Killing Time Up North
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!