Montrose Harbor Fishing Report February 28, 2015= Nothing.
Despite record-breaking ice coverage on Lake Michigan these past 2 years, the lakefront of my neighborhood on the far north side still has plenty of open water. The photo below is actually from December (I didn’t catch anything on that day), but other than a few icebergs it didn’t look much different today. I don’t waste much time casting around there, because even in the best of weather, it’s not known to be a good fish hangout by any means.
Montrose Harbor was the destination today… the sun was shining, birds were chirping, and Chicago came close to 30 degrees. So I thought I’d try my luck in finding a few spots of open water to cast around in.
Nope. Completely iced over.
Now I know you’re thinking, ‘what type of landlubber thinks he was going to find an open spot of water in Montrose in the middle of February?’
I’ll tell you why: it’s because I’m terrible at fishing Lake Michigan. All I ever really catch are 6” perch and tiny gobies out of Montrose Harbor. Last year was the first year I caught a few small steelhead during their spring run, then back to perch and gobies.
BUT this year I live closer to the lake than ever before. And I’m going to learn the lay of the lake and catch a few salmon, trout, and bass from shore.
On the light side of today, the good news is that the harbor is not un-fishable. The ice is still thick enough and there were a few tents and ice fisherman who set up shop.
But off by the mouth, I thought I found the window of open water I was looking for.
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