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The open season is winding down and I wanted to get the kayak out at least once. A hot, but beautiful morning it was. Chicago looked dirty, but the air above was nice.





First duty of the day was to say Hi to Mr. H Can as I usually do.



Only saw two boats fishing. I paddled up to both separately, assuming they knew where to look and were on the fish. Sadly, amongst the four anglers, only one had caught a fish. I marked a few stragglers here and there. Almost every time they were hanging around a pod of bait fish. I threw a Kastmaster in their general vicinity each time, but no hits.

Launching at the beach and all along the shoreline, the water temps were 59 degrees. The lake still has not warmed with one of the boaters complaining the temps are exactly where the were a week ago.



A 30 second RonG kayak video!


The litterbugs also reside offshore



The cottonwood was thick and blanketing the lake



After nearly 3 hours and 4 miles of paddling with no fish I decided to head in and call it a skunking. I stayed closer to shore on the way back knowing the alewives have been in close in Chicago and maybe, just maybe I'd find some perch.

Yep, found them in 12 FOW and pounded them. Perch of all sizes and it took some sorting.







An almost humiliating defeat turned into limiting out. Everything was caught on Tiny Flukes or smaller Fin-S versions. Keepers averaged 10-12" with a couple bigger and about 3 nine inchers. I actually got to sight fish. With my lures about 7 feet down, I'd vertical jig it and watch 2 or 3 perch come up with one of them slamming it. Fun!

Their last taste of Lake Michigan water





I thought this pic looked cool. The reflection makes it look like the place of worship extends below the water line.



Thank God for cool water and artificials!

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awesome day ron. im headin to montrose friday and monday to do some perchin by the shoe. perchins not hard once you find em. you think gulp minnows would work as good as the flukes you use. i got em in 2.5 in size smelt color. i gotta get a yak or or other small boat and get offshore.
 

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Incredibel report! That water is like glass in some of those pics. I would have been totally psyched to see some of that sight fishing. Thanks for sharing.
 

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I'm jealous. I was thinking about you today. I went to the beach at montrose with the lady friend for some sun, I looked out and imagined you in a heroic battle with the green/gold bandits. Having to use your paddle to club them and your anchor to gaff them and drag the whale sized perch back behind your kayak.

At any rate, site fishing!! FUN! I wish I had my kayak here.

I skipped this morning but I think I'm headed out for the morning bite tomorrow morning.

Thanks for the report and photos Ron.
 

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JB said:
Incredibel report! That water is like glass in some of those pics. I would have been totally psyched to see some of that sight fishing. Thanks for sharing.
Sightfishing is a rare thing that I can sometimes do in a dark shanty. I've sightfished perch on small WI lakes, but who ever gets to see a Lake Michigan perch before you hook it? Of course it was vertical jigging and I wished I had a Jiggin Rap with me.

Darth Wader said:
Yeah I was gonna say that looked like a Realistix minnow sticking outta that perch's mouth :wink:

KILLER report!=)
A good eye as always Darth. I forgot I was using the Realistix also today. It's hard paddling in a black wetsuit in the baking sun after 2 hours sleep. :|
 

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twekd1 said:
your crazy going way out there on a little kayak
The days are picked carefully as you can see from the water conditions. The kayak is a model built for ocean fishing and if I listed all the safety gear carried and precautions taken, I'd crash this server.
 

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babyduke said:
I see not a hint of wave. Is the water in Wilmette area normally this calm?
No, I'm still shell-shocked from Wilmette and feel freaked out every time I arrive and see the beach and lake. With my old kayak and very little experience, I got caught in a quick LM weather change. One foot waves instantly turned into 5'+ waves. My 20 minute paddle out turned into a 90 minute paddle back in using all my might. At times, I wasn't convinced I was even getting closer to shore. The 5 ft breaking waves rolled me and tossed me and a bunch of gear that I thought was secured into the lake. It was bad. Could've been worse.

If possible, it's always better to stay within break walled areas. It's hard because we usually try to fish where the fish are...

twekd1 said:
I would totaly like to try it!! I do have a orange kayake from bass pro shop. where would you sugest me to go? i was thinking the chicago river, what do you think?
River might be good or a FP lake. It takes some research and preparation to do LM. I always fear someone will see my posts and venture out there without safety gear or wetsuits and get into big trouble.
 

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mplant1 said:
did any of the perch have shrimp in their bellies ?

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Empty bellies for the most part! Maybe that's why they were hitting so aggressively. Only one had a minnow or alewife. About three had some strong orange slime that I'd guess was from crayfish.
 
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