The fishing in the area is a combination of good news and bad news. Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan remains good, with limits still being caught near shore — a good sign that the season is several weeks later than usual. Lake Michigan perch fishing still hasn’t begun. Usually by this time in June we are routinely catching limits of good-sized perch, but so far this year we’ve caught nothing. Nearby inland waters are producing steady action at most locations. Our local favorite, Lovelace Park, is producing great catches for the kids. Busse Woods reports nice catches of 14- to 16-inch bass, most of them hitting 3-inch twister tails on 1/8-ounce Jig heads. The Skokie Lagoons are reporting catches of 14-inch crappies on small minnows in the pools north of Tower Road. Reports from Independence Grove advise that the best fishing is during the week, with weekend fishing getting pretty crowded. Carp are everywhere on the shorelines, stirring up the mud. Fishermen with enough time should try catching one of them. The carp is considered a major sport fish in most of the world, and anyone lucky enough to hook one will see why they’re so widely respected. The carp will give both fisherman and tackle a real workout.

Speaking of tackle, I have received several questions about what kind of rod and reel to get a young angler to start fishing. The best rod and reel combinations are those from either Jebco or Johnson. Both are matched rod and reel, so they work well together and are balanced for ease of use. They have an easy-to-use baitcast reel for young hands, and the reels can be switched for left- or right-hand retrieves very easily.

Most other questions have been about how to tie knots for hooks and lures. The easiest knot to tie is the Palomar knot. To watch a video on how to tie this and other knots, go to www.animatedknot.com and click on “fishing.”

Let’s get out there and do some fishing. Keep a tight line.

Dick / hookedonfishing@comcast.net