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Perch opportunity beckons on the lakefront

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As we rapidly recover from the bouts of severe weather, shore anglers have a leg up on boaters for Lake Michigan perch.

I hope perch fans are aware that we can go after these little treasures now in July.

The salmon bite has dramatically slowed, but the coho and kings are still willing to hit a fly behind a flasher off of Waukegan.

Greg Dickson of Triangle Sports and Marine told me walleye action is good on many of the Chain's lakes, especially where current is strong. Bass activity has greatly improved on Channel Lake as well as Bluff Lake.

Area ponds have high water but that hasn't stopped fishermen from popping large bluegills, especially in Lake County.

Bird's eye view:

I personally favor protecting all eagles, hawks and raptors. But in my opinion some folks can be a tad prickly, especially with the following item from the Associated Press.

The rising popularity of nest cams, which feature various species of birds hatching and caring for fledglings while thousands of animal lovers around the world watch, has sparked a moral dilemma after an apparent abandoned eaglet died in its Maine nest.

"The nest cam is more of a mirror to reflect what's going on with all eagle nests. It's not to be used as a baby monitor to intervene when we see something that makes us feel sad as humans," said Maine raptor specialist Erynn Call.

• Contact Mike Jackson at, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM.

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