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updated: 8/24/2011 4:07 PM

Fishing report

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In some aspects it seems like the fall season is just about here, the main evidence being local and area angling is tremendous.

Fox Chain: Without sounding like a town crier, the Chain's walleyes are cooperating in a grand way, especially on Pistakee Lake. Better check the muskie activity on Lake Catherine if muskies are your game. Bluegill action has continued to sustain itself on Channel Lake.

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Fox River: Very good smallmouth action in Elgin and South Elgin.

Lake Michigan: Decent Chinook catches off Waukegan in very deep water.

Forest preserves: In Cook County, Skokie Lagoon has come back with good panfish numbers, but largemouth remains spotty. In Lake County, Banana Lake has come alive with good bass and panfish activity.

• Contact Mike Jackson by email at His outdoors show is live-streamed at and from 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM. The web page has been redesigned and is almost complete with new content.

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