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There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that for the last few weeks the fishing has been sporadic at best, with very few reports of any hot action anywhere in the area, though there should be. Part of the problem has been the weather, especially the big storms with big winds that blew through here. They really upset the bigger lakes – Lake Geneva, Delevan and Lake Michigan. The winds caused very rough water and big waves that churned up the lakes pretty well. Out on Lake Michigan last week, the visibility was only a few inches; usually at this time of year it is 18-25 feet. Lure visibility was non-existent. The same kind of reports came in from the other locations as well.
Other reports have been saying that the lakes are finally turning over, with water temperatures getting down to 50 degrees from top to bottom. The good news, then, is that the peak fall season should begin this week if the weather remains stable. The salmon are heading in and should be catchable from shore over the next few weeks, when they will be moving into the harbors all along Lake Michigan. Last weekend two small salmon were spotted cruising in the Evanston ramp area.
With end of turnover and stable weather, Busse Lake and Skokie Lagoons should have good fishing the next couple of weeks, but we’ll have to wait and see. The walleye and the northern pike on Lake Geneva should really be good, so if the opportunity arises, this would be a great time to try Lake Geneva. Another good bet would be Independence Park in Libertyville. That should be a great location for some pretty good-sized pike that will be cruising in shallow water looking for a meal and will be easy targets for the shore fisherman. This is a good time to try throwing a large swimbait to attract the northern, since it will resemble just what they are looking for in the shallows.
Let’s hope for better news for the next report. Work has begun on the annual Fisherman’s Christmas Wish List for the December issue. Until next time, keep a tight line.
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