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It’s been interesting getting back to Evanston-area fishing after my vacation up North. The weather was hotter and August was a very dry month, so, except for last weekend’s rain, water levels have receded to normal levels. This has had a profound impact on our local fishing.

The bite at the Skokie Lagoons has been mostly catfish, with reports of some pretty nice catches. The heat and water drop pretty much shut down the bass, walleye and panfish bite during August. With the cool-down in the last couple weeks, the bass have begun turning on again, but the bite appears to be very early morning, basically shutting down after about 7:30 a.m. If the evening temperatures stay down, all the fishing will pick back up at the Lagoons.

Reports from Lovelace Park are good. The kids are catching lots of panfish and catfish, and everyone appears to be having a great time. A story is circulating that there are a few largemouth bass in the Lovelace pond. Time will tell if that’s truth or fiction if one gets caught.

The big lake has not been producing this late summer as in years past. The perch fishing has been non-existent. The fishermen have been trying everywhere, from 20 feet of water to 120 feet of water, with no results. The reports are that the perch-fishing on the east shore over in Michigan is outstanding.

The salmon bite has also been pretty slow; maybe the cooler temps will translate into a better bite. In contrast, the bass are biting better than ever. An early-morning trip along the Evanston shoreline and into Wilmette harbor produced five really nice largemouth bass; three of them weighed over two pounds.

As we get ready for fall, the forecast looks good for improved fishing at all our local waters. We’ll talk about some fall fishing tips next time. Keep a tight line. …

— Dick