Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Chicago lakefront perch

Chicago lakefront perch: Barring unforeseen weather, the Christmas ritual of perch fishing Navy Pier should go. The perch bite is typical of winter: keepers takes sorting through smaller fish. Montrose, Belmont, Diversey and Navy Pier have all been good, depending on the day. DuSable and Burnham have been tougher. DOING IT: A basic setup is 4- or 6-pound monofilament on light or medium spinning gear. Use enough weight (quarter-ounce sinker and work up depending on wind and waves) to find and feel the bottom. Place either a small jig or a gold bait hook 6-12 inches above the weight, and another a foot above that. Minnows are the top choice, but spikes and cutbait (belly meat) also work. NAVY PIER: Fishermen who show their fishing license and leave before 10 a.m., may park for $5. Or fish while your spouse or family prowl the kitschy shops of Navy Pier.Fishing tips forum

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