A doctor's appointment left me with time to hit Waukegan during the week - a new event for me! I went up hoping that the perch would be larger, and of greater number, than I saw over the past weekend.
The weather was cool, with winds out of the northeast and overcast sky. I threw various jigs for perch without success - didn't even see fish other than a few carp. None of the other 5 people fishing reported anything either.
So I moved to the end of GP and started throwing a 1/2 oz silver cleo in the murky water with the hope that a coho might still be in the area. I didn't have much hope however as I saw no gulls chasing alewives. At 6pm however I felt small resistance on the line and reactively set the hook - fish on! It didn't put up much of a fight at all, but then it lept from the water - a small coho on! I got the 'ho to the pier and saw it was less than a foot long - really small. Just then the 'ho makes one more jump and throws the cleo, so no picture to post.
That's the second straight 'ho to throw that cleo - I must need to sharpen the hooks or change to a single!
Nice to get a 'ho to hit in June though! Talked to the guys and Lori at the Salmon Stop - they said that there are still big browns around the end of the pier. I may take a few frozen shad and fish them off the bottom - a brownie in June would be something! Something until the perch show up for real - maybe another week.