Out of the seven or eight times we have ventured out only twice have we each come in with enough perch to make a meal. I guess we’re jaded from previous success. Others we talk to report similar results.
One reason I have not published any fishing trip experiences is because the few I have taken weren't much to write about.
The migratory habits of the perch may have changed and I can only blame the weather. While they don’t actually migrate they do follow their food source, which consists mainly of minnows, crawfish and smaller perch. Canibals I tells ya’. Wanna talk about animal rights?
Our sources of insider information are baffled as well. Even the expert at the Mik-Lurch bait shop in Hammond is quite perplexed. As he admitted to me Tuesday, “I thought I knew everything there is to know about perch fishing but this year has told me I don’t know sh!t.
The consistent hot spot this summer has been the Navy Pier area in Chicago. The Mik-Luch guy told us early on that spot has been consistent giving up jumbos for off-shore boaters in the area. It hasn’t changed, that was his recommendation again yesterday.
The problem for us is fishing off Navy Pier means buying an out-of-state Illinois license, paying $40-50 for launching in Burnham harbor (thanks Dick Daily) or powering up from Hammond and making a fifteen mile run each way. Finally, dealing with all that boat traffic and congestion near Chicago isn’t worth it. The surface gets artificially roiled by larger craft and staying out of the way of tourist boats and
In addition to all that nonsense, Illinois closes all Lake Michigan perch fishing during the month of July. It’s simply state DNR political bullsh!t with the intent of “saving the perch resource”. If only they were as concerned about the invasive bighead Asian carp.
Only the reciprocal area of Calumet Harbor is open to perch fishermen of both states since the Indiana border is about ten yards parallel to the Illinois shore fro about a mile.
We’ve done ok near Michigan City. That’s where we nearly caught three limits (45) in one morning.
Soon the salmon will begin their run chasing the perch far off-shore so Tuesday may have been our last run for perch this summer.
It was one of the finest nice weather days I have had on Lake Michigan in a long time. We had a nice boat ride.
After November 1 it gets good again for jumbos and we may get back out weather permitting. It’s been said that’s the best perch fishing time of the year for the jumbos, which often exceed 14” in length. That makes perch similar to keeper walleye.
This sign caught my eye entering the Hammond Marina. It was taken at the entrance to the Hammond Marina near the Horseshoe Casino.
Looks like someone from the Hammond Port Authority ripped off a sign from The Chicago Park District judging by the small print at the bottom of the sign.