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Chitown-Angler

Joined: 05:27pm - Jun 20,13
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Location: NorthWest Indiana

Post Posted: 01:16am - Jul 20,13 
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Despite being so close to Lake Michigan, I've mostly been a river rat since back when they closed the perch fishery down in the 90's. Even since they opened it back up, most of my fishing time has been split between the st. joe and wolf rivers with stints at a few reservoirs to the south. So I was hoping someone could put me on some patterns that work for Lake Michigan smallies here in the dog days of summer. I usually launch out of either Portage or Hammond, with no great preference for either if it means the chance to do battle with some bronze backs.

Thanks in advance,

Joe.

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Chitown-Angler

Joined: 04:09pm - Jun 4,11
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Location: Romeoville

Post Posted: 02:32pm - Jul 20,13 
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howdy
i been fishing the cal park area recently just this year and have done well fishing the end of the pier at cal park ; dark jigg on the bottom rapala and square bills usual small mouth stuff ; but best has been gulp alive minnows had 4 inch ; cut them down to 2 inch and was slaying em average 1 1/2 to 3 lbs on ultra lite is a gas

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Chitown-Angler

Joined: 05:27pm - Jun 20,13
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Location: NorthWest Indiana

Post Posted: 04:10pm - Jul 20,13 
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Thanks for the tips, derviking. Are you fishing from boat or shore?

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Chitown-Angler

Joined: 11:43am - Apr 30,13
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Post Posted: 04:45pm - Jul 20,13 
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rocks and gobies... about all you need to know!

football jigs with soft plastics 2-4 inches. hopped on bottom

or carolina rigged


of course stuff like drop-shotting and cranks work but less effective in my (limited) experience

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Chitown-Angler

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Post Posted: 05:21pm - Jul 20,13 
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Any sort of depth range to be looking for? Cover, etc? It's a damn big lake.

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Post Posted: 06:55pm - Jul 20,13 
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well, most of the rocks are the breakwalls at Hammond, the Ditch, East Chicago, etc. I kayak fish so I don't get out to all the offshore structure, such as it is. Not much to go around in southern LM

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Chitown-Angler

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Post Posted: 07:45pm - Jul 20,13 
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i fish from shore on the pier at cal park 95th st and rocks

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Chitown-Angler

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Post Posted: 10:12pm - Jul 20,13 
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Thanks for the tips guys.

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Location: s.s. Chicago

Post Posted: 08:43am - Jul 21,13 
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structure rocks/walls, all around stateline can be good they'll hold up right against the wall I will usually start with a crank (white glass rap sz 5 is my best) or 1/2 oz spinnerbait (minnow/gobie/or craw color) to fish as much of the wall as I can quickly and will switch to a plastic to better fish hot spots or corners, white or brown

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