Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Big largemouth, big crappie, big weather change, big smallmouth

Ken Gortowski delivered this artful photograph of a smallmouth bass from a Fox River tributary. Credit: Ken Gortowski

Ken Gortowski delivered this artful photograph of a smallmouth bass from a Fox River tributary. | Ken Gortowski

It’s May and that time of the year for big fish and big weather changes for Chicago fishing. That shows in this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report, which benefits much from reader contributions on a beautiful weekend.

It’s big-fish time for multiple species around Chicago fishing and the time of the year with big weather changes to lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

Ken Gortowski sent the artful smallmouth photo at the top from a weekend outing on a Fox River tributary.


Chicago Park District’s parking passes for the fisherman’s parking lots at DuSable and Burnham harbors are on sale at Henry’s Sports and Bait in Bridgeport and Park Bait at Montrose Harbor.

Readers suggest SpotHero app downtown. Otherwise, here are some basics: Foster (free street parking or pay lot); Montrose (free street parking); Belmont (pay lots on north and south sides); Diversey (pay lot or street parking); DuSable Harbor (pay lot or fisherman’s lot); Northerly Island/Burnham Harbor (meters, pay lot or fisherman’s lot); 31st/Burnham (meter parking between McCormick Place and 31st Street Harbor); Oakwood/39th (meters); 63rd Street/Casino Pier (pay lot); Steelworkers Park (free street parking at east end of 87th); Cal Park (free parking).


Crappie and largemouth bass are starring, but bluegill are not far behind.

A.J. Cwiok with a really big crappie from the waters of Bolingbrook.

AJ Cwiok messaged the photo above and this:

The pre spawn bite is heating up in Bolingbrook

Crushed a kvd crankbait, fought so hard I thought it was a bass

Ken “Husker” O’Malley emailed the photo below and this:

Hey Dale,

Here is a recap of this past weeks

Area lakes-Fishing was decent before the warmup but really has taken off. A few bass have been seen on beds and big bass are biting.

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Bass are excellent on chatterbaits and lipless cranks during morning, afternoon, and evening hours. Work the baits by just ticking the top of the weeds on large weed clumps that are holding the active fish. If the bait gets hung up, rip it to create a reaction bite.

Crappie continue to be good by working small crankbaits on wind blows shorelines. Stay mobile to keep up with the schools.

Bluegill are starting to move shallow. A variety of plastics worked under a float has been the best presentation. Let the fish tell you want they want. Each day is a different color.

. . .


Ken “Husker” O’Malley

Husker Outdoors
Waterwerks fishing team

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with a Local largemouth bass.

Pete Lamar emailed:

Hi Dale,

. . .

I’d intended to fish the local streams both days, but the gale force winds on Saturday helped to change my mind. I opted for a local pond on Sunday that occupies low ground and is somewhat out of the wind. I was throwing a small leech pattern: not too small for bass and not too big for …read more

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