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I've never launched a boat on lake michigan. Any suggestions for putting a 15' Sylvan in the water and fishing for Smallmouth? North of the Ike would be best. Also, is it catch and release on bass in Lake Michigan? Thanks.
 

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LT. diversey, no gate on the entrance, no chain on the ramp and i don't even think anyones there to collect the 15.00 launch fee. unless you have a beautiful light wind day...stay in the harbor. large and smallmouth are catch and release only. good fishin' dave h
 

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you could be quite right! i didn't think of that when i posted. i'll call the park district on monday and verify. what i was thinking is, that, if no boats were in the harbor and there were no employee's around, you could probably do it. if it's illegal, i guess that wouldn't make it right. i'll think a little harder next time and like i said i'll find out from the park district, what the rules are. hey anonymous! get a username would you. you feel like some disembodied ghost in the machine, checking over the board. later. dave
 
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There ARE designated boat fishing area's in ALL of Chicago's Harbors (a direct result of the 2000 BassMasters Classic) The problem is that many park employee's/security dont know about them or where they are located, you can get a map showing those area's from the Park Dist. keep it in your boat with you, if they give you trouble politely ask for they're name & who they work for & then leave, you can then make a phone call to let P.D. know about the "Misunderstanding" & request they let that person know where you can legally fish in the harbors, personally speaking I try to avoid fishing the harbors when I can, plenty of other better water to fish most times of year!
 

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OK dave you're right, I should have a name and login, I've been reading these boards for a awhile

I've login as shadrap

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thanks bob, i did call the park district and of course you were correct (gandolf) the # to call is 312-747-0737 and they will mail out a copy. i think if asked to leave by uninformed employee's you should hold up the map and say "DIP-LOW-MA-TIC IM-MUN-ITY!" later
 
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