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Outdoors notes: local fishing report

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There has been a major muskie kill on North Spring Lake, near the Jake Wolff hatchery outside of Manito in central Illinois.

I received several reports of jumbo muskie floating on the lake's surface as well as washing up on various shoreline locations.

Biologists believe higher-than-normal water temperatures appear to be culprit for the die-off. I have yet to hear any reports from South Spring (directly across the road) regarding any fish kill of trophy bass.

Local fishing report

Fox Chain: Excellent bluegill action on the south end of Pistakee Lake. A few muskie bites on Lake Catherine.

Fox River: Perhaps another strong rainfall that could add a major flushing of water could be helpful. Flathead cats are decent near outflow pipes.

Lake Michigan: Big kings and rainbows being caught out of Waukegan. Anglers are finding fish in the 50-100 foot depths.

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• You can contact Mike Jackson by email at angler88@comcast.His outdoors radio program is heard from 6-7 a.m. Sunday on WSBC, AM-1240.

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