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Chicago fishing: Some lakefront coho, some spring indicators, LaSalle opener

Some lakefront coho, some spring indicators and the reopening of LaSalle Lake on Friday, March 15, are among the many highlights on this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

Channel catfish have been among the many number of catches on Island Lake up to now week, as Rob Abouchar and his neighbor Jim Ulm present within the high photograph.


LaSalle, the cooling lake southwest of Seneca, reopens Friday, March 15. Blue catfish are anticipated to be the celebs, however bass are wanting up and bluegill stay good. I did a preview for my column on Wednesday, March 13.

Keep in mind, due to being a perched lake, LaSalle is commonly closed to boaters. Verify every day updates at (815) 640-8099.

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With Park Bait reopened, parking and pier passes could also be purchased there.

The Northerly Island Customer Middle stays closed, however parking passes or pier passes (bank card solely) could also be purchased at these locations and occasions as Carl Vizzone emailed:

“Monday – North Park Village Nature Middle 5801 N Pulaski Rd. Constructing “D” 9 a.m. –4 p.m.

Thursday – Lincoln Park Cultural Middle 2045 North Lincoln Park West 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Friday – Large Marsh Park 11559 S. Stony Island 9 a.m.-3 p.m. E mail [email protected] with questions.

Chicago Park District parking passes ($20 for 2 months) are for the anglers’ parking heaps at DuSable and Burnham harbors. The park district pier passes ($10 for the season) permit authorized entry to pick out piers at Jackson Park, Burnham, DuSable, Diversey, Belmont and Montrose harbors by way of March 31.


North facet of Navy Pier is open for anglers. Discounted parking for anglers is $9 every day, starting at 5 a.m.; have to be out by 10 a.m. for the low cost. Click here to prepay for the discounted tickets.


My column from Nov. 30, 2022, on parking the size of the Chicago lakefront is posted at


Mike Hansen emailed the photograph above and this on Wednesday, March 7:

“Good bass caught in western suburb lake right now.

“Dale, looks like there are indicators of life in native lakes and ponds.  This fish crushed a pink vibrating jig. 

“Tight Strains! 

“Mike Hansen”

Dave Kranz of Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy in Crystal Lake and together with his You-Tube channel, Dave Kranz Living the wild outdoors, texted:

“On the times we get spring like temperatures clients are catching panfish within the channels off the Fox River and Chain O Lakes. . . . Smaller ponds have hotter water and a few are seeing some motion with the largemouths. Most have been utilizing golden roach minnows.”

Pete Lamar emailed the photograph above and this:

“Hello Dale,

“I assumed I would get out extra this week with the hotter climate and later sunsets as a consequence of daylight financial savings time, however the excessive winds put a cease to that. My solely outing was to a few close by forest protect ponds which might be inside strolling distance of one another. One-the smaller of the two-is fishing significantly better than the opposite. I’ve to assume it is warming extra rapidly. All the things I’ve caught recently has been on a balanced minnow beneath a buoyant strike indicator; it permits a static presentation. Fish aren’t going to do a lot chasing within the chilly water, so this manner I can maintain a fly of their faces for longer. The bass within the picture does have a tail. It is simply that it was curled up and never seen within the photograph as a result of wind.


Rob Abouchar messaged the photographs above and under, and this:

“Hello Dale The indicators of spring are many in island lake this week; crocus blooming and quite a lot of migratory waterfowl. Final night time a swan was out in the midst of the lake. Hooded mergansers, Buffleheads and others i have to verify within the area e book to determine. The water remains to be chilly to the contact perhaps 50 or so and the fish weren’t going for synthetic hardbaits. I fished with giant golden roach minnows beneath a thill slip float and had some good motion for largemouth bass. Yellow bass and a channel catfish went for smaller roaches. There have been no Anglers out in boats because the wind and funky temps continued.

“On the music entrance the tough mixture of nation boy is in and sounds nice. Hope to have tough mixture of ladykiller blues subsequent and proceed with extra mixing earlier than mastering. Gozortenplat is resuming rehearsals for summer season exhibits this Wednesday. Some extra Zappa classics shall be added to the set together with classics like you’re what you is and metropolis of tiny lights. Midnite mile April 20 on the Irish mill and june seventh aware rockers at fundamental road outfitters in waucanda. Tight strains and good well being! Rob”

And my Tuesday is made with the music replace.

Dan Edwards at Bridgeport Bait and Tackle stated crappie are going at Centennial Park and different suburban spots.


Bob Johnson emailed the photograph above and this:

“Hello Dale – Threw swim baits over construction and alongside reed strains right now at Braidwood. Climate was okay some wind going however that was good. Discovered bass alongside wind blown reed strains truly avoiding getting out of the wind blown water all day. Water temps 68 to 69. The early chew was sluggish however motion picked up with an excellent chew window from 8 to 11am catching good sized bass largest 3.6 and three.10. Caught one other Hybrid right now additionally with swim bait. Arrived at 6 am and waited a minute in a brief line, extra arriving later. Braidwood actually is an attractive lake for our space, resembling Wisconsin waters in spots.”

I imagine Johnson is the primary I heard examine Braidwood to Wisconsin waters. I’ll say it’s the most aesthetically pleasing of our cooling lakes.

Open every day 6 a.m.-sunset.

Click herefor a preview that offers hope for a very good 12 months.


FOX WATERWAY AGENCY: There is a stakeholders assembly on the Fox Waterway Company, 45 S Pistakee Lake Highway, Fox Lake, 60020, at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13. Particulars on registering are here.

Steve McClone of Moonpie Outdoors, LLC, messaged the photograph above and this:

“Chain O Lakes is selecting up! Averaging 225+ fish within the boat for an 8-hour journey for every group of purchasers I am taking. Water temp is on common 42-45 levels. Catching fish in 2-3 toes of water on slip bobbers with small jigs.”

Workers at Triangle Sports and Marine in Antioch stated water is low, even after the final storm, so use warning when launching or navigating. For individuals who can launch, the channels with first rate water are holding good crappie.

NOTE: Verify updates on water circumstances at or (847) 587-8540.

NOTE 2: Stratton Lock and Dam is closed by way of April 30, 2024.


Dan Edwards at Bridgeport Bait and Tackle stated clients are getting some good-sized crappie downtown and others are getting catfish.

Jeffrey Williams messaged the photographs above and under, and this:

“Bites maintain getting higher down on the riverwalk

“All caught on nightcrawlers”

Williams additionally despatched a photograph of a largemouth bass.


Braidwood is open; LaSalle reopens March 15; and Heidecke, April 1.


CLINTON LAKE: Thomas Jones emailed the mixed-bag photograph above and this:

“First fish of the 12 months

Clinton lake tuesday”

POWERTON:Each financial institution and boat fishing are open. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. by way of April 30.

EMIQUON PRESERVE: Open. Entry permits and legal responsibility waivers can be found Tuesday to Saturday at Dickson Mounts Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Randy Smith, Illinois River challenge director for The Nature Conservancy, emailed this 12 months’s finish overview:

“I haven’t heard any good studies from bass anglers this 12 months [2023], however the of us chasing crappie and catfish have achieved effectively. Discovering the outdated ditches that are actually underwater and fishing the bottoms for catfish or the vertical sides for crappie appears to be the technique.”


HENNEPIN-HOPPER: Reopens Could 1.


Dave Kranz of Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy in Crystal Lake and together with his You-Tube channel, Dave Kranz Living the wild outdoors, texted:

“On the times we get spring like temperatures clients are catching panfish within the channels off the Fox River and Chain O Lakes. McHenry Dam has been hit and miss for the walleye’s. Use a 1/eighth. Oz. Jig and an additional giant fathead minnow. S. . . The catfish chew is superb on the Fox River night time crawlers will work however lower bait is best.”


Scheduled to reopen April 1.


Click here for the Ohio DNR Report.


Event: The personal Hole-Hopper group on Fb (have to be member for the event) has a free shore event (powerline or rod and reel) on Sunday with prizes to $200.

Dana Robinson messaged the photograph above and this:

“Hello Dale! Went to Cal Park for a few hours right now. That they had no real interest in the nightcrawlers however they’d no downside with hitting the Keitech swim bait. Each hits weren’t too removed from shore both.”

Dan Edwards at Bridgeport Bait and Tackle stated there are browns within the harbors and at the least one pike caught at Northerly Island; some steelhead contained in the harbors on waxies and hair jigs.

Stacey Greene at Park Bait at Montrose Harbor texted:

“Good day Dale

“Coho are sluggish beginning however there have been some caught right here and there. Most are nonetheless on the smaller facet. Attributable to our El-Nino winter fishing shall be completely different. Honestly the higher climate has everybody eager to get out and fish which is nice however Coho are extra lively when the climate is on the unhealthy facet with N/E winds blowing and chopping up the water. Then again there have been fairly a number of extra Brown Trout caught to date this spring in addition to some Northerns and even a Burbot!

“So far as perch I’m listening to they’re nonetheless lively particularly by boat at Navy Pier and on shore and boat south by the slip at 87th. No Salmon or Trout studies from the south but.

“Hours proper now are 6am to 4pm we shall be altering quickly.”


Reopens Friday, March 15.


Fishing is open at each items. Any ice fishing is at your individual danger.

Hours are 6 a.m. to sundown.


Kurt Justice at Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua emailed:

“We are able to put a fork within the ice season (or a chisel, spike, cleat, no matter your favourite euphemism can be).

“Whereas spots out on sure lakes nonetheless had fishable ice by Friday (3/8), even the weekend’s chilly climate couldn’t maintain up in opposition to the wind. Shorelines are pulling away. Ice (even when 6-8” was discovered) shouldn’t be robust, crumbling beneath only a couple chisel strokes. The subsequent 40+ hours shall be above freezing with some temps within the 50’s even potential 60’s with cooler climate the next week, issues look to be simply sufficient for neither ice nor boat anglers to have the ability to get out and fish panfish.

“With out talents to fish regionally, this fishing report will droop till there’s something to put in writing about.

“Maintain the night of April 8th open to attend your native Conservation Congress Spring Hearings. That is your probability to voice your opinion on topics that have an effect on you, the outside folks! Your assist (or non-support) helps direct the Pure Useful resource Board to direct the Division of Pure Assets as to approaching guidelines and rules that have an effect on us. Keep in mind, a non-vote is like ½ a vote for the opinion you could have, so share.

“Kurt Justice

“Kurt’s Island Sports activities Store
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WILLOW SLOUGH: The Indiana DNR is holding a gathering to wrap up the renovation at Willow Slough FWA. The assembly is 6:30 p.m. (central) Wednesday, March 13, at Newton County Authorities Middle, 4117 S 240 W, Morocco, Indiana 47963.

I plan to be there.

Capt. Wealthy Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station texted:

“Perch nonetheless out on the Gary flats in 50 to 60ft of water when climate permits boaters on the market. Perch fly rigs and huge fathead minnows finest.

“Lil higher on coho for trollers first rate catch’s for some on Monday trolling Gary mild space and the mouth of the port of Indiana. Rattling thinfish doing the work.

“Numerous rain over weekend had water excessive and soiled so studies on all the things else nearly all sluggish. Water is approach higher right now Tuesday morning.”


Boondocks is closed.

March web site hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Workers at Tackle Haven in Benton Harbor stated some steelhead, totally on spawn, are within the river.


Information Invoice Stoeger in Fremont texted:

“Water temperature this morning is 41.4. The river is stuffed with walleye, with most boats limiting out. River rigs in deep water mid bay, and jigs within the shallows early and late”

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