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posted: 8/7/2013 8:31 PM

Anglers weathering mixed results

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Some anglers are complaining they haven't seen weather conditions as extreme as what we've experienced in the last week.

On the other hand, Lake Michigan fishermen have been having good days for coho and steelhead.

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Some charter boats have been running out as far as 10 miles to find the steelies, (Challenger Fishing Charters, 1-888-4CPTBOB) out of Waukegan.

In the meantime, there has been quite a bit of smallmouth bass activity close to the big rocks near Whiting.

Here's a look at the rest of the local fishing action.

Fox Chain: The grass isn't the only thing that's green this month. Walleye action on Pistakee and Channel lakes has been very good in 8-feet of water. Bluegill action on Pistakee is very good as well. And the muskie activity continues to pick up with catches reported from Lake Catherine, Channel, Bluff and Petite lakes.

Forest preserves: In Lake County, your best bet right now could be Independence Grove in Libertyville for largemouth and panfish. In Cook County, Busse is once again shining with catches of bass and catfish. Look to Mallard Lake in DuPage County for decent bass action.

Ready for battle

Musky Tales, the new operation that took over the Mentone property on Channel Lake, is holding a 2-day event called Battle of the Clubs. The Fox River Valley Muskies group will go up against the South of the Border chapter of Muskies Inc. gang to earn the bragging rights for the top anglers. The battle takes place Aug. 24 and 25. Contact Kurt at (847) 456-9806.

•Contact Mike Jackson at angler88@comcast.net, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and live-streamed at www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com.

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