1 12in in side the harbor nice perch
Racine Harbor ( perch only ), Racine County
Fourplay… nice post. I gave up perch fishing out here a couple years back, and really miss it. Got caught up in the coho stuff hard, but now I'd love to find perch. Was never about it being fast… just nice time out, and a few nice fish when ya found them.
I'm not sure why all the negativity about perch fishing.. For the last 2 years I have not left the water without my limit of fish.. Given I have the boat and not tied to shore, which is extreemly weather/water/temp dependent but from the boat, perch fishing has been good from my point of view. Is it go out and get a limit in 15 min every time? No, but I have yet to have a bad day, and my personal size restriction is 12 inch (small side) or better. Of course during Salmon a Rama, I up that to 14 or better to box and still manage my limits... I have 4 spots I hit.. If one doesn't produce I move to the next.. One of them holds fish..
My suggestion is to move around and possibly change what you are using for bait... It took me a while to find what produces large perch and the old stand bys have been shelved... I rarely use kastmasters any longer and jigs less frequently than in the past.. If the fish are going hard then that is ok and one can be done in less than a half hour but I rather spend some time out relaxing.. You would be suprised at the locations that hold fish that no one fishes.. Snorkle gear can give you a different perspective on the amount of fish out there and their locations. :)
Find the right depth and keep it in that zone the entire time.. And go BIG on baits... I typically use a bait 2" or larger in size to keep the smaller perch off..
West winds are definitely best. The west winds blow the warmer water out. I have seen temps drop 5-10 degrees in a matter of just a couple hours with west winds. The only time an east or northeast wind can be good is for shore fishermen in early spring for cohos. The reason being those winds will blow a little warmer water towards shore. Good luck
Hopefully, the perch population and fishing will stabalize.
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81° - 88° F
61° - 65° F
Not much of a report...Tried several spots today for a few hours between around 11 am and 3 pm. Even being mobile in the boat, couldn't find 'em. It was the dead sea. I think we need a sustained west wind for a few days to bring some schools inshore. If I had a bigger boat, I would have looked for them in deeper water today. Looks like we have a southwest wind tonight, which is a good start.