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The big question for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report is what the winter storm will do to the ice fishing; in any other case, the focus is on lakefront perch and burbot.

Ice fishing leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report, however the storm could affect that; in any other case, it is perch and burbot on the lakefront.

Bob France messaged the photograph above and this on Sunday:

We ventured out on 4 inches of ice on a neighborhood pond in Roselle!


The middle of the motion stays the Calumet system and the South Side slips. Security varies in its dealings with fishing on the personal property areas round the South Side slips. The small piece of Steelworkers Park at the jap finish of 87th is public land.

Arden Katz mentioned perch are nonetheless in at the South Side slips, key for his success is utilizing a pencil weight with two Mini-Miters tied a foot aside a foot above, then snap retrieving.

Chicago River perch.
Photo supplied by Jeffrey Williams

Reports of perch downtown on the Chicago, together with the bucket above on Wednesday and this word from Jeffrey Williams:

hit my restrict, through chicago river

Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station, Ind. texted:

Seems to be a recent batch of perch rolled into the river just lately boat motion nonetheless good and shore fisherman have been doing good once more

Slips and up to ninety fifth avenue for shore fisherman and boat fisherman from 100 avenue on up in the direction of Ford plant honest measurement and good motion most days


Ice fish at your individual danger. Hours are usually dawn to sundown, except famous in any other case. Ice fishing is not permitted at the Chicago lagoons, FPD of Kendall County, FPD of Will County and Kankakee River Valley FPD.

FP COOK COUNTY: Ice-fishing lakes are Arrowhead, Axehead, Beck, Belleau, Big Bend, Bode South solely, Bullfrog, Busse foremost and south, Flatfoot, Green, Horsetail, Ida, Maple, Papoose, Powderhorn, Saganashkee Slough, Sag Quarry, Tampier, Turtlehead and Wampum.

FPD DuPAGE COUNTY: Permitted most websites. No ice fishing at Spring Creek Reservoir. Late-night fishing allowed at Deep Quarry, should be out of protect by 11 p.m.

FPD KANE COUNTY: Permitted solely at Lake Patterson (Hampshire South FP), Oakhurst FP, two ponds inside Paul Wolff Campground, and Grunwald Farms FP.

LAKE COUNTY FP: When situations enable, ice fishing permitted 6:30 a.m. to sundown at Hastings Lake, Banana Lake, Independence Grove south bay and Lake Carina; 6:30 a.m. to one hour after sundown at Sterling Lake.

MAZONIA SFWA: Monster at Mazonia South is open year-round, ice fishing or open water. Fishing, ice or open water, reopened at each the North and South items.

McHENRY CCD: Ice fishing at The Hollows (West Lake solely).

SILVER SPRINGS SFWA: As a basic winter rule, enter via the east entrance.

WOLF LAKE: When situations enable.


My guess is that the storm will vastly alter hopes of native ice fishing, particularly with the warmup forecast for subsequent week.

David Bukowski (again) and Bob France ice fishing with success in Roselle on Sunday.

Bob France messaged the photograph at the prime and the one above and this on Sunday:

We ventured out on 4 inches of ice on a neighborhood pond in Roselle!

He added:

and I. Caught properly over ten every in about half-hour after shifting twice. Found them on the backside in 8 to ten foot of water on jigs and wax worms.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley emailed this report and the nature photograph under:

Hey Dale,

Here is the ultimate 2020 recap of this previous weeks fishing.

Area lakes- the transient warmup allowed for a small window of open water mid-week. Fishing was gradual nonetheless. A number of crappie in the foremost basin on minnows underneath a slip float. The chilly entrance that handed via throughout Christmas locked up lakes once more. As of yesterday, ice was 2 inches however thinning the farther away from shore. This weeks forecast will not assist ice situations relying on how a lot rain we get.

Here is the nature pic of the week. Final open water for 2020?


Ken “Husker” O’Malley

Husker Outdoors
Waterwerks fishing crew

Nature photograph.
Provided by Ken “Husker” O’Malley


Closed for the season.


As famous in the perch report, some perch are properly in to round the Ford plant.


Proprietor Greg Dickson at Triangle Sports and Marine in Antioch mentioned, “They are ice fishing here. It is kinda cool. Shallow bays and backwater areas are producing. Not a lot of ice. As we talk every year, you have to be careful.” It’s primarily for bluegill and crappie. He mentioned ice is even higher in southern Wisconsin. But all the pieces actually relies upon on what will occur with the wintry climate..

Already over the weekend, workers at Hermann’s Rest-a-While, which gives $5 parking, entry and wax worms, together with meals and drink on Nielsen’s Channel, texted:

Ice Report

Guys are fishing behind the bar

2-1/2 – 3 inches of ice reported

No one is on the entrance Chanel

Since then, anglers have been out to the entrance.

ICE-FISHING ACCESS: Most locations run some model of $5 parking, normally taken off meals or bar invoice. Hermann’s Rest-A-While (Nielsen’s Channel), Granny’s Lakeside Diner at Spring Lake Marina, Choppers Bar and Grill (Channel), Sandbar Bar & Grille (Marie), Oak Park Lounge (Pistakee Bay), Musky Tales Bait Shop (close to the previous Mentone’s), Barnacle Bob’s (Marie).

When I posted this earlier, Trevor James messaged a tip price figuring out:

Oak Park Lounge. the greatest ice fishing parking in the chain! And additionally they have rental shacks from www.wetnwildoutfitters.com accessible


If you’re heading Downstate for crappie over the lengthy vacation weekend, you is perhaps choosing the proper time.

SHELBYVILLE: Ken Wilson of Lithia Guide Service mentioned crappie are biting on foremost lake ledges (the shallow chew went away), that’s down 10-12 to 15-18 ft. ”That is the place they will be all winter lengthy, till prespawn.” Catching just a few walleye, normally proper at darkish or first gentle.

He mentioned they only opened the gates up and are pulling water. Yesterday at midnight, movement was 1180, by Tuesday afternoon, it was 1500. Muskie and walleye will all begin pulling up to under the spillway; anglers are lining up.

REND: Jason Johns of Boneyard Fishing mentioned they’re crushing the crappies nonetheless. “It’s almost not fair. They are deeper on sets and channels and any kind of jig in 10-17 feet. Any day the wind is not blowing you can crush them. The crappie fishing is amazing. It is not good, it’s great.”

POWERTON: Shore fishing is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boat fishing reopens Feb. 15.

SPRING: Bank fishing is open to common fishing. Boat anglers could begin at 1 p.m.

EMIQUON: Basically, go to the launch. General info at https://experienceemiquon.com/sites/default/files/LakeAccessRules.pdf. Fishing is allowed dawn to sundown even throughout waterfowl season this yr as a result of The Nature Conservancy has suspended their public waterfowl searching program this yr due to COVID-related points. TNC hopes to resume the public waterfowl searching program subsequent yr.

HENNEPIN-HOPPER: Closed for the yr.


Guide Mike Norris emailed:

Fishing Report 12/27/2020

Mike Norris

Winter lastly arrived in south-central Wisconsin on the eve of Christmas with night temperatures plummeting down to single digits. The ensuing chilly air firmed up ice on a lot of the space lakes and ice anglers had been out in numbers this previous weekend with many areas reporting up to 5 inches or extra of ice.

Big Green Lake stays extensive open due to its depth and measurement, however the ice forming alongside the shoreline has prevented me from launching my boat. Beyer’s Cove, situated in the northwestern a part of the lake, is shallow and has an excellent 5 to 6 inches of ice. Anglers are accessing Beyer’s Cove from the public entry space situated at the west finish of the Cove and are catching bluegills up to 8 inches and perch up to 10 inches on jigs tipped with plastics or waxworms.

Over at Beaver Dam Lake anglers are reporting first rate crappie fishing off of Edgewater Park with small jigs tipped with minnows. On Fox Lake fishing is good for bluegill off Town Park. Find inexperienced weeds for the bluegill and look for crappies on break traces main into the foremost lake basin.

For info on information journeys attain out to me through my Facebook web page at mike.norris.7773 or electronic mail me via my web site at www.comecatchsmallmouth.com


Click right here for the Wisconsin DNR weekly report.

Lance LaVine at Howie’s Tackle in Sturgeon Bay emailed this:

Good morning. Here is not a lot of a report, trigger we do not have ice but. So right here is what to anticipate in the upcoming weeks…

As the shallow bays of Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay and Sawyer Harbor begin to freeze and turn into secure sufficient to stroll on, we anticipate Perch and Pike fishing to be phenomenal because it was proper up till this “in-between” stage that we’re presently in. For the Perch, an assortment of jigs tipped with minnows, minnow heads, plastics together with spikes and waxies will be the ticket together with suspending shiners or rosy reds underneath tip ups. For the Pike, suspending Golden Shiners and suckers underneath tip ups and auto fishermen is the hottest and efficient methodology.

Then, as the big bay freezes, which it is arrange to freeze pending on the wind, hundreds of fishermen will be heading up to the county to load up on the very ample and wanted Whitefish. Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, Sand Bay together with the huge shoreline and construction to the north of Sturgeon Bay which is suffering from Whitefish. The hottest jig is our Howie’s Whitefish Head tipped with some sort of bigger plastic baits.

Early season Walleye fishing can be superb at instances. Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay and Sherwood level the basic go to spots. Rapala jigs, Ripp’in Raps, Slab Raps and Odd Ball jigs all superb and should have jigs for Walleye’s


Lance LaVine

Howie’s Tackle
1309 Green Bay Rd
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Ph: 920-746-9916


Closed for the season.


Illinois River fishing.
Provided by James Stewart

James Stewart emailed the photographs above and under and this from earlier in December, only a reminder that fishing the Illinois retains going even in winter:

Went out with a information in 20 diploma climate. My first time fishing the river and my first time fishing in that chilly of climate for 4 hours. Dragging jigs and minnows off the backside in 20 ft of water …the few crappie we obtained had been nonetheless hugging some docks we discovered.

Illinois River bounty in December.
Provided by James Stewart


Another yr the place I didn’t get to attempt for my Christmas smallmouth bass.


Click right here for the Ohio DNR Report.


People are biking or strolling in to fish. Fisherman’s parking passes and pier passes aren’t being offered whereas the lakefront stays formally closed.

Steve Palmisano at Henry’s Sports and Bait texted:

Similar spotty perch stories at 87th and the lake slip. No stories downtown or north facet harbors.? Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

Lori Ralph at the Salmon Stop in Waukegan texted:

Happy new yr! Water is nonetheless open at waukegan, Aug has had just a few guys in, they’re seeing just a few browns and steelies on a wide range of baits. If extra guys would fish, and fish longer than a few hours, they might catch greater than 2 or 3 fish! This is gov pier, and just a few stories from johnson

SALMON SNAGGING: Snagging season ends Thursday, Dec. 31.


Closed for the season.


Arden Katz mentioned bluegills, some to 9 inches, are good on Monona Bay and Cherokee Marsh for these jigging with wax worms.

Click right here for the replace from D&S Bait.


Open for open water or ice fishing.


Minnesotan Charles Rothnem with a 37-inch, 13-pound northern pike from Mille Lacs.
Provided by Justin Lederer

Justin Lederer emailed the photograph above and this on Monday from McQuoids Inn in Isle, Minn.:

Hey Dale Justin Lederer checking in from McQuoids Inn Millie Lacs Lake fishing has been slower this week nonetheless some high quality fish being caught as you’ll be able to see by Charles stunning northern.Walleye and Northern are nonetheless hitting medium suckers largely useless sticking or tip ups. The walleye are beginning to hit a jig tipped with both a fathead or simply the head. Perch are hitting wax worms proper now. All three spices are being caught in 10-16 foot of water round weed traces, the edges of drop offs and round buildings. Some walleye are beginning to hit in the 20-30 foot vary. You can get to nearly all of the lake by machine’s now skids homes are out in the big bays together with ice castles. Roads are being plowed by the first of the yr the lake must be prepared for visitors. Bays are holding 10-12 inches of ice a mile or extra out. Main lake is holding 4-12 inches of ice simply relying on the place you might be. Happy new yr Justin Lederer


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

2020 has been a form yr for those who’re an ice angler !!

With little snow cowl and most lakes averaging 8-12” of ice, situations are nice for this extended early ice season. Fishing general has been superb with the largest problem being simply to discover your individual “piece of the ice”!

Crappies: Excellent to Very Good

While not everybody is catching limits (not everybody everdoes) nice motion and stories of LOTS of Crappie up to and simply over 14” being caught. Many anglers releasing these big slabs to reproduce or get caught once more, taking the 10-12”’s for consuming! Tip-downs with rosies, emerald shiners and crappie minnows scorching! Anglers additionally discovering good bites on plastics fished slowly on a dropping flutter motion. While most anglers fishing weeds of 9-12’, some already are spreading out over mud flats of 16-20’ discovering fish on spoons.

Walleye: Very Good

Nice fish being caught shut to and simply after nightfall. A number of good early morning bites. Jigging Rap Style baits good for motion. Tip-ups at all times the norm utilizing suckers and shiners. Plenty of consuming measurement fish reported with some big 26-31” eyes. C&R this previous week! Nite chew enhancing!

Northern Pike: Very Good

Action good on big baits (shiners, suckers) and few on Hot canines! Mid-morning via the afternoon. Even just a few after darkish surprisingly !

Bluegill: Very Good

Best on moussees, waxies in heavy cabbage beds. Teardrops and shimpo jigs working properly.

Yellow Perch: Good

A number of anglers discovering fish roaming mud flats in 16-20’ combined in with crappies. Fish of 9-12” being caught utilizing hali jigs tipped with waxies or spikes and tip-downs with rosies.

Largemouth Bass: Good

Rarely focused, however good #’s and measurement on medium shiners.

Ice thickness ranging 8-12” on common (although some bigger lakes solely have 5-7”) ATV and snowmobile journey good on many lakes. Can’t advise truck journey, however you’ll see them on the market, typically in locations they shouldn’t be.

Please use warning!

Have a Great Day!


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

Seems to be a recent batch of perch rolled into the river just lately boat motion nonetheless good and shore fisherman have been doing good once more

Slips and up to ninety fifth avenue for shore fisherman and boat fisherman from 100 avenue on up in the direction of Ford plant honest measurement and good motion most days

Steelhead in space tributaries should cowl water transfer round plenty of fisherman fishing for them. Voodoo jigs tipped with waxworms greatest however some fish nonetheless being had on spawn sacks

Sketchy ice proper now round nwi watch out. But some teams are getting on smaller ponds.


Click right here for the Wisconsin DNR’s report, normally on Tuesday or Wednesday.


Staff at Tackle Haven in Benton Harbor mentioned not a lot on the pier, however there are steelhead in the river, particularly from mid-river to the Berrien Springs dam.

AJ Cwiok messaged a couple of profitable time at Grand Rapids, Mich.
Provided by AJ Cwiok

AJ Cwiok messaged this night the report under and photograph above:

Two man restrict in Grand Rapids this night


Site hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lakeside is closed for the season.


Click right here for the southern Lake Michigan stories from the Wisconsin DNR.


Guide Bill Stoeger in Fremont texted:

About the similar on fishing, suppose most are ready for good driving ice. And a Happy New Year to you , keep secure and wholesome

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