegills both picking up. Bluegills biting on waxworms and crickets. Crappies hitting minnows. Channel cats fair, biting on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Bass fishing steady using medium minnows, soft plastics and worms. 

Heidecke: Walleyes good on crawlers and jigs. Catfish fair, with several from 4 to 6 pounds reported on stinkbait or crawlers. 

Lake Michigan (Chicago Area): Kings biting at Northpoint. Salmon being caught on crankbaits in the harbors. A few smallmouths and white bass being found around the Edison plant. 

Lake Michigan (Waukegan): Kings and coho slowing, but being caught in 50-90 feet, depending on time of day, on spoons, Dodgers or flies.

Categories: Illinois Fishing Reports, North (Central)

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