Its sad we used to have 15-20 places we could fish any given day no problem what so ever. Now certain people have went out with beer cans/bottles and just destroyed the place therefore we are back to it is now with 1 place left and its a struggle to get in there. Now with this guy treating his place we’re back to public places like you said that get beat to hell each day.
yep same here, nothing but 5 little ponds to fish in a big populated city like Chicago, just got to go behind people and catch fish. try to get there first and fish when other don’t, like rainstorms, windy days, etc…. if you do that it’ll be better as far as catching fish, it might not be easy on you but its the way to go. on days you know its going to be tough, like bluebird skies and no wind or cold muddy water, go fishing but try something new, new setup, or new bait or new line or new technique. try to get another go to bait if you can.
also, in public waters, 95% of the fish are not on the banks. you can catch some on the banks but those fish get the hell beat out of them everyday, if you can find a honey hole out in the lake or pond, you got a gold mind! Or, find some cover or structure no one knows about but u and fish it, don’t let anyone see you, its not going anywhere. I fight the bank sitters all year long, just the way it is and do the best you can. I used to skunk out half the time, now I don’t skunk out hardly any. when I do, its me not the fish. have fun, be safe and good luck! I got a few spots to go to in every pond I fish.