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The weather and temperature yo-yo has been hard to deal with the past couple of weeks for most of us fishermen; however, the fish haven’t seemed to be bothered as much as we have.
Most of our local fishing holes have been reporting combinations of windy, cold, rainy, and unstable conditions but they are also reporting continued strong spring fishing in spite of the weather. Busse Woods has been reporting excellent bass fishing from boats; shore fishing is still catching some but not the numbers in all three pools.
Out at the Skokie Lagoons bass are being taken on spinnerbaits and swim baits, a few nice walleyes have been caught near the Tower Road dam from shore. Lake Glenview has been pretty active as well with bass; one hot spot would be the south end of the lake off the rock pile.
Out in Des Plaines the crappie are really biting in Lake Opeka on typical crappie baits; small jigs with twister tails, jigs with small crappie minnows and small spinnerbaits. Remember when fishing for crappies keep your baits up since crappies eat looking up.
A couple of months back we wrote about the lower lake levels and their comeback. There is now a different threat to Lake Michigan and all the Great Lakes. For a long time governments from around the area and the country have looked at the Great Lakes as a potential solution for their water problems with little success.
In 2008 the Governors of all the Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces signed a document called the Great Lakes Compact and it was signed into law by the President shortly thereafter, making it illegal to pump water to any place outside the Great Lakes Basin.
There is currently a request before the Governors to supply water to Waukesha, Wis., W 30 miles west of Milwaukee and outside the basin. The review committee found a number of issues with the request and made changes to it. They are scheduled to meet in Chicago in a few weeks to decide whether to honor the request or not.
If they approve the request, then the package goes to a meeting of the Governors in Chicago this June. If one Governor votes no, then the issue will not go forward. More on this in coming columns as it impacts not only our water supply, but our fishing as well. Until next time…keep a tight line.