The latest Midwest Fishing Report centers around the December focus on lakefront perch and the anticipation of ice. Anglers at 85th Street reported perch action, with varied success based on timing and techniques. Other areas, including Navy Pier, also saw good perch activity, and some lake trout were caught. The report emphasizes the importance of responsible perch release from deep water.
Updates on Chicago passes and a note on Northerly Island Visitor Center closure are included. Auger sharpening services and news on Navy Pier angling opportunities are highlighted. The article touches on area lakes, with anglers sharing their experiences during the warm Christmas weekend.
The Chain O’Lakes area is warned about lower water levels, and Stratton Lock and Dam remains closed. Cooling lakes like Braidwood, Heidecke, and LaSalle are also closed.
Downstate, Emiquon Preserve, Spring Lake, Powerton, and Hennepin-Hopper status is provided. Information on Southern Illinois fishing is suggested to be checked with Jason Johns of Boneyard Fishing.
Fox River fishing details are shared, and the article briefly mentions conditions in Green/Sturgeon Bays, Wisconsin, and the Green Lake area.
Lake Erie updates can be found in the Ohio DNR Report. Lakefront fishing news, including updates from Park Bait at Montrose Harbor and a note on salmon snagging ending on December 31, is included.
Madison Lakes and Mazonia are mentioned, with ice fishing reopening at Mazonia on December 27. Northern Wisconsin has seen varying ice conditions, and Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua suggests checking conditions before planning a trip.
Northwest Indiana reports perch catches north of Gary light, mixed results at Navy Pier, and steelhead action in certain areas. Stan’s Bait & Tackle Center in Hammond provides information on perch fishing in Gary and Lake Trout catches in Michigan City.
Port Washington, Rock River in Wisconsin, Shabbona Lake, Southwest Michigan, Wisconsin River, and Wolf River are also covered, providing insights into the fishing conditions and catches in these areas.