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Post Posted: 09:05pm - Jan 6,11 
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Anyone going fishing this weekend?
Here is a pic from today at cal park.
Notice the chain. I called chicago harbors and they said the harbor is OPEN to launch and had no idea what the chains were for but told me I would not get towed or introuble for launching. there also is no signs saying we cant launch. BUT DON'T blame me if I got bad info from the chicago harbor people.

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Post Posted: 09:23pm - Jan 6,11 
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Rule 1: Never listen to chicago harbor officials.

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Post Posted: 06:51am - Jan 7,11 
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:hum maybe take those chains and store them around the parking/launch meter.

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Post Posted: 07:24am - Jan 7,11 
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Maybe the coast guard had something to do with those chains. Check with the station there.Good luck if you get out HTR.

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Post Posted: 12:06pm - Jan 7,11 
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HTR I just spoke to Chicago Harbor rep from Chicago Park District in regards to that rather bazaar chain placement and she said they are not aware of anything like that. I asked her whether she would be interested in having a picture of that chain and she said yes. Let me know if I can use the same picture you posted as a reference point for further discussions and perhaps a complaint on behalf of devoted boaters not being able to use the ramp in the early fishing season. I used the ramp last year from early March till late May exclusively and had no such a problem.

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Post Posted: 01:12pm - Jan 7,11 
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i want to go fishing!

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Post Posted: 01:50pm - Jan 7,11 
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HTR I just spoke to Chicago Harbor rep from Chicago Park District in regards to that rather bazaar chain placement and she said they are not aware of anything like that. I asked her whether she would be interested in having a picture of that chain and she said yes. Let me know if I can use the same picture you posted as a reference point for further discussions and perhaps a complaint on behalf of devoted boaters not being able to use the ramp in the early fishing season. I used the ramp last year from early March till late May exclusively and had no such a problem.



I would just let it be. If there really is a reason I don't want to know about it. The chains have no locks so I think they are just there to hold the dock in place when the ice comes in. In years past there was no floating dock and just piers.

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Post Posted: 02:26pm - Jan 7,11 
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i want to go fishing!



Meet me there sunday morning.


Its almost that time of year to update my Avatar. My avatar is the first fish I catch of the year. As you can see from my avatar the year started out slow but the second fish of the year was a little better so the year ramped up fast. :D

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Post Posted: 03:52pm - Jan 7,11 
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Getting out in january huh...whew little too cold still for me to venture out there. Hopefully in march we'll start back up again. :)

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Post Posted: 06:42pm - Jan 7,11 
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i have fished at cal park since i was 14 or 15 years old in a boat and shore. personally i do not know who or what to believe about launching there after nov 15. the way i intererpet the rules that it is off limits to the spring according to the chicago harbors website linked to the chicago park district. i am not going there till i see on black and white that it is legal. i really enjoy getting out but do not want to risk any problems

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Post Posted: 10:50pm - Jan 7,11 
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nice job HTR

thanks for the report great to see some one getting out

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Post Posted: 10:48am - Jan 8,11 
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looking for a third ? I would love to go

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Post Posted: 10:55am - Jan 8,11 
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Weather-wise it looks promising! Let us know for sure.

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Post Posted: 11:00am - Jan 8,11 
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Nice job HTR! I wonder how many fish you'll have boated before I wetlines in April?

I'll take a guess at the reason for the chains. To stabilize and help prevent damage to the ramp from ice and winter storms. I believe it's Westrac? that runs and maintains the harbors for the city. They would be the ones that put the chains out and know why.

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Post Posted: 11:52am - Jan 13,11 
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So, where's the new avitar? I think one of those shad or that bullhead would look nice! They count, don't they?

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Post Posted: 11:55am - Jan 13,11 
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So, where's the new avitar? I think one of those shad or that bullhead would look nice! They count, don't they?


I thougt about it but the rule is for the first fish caught on a hook and line. netting doesn't count. :D

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Post Posted: 12:56pm - Jan 13,11 
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Gotcha, hopefully you get a bigger first fish than last year!

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Post Posted: 09:05am - Jan 14,11 
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The first fishes of the year for HTR were all those gizzard shad and the lone catfish! :bigyuck

Can's wait too see that avatar! :rotflmao

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