Regional Reports-Midwest

Chicago Lakefront

Despite serving as host of the 2000 BASS Masters Classic, the great Chicago Lakefront smallmouth fishery receives very little pressure. "You will want to target the various break walls, riprap and other visible cover," says Ranger Boats staffer Jerry Robackouski. Fish a 200 series Bandit crankbait in crayfish or a Rapala SR5 Rattling Fat Rap in black or blue back with chrome sides parallel to the rocks. Also bring along a good supply of tube jigs. Some of the most productive spots are Calumet Harbor, the Planetarium, the face of the break wall heading into Belmont Harbor, the Chicago Harbor break wall and Navy Pier. Contact: Jerry Robackouski (815-942-1333); E.D.B Guide Service (708-597-8698).