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Local Fish Report for Aug. 6

There are lots fish in Cook County lakes – the trick is to know where they are and how to catch them. WTIP wants to help fill out your stringer by posting a weekly report on what’s biting and where.


According to our fishing expert, Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware, the icky, sticky weather this past week has not helped angling action. It’s still the season of the smallmouth bass, but the dog days of August really slow down the walleye action.   
WALLEYES -- Thebest bet for getting a few is in the 10 to 20 foot range using leeches. Fish the reefs and humps with a slip bobber and leech. Also you can try a live bait set-up and drift over those areas. Lakes to check out include: Hungry Jack, Sag, Seagull, Crescent, and Cascade.

Word is that the LAKE TROUT are doing quite well. Sag and Seagull are reporting fish in 50 feet of water but they are suspended. Use a jig and minnow or cisco and things should go alright. Greenwood Lakeis also reporting good laker action in around 60 feet of water or so. Drop down a cisco on a plain hook or a jig and minnow. Gunflint Lakeis another good one to try in 50 to 60 feet of water with jig and minnow.
For SMALLMOUTH BASS, wherever you go, there you are. Just about all the lakes are having success. Try leeches or crawlers on a slip bobber in 15 feet or so, though all depths are reporting good action. If you feel like casting, try a slow troll next to the shoreline casting Mepps lures or any other type of spinner toward the shore and retrieve. Smallie fishing can be a lot of fun so give it a try. Lakes to fish include: Daniels, Sag, Seagull, Loon, and Hungry Jack.

RAINBOW TROUT - the ‘bows are still hitting well. Crawlers and spinners are producing fish. Also, spoons such as a Swedish Pimple would be a good bet. Most action is in 12 to 20 feet. Some lakes to try: Trout, Trestle Pine, Leo, Esther, and Kimball.

Lake Superior is still reporting good action. People are fishing in about 80 to 100 feet and catching some nice SALMON. Lakers are a little deeper, 120 to 180 feet or so.