Fished west branch last week a couple nights and berlin a couple days from shore. I caught 1 23" eye, and fron berlin I got a 17" and 15" eye and 2 perch, and a fat 3lb. smallie ready to pop. I do a lot of fishing on my own and the people you meet along the way (Donnie and Mike) are for the most part good and willing to share info. You can get quality fish from shore if you know where to look. The hardest part is to learn how to fish them.