Chicago Fishing Reports

Daily updates on the fishing in Lake Michigan, posted by Captain Gintas.

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  • Beach Fishing for Cohos at my Favorite Little Creek


    We went back to my Iceberg spot and most of the Ice Shelf was eroded and gone.  The winds were pushing the Creek Flow, which was brownish, past a breakwall.   That's where the fish moved since last week.  Quick limits and offf to the Brine, and then smoker.  

  • Summer Is close! Pick your dates soon before they are gone!


    It's time to plan you weekend adventure with you friends and family on Lake Michigan. 6 people, 6 1/2 hours, including all fishing gear and fish cleaning. You bring a picnic and a lunch. ANGLER depearts from Bemont Harbor morning and afternoon. Captain Gintas Cell Phone 708-738-6155

  • Crazy Wader Fishing in Ice Water for Spring Cohos!!


    Hello everyone!   We found a Creek flowing into Lake Michigan that eroded the ice shelf and created a sanctuary for feeding Cohos and Steelies.   We used a Bobber, split shot, Egg Hook with loop knot, baited with Skein and Butter Worms.   Occassionaly we had to throw grappling hooks to move the Ice Bergs out of the way.    Caught fish all day!         

  • Spring 2015 Cohos are here for your enjoytment!


    The warm weather ealier this week opened up areas on Lake Michigan's trubutaries in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan on the Southern end of the Lake.  This is because the melting and rain swelled the water levels just enough to "pop out" bottleneck areas where the water has no where else to go but up. I watched several of these hard water Tributaries go from ice fishing to open water, very dangerous time of year. Knowing these locations is just a matter of exploring, talking to people,  or knowing someone like me who has been doing this for 35 years. I use a bobber, split shot, 10 1/2 foot rod, A piece of Gulf Shrimp, not farm raised tipped on a  White Crappie Jig,or  Butter worms, Skein, Crawlers, wax worms.  Any open water now near the mouth will be HOT.  If there is deeper water and alot of current use a pyramid sinker rigged slip, A loop knot is perfect for Skein or a very tiny treble hook for the Butter Worms. 3 to 4 foot leader is key.  Whitefish will be at the Mouth always when there is open water there. Many options.  Good luck, be careful.

  • Ice Fishing with the Kids, using Tip-Ups


    Here is the Nicest Ice Shanty I ever fished out of.   On Lake Camelot, Wisconsin., Nakoosa .  We had so much fun with first time fisherman, Kids!    We set the tip ups with Golden Roaches and waited.    The kids ice skated and did some sledding down our little hill to the ice while we waited for a flag to go up,.  Great fun!

  • Ready for Spring Yet Anyone?


    Holy Cow!   It took me 13 takes to finally get my "Fishing Off-Season with Captain Gintas" video edited properly.      I have not been fishing all week so no reports.Sorry guys.   I guess I  can call people who fish and ask them how fishing is,  like other guys who post reports....LOL!    My reports of what I actually did myself!

  • It's coooooold out! Fish still need to eat!


    So my Creeks have frozen totally up.   Little Calumet is only option other than Amoco discharge, Zion Discharge and a few other spots until we get some melt.    The 87th street Perch Hole is hit and miss.  You just need to go there and find out.  Reading reports from certain Papers is sooooo old news  BTW.        The Pike are ready to Stage and Spawn everywhere, so tip ups with Large Roaches is always a winner, especially small ponds.   The Sanitation Canal by Summit has a hot water disharge from a Corn Factory so bring a can of corn, the kids, warm clothing, and have a ball!   Panfish are thick and also the Huge Carp!   Great Local fishing is everywhere guys!     

    Here's take 7 on Fishing with Captain Gintas Off-Season

  • Find open water, Catch Cohos and Steelies!


    Over the weekend we checked out some Local Streams trying to find open water, even at the mouths.   Found one Creek with a tiny spot open where the birds were.   Used a bobber and Skein and a 9 foot Loomis with 6 # Florocarbon.     Within an Hour I hooked many and caught 5 Nice COHOS.    Wax worms with a Crappie jig or Shrimp work well too.   Tasty Cohos for my smoker!!


  • To Fish or Not to Fish,, Dumb question......FISH!!!!!!!


    LOts of open and hard water options these days.   Syeelies in the Stream are always fun using all the usual patterns from Spawn to waxies, Shrimp, to name a few.   Cohos at the Mouths where the open water is and Browns too.  Huge Browns!!   The 87th Street and 92nd Street, Perch are hit and miss, day by day, lots of small ones too.

  • Indiana Open water madness!


    Hello everyone,   I have been ice fishing in Wisc. all month.    I'm ready for open water!   Cohos, Steelhead, Browns, Walleye, Perch, Whitefish, Pike, Crappies, are on  depending on which you fish for.  This melt and previous snow has swollen the Streams and pulled fish in, more fish!    I am using a bobber with a crappies jig tipped with wax worms or Butter worms,    Spawn works also.    Walk the Streams in the pretty snow!  I'm filming this week if the sun comes for Coho and Steelies.  Check out Night time for the Big, Monster, posiibly State record Walleye, they are sniffing around looking for their Spawning territory and feeding hard!  The Perch at 87th have been in and out, so a report won't help much.   You have to just go and try.