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pergatronpergatron Senior MemberChicago, IllinoisPosts: 251 Deckhand
I was really looking forward to some bass fishing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area last week (business trip), but the North Texas ice storm quickly derailed those plans :banghead

With two days in Chicago before returning to Florida, I was determined to get out and fish Lake Michigan. The weatherman was calling for a stiff East winds, and moderate snowfall. I was close to cancelling the fishing, but nonetheless I decided to "do itch big" and wake up and FISH.

I was up at 5:30 this AM and arrived at the downtown Chicago fishing spot at 6:15AM. I stepped out of the parking garage and was greeted by whiteout blizzard conditions. The snow was blasting horizontally, and a solid sheet of ice was covering the harbor. This was not looking good.

It took a few minutes of icebreaking with my 10lb weight-on-a-rope but once I busted through the ice, I quickly managed to clear a nice hole to vertical fish. From the pier where i was fishing, it was about 10 feet down to the water's surface.

Live minnows were the bait of choice, and the bite was quickly on fire.

By 9:15, I had my Illinois limit of 15 yellow perch, including a 15 inch 2lb football that was my biggest of the season.

After a quick pit stop to watch my little sister's track meet, I was back at the house filleting the slabs for a fish fry dinner :hungry

Depending on the conditions, I might get out one more time tomorrow AM. Monday it's back to FL to fish Lauderdale and 10K Islands next week.

Tight lines gentlemen!


  • Captain Shane ProcellCaptain Shane Procell Senior Member Posts: 371 Officer
    I'll say that you sir are Dedicated! Nice catches.
  • ER Doc 7ER Doc 7 Senior Member Port Saint Lucie, FLPosts: 153 Officer
    Those perch are the most underrated eating freshwater fish.
  • BallaCoiPersiciBallaCoiPersici Senior Member NW Italy (Laveno Mombello)Posts: 8,384 Admiral
    Great ice fishing :wink.

    Little bit cold :grin ?

    This perch it's really similar to the one we have in Europe (on "my lake" one of the most common fish).
    I was really courious reading your report and I did some research about them.
    Your one is Perca flavescens and our is Perca fluviatilis but they appear very similar and in my opinion in the past (during Pangea era :grin) was the same fish.

    So I'm more courious now :grin, I'll ask more to a friend (fish biologist) :wink.
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  • Austins26Austins26 Senior Member Posts: 1,921 Captain
    Great catching
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  • johnDjohnD Senior Member WC FLPosts: 6,427 Admiral
    Looks tasty ! Do they taste like specs ?
  • capt louiecapt louie Moderator citrus countyPosts: 10,851 Moderator
    That's a heck of a perch ! Nice job but , Nooooo thanks.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • mrblugilmrblugil Senior Member Ft MyersPosts: 932 Officer
    johnD wrote: »
    Looks tasty ! Do they taste like specs ?

    Specks arn't even in the same class,that hog would have looked nice on the wall
  • pergatronpergatron Senior Member Chicago, IllinoisPosts: 251 Deckhand
    thanks guys. perch is a delicious white flaky fish. very similar to walleye, way meatier than specks. my opinion is the cold water fish taste cleaner. and yes our north American yellow perch are different than the European perch. the european run larger and have shoulders but on the frying pan they taste identical.
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