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Anglers finding success with perch off Gary Light

Updated: May 29, 2013 7:23AM



Any chance to tie Cheech Marin doing “Basketball Jones’’ in falsetto to perch fishing off Gary Light is worth rolling out the way-back machine for 1973.

“They are jonesing for it,’’ Mike Starcevich of Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet in Hammond said of his fellow perch fishermen Monday after an outstanding outing.

Beginning last weekend, boaters began to find good numbers of jumbo perch in 47-50 feet off Gary Light. And the weather looks cooperative enough to allow fishermen to chase them well into May.

“They are just laying on the bottom,’’ said Capt. Mike Florey, who had a quick two-man limit of jumbos on Sunday. “(Today) or Saturday, they will be going again.’’

The presentations of choice aren’t earth-shattering.

“Lay it on bottom, use big minnows and orange glow flies — make sure it is orange glow because the water is still a little dingy,’’ Starcevich said.

Unfortunately, the winds shifted late Tuesday, so it will be today before guys get back out to try to find them.

“As we pulling them up, they had four or five minnows in their mouths,’’ Florey said. “They were gorging. The minnows were still alive and we were throwing them in our minnow bucket.

“We were marking tons of (perch) on the bottom. It was like the old days.’’

He said perch flies (color didn’t matter) and minnows were key.

Lake conditions should rebound for the weekend and I expect a flotilla of perch fishermen to set up off Gary Light.

“Move around and look for them,’’ Florey said.

Turkey hunting: Turkey season continues through May 12. This weekend looks promising in terms of weather.

Staff at both LaSalle and Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Areas reported three turkeys killed during the youth hunt last weekend.

Kingsbury had three killed Wednesday on opening day, and another five reported from private ground in LaPorte County. Both Willow Slough and LaSalle had one reported Wednesday; Willow Slough already had one jake reported early Thursday. LaSalle has a lot of water limiting spots.

Clubbing: Stan Jarosz of the Griffith Izaak Walton League of America will speak about the annual youth camp held at Tippecanoe River State Park at the Lake County Fish and Game (lakecountyfishandgame.org) meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the clubhouse in Griffith.

Ducks unlimited: The Crown Point Ducks Unlimited’s annual Gun Bash is at St. Matthias next Friday. Contact Jason Kleine at (219) 712-6048; John “Pops’’ Sum Sr., (219) 663-7283; or Randy Armstrong, (219) 374-8606.

Coho Classic: The Hoosier Coho Club Classic (hoosiercohoclub.org), longest-running tournament of its kind on the Great Lakes, is May 4-5 out of Michigan City.

Fishing notes: Willow Slough is seeing steadier bluegill catches, some crappie toward evening. This should be the weekend for it to really go there. ... Coho fishing has been tough on Lake Michigan, and not just because of the weather. Sleziak said there have been good catches of lake trout at “The Gong’’ and east of Michigan City toward New Buffalo, Mich. ... Rivers are slowly receding.

Showtime: The National Antique Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show (midwestdecoy.org) is today and Saturday at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, Ill.



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