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Old 09-06-2017, 09:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone,

I grew up fishing in ponds/lakes in the suburbs for large and small-mouth, and as I now live in the city, I have started trying to fish the harbors (Belmont, Diversey, Montrose). I know it is getting late in the season but I feel like there should still be some bass activity which I have seen none of. Does anyone have any advice on what rigs work well in the harbors or really any tips for me? My pond knowledge does not seem to work well in the big pond. I have been casting cranks and senkos.

Thank you for the help ahead of time,

Jordan
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Hey Jordan, welcome. Good to have you with CLF. Coolest, easiest going fishing site around brotha.
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Cast a grub and swim it back very slowly on a 1/8th Oz long shank Jighead with 30" Flouro leader on 6lb braid diameter. Cast it as far as you can diagonally and swim it back very slowly near the bottom. Try south of McCormik & 31st St. Harbor areas.

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Thank you for the tips. Ill give it a shot!
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Got out last weekend for a couple hours. Was just looking to get a line in the water, and see what I could pull up, nothing fancy. Used red worms to catch baitfish to use for bigger fish.

All I caught were gobies, dozens of them. Putting those on the hook caught Perch that looked like they could hardly get the baitfish into their mouths. Surprisingly it was just perch, no bass and no salmonids.

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