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Midwest Fishing Report: Lakes around Chicago fishing (Chain tweak)
It’s been a spring far different than last year with guide Kurt Justice talking about the possibility of ice for the walleye opener May 4 around Minocqua, Wis.
Got out Sunday with Andy Mikos and Dave “Stan” Stamer to fish the Chicago breakwalls and freshen my Chicago lakefront photos.
This is the extended online version of the lakes report of the MFR, which appears on the Sun-Times outdoors page on Wednesdays.
Normally, I post Wednesday mornings.
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FRIDAY YOUTH REMINDER
On Friday, Illinois holds 22 sectionals for high school bass fishing. Respect the young anglers. Chicago sectionals are Braidwood, Busse, Chain O’Lakes, Des Plaines Conservation Area, Heidecke, Shabbona and Wolf.
The old tradition on the Chicago lakefront of smelt netting continues through April. Opening night had a few netted, virtually none since then. The usual Chicago Park District regulations apply, such as nets may go in at 7 p.m.; netters must be out of parks by 1 a.m.
Henry’s reported crappie reports increasing on the forest preserve lakes. I am receiving plenty of notes on largemouth being caught on ponds and lakes, too.
BIG GREEN LAKE, WISCONSIN
For guide Mike Norton’s report, go to www.nortonsfishingandhuntingadventures.com, then click on fishing, then lake report.
From licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik and guide Glenn Moberg of Hooksetters Guide Service:
(Head): Open water fishing picking up, with ice fishing still hanging on,
and some nice wild turkeys being taken; all in and amidst the lakes and the
Wisconsin River in Wisconsins Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee
and Wausau). Editor’s Note: The walleye and northern season REMAIN OPEN on
many of the waters of the central Wisconsin area. Check with the DNR about
the particular water you want to fish before going out to make sure that
water is open for walleye and northern.
With winter still hanging on in the central Wisconsin area, and ice in a few
locations, we have been able to not only get out on the ice, but are still
catching fish. The open water bite is picking up and walleyes are on the
menu. Turkey season is under way, but with a quiet bang.
Ice fishing conditions in some locations in the central Wisconsin area are
still OK, and the anglers who are getting out are still popping some nice
crappies and bluegills. Most of the action is coming from area lakes and
backwater areas off the Wisconsin River in shallow water – -4 to 8 feet
deep. We are running tiny jigs tipped with waxies or spikes as well as
setting tip-downs baited up with small crappie sized minnows.
We have been out a few times on the open water in the central Wisconsin
area, but the bite has been sporadic. With water temps still in the lows 30s
and heavy current flows, the walleye just seem to be very lethargic. The
bite has been slow but we are seeing a few nice sized fish . Most of the
action is still in the deeper pools. We are running jigs tipped with
minnows in 12 to 16 feet of water. As the weather warms look for these fish
to move up out of the deeper water and onto the shallow rocks and gravel
bars near their spawning areas.
The 2013 spring turkey season is under way in the central Wisconsin area,
and although there is still a lot of snow on the ground some nice birds have
been taken. Most of the birds we’re seeing are concentrated near food
sources and have been roosting in the general proximity, not wanting to
travel too far. The key to tagging out this year is to be mobile and to
keep searching until you find your birds. One other thought is to buy some
late season tags and wait for the snow to disappear.
OK, I find hunting reports interesting for notes on weather and such as much as anything. Such as waiting for the snow to disappear.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA
(CHANGED) There’s no-wake restrictions from Algonquin dam to the Wisconsin line. Check for farther updates at the Fox Waterway Agency.
Arden Katz reported good crappie Tuesday morning in channels (water is high but decent color) on ice jigs with white or silver plastic; key is tight to docks. Some bluegill are mixed in.
For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/
More Chain info at www.foxwaterway.state.il.us.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS
LaSALLE: Henry’s reported hybrids still being caught. The lake is open daily, 6 a.m. to sunset. I will check on the status on the concessionaire. Forgot to call yesterday.
BRAIDWOOD/MAZONIA: Hours are 6 a.m.-sunset daily. Mazonia lakes, like most lakes, remain on the cold side. REMINDER: Anchoring outside the restricted area on the north end of Braidwood, then casting in is illegal.
HEIDECKE: Boaters be warned the temporary launch is very shallow and gets icy very easily. I am curious whether the rains will help raise water levels enough to help make that launch more useable. Lake needs to warm to really turn on. Lake is open daily until sunset. Launch opens at 6 a.m.; bank angling, 6:30 a.m.
DELAVAN/LAKE GENEVA AREA, WISCONSIN
Brian Gates at Geneva Lake Bait and Tackle said boaters are catching more bluegill than crappie in Abbey harbor on Geneva; catching bluegill mid-day to afternoon on Delavan, then more crappie until dark; and lots of crappie on Pleasant.
CLINTON LAKE: Henry’s reported some good crappie action.
POWERTON LAKE: Because of our winter weather, the closure to all fishing will be extended. The reopening date is now Friday, May 3. If they get the levee work done sooner, that could be moved up.
EVERGREEN: The 2013 passes are available. Any updated fishing report from site staff will be posted here.
Another sign of spring, Mike Steffa sent this:
Bait Shop & Boat Rental Opening For The Season at Evergreen Lake/COMLARA Park.
The Evergreen Lake/COMLARA Park Bait Shop & Boat Rental will be opening for the Season onSaturday, April 6, 2013.
Bait Shop Hourswill be: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Boat Rental Hourswill be: Friday – Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday – Thursday
Expanded hours for both beginning the end of April.
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
No updated report from the Wisconsin DNR. Click here to see if there is a fresh one.
LAKE ERIE: PORT CLINTON
For Ohio DNR report go to wildohio.com and or call (888) HOOKFISH.
CHICAGO: Park Bait reopened. Hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m. I got out Sunday with Mikos and Stamer. Before the winds and waves chased us, we did two coho, two browns and a big laker on a variety of lures flatlining or on Dipsy Divers; nothing on downriggers.
Larry Emerson sent this better report from Saturday:
I heard Andy’s report yesterday and it sounded bumpy. I just want to report that on Saturday, 4/13, the crew on WHATEVER caught 12 fish just outside of the lighthouse. We took 8 lakers (releasing 2) , 1 brown and 3 coho. The dipsy’s were hot taking more than half the bites and fish. Slow speeds and spoons were key. The hot spoon was the Ludington Special Stinger, taking 6 fish off a dipsy, until we lost it on a big king. I really enjoy the lighthouse this time of year.
Henry’s reported shore fishermen are doing best at 63rd for coho; there’s browns inside the harbors.
WAUKEGAN: Weather has really limited things. Lori Ralph at Salmon Stop reported a few browns off Government and Johnson piers on frozen roaches or spawn sacs; a few coho on spoons.
CHICAGO PIER PASSES: Good time to remember the $6 pier passes for Chicago harbors, except 31st, are available at Henry’s Sports & Bait.
CHICAGO FISHERMAN’S PARKING: The fisherman’s parking pass–$10 for two months and available at Henry’s Sports & Bait–is needed to park south of the main building at Northerly Island. . . . That’s the same pass good for the small fishermen’s lots at Burnham and DuSable harbors.
MADISON CHAIN, WISCONSIN
Click here for any updates from D&S Bait.
MINOCQUA: Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop sent this:
Little change since last week’s report – except maybe the odds we won’t see open water for the walleye opener!Ice thickness remains in the 27-31″ range:Minocqua Lake at 29″, Indian Bay on the Willow at 36″.Sunday morning temp was11 degrees, high that day in the upper 30′s.Actually had good weather for most of the weekend.Good numbers of anglers and better fishing reports.
Crappies:Very Good.While some of the traditional late ice crappie spots have fallen silent (Big Arb), other lakes are producing good numbers and/or big slabs.Tip-downs with minnows have been best just before and after dark.During the day Little Cecils, Moxy jigs and #8 rockers tipped with plastic (orange, white, glow), waxies or Chena slow dropped have produced.Bays with green cabbage best.Inlets with some moving water coming in are even better.
Perch:Very Good.Best bite still deep over mud flats of 18-22′.While males are showing signs of milking already, the thick ice must be holding these fish deep.These fish feeding heavily on mayfly larvae (wigglers), but also taking minnows/rosies on tip-downs.Heavy tungsten jigs, pimples, Halis needed to get down deep quickly.Nice catches of 9-11″ers.
Bluegills:VeryGood.Anglers finding gills locating in bays with weeds in 5-8′, also some nicer gills suspended over sandgrass in 12-15′.Small dark jigs tipped with black, purple, red and motor oil plastics as well as the standard waxie, spike or chena.Bigger gills (8+”) towards dusk.Small plastic “creature” baits by Northland Impulse and Berkley Gulp also very good.
Lots of people calling the shop asking (and being shocked to find out) we probably won’t be ice free by May 4th(opener).Panfishing should be great and jigging and tip-ups outside known spawning areas should be hot for walleyes….don’t put your ice gear away yet….we haven’t!!!
Kurt’s Island Sport Shop
EAGLE RIVER: On Sunday, Creative Brilliance sent this update for the Chamber of Commerce:
(Head): In the Eagle River, Wisconsin area, good all day action for
crappies, bluegills and perch; with persistent snow aiding hunters in
finding wild turkeys.
Ice conditions in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area remain good, with two
feet+ thickness on many lakes. However, local guides urge extreme caution,
as this is the time of year when the scenario is one of ice erosion, not
build-up. There are many thinning and cracking areas that are hidden from
view. Hire one of Eagle River’s excellent guides, and you’ll be assured of
getting on fish and doing so in safety.
When one of the local Eagle River guides was asked about when Eagle River
could expect ice-out, he laughed, and said: “At the rate things are going,
mid-July maybe!” However, he also said that ice can go out very quickly
if the weather conditions are right. That has not happened yet. Travel on
the ice has improved. Snow and slush have diminished, and ice anglers are
getting out on snowmobiles, four-wheelers, and trucks.
Crappies, bluegills and perch are hitting in two areas in the Eagle River
area. Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around old weed growth; or over
mudflats in 12-25 feet of water. Perch are tight to bottom. Crappies and
gills are suspending up and down the water column, and as of yet, there
doesn’t seem to be any great movement towards the surface by these fish,
which would normally be expected at this time of year (the spring sun warms
the surface, causing greater oxygenation, as well as warmer water near the
surface – -that isn’t happening yet, so the fish remain deeper than usual).
They are mainly about half-way down from the surface, but that is day
dependent. The suspending fish change their positions, not only daily, but
often many times during any particular day. Use electronics to find the
fish, and be prepared to move around.
Use a waxie, wiggler, spike or crappie minnow under a small jig, slip
bobber, or tip-down. It’s an all day bite, and the action is good.
The snow persists in the Eagle River area, with another 2 to 4 inches
falling this week. This has aided hunters in finding wild turkeys. The base
is made of crusty snow – -which means turkeys can walk on top of it and
leave clear tracks in the fresh snow. Consider skiing or snowshoeing
through the woods on trails and logging roads to find tracks and other
Set up your blind on the edge of the woods looking out into a meadow or
other opening. Situate the blind so that your back is against a tree that
has a diameter larger than your body. This will hide you from turkeys
approaching from the rear and reduce your outline to birds coming from
either side. It is also safer in the unlikely event that another hunter is
If you use a decoy, place it about 20 yards out into the meadow. Put sticks
out that you have measured to be 15, 20, 25 and 30 yards away from your
position. Don’t shoot at turkeys that are farther out than 30 yards.
Pattern your shotgun by shooting at a turkey target from different
distances. A killing shot is one that puts 6 or more pellets into the
target’s head area. If you gun has screw-in chocks, you can get tubes that
are made just for turkey hunting, which will tighten your pattern. But
whether you use specialized choke turbes or your normal shotgun, doing a
pattern test ahead of time will improve your odds of getting a gobbler.
The first turkey hunting period started April 10. Each new period starts on
a Wednesday and runs for a week. Your permit will tell you which period you
are allowed to hunt in.
(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance
interviews with Eagle River guides “Muskie Matt” of Wild Eagle Lodge,
“Ranger Rick” Krueger of Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, and Mat Hegy).
Contact info for Eagle River:
* Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
* “Muskie Matt”, 715-891-5980; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e-mail: email@example.com
* Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner “Ranger Rick” Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters, who has two boats in East Chicago Marina, reported so-so fishing for coho with a few browns, fish are scattered in front of East Chicago Marina, by Gary Light and the Hole-in-the-Wall; good lakers at “The Gong.” Mik-Lurch reported crappie and bass at Wolf Lake; bluegill good on warmer days at Willow Slough.
NOTE: There’s a shore-fishing contest at the Hammond Marina (free entry and parking, refreshments, prizes for largest salmon, trout and bass), 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Hammond Casino.
Denny Sands at Lakeside reported a 24-inch walleye caught on Sunday. 46-47 degree water. Walleye and muskie are going through spawning motions shallower. Crappie are remain deep. Lakeside will open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for spring and summer.
This is the first Mega Big Fish Contest Weekend. I like the idea.
Here are the details:
Mega Big Fish Contest Weekend
Shabbona Lake State Park
April 20th& 21st
Over $1,500 in Prizes
Shabbona Lake – Illinois’ Best Fishing Lake – Muskie Capitol Of Illinois -www.shabbonalake.com
Finally, a fishing contest for everyone, on the same day, in the same place and great prizes, what more could you ask for? And the best part it isFREE.All we ask is that you donate $5.00 to our Walleye Restocking Fund. No matter what your favorite fish is, you have a chance to win an all day weekday, Pontoon or Bass Boat rental, valid during the 2013 season. Like to fish for Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass,you’re in!How about Muskie, Walleye, Crappie, Catfish, Bluegill, Striped Bass,you’re in!!!
On Saturday, April 20thand Sunday, April 21st, Shabbona Lakeside Bait, Tackle will host a Mega Big Fish Contest Weekend at Shabbona Lake.Hours are 6 AM – 7 PM both days. If you sign up on Saturday, you are also signed up for Sunday, no need to sign up twice. Shabbona Lake State Park is located in Southern DeKalb County, about 25 minutes southwest of DeKalb.
Catch the Biggest of the following individual species, exceeding the minimum length limits, and win an all day Free Pontoon Rental ($190.00 value) or a Bass Boat Rental ($165.00 value) at Shabbona Lake. (Monday – Friday, non Holiday) (Valid for 2013 Season.)Biggest will be determined by weight, except Muskie which shall be by length.
Winning Fish must exceed minimum size limits posted below.
MuskieMust be over 40″(We will measure it at your boat, do not bring the fish in, call815-824-2581)
WalleyeMust be over 18″ (Weigh in hours: 6 AM – 6 PM Saturday, 6 AM – 6 PM Sunday)
Large Mouth BassMust be over 14″ (Weigh in hours: 6 AM – 6 PM Saturday, 6 AM – 6 PM Sunday)
Small Mouth BassMust be over 14″ (Weigh in hours: 6 AM – 6 PM Saturday, 6 AM – 6 PM Sunday)
Striped BassMust be over 17″ (Weigh in hours: 6 AM – 6 PM Saturday, 6 AM – 6 PM Sunday)
CrappieMust be over 12″ (Weigh in hours: 6 AM – 6 PM Saturday, 6 AM – 6 PM Sunday)
BluegillMust be over 8″ (Weigh in hours: 6 AM – 6 PM Saturday, 6 AM – 6 PM Sunday)
CatfishMust be over 24″ (Weigh in hours: 6 AM – 6 PM Saturday, 6 AM – 6 PM Sunday)
Here are the Rules:
1.You must sign up at Shabbona Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental prior to going fishing. Any fish caught prior to sign up, are not eligible to be entered.
2.You must donate $5.00 to the Walleye Restocking Fund.
3.All entries must be caught at Shabbona Lake, between 6 AM Saturday, April 20th& 6 PM Sunday, April 21st.
4.Fish must be alive when measured.We encourage catch & release, as soon as the fish is measured.
5.One witness must be preset to verify your catch, when you enter your catch.
6.In order to have more individual winners, you may win only one prize.
7.Determination of winning qualifying fish will be by weight, except for Muskie which will be by length.
Weigh In At Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental.
All Muskie must be measured at Catch Site; Lakeside will send a boat to your location.Call815-824-2581to report Muskie catches over 40″.Undersized Muskie (under 48″) brought into Lakeside will be disqualified, as it is illegal to transport an undersized Muskie.
For more info call815-824-2581or visit www.shabbonalake.com
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT
Here is the Lake Michigan Fishing Report:
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: April 15, 2013
Shoreline:The Libertyville Fishing Club was in town on Saturday. Members of the club launched several boats and one kayak from the small boat harbor while other members fished from shore around the Pike Creek outlet. Strong winds and snow flurries made angling a challenge as the group worked the harbor area with stick baits, shad raps, and tube jigs. The largest fish reported by the club was a 10 lb. brown trout caught on a white rattling shad rap. The shad rap was a gift from the angler’s daughter. Earlier in the week, anglers casting crank baits and stick baits from shore reported nice catches of brown trout, up to 15 pounds, near the 50th Street bridge. Local anglers report sightings of cormorants as well as large numbers of gobies along the rocky shoreline at Southport Marina. One angler reported catching a goby almost 10″ long.
Pike River:Fishing pressure on the Pike River has been very light since the heavy rain and thunderstorms moved through the area. On Saturday, the water level was still near the top of the banks on some of the bends at Petrifying Springs Park. The water was fast with bottom visible at 6-8″. Before the storms rolled through, one angler reported landing a few steelhead while using a red and black colored fly. Some anglers were seen working the river around the bridges on Hwy A with no reports of fish taken. Average water temperature of the Pike was 38-40F on Saturday.
Lakefront:Heavy rain and thunderstorms moved into the area earlier this week causing rivers to rise near flood stage. The Root River discharged a large amount of muddy water into the lake for several days, transforming the water along the lakefront into a cloudy mess. After the thunderstorms moved out, anglers were challenged by strong winds gusting at 20-25 mph, temperatures in the 30′s, and snow flurries. Only a few boats were seen leaving the Pershing Park boat ramps. Some anglers tried casting spoons and crank baits for brown trout off South Pier and around Reefpoint Marina with no reports of fish taken. Anglers bottom fishing the marina and boat launch area with spawn sacks reported little success. The surface temperature on the lake was 38F on Saturday. Unfortunately for anglers, the weather forecast calls for more rain, snow, and cold temperatures.
Root River:Heavy rain drenched the area on Tuesday and Wednesday. By Thursday, the water level at the Horlick Dam was at 6.7 feet and the flow rate was over 3,000 cfs. Flood stage is at 7 feet. Large trees and branches are now trapped along the top and bottom of the dam. The flow rate was down to 1,300-2,000 cfs by Sunday. A few anglers tried to fish the fast and muddy water below the dam with no reports of fish taken. At Quarry Park, kayakers outnumbered anglers by a 5:1 margin. The flow rate was too fast for anglers as the kayakers spent the day riding curlers and standing waves. The road to Colonial Park was still barricaded on Sunday due to high water. The river threatened to flow into the Lincoln Park Steelhead Facility on Thursday. There were a lot of nice steelhead swimming in the Steelhead Facility viewing window on Sunday but very few anglers in Lincoln Park. Most of the anglers in the park were youngsters learning how to fish. One young angler was casting trout marshmallows with no reports of fish taken. The parking lot at Island Park was still barricaded on Sunday. Anglers at Washington Park were casting flies and spinner baits with limited success. The river temperature was 40-41F on Sunday. Fish were processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday, April 15. Both Chambers Creek and Ganaraska strains were spawned, and 89 steelhead were released upstream. A total of 164 steelhead have been passed upriver so far this spring, and our next processing day is scheduled for Monday, April 22.
North Shore:Strong winds have made trolling and jigging in the harbor difficult. Boats were reporting very few brown trout being caught trolling the gaps and the harbor with spoons. Jigging for browns has also been very slow. Summerfest and the rest of the shoreline have no reports of brown trout being caught. There were a few perch anglers in the area but with only a few small fish being caught off the bottom on minnows.
South Shore:Trollers only reported a few brown trout in the gaps either trolling spoons or jigging when the winds were light. A few fishermen under the Hoan Bridge were fishing for browns, but no fish were reported caught. There were no people fishing for perch in the area. The number of anglers fishing Grant Park has increased in recent days with more rainbows entering the stream with the runoff from the rain. Oak Creek power plant has been slow with very few anglers fishing the pier and no reports of fish being caught.
Milwaukee River:The river is running at or near flood stage with extremely dirty water clarity. The water temperature was approximately 38-40 degrees. No one was seen fishing in the area due to the high water.
Menomonee River:The river is running high with very cloudy water. The water temperature was approximately 39-41 degrees in the shallows. A few fishermen were seen fishing for rainbows at Miller Park but with no results. A few people were seen fishing for walleyes and perch by MMSD, but no fish were caught.
Fishing pressure is low because of high water levels in Sauk Creek and overall cold weather conditions.
Port Washington Pier:Fishing pressure is low. Nobody has been fishing the piers for Brown or Rainbow Trout, but a couple anglers netted for smelt at the base of the North Pier, catching nothing. Water on the lake side of the piers has increased in clarity.
Port Washington Ramp:Fishing pressure is low. The only party I interviewed had no luck trolling in 30 to 40 feet of water, using multiple presentations and artificial baits. Water within the marina is dirty. I saw a couple parties putting in sailboats. The cleaning station at Port Washington Marina is still closed.
Port Washington Shore and Power Plant:No fishermen were seen fishing in the harbor or from shore. A handful of people near the power plant caught some carp.
Sauk Creek:There has been no activity on the stream for the past few days due to high, fast water. Like other streams in the area, Sauk Creek has dropped considerably over the past week (around 1.5 feet), with a water temperature around 38F. The fish cleaning station at the mouth of Sauk Creek is still closed.
Fishing pressure is low because of high water levels on the rivers and overall cold weather conditions.
Sheboygan Ramps:A few fishermen have gone out from the ramp, but I was not able to get an interview. Again, fishing pressure is low likely because of the cold weather and strong easterly winds. The fish cleaning station on South Pier Road is still closed, as is the 8th Street ramp. The 14th Street ramp, along the Sheboygan River, remains under a massive snow pile and will likely be unusable for the remainder of April.
Sheboygan Piers:There has been light fishing pressure over the past few days. This weekend fisherman mainly targeted the South Pier using shiners and spoons for Brown and Rainbow Trout, but nothing was caught. Fishing trips typically lasted between 1 and 3 hours. Fish are probably not biting due to the cold weather and strong easterly winds. Water on the lake side of both piers is quite clear, while water in the marina has very low clarity.
Sheboygan River:There has been no activity on the river for the past few days due to high, fast, dirty water. Water levels have gone down approximately three feet over the past week, with water temperature around 34F. The river is largely confined to its banks, but current is still fast with very low clarity.
Pigeon River:There has been no activity on the river for the past few days due to high, fast, dirty water. Water levels have gone down approximately two feet over the past week, with water temperature around 38F. The river still high, fast, and dirty and covers near shore areas, but the trails at Maywood Environmental Park are exposed and accessible. Access at Evergreen Park is still blocked, as is the wayside on County Highway LS.
Weedens Creek:Weedens Creek has experienced a drop in water levels, but water remains dirty and cold (around 36F).
I love the mention of the Libertyville Fishing Club.
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN LAKEFRONT
Tyler Harmon messaged:
Lake Michigan has been hit or miss. Browns, Coho, Whitefish can all still be caught, a very few Chinooks are starting to be caught by boat anglers trolling for coho. Inland lakes are still producing panfish. Shallow weed beds have been good.
Mik-Lurch reported some bass and crappie going.
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