I gave a sneak peak in a limited access forum on Thursday, but the bird is the word. And so are the perch -
Here's my first report of Spring 2009 -
Not a single minnow was hurt or even used in the production of this thread or the catching of our fish
So fellas, if you haven't heard, here it is - The perch are starting to show up. I've collected positive reports from Montrose Harbor down to 63rd Street (aka Jackson). Time for me to put some fillets in the freezer!
Over the last week, the action has been sporadic. Some guys clobbered the perch on Thursday, but a shift on winds and a 25 degree temp drop (which actually occurred in the matter of 15 mins; guys who were out there know what I'm talking about) cooled the perching action off. Lake temp is currently about 56 degrees (was 58 on Thursday).
I hit the lakefront this morning (as I have done the last 4 mornings) looking for some of those tasty little buggers. Fished with Rootpro from 530 - 830 am. Action was best between 6-7am.
Highlights of the day -
-55-60 total fish caught
-17 fish carved into fillets and stowed in the freezer (keepers were 9" - 13") between the two of us.
-I might have caught my biggest perch from shore EVER today. The thing pulled some drag on me too
-Action was pretty much on all morning
The really fat perch were LOADED with alewives.
Methods of perch delivery -
-FIN-S shad rigged
in tandem on 1/32 and 1/16 oz jigs (#1 bait this morning)
-Chartruese and green paddles bugs
rigged in tandem 1/32 and 1/16 oz jigs
-BPS XPS shad rap
Great day to be on the lake. Next weekend should have better numbers of spring time jumbos. Good luck guys