Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Ice fishing locks in; open-water perch fishing locked out

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with a crappie on the ice. Provided photo

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with a crappie on the ice. | Provided

Ice fishing builds to nearly universal coverage around the Chicago area and leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; the ice is limiting open-water efforts by perch anglers on the Chicago lakefront.

That ice fishing is nearly universal leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; but the cold is limiting effort by anglers for perch on the Chicago lakefront.


Ice fishing is nearly universal around the Chicago area and is in most reports. The updated ice-fishing regulations for public sites around Chicago are posted here.


Quinn Wunar
The perch rod of an angler endeavoring to persevere as ice builds around the Chicago.

Quinn Wunar
Even with the cold, there’s perch to be caught on the Chicago lakefront, with some extra effort.

Quinn Wunar put it well Saturday when he tweeted the photos above and left, and this:

This is the end.

The end of open water season

Only a few

If you can punch through, there’s eaters. Nothing big. But a limit of eaters if you have the time.

Minnow heads. Better than minnows. Don’t bother with a 2nd rod.

To Wunar’s point, Steve Palmisano at Henry’s Sports and Bait said, “Perch conditions dwindled. It’s sketchy. Use a weight with a rope to bust the ice.”

Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station texted:

. . .

Some still doing well for perch at 87th. Some days you have to bust skim ice up to fish.

. . .


The north side of Navy Pier is open for anglers. The discounted parking for anglers is $9 daily, if out by 10 a.m.


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Chicago Park District’s parking passes for the fisherman’s parking lots at DuSable and Burnham harbors are on sale at Henry’s Sports and Bait in Bridgeport and Northerly Island Visitor Center.

Readers suggest SpotHero app downtown. Otherwise, here are some basics: Foster (free street parking or pay lot); Montrose (now a mix of metered and free street parking); Belmont (pay lots on north and south sides); Diversey (pay lot or street parking); DuSable Harbor (pay lot or fisherman’s lot); Northerly Island/Burnham Harbor (meters, pay lot or fisherman’s lot); 31st/Burnham (meter parking between McCormick Place and 31st Street Harbor); Oakwood/39th (meters); 63rd Street/Casino Pier (pay lot); Steelworkers Park (free street parking at east end of 87th); Cal Park (free parking).


The $6 pier passes, which allow legal access to select piers at Jackson Park, Burnham, DuSable, Diversey, Belmont and Montrose harbors, may be bought at Henry’s Sports and Bait (cash only) and Northerly Island Visitor Center (credit-card only). A number of additional piers were added this year to bring the total to 31 …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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