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On Chicago's Lakefront, Fishing is On as Temperatures Rise

By Benjamin Woodard | March 10, 2015 12:45pm

ROGERS PARK — Fishing is on at Pratt Pier.

Croslene Kettle, 60, let out his first casts of the year Tuesday near Tobey Prinz Beach after the week's warm front melted most of the ice that covered Lake Michigan the past couple months.

"They're moving slow now, so you have to be patient," said Kettle, who grew up in Jamaica, of the brown trout he said was feeding on smaller fish near the pier.

He's also casting for salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout, just some of the fish he said he's caught in Rogers Park over the past 35 years.

Sometimes, he said, he'll come up with nothing at all after a day of fishing. But it doesn't matter to him.

"We just enjoy Mother Nature," he said.

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