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Post Posted: 05:49am - Oct 23,10 
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Well, looks like the outcry from fisherman and joggers have accomplished something.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/bowman/2010/1 ... solut.html

Still, I think more can be done. That booth should be taken down and metered parking should extended to the very mouth. Lot's of times, most of us early in the morning just want to drive up to see conditions at the mouth and to talk to other fisheman. Keep those petitions and letters to the Mayor, Park District Commissioner and even to the Lake View Alderman. The intent of Daniel Burnham when he created the park systems was to make it open to the public...not to the select few he feel that they are entitled to an area because they own a boat the cost of a small house and rent 1000 square feet of water.

On a side note, I rode by there on my usual bike route thru the area and had an interesting conversation with a fellow angler. Apparently, the DNR just recently mounted a sting in the area. They had a spotter watching the area and caught a bunch of snaggers who were illegally fishing and caught more than their limit. Tickets were issued and cars were towed. These guys are more the reason why legal fisherman are given a bad name. they just jump the fences during broad daylight and snag amongst the boats.

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Post Posted: 06:57am - Oct 23,10 
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since they're trying to control what comes in to the harbor....how about this little guy that I spotted while fishing the wall of the finger.


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Post Posted: 09:24pm - Oct 24,10 
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Awesome. I'm pretty sure that's a River Otter, though...I could be wrong...
Beavers have a flat Paddle tail, and River Otters have a tail Like a Labrador Retriever.

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Post Posted: 12:30am - Oct 25,10 
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to add to your post mr. b, daniel burnham wrote that the lake front would have "free and equal access for all forever." i think i am quoting correctly...

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Post Posted: 12:34am - Oct 25,10 
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p.s. i did see a beaver on the inside of belmont with a hidey hole under the docks...mid winter and pre-freeze! clean water!

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Post Posted: 04:26am - Oct 25,10 
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it was a beaver....I was alerted to it when it slapped it's tail. I pulled out my camera phone as fast as I could then started searching for it as you can see earlier in the video.

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Post Posted: 04:41pm - Oct 25,10 
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I just realized something. I hope that little guy survived all those jerkoffs tossing snagging hooks all over the place.

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Post Posted: 02:20am - Oct 28,10 
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no, that isn't a beaver it's a muskrat. I have seen those things everywhere in Chicago waters.


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Post Posted: 03:56am - Oct 28,10 
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Nope, it's a beaver because it had a wider tail and was leathery. I thought it was a big rat at first but then it slapped its tail. not the only one I've seen either. Saw one in Burnham Harbor by the east wall. it slapped it's tail also.

another guy on the other website filmed one in Jackson park slapping it's tail. here's what he filmed

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPPTWyIFACc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

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Post Posted: 12:40am - Oct 30,10 
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Okay, I am convinced. I did however see a rather large River Otter(s) at Montrose and Diversey on a few Occasions.
A beautiful sight.


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Post Posted: 07:28am - Oct 30,10 
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bassador wrote:
Well, looks like the outcry from fisherman and joggers have accomplished something.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/bowman/2010/1 ... solut.html

Still, I think more can be done. That booth should be taken down and metered parking should extended to the very mouth. Lot's of times, most of us early in the morning just want to drive up to see conditions at the mouth and to talk to other fisheman. Keep those petitions and letters to the Mayor, Park District Commissioner and even to the Lake View Alderman. The intent of Daniel Burnham when he created the park systems was to make it open to the public...not to the select few he feel that they are entitled to an area because they own a boat the cost of a small house and rent 1000 square feet of water.

On a side note, I rode by there on my usual bike route thru the area and had an interesting conversation with a fellow angler. Apparently, the DNR just recently mounted a sting in the area. They had a spotter watching the area and caught a bunch of snaggers who were illegally fishing and caught more than their limit. Tickets were issued and cars were towed. These guys are more the reason why legal fisherman are given a bad name. they just jump the fences during broad daylight and snag amongst the boats.


Before you complain about boaters, there is a reason for everything! First, the city is the cleanest it has ever been. The parks are alot better when Burnham decided it was for the people. Third, those boaters spend more money then any fishermen would in a year at the lake front. So if a guy is shelling out $4000 for a slip, I am sure he is entitled to parking. Not is it fair for you to spend $20? No. Thats why Burnham established a fishing lot. There are other plaves to fish that are much cheaper and still produce. A good fisherman is one that adapts to every change in the enviroment!

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Post Posted: 05:57pm - Oct 30,10 
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I fish there too and every place between Montrose and the State Line of Indiana and any river between here and the Mississippi but do the boaters own the mouth and the outer harbor? I'm speaking for the older guys who have been fishing there for decades and are on a limited income.

Oh, by the way....Henry's pused for the city to put that parking area at Burnham and DuSable. they tried to have a parking area for the fisherman at Belmont but they pushed back.

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Post Posted: 05:59pm - Oct 30,10 
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PoWop wrote:
Okay, I am convinced. I did however see a rather large River Otter(s) at Montrose and Diversey on a few Occasions.
A beautiful sight.


yep...the only thing missing now are white tail deer.

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Post Posted: 06:26pm - Oct 31,10 
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there are a couple of deer i have seen that hang out by dempster street beach in evanston!!!

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