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Col Ron, Guide
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:55 am    Post subject: Perch Reply with quote

For those of you in the Chicago area and for those who would like to see some great perch, this is from another forum I am on in Ark/ Mo for walleye fishing. Guys on the forum from the Chgo area are killing the perch in Lake Michigan. Regularly coming in with 14 to 16 inch perch!!! 50 feet of water by the Gary lighthouse.

I think you can see the pic by hitting the forum site:

http://www.lakestockton.com/read.php?34,52580,page=1



Happy Holidays,
Col Ron
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ffishman
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice catch! They do the same thing off of Waukegan in spring. I've been meaning to try it, but have yet to do it. Next year for sure. On top of that, as it goes right now, my fishing partner, Rob has yet to contact me, so it looks like we will not be going next June. I have to hit the big pond if I want perch to eat.
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Col Ron, Guide
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have learned on this end of the lake, the absolute best time for the "Jumbos" is Thanksgiving until she freezes, but who could take the 5 plus foot waves with a north wind??? I know I would not be out there with a north wind. I was told with a slight south wind, for the Indiana shoreline, 40 to 50 boats will be sitting over them, (about five miles out) everyone bringing in their limits.

Ron
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Grouch
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:49 am    Post subject: Perch Reply with quote

Yes we did. Col. Ron is right, we slayed them. Not only at Gary Light but also at 95th Street breakwall. Several days in late November we only had to fish about 3 hours to cull out the small ones and bring home the biggies (limit 15). And Chicago doesn't charge for launching a boat after Labor Day. I fyou're living in the Chicagoland area and you don't get out on Lake Michigan you're really missing some good perching.
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Col Ron, Guide
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How biggggg did they get? I have never caught a 16" perch, I really think I would have it mounted, seriously.

Way to go, if your going again, and need someone to throw the anchor out, let me know!!!

Ron
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Grouch
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:39 pm    Post subject: Perch Reply with quote

Average size was about 10 - 12 with an occasinional 14. We did catch one or two that ware very close to 16 but we never measured it.
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ffishman
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last year we were on the Pond chasing coho. When we came in, at the dock, we got to talking to some guys that just finished perching. They opened their cooler to show us. Dang, they had a passle of big perch there. There were a bunch that had to be close to the 16 inch mark. My guess is, they have to be older fish, I wonder how they taste.
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gene
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You just know they aren't anywhere near as good as Cass Rockies.
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ffishman
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Ron, not sure if you would want to drive up to Waukegan but next spring/summer if you want to make the trip, you can jump in my boat. The perch are out in 65' of water, so it would have to be a nice day.
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gene
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ff,

65' near Waukegan? Is that around the R4 can? I think we fished there two years ago drifting from 65 - 90'...got some nice ones and ended up with a nice perch dinner.
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ffishman
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, I think that is it. Not sure. But it should not be hard to find them. When they are in, there is a huge pack of boats fishing them. As a matter of fact, in the parking lot you would not believe all the Wis license plates. They knock us, but its ok for them to come fish ILL waters. Go figure.
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Col Ron, Guide
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I am "In State", I'm in, I would enjoy that. Let me know when you are set to go, I will let you know if I am south or here.

Thanks,

Ron
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