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Old 06-07-2010, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Got out late and was not very happy about that. We got to the planetarium and parked and started to fish at about 8:00am. Did get a nice hit on a green goby on a dropshot rig and thought it might be good. That was the only hit we got that was decent all morning. We went down to monroe harbor and tossed jigs, gobys, darters, in dark watermelon and pumkinseed, and even some crankbaits and could not entice the fish to come out of hiding. The harbor at monroe was dirty so I do not think that helps smallies because they are sight feeders. Learning as I go and hopefully the next time I do not get a hit but some fish to report. Also will get out earlier as the lake started to get a good chop as the morning wore on. Wound up at montrose and got some gobys and nothing else. All in all a good morning and next time will be better. Thanks for all the help with lures and presentations because I feel as if I am in the right places with the right bait, just need to get out a little earlier.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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a white spinner bait might have worked with that chop but I would get out there are 530 if not give it go out at 7pm or later
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Yep, I know what you mean. I am going to get out much earlier than last time, next time I go out. The area looks great lots of big rocks near wall and than seems to drop into a little deeper water. Thanks again for all the tips and info I'm gonna get em yet!
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You are definitely in the right place, I have caught smallies from Burnham up to Navy Pier in surprising numbers, pack light and move until you find them stacked up. Between the Reclamation plant and Navy Pier on E Grand was the second-best smallie spot I have ever fished, that narrow strip that ends in the fence by the bus stops. Any of the wall spots also lend themselves to drop-shotting, though I haven't tried that there yet... I haven't had to switch techniques so far
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The rocks look great and with the water clear I would almost think you could see them. I will be getting out way earlier in the am and I think possibly friday morning because I have got some stuff to do this week. Than on Sunday I am going up to the park falls wisconsin area for some walleye and early musky. In two weeks gonna hit the lakefront hard as July 1st going up again for musky.
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Smallies do n ot rely strictly on sight. The largest portion of their diet is crayfish, and over the millions of years of evolution, they have developed a gland that produces a pheromone unique to crayfish.

That being said, the easiest way to pull a smallie from murky water, is to use a softbait that mimics a crayfish. I personally prefer scented/salted crayfish that are close to the color of the water you are fishing. Use a jig head that allows the bait to fall rapidly, and stay put. The vibration of the jig hitting the the bottom will pull them in. Use short twitches to bounce the bait across the bottom, and rig the bait through the tail.
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The above technique I mentioned has worked for me, regardless of season, time of day, and weather. It allows you to pack light, and stay mobile.
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Sounds like solid advise to me that Pro is suggesting above

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I've had some pretty good success around and South of the McCormick Center too.

There are some mid to large rock piles, summer weed growth that hold good size fish. Drag a tube or work a jig as low to and on the bottom. Try casting it as far out as you can, pausing it and dragging it at different speed retrieves.

If you get hung up try not tighten your line, rather give it slack by lowering your rod tip then lift rod tip up while reeling a little line then go back to dragging the bottom until you feel the thump

Walk, casting that shore methodically South all the way down to 31st harbor and then go ahead and fish around new harbor and south of that too.

Most of all enjoy the scenery lots bikers, walkers and joggers around there yet not overwhelming like other harbors.

Good luck and have fun fishing it.


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