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Spring fishing is off to a great start. The Skokie Lagoons are producing some good catches of crappies and largemouth bass. The bass are averaging 14-16 inches, about 1-3 pounds, a sign the bass population is doing very well. Fishermen are reporting the crappies are still hitting around the dam areas. On Lake Michigan the salmon fishing has been really good early this year. Fishermen are hoping it stays this way, as they could be in for one of the best years in a long while. The perch have been a little elusive so far, but it is still early in the season, and things should pick up.

At Lovelace Park on Saturday, fishing was good, as always. A number of young fishermen were there, trying their luck and having what appeared to be a great time — and this fisherman even managed to catch a small bass.

Speaking of Lovelace Park, the Lovelace Park Fishing Fundraiser on May 31 promises to be a great day at a local fishing spot. The staff is planning a good time for everyone, especially the kids. There will be fishing clinics, along with a casting competition for the kids. And what would a day of fishing be without a fish fry for lunch? The cost for the day is $10 a person, with all proceeds going to purchase equipment and bait for the Lovelace program. Come on out, enjoy a great day of fishing and fun, and support an outstanding program for the kids.

The next column will talk about spring feeding patterns to help fishermen put more fish on the line and improve their catching percentage. Until then…

Keep a tight line.

Visit Dick at hookedonfishing@comcast.net.