The Star News Paper Thursday April 17th, 2003
The Big lake may be the best kept secret..

By Bob Maciulis
Robert Maciulis

Pick your favorite northern illinois fishery and face in its direction. Then, turn around 180 degrees and head for lake Michigan. The big lake may be, ironically, the best kept secret among anglers throughout the upper midwest and for the next few months its the best spot in Illinois waters. Captain Tony Bovenzo (Diamond Ghost is a familiar fixture at area sport shows, standing behind his high legged table, flipping frantically through a pile of photo albums to show the quality of the Lake Michigan Salmon and Trout fishery today.  "Today? The fishing is as good as ever." Bovenzo has been trouting for the past three years. "these are the good old days!"  Behind him, a huge mounted lake Trout that would have been the new Illinois state record for the species had Bovenzo not told his crew for the day that they were actually"... Just barely over the line into Wisconsin by the numbers."  The "numbers" refer to GPS coordinates which pin-point his boat location within yards of its actual footprint.

Lake Michigan offers a  first class fishery for coho salmon every spring, "the former Berwyn Resident said.  "Beautiful fish just for the taking and this is one of the best times to stock your freezer with these tasty 3 to 5 pound fish."  Spring Coho are tight to shoreline, too - within safe, easy range of even a small family fishing boat when conditions are comfortable.  Once the season progresses and the water temps rise, the fish change locations Bovenzo said. That is when the off-shore fishing shines.

"May brings fast action and limit catches of Coho's" he reiterated. "June starts a mixed bag of fish, coho's, Steelhead, Brown Trout Lake Trout and some smaller Chinook salmon.  These fish range from 3 to 12 pounds. From July through August you can catch beautiful weather on lake Michigan and enjoy excellent fishing. A time for variety of catches, coolers bulging with chinook salmon, Steelhead, lake trout and Trophy Brown Trout in the 15 to 30 pound class.  September through October brings excellent fishing for chinooks and Lake Trout.  This is the best time for Huge Lake Trout in the 20 plus pound class."

Tony moors at Illinois newest facility, North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor on the Illinois/Wisconsin border.  But this time of year? Even some of the old timers from Waukegan and Winthrop Harbor ferry down to the Indiana ports to feast on some of the finest salmon fishing of the year in Indiana's coastal waters..

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