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May brings the season opener of, no not baseball or soccer, but sport fishing. In different parts of the Midwest, the first weekend in May opens bass fishing season. The best part is that the season opens for different species all month long in different area lakes and regions.

This weekend, bass fishing opens in southern Wisconsin, so nearby lakes are going to be busy. Lake Geneva is still pretty cool, so those looking for the best largemouth bass action need to look to areas around the Military Camp or Trinkee’s. Smallmouth bass will be found by tracking the schools of bait fish. One of the better, less heavily fished lakes close to Evanston is Whitewater Lake, just north of Lake Geneva in the Kettle Moraine State Park. The lake has shore structure and floating bogs that will be holding lots of bass, and the northern pike will be active in its shallow back bays. Best of all, there is very little traffic on the lake this time of year.

The Fox Chain is opening to a lot of good early-season fishing. The largemouth are biting well, the musky are roaming the shallow emerging weeds, and the walleye are active near the mouth of the Fox River near Hoder Island. On the Fox Chain, any smallmouth caught between April 1 and June 1 must be immediately returned to the lake in order to protect the spawn.

Farther north, the seasons begin later. Walleye season does not open in Minnesota until May 16, and smallmouth season there does not open until May 30. Fishermen need to be careful to read the state regulations where they are going to fish and always carry their fishing license.

The City of Evanston should be opening the Church Street boat ramp in the next week or so, and then this sportsman will be able to fish on Lake Michigan. Look out Mr. Bass, I’m coming for you. Until next time…keep a tight line.

Contact Dick at hookedonfishing@comcast.net.