Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Brought to you from somewhere in Lake County on a hot summer day. Fishing in a dress shirt and a tie just after work. This isn't the most technical type of fishing around but for me its getting back to my roots. Nothing huge, nothing to brag about, but it sure feels good to bend the rod on a couple largemouth bass. With a little diligence, there are some big ones to be had.Read More »
When fishing ponds, its best to keep it simple. Cranks, spinnerbaits, plastics and topwater baits are all super choices. My best luck has come close to shore, usually right where the bottom begins to taper off. Rocky shorelines and extra cover is always an added bonus. You may have a problem when your wife finds the loose plastic worms in your dress pants pocket. Working late... sure you are!
|golf course bass fishing|
|dropshot pond bass|
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Damien made it out both today and back on Tuesday locally for some tasty Chicago perch. He did very well both days with good numbers and a few of the fish were over 14 inches. The bite still seems strong if you know where to look. As for me, I've been going back and forth on where to fish tomorrow, but its hard to walk away from a hot bite!Read More »
|chicago harbor perch from tuesday|
|chicago harbor perch from today|
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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This was my maiden voyage into the fantastic world of harbor perch fishing. Many of these harbors are found just a stones throw from downtown Chicago and have the tendency to attract some really big crowds. I met Damien and his father down there for a short morning perch outing and was happy to have a few guys with some experience show me the ropes. Damien recommended an early start to get a jump on the crowds and catch that early morning bite so we all met down there around 4:45am.
Even though (according to Damien) it was a slow bite, we all managed a nice handful of fish for only fishing for two and a half hours. I heard lots of talk on the pier about the weather and the wind not being just right and too much bait in the water resulting in full fish but I knew no different. Here are the 3 main tactics I saw used.
|sunrise over montrose harbor|
|5:00am and the crowds are starting to develop at montrose harbor|
|my first montrose harbor perch|
- Slim profile crank baits- Fished with a heavy split shot and also counted down to the deeper depths. Seemed very effective for Damien but resulted in some smaller fish (that day). He threw mostly shad raps. Retrieve was varied.
|my modest haul of perch from montrose harbor|
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Here's to all things local and all things fishing! A new e-magizine from the guys at atightloop.com was just released. I have to show them some love because they are based out of Wheeling Illinois (my childhood home town). The northwest suburbs was a great place to grow up and I cut my teeth fishing Wheeling's ponds, lakes, and rivers. It wasn't till many years later, when I moved north to the border area, that I was exposed to the local coldwater species. I gave those fish hell!Read More »
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
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Tri-County Anglers brings you the winners
Whitewater Lake Tournament from 06/04/2011
Congratulations to Andy Fossum and Jason Lasko
They take First and Big Bass
|congrats on the nice whitewater lake bass|
Monday, June 13, 2011
Summer is quickly locking a lot of the streams up tight with a neck high wall of weeds and brush making access hard (but not impossible). As the temperatures rise, my enthusiasm for crawling through the brush diminishes. The long drive trout excursions will be saved for some of the milder, cooler, or overcast days. With the storms that rolled through end of last week, we dropped almost twenty degrees. They sure left a lot of the water stained and muddy but with the cooler temps I decided to check out some upstream holes and headwater areas of a couple Dane county streams.Read More »
Conditions were worse then I expected (muddy) when I first arrived but the marsh land did its job and filtered the rain water quickly. An hour and a half later, there was just a light stain on the water. No fish were rising and no hatches seemed to be coming off so I opted for a nymph. A pink squirrel seemed a logical choice for the cloudy water and went to work nymphing some pools and lunker structures. As the time passed, the fishing seemed to get better. I took a dozen fish between 8:00am and 10:00am starting with the pink squirrel and as conditions improved switching to grey scuds and a hares ear with a big brown marabou tail. After a lull in the action, I decided to try to find some hatches coming off on a nearby stream. On the way out I bumped into a nice angler who was visiting from Minnesota. He was pleasant and was happy to exchange some information about his day. I think he must have been visiting somebody he knew cause he drove past some of the best water in the state to get here.
I’ve been fishing stream trout for just 13 months now and have made some dramatic improvements this summer over last. My trips have been more consistent when it comes to catching fish and have done a whole lot more exploring since the beginning. I’ve mastered about a dozen basic nymph patterns, a few necessary streamers, and finally started to dive into the overwhelming world of dry flies. So far this year I have yet to land a fish on a store bought fly. I haven’t taken any really big fish since beginning my endeavor into the world of trout but since the addition of a three weight rod even landing a twelve inch fish feels like a monster. The fight on my ultra light fly rod is where its at and I can ask for nothing more. If size really was what I considered important I would be fishing the down stream areas with Damien who been throwing jerk baits and spinners and streamers. He has kicked ass catching some big browns down low. As the temps start to push consistently into the 80’s and 90’s and water temps start to rise into the 70’s I’m sure a lot of those fish will be forced up into the spring fed tributaries. Fly fishing for Wisconsin trout has got me and I'm forever in search of the next perfect drift.
|a naturally reproducing dane county trout stream|
|a hares ear brown trout|
|a naturally reproducing wisconsin brown trout|
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Simple as summer fishing gets- Illinois Lake County Forest Preserves- slip bobbers and live baitRead More »
Check out their information online at Lake County Forest Preserves web site
|lucas got the first bass of the day|
|independence grove largemouth bass|
|independence grove lake map|
Friday, June 3, 2011
Recently, a few people have inquired about how I go about finding trout streams in a particular area. Most trout fisherman are very tight lipped when it comes to sharing the exact location of their favorite streams (they believe that good trout water is something earned and not just given away for free). This is a mindset that I support to a certain extent, but I’m always willing to point a person in the right direction. From personal experience, any information received from strangers should be taken lightly until proven to be true. Research and time on the water is the only sure fire way to add stream to your own personal list of quality trout water. Here are a few tools I utilize in my pursuit for quality streams.Read More »
|southern wisconsin all outdoors atlas|
|flyfisher's guide to wisconsin and iowa|