The local fishing program at Lovelace Park came to a close this past weekend, bringing the fishing season to a close as well for some of our local young anglers. It was a good year at Lovelace with plenty of fish being caught all season by the young fisherman, and a few were lucky enough to catch some bigger fish. One young fisherman caught a really nice 12” crappie, and on closing day a very nice catfish was hooked.

 The last day was also pumped up by the presence of the Northeast Council of the Boy Scouts special FUN Day. The Cub Scouts and their siblings were invited to Lovelace Park to enjoy the fishing as well as a rock climbing wall and other activities. The young Cub Scouts had a great day catching fish with help of the crew from the Ecology Center who have been there every weekend helping everyone with bait, fishing rods, help getting fish off of hooks and back into the water, and advice on where and how to increase your catch potential. All in all a great day was had by everyone.

 We have received two pieces of good news for the Lovelace Park pond. First, the Boys Scouts have volunteered a couple of service projects this coming spring to help with “racking the weeds” in the pond to allow better access for fishing. And second, the City has plans to do another stocking of the pond this coming year. It’s been many years since that was last done. With those two news items, 2015 looks like it should be an outstanding year for the Evanston Lovelace Park fishing program.

Fishing in the area has been slow this past couple of weeks on most area waters; it’s been a combination of weather (it’s been pretty windy) and the temperature drop has created “turnover” on a lot of our favorite fishing waters. Busse Lake is an exception with musky and largemouth bass being caught in both the South Pool and the Main Pool along the weed edges. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks as the lakes settle down from the turnover. The smallmouth bass will be feeding up for the frozen water period that’s coming, and I should be able to pick up some nice catches of larger fish. Until next time… Keep a tight line.

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