The Walleye have been fair as of late. Nothing too spectacular but people have been having action. Seems a lot of good eaters are being caught. Keep in mind Leech season is over up here so fishing with Nightcrawlers are your best bet for live bait at the moment. Many people have been coming in and asking for Leeches. The best I can do for you is Gulp! Leeches but live leeches are no longer available until next year. If you wish to fish with leeches, I would recommend you find some close to home and bring them with you. As far as artificial bait is concerned, beetlespins are still working and more fishermen are reporting some success on crankbaits....specifically Wally Divers and Rat-L-Traps.
Reports indicate that Musky fishing has been fantastic these last two weeks. Most action has come on surface baits with a big emphasis on tail baits like the Sennett Pacemaker, the Bucher Top Raider, and Gooch's Tallywhacker. Remember to fish for Musky's properly. You can increase your chances if you stay out deeper and cast in shallow and bring your bait over and off the bars rather than being right on the bars. With Musky fishing turning on these last few weeks, the LCFRA Musky Hunt next weekend should be very interesting.
Pike are still active as usual. Nothing really new to report on them. They are still hitting spinnerbaits and spoons. If your goal is a larger Pike, I would recommend that you fish the West End in Chicago Bay and Squaw Bay.
Crappie are still hitting on the same baits, however, the spots of choice are seeming to be moving from the bogs to the brush piles and cribs this time of year. The baits of choice are still Crappie Minnows or Mini-Mites tipped with Gulp! 1" Minnows and Crappie Nibbles.
Not much has been reported on Bass lately. Some are being caught but fishermen this time of season do not seem to be targeting Bass as much. Based on personal knowledge of the Chip, your best bet would probably be to fish stumps, weeds, and rock bars with Nightcrawlers, Spinnerbaits, and smaller top water baits. If your goal is to catch really nice bass, fishermen from Round Lake have been reporting great Bass action on Sucker Minnows.
Well we are looking at a really wet week. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday are expecting rainfall with a chance of Thunderstorms on Sunday. It rained heavily today dropping more than 2 inches of rain on us today. For those coming up for the weekend and for the Musky Hunt next week, make sure you pack accordingly and bring your rain gear.
Low to Mid 70s
I hope everyone has a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend! The Musky Hunt is less than a week away! I hope to see all of you at the festivities. It will be a little strange that I am no longer fishing in the tournament, but rather at the festivities as one of the hosts, but I am looking forward to a fun filled tournament! I wish all of you luck in catching the tournament winner!!!