Michigan City hosting in-water boat show
By Dale Bowman Post-Tribune correspondent August 22, 2013 10:50PM
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:44AM
August comes with its own set of routines, as usual.
The Michigan City In-Water Boat Show has taken over Washington Park Marina, as usual. It opened Thursday and runs through Sunday. There are the new cruisers, jet boats and other marine products. A little different this year is Carver Yachts unveiling a new 40-foot command bridge yacht. Also new is the Swampmaster Jeff Quattrocchi and his 8-foot American alligator.
For more, go to michigancityboatshow.com.
Hope for early and big shoreline Chinook builds. Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert said they caught two mid-teens kings and two 7-pound coho in 45 feet out of Michigan City on Wednesday.
“It should be starting in the next week,’’ emailed Breidert, giving hope to shore fishermen.
And the promise of big kings appears to be near fruition. A 25-pound king was landed in Michigan City during the weekend tournament. A 31-pounder was landed on a charter out of Kenosha, Wis., last weekend. It looks like a fall with a chance at a 30-pound king from shore, something that hasn’t happened in years.
This is decidedly not an August routine, but maybe perch fishing in August will become one. Before the winds on Thursday, perch fishermen were doing the best they have done this summer from the Donut to Michigan City, according to Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station.
“It is rare to have guys going out perch fishing on the third week of August, that is just rare,’’ he said. “But you have to take what you can get.’’
The bite varied from 20-40 feet. He said on Wednesday best was 30-35 feet straight out of the Ditch. Perch by the Donut have taken more sorting for keepers. Breidert said that good perch fishing extended up the Michigan coast to at least St. Joseph, Mich.
Among hunters, squirrel hunters are getting out. Though many are probably scouting for deer as much as anything. Staff at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area reported a good mast crop.
Dove hunters are waiting for doves to congregate over sunflower fields, reports of fields and numbers of doves have been mixed. Next week, I will try to update field and mast conditions.
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Fishing: Hot weather has sparked the topwater bite for largemouth, early and late, on most lakes and ponds. ... Boaters are still taking some kings out deep in 90-120 feet, Sleziak said. But he stressed the kings were coming early while setting up in the dark. After that, it is primarily targeting lake trout in the bottom 10 feet. ... There’s steelhead in the streams, but the flow is low and fish spooky. Sleziak said many are all the way to Valparaiso already. ... The rain may help some, but rivers are low, very wadeable. ... Fishing at Willow Slough FWA slowed. The last day of fishing will be Wednesday before the start of early waterfowl seasons, then reopening briefly again on Sept. 23.
NOTES; Ken Bisacchi at LaSalle FWA reported Highway 10 will close on Sept. 9. He tweeted that they will detour people through the office area to get to lots 3A and 3B during the road construction. . . . Deadline to apply for state park deer reduction hunts is Sunday. Details are at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/5834.htm.