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Sore spots over big-lake perch fishing

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My mailbox runneth over with comments and accusations regarding the Lake Michigan perch issue.

J.W from Elmhurst claims the IDNR does shoot straight with the fishing public about the food sources for perch in Lake Michigan.

Ron L. from Chicago contends that it's time that the DNR does away with the highly restrictive perch bag limits (15 fish a day per angler) and also allow everyone to fish in July.

Edward K. from Chicago's Northwest Side is tired of what he called "the parking nonsense" and "ridiculous" charges and fines on lakefront vehicles.

So what else is new?

Swan song:

It's not terribly funny, and yet it appears someone was hungry enough to create a "royal takeout."

A swan belonging to the Queen of England was discovered roasted and consumed on the Banks of the Thames, the meat stripped from its royal carcass.

"To barbecue a swan and leave its body in the center of Windsor with all the tourists and children about is absolutely disgraceful," said Wendy Hermon of Swan Lifeline.

While it's unclear what the punishment might be if the culinary culprit is collared, it's a good guess his (or her) goose would be cooked.

Fishing report:

Fox Chain: Excellent buegill, largemouth and crappie action on Channel Lake, while muskies continue their prowling on Lake Catherine. Pistakee Lake walleye continue to favor leeches and nightcrawlers trolled behind spinners.

Lake Michigan: King salmon are rather plentiful anywhere from 50 down to 100 feet. Steelhead still in the 50-foot range off Waukegan. Yellow perch schooled at 70-80 feet off Lake Forest and Great Lakes.

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