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We're about a month, and at least a couple weeks or so, from strong perch fishing from shore. Cam nailed it you might catch a dink but you won't find consistency from shore.

Some of the same baits you would use to catch perch would probably get a smallie on the end of your line right now with enough patience :wink:
 

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jnapodano said:
We're about a month, and at least a couple weeks or so, from strong perch fishing from shore. Cam nailed it you might catch a dink but you won't find consistency from shore.
A month and a couple of weeks? Often that's when the shore bite is over unless there's a few steady days of west winds at that time.

The shore perch normally arrive late May with a strong bite through June. Sometimes if the water's warm, they move back out before June is over. Other times it extends into July.

They could be slightly delayed this year because of the cold spring, but if they arrive in the next few days I wouldn't be surprised either.
 

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I reccommend hitting the harbors at daybreak. they are getting fished out of the beds on a daily basis now. Tons of beds but not enough for all the bass so many are just waiting their turn to get on a bed. I saw a bunch of smallies stacked up under a boat near the beds today. Each morning they are getting picked off the beds with tubes, then later in the day they are skittish but some get caught still. I think the night bite may be hot too? and Id go south of montrose personally...But I still havent ever caught a lm smallie so...
 

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They could be slightly delayed this year because of the cold spring, but if they arrive in the next few days I wouldn't be surprised either.
If they arrive by Friday (when I'm going out) I know some people on this site that will be getting PM's from me with the info :wink:

I've got some friends in town visiting and I told em' I'd take them out and we'll horse around on the wall and look for perch. If nothing else I can give a freshwater ecosystem lesson to the friends.

It'll be soon. Once they're here I think I'll just live at the walls until they're gone.
 

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Whats the catch..Ron'chi? said:
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I may stop by for perch season just to see the look on peoples face when I release jumbos... :D
I'm with ya on that kinda outing :wink: catch & release man.
yeah catch and release in cooking oil!

i'm keeping every perch i catch (within my legal limit) 10"+ this spring and loading up my freezer!!

YUM!

(I'm serious too)
 

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Whats the catch..Ron'chi? said:
svslider said:
I may stop by for perch season just to see the look on peoples face when I release jumbos... :D
I'm with ya on that kinda outing :wink: catch & release man.
yeah catch and release in cooking oil!

i'm keeping every perch i catch (within my legal limit) 10"+ this spring and loading up my freezer!!

YUM!

(I'm serious too)
That's what the perch are for. It allows me to frequently dine on the best tasting fish and release most everything else I catch throughout the year. Not that they are the trickiest fish to catch, but I have a lot of fun fishing for them too.
 

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Stopped by Montrose yesterday to see what was happening. Not much. Saw 20-30 guys out there and 2 fish. The 2 were jumbos 12-13. Doesn't seem that they are in just yet. The wind direction change yesterday may slow them down. Saw a couple over at Navy Pier as well.
 

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Had the most disappointing day of fishing in my life:

1) Practically all the fatheads I bought at Lee's last night died by this morning- 3 dozen for $7.50 was heartbreaking considering they were all dead; 1/3 by the time I got home and most of 'em this morning.
2) Snagged all the sinkers I had, lost a ton of gear and couldn't fish anymore.
3) 1/2 the guys were killing 'em at 63rd this morning - big ones too.
4) 1/2 the sad saps were like me... nothing to show except sunburn and gobies.
 

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Jay K said:
Had the most disappointing day of fishing in my life:

1) Practically all the fatheads I bought at Lee's last night died by this morning- 3 dozen for $7.50 was heartbreaking considering they were all dead; 1/3 by the time I got home and most of 'em this morning.
2) Snagged all the sinkers I had, lost a ton of gear and couldn't fish anymore.
3) 1/2 the guys were killing 'em at 63rd this morning - big ones too.
4) 1/2 the sad saps were like me... nothing to show except sunburn and gobies.
If it helps at all, I've caught over 50 perch the last couple of days (put 10 away in the freezer that were 12"+) all on plastics. I've lost one rig - total cost, 40 cents

You might see a little more action by keeping constant jigging movement on your bait. Mini twisters and paddlebugs.

I'm going back for more tonight after din din

Jay K - were you on casino pier?
 

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mplant1- Yeah I was on casino pier yesterday.

rong- Made it out to BPS last night after the disappointing day and picked up some artificials a la your post - the zoom tiny flukes and jig heads. I should have picked up some 1/32 jig heads too.
 
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