6-04-04 - Perch on the Fly - my first try in 2004.
Waters Fished: Lake Michigan (Waukegan Harbor)
Fish Caught: 0 personally
Outing Date: 6-4-04
Air Temp: upper 70's?
Water Temp: didn't take it
Water Level: normal
Water Color: blue and several feet visibility
Fish Species: Perch, Rock Bass, Carp & Goldfish!
Pattern Fished: Flying Bunny & Kastmaster Sppons
Pattern Color: White and Silver respectively
Fishing Quality: could be worse!
So it's a Friday night and the crew is going out
to celebrate the end of the week...I'm stuck in the office later
than expected, but I am determined to make it out for a night of
It's Perch Season (if you didn't already know)
and the boys are out to fill their creels. I'm out for a differen
reason; last year I had a blast tryin' to get Perch "on-the-fly";
this year I've been lookin' forward to it again. Now, the numbers
on the fly aren't nearly as impressive as a bait fisherman, but
as far as I know, I'm the only one actually out targeting our Lake
Michigan Jumbo Perch on a fly rod. If there's someone else out there
and you'd like to exchange observations, please email! So far, Perch
on the fly hasn't been easy!
Well I made it to Waukegan and started trying to
find Bart's car. I must have driven by it at least 4 or 5 times
while he's trying to guide me to where they are on the cell phone.
Not south rocks (which I know how to find) but a different locale.
Well, 30 minutes later I've found it, and it's
a good walk out to where they are. First on the pier....while walking
out I spied two big orange goldfish spawning in the weeds along
Eventually I made it to the rocks...another call
on the cell 'cause I can't see them...turns out they're ALL THE
WAY OUT. By the time I make it out there I realize that heck, I
should've just gone out on the South Rocks..it would've been quicker
and I would've been fishin' the same water!
Bart had one jumbo on the stringer, meanwhile George
had filled up his creel. I flogged the water, waiting almost 30
seconds after casting to make sure my fly had sunk as far as possible.
Due to the increased size and weight of the flies I've started tossing
this season, I'm going at it with a 7wt. Not that the fish need
it, but I need it for my casts!
Arguably there were two highlights for the evening.
First was an unknown angler who tied into something big while fishing
small chartruese tube jigs. As he's fighting the fish, boats are
coming into the harbor and we're all waving it off to the far side.
Thankfully the line isn't nicked and the fish is eventually brough
to shore on 4lb....turns out it's a carp! I remember all the guys
who were standing around were like "Oh man, it's a carp"
and almost in unison everyone turned and went back to fishin!
Well, Jacek's dad had the other highlight for the
evening....a double on rock bass. Fun Fun, but it was pretty dark
so the picture didn't really turn out that well.
Meanwhile I cast and cast, no luck on the fly so
after sunset I switched over to my spinning gear, as did Jacek.
Jacek's first cast of the spoon brought him a smaller perch...meanwhile
no luck for MP. I had what may have been a bite, may have been weeds,
but in any case nothing came to shore.
It was a great evening, the walk back in the dark
was trecherous (almost bought it twice). Will be back out to try