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So here's the deal. NE winds this week completely killed the perch bite. Last night winds went SW and I gave it a go this morning. Too bad the perch weren't around.

I ended up with 3 fish. 2 dinks, 1 keeper that was tossed back into the lake.

I then went to the office and envisioned myself catching perch during the evening bite.

Got back out to the lake, and not a perch in site. Bewildered, I wasn't quite sure what to think. I mean, west winds, it was in the low 80s, the perch have got to be around!

West winds...hmm

West winds push out warmer shore surface water.

Are there any coho around???

Reached into my bookbag arsenal of tackle boxes and pulled out a KO Wobbler, Chrome/Green. With the wind to my back and my reel supported by 10 # braid, I was WINGING the spoons far into the lake.

BAM, fish on!

25" football!



There is at least one coho around!



I ended up with another solid bump but I was too busy chatting with another angler and I reacted too slowly. D'oh.

Oh well. Beautiful evening on the lakefront. Will the perch be in tomorrow? Time will tell.

Mike

 

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Nice change up and nice shot of the skyline.
I have never fished perch in Michigan.
What are there patterns through the season?
I have heard of people catching off shore and off piers.
I am a little confused.
Can you throw me a line?
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luv2fish -

i usually start chasing perch when shoreline lake temp hits 57-58. patterns - um, well SW winds are your friend. i'm still working on my big perch day. i had a few limits by now last year...

if you want to keep your set up simple - drop shot with a minnow. that will get you fish

however, perch will hit a lot of stuff. check my previous posts i have pics of my baits used

i mostly fish lakeside outside harbors. constantly moving around looking for them fish...but when you find em, the action can be fantastic
 

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that is one nice coho mplant. good thinking too to switch to fishing for those. you'll have to share some of your knowledge of weather patterns with me if you dont mind.
 

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Nice bonus Mike! We will definitely be talking about Lake Michigan when we fish next weekend... Been itching to try it forever now... - BPM
 

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Ok I understand you fish from shore. The question I had about the pattern of perch is about their movement. Starting with ice out till winter, what do they do? Early spring they seem to be far off shore and now they have moved into the harbors. Since I have a boat to chase them I am trying to learn about their movement. Maybe someone knows their habits or can direct me to where I can find that information.
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LUV2FISH said:
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Ok I understand you fish from shore. The question I had about the pattern of perch is about their movement. Starting with ice out till winter, what do they do? Early spring they seem to be far off shore and now they have moved into the harbors. Since I have a boat to chase them I am trying to learn about their movement. Maybe someone knows their habits or can direct me to where I can find that information.
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i'll make a deal with you. take me on your boat and i will show you where to find em :wink:

many are drawn towards shore and some warmer waters (hence, navy pier near the river discharge) in the winter months. they then scatter out to deeper waters late march early april and then school up like crazy to hit their spawning grounds (which is offshore). after spawning in late april early may they follow the bait and warmer shore waters. and that's where we are today...trying to catch hungry post spawn perch
 

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If you have a boat go out to Lake Forest and find the humps. I see 60ft on my Lowrance and then there are little humps. Even better is little humps with weeds. Use a crappie rig. I change the lines to 2 lb leaders on the rig. Use size 8 daiichi treble hooks. 3/4 oz bell sinker. Tip with minnows. Voila! got a perfect perch rig. Jigging spoons work at times. This year I'm experimenting with my ice fishing crankbaits. Chubby Darter rules! I don't use the crappie rig as much anymore. I tie on a dropper on the main line.
 

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Big Bass Lee said:
If you have a boat go out to Lake Forest and find the humps. I see 60ft on my Lowrance and then there are little humps. Even better is little humps with weeds. Use a crappie rig. I change the lines to 2 lb leaders on the rig. Use size 8 daiichi treble hooks. 3/4 oz bell sinker. Tip with minnows. Voila! got a perfect perch rig. Jigging spoons work at times. This year I'm experimenting with my ice fishing crankbaits. Chubby Darter rules! I don't use the crappie rig as much anymore. I tie on a dropper on the main line.
kastmasters all day ;)

lake forest is a good perch ground during april/may. i'd go a little heavier on your leaders. 2lb test IMO is a little weak considering the amount of weight, the depth you are dropping it, and the amount of zebra mussels that eventually fray your line
 
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