Smallmouth are just starting to turn on along the southern Lake Michigan lakefront, even in downtown Chicago.
Carl Vizzone is one of the top prowlers of the lakefront. He found some smallmouth and sent this report, a bit of a delightfully snarky one, late yesterday. (BTW, he didn't mention another fisherman with him, but in the photo above I see another rod. Hmmm? Wonder who it is.)
Here are a few pics of some smallies from the past two days. Fish were caught in the water between Navy Pier and 31st St Pier. Water anywhere from 1 foot to 18 feet. on a variety of soft baits, float & fly and jigs with maggots. I went 8 for 15 yesterday and 9 for 13 today. I had to leave earlier today to cook dinner. Must fish low and slow in this cold water. But they are starting to turn on.
This is what I call one of the more wonderful scenes in Chicago outdoors, a lakefront smallmouth in its natural setting. Well sort of.
Let me make a prediction. The Illinois record for smallmouth bass will fall in the days around the next full moon on April 28. Joe Egan missed by two ounces last spring, somebody will get it this spring, from boat or shore.
Remember, only one black bass (smallmouth or largemouth) of 21 inches or longer may be kept on the Illinois portions of Lake Michigan.