I'm new here, but not new to fishing.
Hi guys, and maybe some gals. This is my first post here. Let me introduce myself as Tim. I live in Lombard for now, but am moving to Algonquin in July. I have a wife and three y/o son. We moved here from central/northern Michigan last summer. I spent my weekends and summers fishing on Big Stone Lake in Osceola County. I've done some river fishing and was on the Big Lake once. If you added up all of the food I could eat in the rest of my life, natural caught 'gills and bass would still be on top of the list. Yes, we ate pretty much all of the fish that were eatin' size that we caught. No, it didn't seem to effect the population. But that all ended about 12 years ago for me, and here I am.
We moved down here and all I salvaged of my fishing equipment was a couple reels, four rods, and mostly rubber worms. All of my hard baits went to eBay members and my boat still in Michigan at my brothers. I just got my licence and we went to pond in Lombard last night. Someone else might know what one, it seemed to be really shallow, and was behind a school in a park. West of Main, south of North Ave. I went and looked at the more-natural looking pond near there I found mentioned on these forums, but it looked a little rougher than I wanted to bring my son to.
We are walking distance to the Westmore Woods park with its pair of ponds. I have seen many panfish and a few bass that might have been 10 inchers. As long as it's not full of yahoos over there today(Sunday) we are going to go there and see what we can catch.
At this point I have a couple questions. I obviously have a good idea of the Michigan fishing laws. I lack the years of experience with Illinois laws though. I read the handbook that the have on their website but would like to talk to an actual experience person about them. If I understand it correctly, there's not a statewide size limit on LM bass here? There's not a season on them either, or more specifically a timeframe when you can't fish for them? You're not supposed to even fish for them until Memorial Weekend in Michigan, or at least we never did fish for them before their season opened.
Lastly, who wants to go fishing? I could use a fishing buddy for when my wife and kid can't/don't want to go.