F is for fishing and fishing places. You probably took your fishing gear out to the local pond or river after the first really good Spring thaw. Many of the blog posts I’ve written about on trails includes fishing areas like the posts on the I & M Canal.
The weather is perfect for fishing in the Midwest right now. The lilacs have bloomed early, which means the white bass had an early run this year. In Illinois and around states around the Midwest we are dealing with an invasion of the Asian carp. In the Illinois River and other rivers there is a concerted effort to stop the spread of the Asian carp into the Great Lakes or other major fishing areas.
On the East Coast they are dealing with a snakehead fish problem. The Asian carp can obliterate the smaller fish and sports fish that includes bass, and walleye.
If you are looking for a fishing spot in and around the southwest suburbs of Chicago, there are plenty to choose from. You have to buy a fishing license so here is a link to the prices of different types of Illinois fishing licenses: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/FishingLicensesFees.aspx
I like to practice catch and release. I do keep catch that I am going to cook up. Don’t forget to know your limit of fish and minimum size limit for a fish.
Here are some fishing spots that are lakes or quarries so there is no strong current. They are grassy and have pan fish and some sports fish. They are located near trails so you can also go for a hike or a bike, and they are family friendly.
Here are three fishing spots try:
Arrowhead Lake in Palos Heights on Harlem Avenue and 135th Street has largemouth bass with 14 inch minimum, bluegill, crappie and catfish. No boats permitted. It’s grassy shore in spots.
Sag Quarry West
Sag Quarry West in Lemont off Route 83 and near Archer Avenue has largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and some say northern pike. No boating.
Tampier Lake, used to be considered a Slough, on 131st & Wolf Road has bluegill, carp, northern pike? and walleye. Boats permitted with small motors–think trolling motors–and there is a boat ramp.
If lots of people are interested in this, I’ll blog about more fishing places again.
Good luck and good fishing to you.