Well, the weather is still quite unstable and making fishing very unpredictable. It appears that the panfish are cooperating no matter what the weather on most of our area lakes. Lake Delevan appears to have the best record for crappies the spring; you’ll just need to move around and locate the schools. Water levels are beginning to rise on the Chain of Lakes so launching your boat is easier and moving around becomes less treacherous. 

Hotspots still tend to be the backwaters and in the marinas. Shore fishing at the Skokie lagoons is still producing some very nice largemouth bass and northern Pike. If you are planning on trying out some of the forest preserve lakes, I would recommend going to the Cook County Forest Preserve website: FPDCC.com. Checking out the maps of the lakes will help you decide where to fish.

Speaking of fishing and largemouth bass, it is that time of year for the Illinois State High School fishing tournament.

This year 288 high school teams will compete for the state title. The qualifying tournaments will begin in a few weeks on May 3 on 22 different lakes across the State. The winning teams qualify for the state championship on May 18 and 19 on Carlyle Lake in southern Illinois.

There are six area schools that are competing on May 3 on the Skokie lagoons: Glenbrook South, Niles North, Niles West, Loyola Academy, Regina Dominican, and New Trier. Once again our own Evanston Township High School will not be competing.

Let’s hope the spring and eventually summer will be coming soon so that we can all be planning to go fishing on our area lakes and rivers.

Until next week… keep a tight line.