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A reader sent in a note asking for some guidance on locating a place to fish in the area. He said he had not had much luck at the Skokie Lagoons, and Lake Michigan looked too large. Well, here are some suggestions that hopefully will help.

First thing to remember is that these local fishing areas have a lot of pressure on them: They are all in an urban area. These fish see a lot of lures all the time, and that makes presentation of a bait/lure very critical.

Busse Lake is a good alternative – it has a lot of very accessible water, with a good number of different species. Busse Lake also has a boat rental available for fishing less busy spots. Right now the temperatures are right for the largemouth bass to be setting up beds for spawning, so shore fishing is better, but fishermen should be prepared to work hard to get a fish on a bed to bite.

Another area lake to try is Beck Lake in Glenview. The bass have been biting there all week, reports have said. They are not really large, but they are aggressive. Beck is a nice lake to just walk around and find the spot where the bass are biting – and right now, where they are bedding.

The Chicago harbors should be starting up with perch fishing about now. Any of the harbors are going to hold fish, but Belmont Harbor and Navy Pier are usually the best producers for quality and quantity of catch. The biggest problem in Chicago harbors is parking near the fishing; it is not easy to do. Wilmette Harbor is also a good place to try for perch in the spring. Fishing is allowed out near the mouth of the harbor.

Best news all this week is the Evanston Boat Ramp is open and launching is available now. The bass had better take cover this weekend.

Until next time…keep a tight line.

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