Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Chicago fishing

CHAIN O'LAKES AREA: Waiting: There might the first ice fishing by early next week. Call first. There will some open-water opportunities for shore anglers around bridge areas, mostly.
DOWNSTATE: SHELBYVILLE: Guide Mary Satterfield reported lots of crappie, but keepers are about 1 in 15; some on laydowns shallow, others jigging under a cork around standing timber. Still some white bass in the creeks. EVERGREEN: The lake will be closed Thursday through Sunday during the second firearm deer season. That's too bad, because Mike Steffa reports ''hot'' crappie action.
LAKEFRONT: Waiting: Chicago harbors continue to have good numbers of smaller perch, finding keepers is tough; Montrose has been steadiest. Boaters are finding perch in Cal harbor, the best numbers have been in the slips, size is better out. Navy Pier should be going, but it remains very tough. In Waukegan, the Salmon Stop reports steelhead and a few browns on the harbor side of the south rocks on crawlers and cooked shrimp. Question is what the fronts will do to the water.

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