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

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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