Sandusky fishing report

Sandusky fishing report DEFAULT

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Fishermen have a cornucopia of fishing opportunities right now, an exceedingly rare opportunity to head to Lake Erie for its best fishing in decades, or a favorite reservoir or lake where success has been reported.

A bonus for this week’s fishing is an outstanding weather report to go along with a weekend of picnics and fireworks. Big winds and rain can put an Independence Day show in peril, but the local weather reports are forecasting cooler, dry weather.

That’s also a great weather report for fishermen.

Lake Erie continues to sparkle all along the Ohio shoreline. The reports are not exact, because the walleye and smallmouth bass fishing isn’t best just in the near-shore waters, the offshore depths, around the limestone reefs or in the harbor areas. It’s been very good in all of those places, as moving schools of baitfish keep the marauding walleye on the move.

The mayfly hatch has changed walleye feeding patterns a bit. As the mayfly and midge hatches lure baitfish closer to the surface, where the bugs will hatch and fly, the walleye have followed to feed on them. As a result, many near-shore anglers are returning to the good, old days of casting weight-forward spinners and small spinner rigs, both tipped with a hunk of nightcrawler.

It seems the trolling techniques for walleye using diving planner and spoons, diving plugs and tandem spinner rigs with nightcrawlers — both behind on-line weights — are too efficient and not as much fun as casting.

Small boat fishermen are finding excellent numbers of small and large walleye very close to shore, although culling plentiful walleye shorter than 15 inches and releasing a variety of undesirable species, such as white perch and sheepshead, is all part of putting a limit of walleye in the cooler.

If there is a downside to the Lake Erie fishing right now, it’s an absence of yellow perch. The limit for perch in the Central Basin has been reduced from 30 to 10 fish, and even that meager limit is tough to catch. Few Western Lake Erie anglers are chasing perch when walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish are so plentiful.

Catfish still in spotlight: The Cleveland area catfish stockings will continue this week in Cleveland Metroparks ponds and lakes, including Ranger Lake and Oxbow Lagoon in the Rocky River Reservation and Acacia Reservation’s two fishing ponds in Lyndhurst.

Park officials recently poured 400 pounds of channel catfish into little Strawberry Pond and 600 pounds in larger Shadow Lake in the North Chagrin Reservation.

The Sandusky Bay and Portage River catfish catches around Port Clinton have been tremendous this week. Rely on a Carolina rig baited with fresh shrimp — not pre-cooked — has been the key bait, but night crawlers, stink baits and cut shad are productive.

Independence Day boaters targeted: Operation Dry Water will focus on boaters all around the U.S. who will be on the water this weekend, whether they are heading out to catch fish, cruise near-shore waters, race around on personal watercraft or have a picnic along the beach.

Operation Dry Water is a U.S. Coast Guard program to stop boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol and drugs. Since its inception in 2009, law enforcement officers have removed 4,095 BUI operators from the nation’s waterways and made contact with more than 1.5 million boaters during the Independence Day weekend.

Sours: https://www.cleveland.com/outdoors/2021/07/bonanza-of-fishing-reported-for-summer-ne-ohio-fishing-report.html
  • ODNR Fishing Report 04/21/2021: , OH - ODNR05:56:46 4/23/21
  • The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is to 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.
    The current daily limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in Ohio waters of Lake Erie. On May 1st, the daily limit for yellow perch drops to 10 in the Central Zone of Lake Erie but will remain 30 in the West and East Zones
    The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
    Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): The daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
    See the Ohio Fishing Regulations for more information.
    Walleye

    Anglers are doing well trolling deep diving stick baits near 1.2 to 1.8 mph. Darker colors have been producing best 40-80 feet back, but longer lines have been catching some fish. Action has been the best near adjacent to the Western Basin reef complex, north of Kelleys Island in 35-40 feet of water, and areas 30-40 feet deep from Huron to Lorain. Anglers fishing hair jigs continue to produce in water 8-20 feet deep, however the bite is slowing down as the water warms. Purple and green have been the best colors.
    The water temperature off Toledo is 50 degrees, off Cleveland 47 degrees and off Erie 46 degrees.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while on the water.

  • ODNR Fishing Report 01/07/2020: Western Basin , OH - ODNR08:39:04 1/09/20
  • ODNR Fishing Report 01/07/2020

    The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.

    The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.

    The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish (singly or in combination) per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.

    Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): The daily bag limit is 5 fish (singly or in combination) per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

    Effective January 1, 2020, it is legal to use three rods per angler in the Lake Erie Sportfishing District.

    A Lake Erie fishing permit is required for nonresidents from January 1 to April 30, 2020 when fishing Lake Erie and areas immediately upstream in creeks, rivers, and tributaries.

    See the Ohio Fishing Regulations for more information.


    Lake Erie Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Limits are being reported in the western basin all the way east to Cleveland. The most popular launches have been the Lucas County Ramp, Mazurik, Catawba, Huron, and Lorain. Anglers are going out trying to find marks, which may come from 18-30 feet in the western basin, and 40-60 feet of water closer to Cleveland. Anglers are advised to use extreme caution with cold water temperatures, and to use lifejackets or float coats at all times.
    How: Trolling deep diving crankbaits and stick baits has been the most popular technique at speeds 1.0 to 1.5 mph. Anglers have been experimenting with lures 50-150 feet back without any additional weight, or 20-40 feet back to a 2 oz. weight, and another 20-40 feet back to the lure. Natural colors have been best.

    The Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 36 degrees, off Cleveland 39 degrees, and off Erie 37 degrees.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while on the water.

  • ODNR Fishing Report October 30, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR07:01:15 11/07/19
  • Lake Erie
    Western Basin
    Walleye
    Where: Walleye are starting to show up in their traditional fall feeding grounds as they follow shad nearshore. The best bite during the day remains offshore in 30-45 feet of water of Huron and Vermillion, and 45-55 feet of water in Lorain. Shore anglers are having success after dark with �Clown� colored stickbaits.
    How: Trolling stickbaits has been the best presentation at speeds 1-8 to 2.8 mph. Slower presentations have been better after dark. Shore bound anglers can start picking up walleye near and after dark casting crankbaits and lipless crankbaits that imitate shad.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow Perch fishing has picked up slightly, however limits are still tough. The best reports coming from west of Catawba in 18-22 feet of water, North and Southwest of Kelleys Islands, and between Huron and Vermilion in 28-32 feet of water.
    How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing better where baits can be presented at different depths. Anglers are reporting that small lifts and long pauses between lifts have been triggering the most bites.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Fish are being caught around the reefs and islands areas in 10-14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and South Bass Islands.
    How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce the best.

  • ODNR Fishing Report October 23, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR05:47:06 10/24/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin
    Walleye
    Where: Walleye are starting to show up in their traditional fall feeding grounds as they follow shad nearshore. The best bite during the day remains offshore in 30 to 45 feet of water off Huron and Vermillion, and 45 to 55 feet of water off Lorain.
    How: Anglers trolling spoons are still catching fish; however, many anglers are switching over to trolling crankbaits this time of year. Anglers fishing from shore are starting to picking up walleye near and after dark casting crankbaits and lipless crankbaits that imitate shad.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been consistent with the best bite west of the Catawba Peninsula in 20 feet of water, and around �A�,�D�, and �L� cans of the Camp Perry firing range. Anglers are catching mostly 7 to 9-inch fish, with some larger fish.
    How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing better where baits can be presented at different depths. Anglers are reporting that small lifts and long pauses between lifts have been triggering the most bites.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Fish are being caught around the reefs and islands areas in 10 to 14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and South Bass islands.
    How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce the best.

  • ODNR Fishing Report October 16, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR10:46:14 10/20/19
  • Lake Erie
    Western Basin
    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing in the western basin should continue to get better as the water temperatures continue to fall. The best reports are coming out of Lorain and Vermilion in 45 to 55 feet of water.
    How: Most anglers are trolling spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing remains inconsistent with the occasional good report. The best bite has been west of the Catawba Peninsula in 20 feet of water, and the �A�,�D�, and �L� cans of the Camp Perry firing range.
    How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing better where baits can be presented at different depths. Yellow perch are feeding heavily on small invertebrates right now, so small ice fishing plastics or wax worms might be worth trying.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: A few good reports of fish being caught around the island areas in 10 to 14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and Kelleys islands.
    How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce, but anglers have also been throwing spinnerbaits and swimbaits around weed edges with some success.

  • ODNR Fishing Report October 9, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR18:55:25 10/09/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin
    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing in the western basin should continue to get better as the water temperatures continue to fall. The best reports are coming out of Lorain and Vermilion in 45 to 55 feet of water.
    How: Most anglers are trolling spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing remains inconsistent with the occasional good report. The best bite has been west of the Catawba Peninsula in 20 feet of water, east of Mouse Island, and the �B� can of the Camp Perry firing range.
    How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing better where baits can be presented at different depths. Yellow perch are feeding heavily on small invertebrates right now, so small ice fishing plastics or wax worms might be worth trying.

    Largemouth Bass
    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors in the Western Basin, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks.
    How: Anglers have been doing well casting crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: A few good reports of fish being caught around the island areas in 10 to 14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and Kelleys islands.
    How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce, but anglers have also been throwing spinnerbaits and swimbaits around weed edges with some success.

  • ODNR Fishing Report October 2, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR18:29:56 10/02/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin
    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing remains consistent with limits of smaller fish being reported near Locust and Cone reefs. Fishing continues to be good 3 to 6 miles east of Kelleys Island, north of Cedar Point, out of Huron and Vermilion in 28 to 32 feet of water, and Lorain in 45 to 55 feet of water.
    How: Most anglers are trolling spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow Perch fishing remains inconsistent with the occasional good report. The best bite has been west of the Catawba Peninsula in 20 feet of water and the �B� can of the Camp Perry firing range.
    How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing better where baits can be presented at different depths. Yellow perch are feeding heavily on small invertebrates right now, so small ice fishing plastics or wax worms might be worth trying.

    Largemouth Bass
    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors in the Western Basin, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks.
    How: Anglers have been doing well casting crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: A few good reports of fish being caught around the island areas in 10 to 14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and Kelleys islands.
    How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce, but anglers have also been throwing spinnerbaits and swimbaits around weed edges with some success.

    Catfish
    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay continues to be good, with many fish weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton, the Dempsey Fishing Access, and various locations in downtown Sandusky.
    How: Anglers have been fishing the bottom with shrimp, night crawlers, and cut bait.

  • ODNR Fishing Report September 17, 2019: , OH - ODNR08:10:32 9/19/19
  • Lake Erie
    Western Basin
    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing remains consistent with limits of smaller fish being reported near Locust and Cone reefs. Fishing continues to be good 3 to 6 miles east of Kelleys Island, north of Cedar Point, out of Huron and Vermilion in 28 to 32 feet of water, and Lorain in 45 to 55 feet of water.
    How: Most anglers are trolling spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow Perch fishing remains inconsistent with the occasional good report. Try fishing in traditional fall areas like between South Bass and Kelleys islands and be prepared to move frequently to locate active fish.
    How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing well where baits can be presented at different depths up to 3 feet off the bottom.

    Largemouth Bass
    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors in the Western Basin, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks.
    How: Anglers have been doing well casting crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: A few good reports of fish being caught around the island areas in 10 to 14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and Kelleys islands.
    How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce, but anglers have also been throwing spinnerbaits and swimbaits around weed edges with some success.

    Catfish
    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay continues to be good, with many fish weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton, the Dempsey Fishing Access, and various locations in downtown Sandusky.
    How: Anglers have been fishing the bottom with shrimp, night crawlers, and cut bait.

  • ODNR Fishing Report September 3, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR06:11:17 9/06/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin
    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has slowed. The best bites have been 3 to 6 miles east of Kelleys Island, north of Cedar Point, and out of Huron/Vermilion in 28 to 32 feet of water, or Lorain in 45 to 55 feet of water.
    How: Most anglers are trolling spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has slowed, with only a few reports coming in. Try traditional fall areas like between South Bass and Kelleys islands and be prepared to move frequently to locate fish.
    How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing well where baits can be presented at different depths up to 3 feet off the bottom.

    Largemouth Bass
    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors in the Western Basin, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks.
    How: Anglers have been doing well casting crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: A few good reports of fish being caught around the island areas in 10 to 14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and Kelleys islands.
    How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce, but anglers have also been throwing spinnerbaits and swimbaits around weed edges with some success.

    Catfish
    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay continues to be good, with many fish weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton, the Dempsey Fishing Access, and various locations in downtown Sandusky.
    How: Anglers have been fishing the bottom with shrimp, night crawlers, and cut bait.

  • ODNR Fishing Report August 14, 2019: , OH - ODNR10:52:13 8/15/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin
    Walleye
    Where: The best bite has been 3 to 6 miles east of Kelleys Island, out of Huron and Vermilion in 28 to 32 feet of water, or Lorain in 45 to 55 feet of water.
    How: Most anglers are trolling spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: The best reports are coming from between South Bass and Kelleys Island in 25 to 30 feet of water with many fish over 9 inches.
    How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing well where baits can be presented at different depths up to 3 feet off the bottom.

    Largemouth Bass
    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors in the Western Basin, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks as water temperatures have been increasing.
    How: Anglers have been doing well casting crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: A few good reports of fish being caught around the island areas in 10 to 14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and Kelleys islands.
    How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce, but anglers have also been throwing spinnerbaits and swimbaits around weed edges with some success.

  • ODNR Fishing Report August 7, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR05:53:22 8/08/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin
    Walleye
    Where: The best bite has been 3 to 6 miles east of Kelleys Island, out of Huron and Vermillion in 28 to 32 feet of water, or Lorain in 45 to 55 feet of water. North and west of West Sister Island near the Canadian line continues to provide some fish, but catch rates are falling with the increasing water temperatures.
    How: The majority of anglers trolling are using spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph. Anglers are also having success trolling worm harnesses with in-line weights or bottom bouncers at 1.0 to 1.2 mph. Anglers drifting worm harnesses or weight forward spinners are also having success.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Anglers have been doing well near the �B� can of the Camp Perry firing range, as well as between Perry�s Monument and Kelleys Island with occasional limits being reported. Sizes have been excellent, with fish averaging 9 inches, and several fish over 11 inches.
    How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing well where baits can be presented at different depths up to 3 feet off the bottom.

    Largemouth Bass
    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors in the Western Basin, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks as water temperatures have been increasing.
    How: Anglers have been doing well casting crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: A few good reports of fish being caught around the island areas in 10 to 14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and Kelleys islands.
    How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce, but anglers have also been throwing spinnerbaits and swimbaits around weed edges with some success.

    Catfish
    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay continues to be good, with many fish weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton, the Dempsey Fishing Access, and various locations in downtown Sandusky.
    How: Anglers have been fishing the bottom with shrimp, night crawlers, and cut bait.

  • ODNR Fishing Report July 17 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR11:22:27 7/18/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Fishing remains good, however following two large mayfly hatches last week, angler success has declined in the far Western Basin.The best fishing continues to be from Huron west to Lorain in 30 to 55 feet of water.
    How: The majority of anglers trolling are using spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph. Anglers are also having success trolling worm harnesses with in-line weights or bottom bouncers at 1.0 to 1.2 mph. Anglers drifting worm harnesses or weight forward spinners are also having success.

    Largemouth Bass
    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors in the Western Basin, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks as water temperatures have been increasing.
    How: Anglers have been doing well casting crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Anglers are starting to turn their attention toward yellow perch with some good reports coming from the Toledo Harbor Light in 20 to 25 feet of water.
    How: Minnows fished under a perch spreader continue to be the presentation of choice for perch anglers, but consider trolling small crankbaits behind a bottom bouncer to locate active fish in loose aggregations.

    Catfish
    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay continues to be good, with many fish weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton, the Dempsey Fishing Access, and various locations in downtown Sandusky.
    How: Anglers have been fishing the bottom with shrimp, night crawlers, and cut bait.

  • ODNR Fishing Report July 10 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR14:14:50 7/13/19
  • Lake Erie
    Western Basin
    Walleye
    Where: Fishing remains good, however following two large mayfly hatches last week, angler success has declined in the far Western Basin.The best fishing continues to be from Huron west to Lorain in 30 to 55 feet of water.
    How: The majority of anglers trolling are using spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph. Anglers are also having success trolling worm harnesses with in-line weights or bottom bouncers at 1.0 to 1.2 mph. Anglers drifting worm harnesses or weight forward spinners are also having success.

    Largemouth Bass
    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors in the Western Basin, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks as water temperatures have been increasing.
    How: Anglers have been doing well casting crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Anglers are starting to turn their attention toward yellow perch with some good reports coming from the Toledo Harbor Light in 20 to 25 feet of water.
    How: Minnows fished under a perch spreader continue to be the presentation of choice for perch anglers, but consider trolling small crankbaits behind a bottom bouncer to locate active fish in loose aggregations.

    Catfish
    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay continues to be good, with many fish weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton, the Dempsey Fishing Access, and various locations in downtown Sandusky.
    How: Anglers have been fishing the bottom with shrimp, night crawlers, and cut bait.

  • ODNR Fishing Report June 26, 2019: , OH - ODNR08:36:31 6/27/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing remains excellent as the fish continue to transition to the deeper waters of the Central Basin. The bite east of West Sister Island remains good in 30-35 feet of water. Anglers trolling have been outperforming those casting. Good reports are also coming from east of Kelleys Island, the Cedar Point dumping ground, and from Huron east to Cleveland in 35-60 feet of water targeting the mid water column.
    How: The majority of anglers trolling are using spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits behind boards at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph. Anglers are also having success trolling worm harnesses with in-line weights or bottom bouncers at 1.0 to 1.2 mph. Anglers drifting worm harnesses and weight forward spinners are also having success.

    Largemouth Bass

    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks as the water temperature has been increasing.
    How: Anglers have been doing well throwing crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms and creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure.

    Catfish

    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay continues to be good, with many fish weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton, the Dempsey Fishing Access, and various locations in downtown Sandusky.
    How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

  • ODNR Fishing Report June 19, 2019: , OH - ODNR17:03:53 6/19/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing continues to be excellent, despite less than ideal weather conditions. Many limits of 19-23-inch fish have been reported. Fishing has been good around Round Reef, the �A�, �B�, and �C� cans of the Camp Perry firing range, and the area between Lakeside-Marblehead and Kelleys Island. Anglers reported having the most success in 20-30 feet of water. In addition, anglers have been doing very well around West Sister Island in 30-32 feet of water, both trolling and casting.
    How: Anglers in the western basin have been having the most success trolling spoons and crawler harnesses. Anglers casting or drifting with crawler harnesses and casting weight forward style baits have been having success as well. Popular colors have been purple, blue, chrome, and gold.

    Largemouth Bass

    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks as water temperatures have been increasing.
    How: Anglers have been doing well throwing crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings.

    Catfish

    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay has really picked up with high numbers of fish being caught, many weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton.
    How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

  • ODNR Fishing Report June 6, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR05:03:39 6/13/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing has been excellent. Most of the fish being caught are 19-23 inches. Many quick limits have been reported from Port Clinton to Lorain, especially around the islands and the Marblehead Peninsula.
    How: Fish have been caught mostly by trolling spoons and harnesses, but many anglers are finding success casting and drifting with harnesses too. Anglers have been reporting a wide range of depths, with 15-45 feet of water all being successful. Anglers near Locust and Toussaint reefs are reporting depths from 15-25 feet being best. Baits in shades of gold, green, and purple seem to be working the best.

    Largemouth Bass

    Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks as water temperatures have been increasing.
    How: Anglers have been doing well throwing crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings.

    Catfish

    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay has really picked up with high numbers of fish being caught, many weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton.
    How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

  • ODNR Fishing Report May 29, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR06:30:43 5/30/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing really heated up this past week, especially around the islands with many quick limits being reported. Fish were being caught off the Marblehead peninsula as well as off of Lucy�s Point in 15-35 feet of water.
    How: Fish were being caught trolling stick baits 80-120 feet back without snap weights, and worm harnesses behind bottom bouncers. Trolling spoons behind divers has also picked up recently. Fish are still being taken on hair jigs and blade baits; however, trolling seems to be taking most of the fish.

    Catfish
    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay has really picked up with high numbers of fish being caught, many weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton.
    How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

  • ODNR Fishing Report May 29, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR06:30:42 5/30/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing really heated up this past week, especially around the islands with many quick limits being reported. Fish were being caught off the Marblehead peninsula as well as off of Lucy�s Point in 15-35 feet of water.
    How: Fish were being caught trolling stick baits 80-120 feet back without snap weights, and worm harnesses behind bottom bouncers. Trolling spoons behind divers has also picked up recently. Fish are still being taken on hair jigs and blade baits; however, trolling seems to be taking most of the fish.

    Catfish
    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay has really picked up with high numbers of fish being caught, many weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton.
    How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

  • ODNR Fishing Report May 22, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR05:24:11 5/23/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing really heated up this past week, especially around the islands with many quick limits being reported. Fish were being caught off the Marblehead peninsula as well as off of Lucy�s Point in 15-35 feet of water.
    How: Fish were being caught trolling stickbaits 80-120 feet back without snap weights, and worm harnesses behind bottom bouncers. Fish are still being taken on hair jigs and blade baits; however, trolling seems to be taking most of the fish.

    Catfish

    Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay has really picked up with high numbers of fish being caught, many weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton.
    How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

  • ODNR Fishing Report April 14, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR06:37:13 5/17/19
  • ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report April 14, 2019

    Walleye

    Where: Despite inconsistent weather and muddy water, anglers are still having success. Anglers continue to find fish near reef complex in the western basin, as well as near the islands and east to Vermilion. Fish are still being taken on hair jigs and blade baits; however, anglers trolling seem to be catching most of the fish. Anglers trolling are having success using deep diving crankbaits and stickbaits, 80-120 feet back without snap weights. Mayfly rigs and harnesses have begun taking some fish as well.

  • ODNR Fishing Report 5/09/2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR05:22:58 5/10/19
  • Lake Erie Western Basin Walleye


    Where: Fishing has improved with more stable weather patterns. Anglers are still finding fish on and adjacent to the reef complex in the western basin, as well as near the islands and east to Vermilion. Fish are still being taken on hair jigs and blade baits, though trolling seems to be taking most of the fish. Deep diving crankbaits and stickbaits trolled 80-120 feet back without snap weights are producing the best.

  • ODNR Fishing Report April 30, 2019: , OH - ODNR04:51:29 5/02/19

  • ODNR Fishing Report April 30, 2019

    The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 4 fish per angler. On May 1 the daily bag limit returns to 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.
    The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
    The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
    Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): The daily bag limit is to 5 fish (singly or in combination) per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit. From May 1- June 21, the daily bag limit is 1 fish (singly or in combination) per angler with an 18-inch minimum size limit.

    Lake Erie Walleye

    Where: Fishing has been tough recently due to the very turbid water conditions caused by the rain and winds. Anglers have been doing best where they can find cleaner water. Trolling dark colored stick baits have been producing best with leads ranging from 30-120 feet back at 1.2-1.6 mph. Action has been best north and west of Kelleys Island, between Kelleys Island and the monument on South Bass Island, and off Vermillion. Anglers have also reported doing well off Lucy�s Point on the northeast corner of Middle Bass Island.

    Anglers are advised to be cautious in the early spring. Extremely cold water temperatures put anglers at a high risk for hypothermia. Always wear your life jacket and leave a float plan with someone on shore of your intended plans.

  • ODNR Fishing Report 04/23/2019: Kelleys Island , OH - ODNR15:26:52 4/25/19
  • Last Updated: April 23, 2019

    The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 4 fish per angler. On May 1 the daily bag limit returns to 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.
    The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
    The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
    Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): The daily bag limit is to 5 fish (singly or in combination) per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit. From May 1- June 21, the daily bag limit is 1 fish (singly or in combination) per angler with an 18-inch minimum size limit.

    Lake Erie
    New for 2019:
    A Lake Erie fishing permit is required for nonresidents from January 1 to April 30 when fishing Lake Erie and areas immediately upstream in creeks, rivers, and tributaries.

    Walleye
    Where: Fishing has been tough recently due to the very turbid water conditions caused by the rain and winds. Anglers have been doing best where they can find cleaner water. Trolling stick baits in darker colors have been producing best with leads ranging from 30-120 feet back at 1.2-1.6 mph. Action has been best north and west of Kelleys Island in 25-35 feet of water. Anglers are still picking up the occasional fish jigging on the mid-lake reef complex, but the bite has been tougher given the poor water clarity.

    Anglers are advised to be cautious in the early spring. Extremely cold water temperatures put anglers at a high risk for hypothermia. Always wear your life jacket and leave a float plan with someone on shore of your intended plans.

  • ODNR Fishing Report April 03, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR06:22:41 4/06/19
  • ODNR Fishing Report April 3, 2019

    The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 4 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.
    The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
    The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
    Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): The daily bag limit is to 5 fish (singly or in combination) per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

    Lake Erie
    New for 2019:
    A Lake Erie fishing permit is required for nonresidents from January 1 to April 30 when fishing Lake Erie and areas immediately upstream in creeks, rivers, and tributaries.

    Walleye
    Where: Open water fishing is upon us and anglers are doing well trolling near 1.0 mph. Stick baits in dark colors with short leads have been producing best. Many anglers are using snap weights approximately 20 feet back, with another 20 to 30 feet to the lure. Action has been the best near the Camp Perry firing range and Kelleys Island in 25 to 35 feet of water. The jig bite will begin to pick up in the coming weeks, but anglers occasionally are doing well vertical jigging blade baits and spoons where fish are being marked.

    Anglers are advised to be cautious in the early spring. Extremely cold water temperatures put anglers at a high risk for hypothermia. Always wear your life jacket and leave a float plan with someone on shore of your intended plans.

  • 2019 Lake Erie Fishing Outlook is Once Again Great News for Anglers: Western Basin , OH - ODNR14:39:12 3/29/19
  • 2019 Lake Erie Fishing Outlook is Once Again Great News for Anglers

    Ohio announces walleye and yellow perch bag limits


    COLUMBUS, OH- Lake Erie anglers have the chance to experience excellent fishing opportunities on Lake Erie in 2019, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Walleye angler harvest rates set records in 2018, and numerous large hatches point to a bright future for the Walleye Capital of the World.
    Ohio�s Lake Erie daily bag limit for walleye is four fish per angler and the yellow perch daily bag limit is 30 fish per angler through April 30, 2019. The daily bag limit will be six walleye per angler from May 1 through Feb. 29, 2020. A 15-inch minimum size limit is in effect during the entire season for walleye. The yellow perch daily limit will remain at 30 in all of Ohio�s Lake Erie waters through April of 2020, with no minimum size limit.
    �Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota system,� according to Kendra Wecker, Chief of the Division of Wildlife. �Each jurisdiction regulates its catches to comply with annually determined safe harvest levels that minimize the risk of over-fishing. Bag limits are based on the quota allocations determined by the interagency group.�
    Walleye
    Walleye anglers will mostly catch abundant 4 to 5-year-old fish that will average 19 to 21 inches and could be as large as 26 inches. Abundant young fish from the 2017 and 2018 hatches will show up in anglers� catches ranging from 9 to 14 inches. Anglers are encouraged to release these sub-legal fish with as little handling as possible, so they can contribute to the fishery in the future.
    Yellow Perch
    Anglers can expect good perch fishing in the western basin in 2019 as fish from the large 2014 hatch are approaching sizes up to 13 inches. Hatches from 2015 through 2017 will also provide some smaller 7- to 9-inch fish. The 2018-year class is projected to be larger than the 2014-year class and will provide increased numbers of fish in upcoming years.
    Central basin anglers should expect the best fishing to be in eastern waters from Fairport Harbor to Conneaut, where the 2012- and 2014-year classes will provide numerous large fish. Central basin populations have declined from the record levels set over 10 years ago and are lacking large hatches that were more common in the past. Hatches in the area from Huron to Fairport Harbor have been consistently below average recently. Anglers� catches in this region will mostly come from the 2014 and 2015-year classes and will average 9 inches long.
    Additional opportunities
    Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass fishing in 2019 should provide both good catch rates and trophy size opportunities. Please note that new regulations were implemented for largemouth and smallmouth bass for the 2019 fishing season. The previously closed spring season now allows the harvest of one black bass per day, with a minimum size limit of 18 inches from May 1 until the fourth Saturday of June (June 22), and the daily bag limit will continue to be five black bass per day with a 14-inch minimum size limit the remainder of the season through April 30, 2020.
    Updated Lake Erie fishing reports are available at wildohio.gov or by calling 888-HOOKFISH (888-466-5347). Information is available from Division of Wildlife staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Fairport Harbor station (440-352-4199) for the central basin and at the Sandusky station (419-625-8062) for the western basin. Information about the Division of Wildlife�s Lake Erie research and management programs, fisheries resources, fishing reports, maps and links to other web resources are available at wildohio.gov.
  • ODNR Fishing Report January 14, 2019: Western Basin , OH - ODNR10:17:00 1/24/19
  • January 14, 2019

    The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.
    The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
    The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
    Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): The daily bag limit is to 5 fish (singly or in combination) per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

    Lake Erie

    New for 2019:
    A Lake Erie fishing permit is required for nonresidents from January 1 to April 30 when fishing Lake Erie and areas immediately upstream in creeks, rivers, and tributaries.

    Walleye
    Where: The open water season is coming to a close. Ramps and harbors in the western basin beginning to form significant ice, though the main lake remains open. A few brave anglers will continue to search out open water, but it is not advised.
    How: Anglers have been trolling deep diving crankbaits 80 to 100 feet back at speeds of 1.0 to 1.4 mph unassisted, or adding snap weights up to 2 oz. 40 feet back to get down to the fish. Anglers have also reported success jigging lipless crankbaits and spoons tipped with shiners, like ice fishing presentations.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Fishing effort for yellow perch has been low, but some anglers are still targeting and catching fish near harbor mouths in the Cleveland area.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Steelhead Trout
    Where: Good fishing reported from anglers trolling inside the Fairport Harbor break wall and inside the Conneaut break wall. Anglers fishing from shore are catching fish off the Edgewater, Gordon Park, Fairport Harbor, and Painesville Township piers, and the Fairport Harbor break wall.
    How: The best baits have been small spoons and crankbaits for anglers trolling fishing from boats, and jigs tipped with maggots fished under a bobber or small spoons for anglers fishing from shore.

    The Lake Erie water temperature is 34 off Toledo and 37 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while on the water.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for January 1, 2016: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons06:52:41 1/01/16
  • 30 years of memories! Happy New Year & happy new fishing season everyone! Our 30th season of running fishing charters on Lake Erie! It does not even seem possible that I have been doing this for so very long now. Seems like just yesterday that I as a very young man had a dream of fishing for a living. I took some schooling, got my Coast Guard license, bought my first big brand new charter boat and quit my good paying machine shop job to be a full time charter boat captain. As scary as that all was I never looked back and here we are 30 years later. Not much has changed over those many years except that we are on our 2nd (and last) boat, have run several thousand charter trips and well, I am not quite such a young man anymore!

    Most of my mid winter reports here online in the past have just been recaps of my previous fishing season that I had just finished up. In this special anniversary report, I�m going to take a moment and try to ever so briefly reflect upon the past 29 years. Though not so much has changed for me personally in these 30 years, much as changed around me in the sport. Most notably, my colleagues that I started out with so very many years ago are all but gone. Some have just given up on it, some have retired, and sadly some have passed away. Names of good friends that have passed away such as Capt. Ed Shavelin-Fish Chaser Charters, Don Mansfield-Happy Hooker Charters, Capt. Freddy Wells-No Slack Charters, and a couple of my very biggest idols that I myself really looked up to. The very BEST of the best. Guys like Capt. Rick Lightner-Osprey Charters, and the legend himself, Capt. Ron Johnson-Thumper Charters. What a fisherman and a genuinely good guy. I miss Ronny everyday, especially during the fishing season. There were many others especially lake wide over the years. But these are all guys that I started out with so long ago and local to the north east Ohio area where I fish.

    There are a handful of us from the class of the mid-eighties still hanging tough though in this area. Good friends and fellow fishermen such as Capt. Curt Anderson-There He Is Again Charters, Capt. Mark Szekely-Gizzmo Charters, Capt. Bill Anderson-Book Maker Charters, Capt. Taylor Click- Taylor Made Charters and a few others. Not too many though. I�ve seen a lot of guys come and go in these last three decades. Some only lasting a season or two. Some maybe a handful or so years. But there are very few of the 30 and plus years guys like myself and the few guys that I mentioned. There are still plenty of new captains out there however to choose from as the door is always revolving in this business. But it certainly is a different new breed of young guys in all of their fancy charter shirts and what not My own work uniform is usually a NASCAR or Jimmy Buffett t-shirt and a pair of old comfortable shorts! Lol! Just the way it�s been for 30 years now! It don�t make the other younger guys bad guys though. There's some real good fisherman out there. But us old timers have already run more trips then these young guys can ever dream about. When it comes to experience and making the right decisions and knowing the lake like the back of your hand, it�s pretty hard to beat the old guys that have made this our living for this very long!

    And customers or as I prefer to call them, my guests. I am truly blessed for the most part to have a long list of loyal returning clientele. Really good guys that many I consider to be my very good friends and not just customers. Some that have been with me every year that I�ve been doing this or very close to it! It amazes and humbles me both as almost everyone that that gets off my boat instructs me to go ahead and put them down for �The same day� again next year! Sadly, some never do return because I find out the next year that they have passed away. The list of people that I consider to have been my friends and that we have lost is extensive over these past three decades. I miss all of you and not just because of the business! Well that�s about it. I could bring up many statistics such as how many trips I�ve run in all of these years or how many fish we�ve caught but heck, nobody would ever believe it anyway! Lol! So, 2016! The year of the I�M STILL HERE!

    Capt. Walt

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  • ODNR Fishing Report for 6/17/2015: , OH - ODNR05:22:52 6/18/15
  • Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing was good over the past week and fish were caught between the Gravel Pit and West Sister Island, east of West Sister Island, north of "B" can of the Camp Perry firing range, north of Niagara Reef, around Rattlesnake Island, around Gull Island Shoal, and north of Kelleys Island Shoal.

    How: Anglers trolling have caught fish on spoons behind divers and on worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers casting are using weight forward spinners or mayfly rigs.

    Yellow Perch

    Where: Yellow perch have been caught around the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel and between Kelleys Island and the Marblehead lighthouse.

    How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 6/10/2015: , OH - ODNR17:49:22 6/12/15
  • Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing was excellent 2 to 3 miles north of West Sister Island, between West Sister Island and the gravel pit, north of West Reef, south of Starve Island, between North Bass Island and Gull Island Shoal along the Canadian border, and around Kelleys Island Shoal.

    How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using crankbaits (mostly deep diving Reef Runners), spoons behind divers, and also worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers casting are using weight forward spinners or mayfly rigs.

    Yellow Perch

    Where: Yellow perch have been caught near Ballast Island.

    How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 6/10/2015: , OH - ODNR17:48:57 6/12/15
  • Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing was excellent 2 to 3 miles north of West Sister Island, between West Sister Island and the gravel pit, north of West Reef, south of Starve Island, between North Bass Island and Gull Island Shoal along the Canadian border, and around Kelleys Island Shoal.

    How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using crankbaits (mostly deep diving Reef Runners), spoons behind divers, and also worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers casting are using weight forward spinners or mayfly rigs.

    Yellow Perch

    Where: Yellow perch have been caught near Ballast Island.

    How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 6/02/2015: , OH - ODNR19:10:49 6/04/15
  • **All information is from prior to the high winds on Sunday 5/31/2015**


    Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing was excellent 2 miles north of the Toledo water intake, on the Gravel Pit west of West Sister Island, around the Toledo lighthouse, around "A" can and "D" can of the Camp Perry firing range, around Niagara Reef, between Green Island and Rattlesnake Island, from the south passage to American Eagle shoal southwest of Kelleys Island, between Kelleys Island and Lakeside, and north of Kelleys Island and Kelleys Island Shoal.

    How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using crankbaits (mostly deep diving Reef Runners), spoons behind divers, and worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers casting are using weight forward spinners or mayfly rigs.

    Yellow Perch

    Where: Yellow perch have been caught east of Kelleys Island and off the Marblehead Lighthouse.

    How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 5/27/2015: , OH - ODNR17:11:37 5/27/15
  • Western Basin

    Walleye

    Where: Fishing was good over the past week as fish were caught around "A" can of the Camp Perry firing range, around some of the reefs (Niagara, Crane, and Toussaint) of the Camp Perry firing range, between Green Island and Rattlesnake Island, north of the Marblehead Lighthouse, southwest of Kelleys Island, and north of Kelleys Island and Kelleys Island Shoal.

    How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using crankbaits (mostly deep diving Reef Runners), spoons behind divers, and worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers casting are using weight forward spinners or mayfly rigs.

    Yellow Perch

    Where: Yellow perch have been caught east of Kelleys Island and off the Marblehead Lighthouse.

    How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of May17, 2015.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons03:40:01 5/17/15
  • Great trolling! This past week �The Trophy� was strictly a fish catching trolling machine! It was the first week since my arriving at Port Clinton at the end of March of this year where we did absolutely no drift fishing at all. And you know what? It just felt right! We did indeed have a bout of lousy weather for a few days midweek but for a change it was on the days where I had nothing scheduled anyway. But by Friday the winds had eased and the 80�s returned as well on the thermometer. Just in time for me to go back to work!

    With the Walleyes in full post spawn mode now trolling seemed like the most logical way to attack the often time lethargic fish as they move off the reefs and the shallows and recuperate in the deeper water. With trolling we put out a LOT of gear, cover a lot of ground and with me having much more control over the whole situation as opposed to the individual fisherman casting and having to learn and figure out the bite while drifting, our odds for success improved dramatically. And with the past couple of weeks where we had mostly above normal temperatures, the Walleyes were acting more like it was mid summer and putting on the feed bag rather then the sometimes sluggish post spawn May fish that I have sometimes seen before in years past. The action out there the last few days was fast & furious! And I don�t mean the movie! lol

    The best action that we found was on the east side of the big cans between G and D can and almost north to Niagara Reef. It was no secret though. I swear every boat in the western basin was competing for the same water! But the fish were not skittish and everybody was swinging nets. We just picked and weaved our way through all of the traffic and avoided the heavier clusters of boats when we could and proceeded to knock out limits each day. A good feeling watching everyone excited and happy reeling in nice plump spring Walleyes. Of coarse it wasn't all peaches and cream for me. With each passing day here in the western basin with the water temperatures soaring, the junk fish are really firing up as well. Especially the White Bass! Oh my are they getting bad out here. I won�t miss all of the boat traffic or all of these stinking White Bass when I go to leave next weekend.

    Speaking of which, it's finally here. My final week here in Port Clinton for yet another year. It�s just about time to pack everything up and head on east to Ashtabula my home port for the summer and the rest of the year. I am getting very reliable good reports from back home already. I am ready to go. But first, I have to get through this final week and try not to let the White Bass drive me nuts! I�m sure we�ll do fine with the Walleyes here. It�s really happening now with them. We just have to weed thru all the garbage to get them. OK, I still have next Sunday May the 24th available for a final Port Clinton trip. Monday, Memorial Day which is May the 25th is also available but for a Ashtabula, OH charter already. You could be trip #1 for me back there this year! As I mentioned last week, there will be no fishing report next weekend as I will be tied up making the big move. Check back here on my website in two weeks or on the fishlakeerie.com site but in the central basin section for new reports from out east. So that�s it. I hope you've all enjoyed following along thus far and I look forward to continuing my reports from back home. See everyone soon down the road!

    Capt. Walt
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  • ODNR Fishing Report for 5/12/2015: , OH - ODNR03:03:26 5/13/15
  • Walleye

    Where: Fishing was good over the past week and fish were caught in Maumee Bay, near "K" can of the Camp Perry firing range, on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range, around Green Island, north of Mouse Island, and nearshore between Huron and Lorain.


    How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using crankbaits (mostly deep diving Reef Runners) and worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers jigging are still catching fish using hair jigs.

    Yellow Perch

    Where: Yellow perch have been caught off the Marblehead lighthouse and off Vermilion.


    How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of May 10, 2015.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons04:13:38 5/10/15
  • A so, so week. We saw a little bit of everything this past week aboard �The Trophy�. We still had a couple of real good days of jigging but we also had a couple of days that were just so, so at best. The rest of the remainder of the week we spent trolling with mixed results ranging from quite good to just a slow pick. I think it�s pretty safe to say though that our jigging season here is down to it�s final last gasps and about over with. It never was real great this spring as a whole in my own opinion. Not like some of the other springs that I have seen from over the almost 30 years of fishing that I have done up this way. It did have it�s moments though if you happened to be one of the more luckier crews with good casting skills and drawing decent weather as well. That was pretty hard to come by this past April though. I am sure that had a lot to do with our lack luster average catches some of the days.

    Speaking of weather, here is the skinny on what went down this past week in that department out here. Monday, wow did we have some stiff south winds. Tuesday with a little front that went through brought cool and raw conditions back to the western basin with a rather stiff north wind as well. Wednesday, holy foggy day Batman! Man, it�s been a lot of years since I have fished in such a dense fog. It was total absolutely zero visibility out there. Many if not most that didn't have boats equipped with radar even cancelled their trips. Although I don�t enjoy going in such conditions, I do trust my electronics to safely guide us out and back again. Of coarse most of our traveling was done at practically a crawl speed. And it never lifted that day. We went out by radar, we returned safely with the the radar along with satellite guidance from GPS, chart plotters showing the way and the auto pilot insuring that we were going in a straight line out there rather then doing circles in the fog!

    Thursday on through the weekend were back to unseasonably warm temperatures with sunny skies and flat seas. Perfect trolling water! And that�s what we did. We spent most of our time about 12 miles out from port in the deep water north of the reef complex. No one spot was particularly hot for us. We just roamed around in random with a lot of gear out and picked away at the fish. We would hit a few spots where we would hook doubles up, then circle around and re-run the same exact spot and never move a rod. Weird. Also, the crank baits that I had been pulling in the limited amount of trolling that I have done thus far seemed to be rather ineffective for us. So since we are well into May now, I just switched up to our normal May trolling program. 40 Jets and the Stinger scorpion spoons. And it�s been working. Again, no burn but we caught decent amounts of fish. And along with the �well into May and our normal May trolling program� comes the what is anymore the new normal around here, the pain in the ass White Bass again. Man it�s always something. And it�s going to get worst I�m afraid with them. I just know... Sigh.

    So, unbelievably I am already down to just my final two weeks here in the western basin before moving my whole operation back home to my home port of Ashtabula for the summer. Next weekend will be my final fishing report from the west end here because the following week I will be busy moving my boat and I will not be posting. I always take one week off from reporting on the Memorial Day weekend of my move. But for now we still have some fishing that needs to be done out here. This coming week I still have the same block of open dates available that I mentioned last week. The 12th, 13th, and 14th. But as those dates draw nearer, the long range forecast for next week looks to be a bit iffy for those dates. It may not be as big a deal just to have those dates off if that comes to pass. I have one additional day however available for a west end trip here just before I take off that opened up due to a cancellation that I would really like to fill. A very prime Sunday, May the 24th. If you know of anyone that is looking for a trip I am open that day. Alrighty I�m thinking that we will probably just try to finish out our run out here these last two weeks strictly trolling. Again, it�s that time of year for it and it just plain works. Not to mention that is what I do the very best! At least I think that is! lol!

    Capt. Walt
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  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of May 3, 2015.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons12:51:53 5/03/15
  • Happy MAY! I feel like a brand new man! Outside today it's 70 some degrees and let me tell you, it feels GREAT! We caught lots of nice fish this past week. Maybe not hundreds of fish but plenty enough where we could hold our heads up high when we got back. And I had the same nice problem this past week as I did the week before last. I took way more great pictures of some of our bigger fish then I can possibly use in this report. A very good problem to have!

    This past week aboard "The Trophy" we mixed it up with a little trolling and a little jigging. For the most part, the weather was good enough for us to do either one. For the most part... Monday was one of two exceptions. Still reeling from last weekend's crappy weather, Monday morning wasn't all that pretty either. With a stiff north, northwest wind we seeked shelter on the lee side of South Bass Island. With a raw cool rain falling and my boys under dressed, I figured the only way that we could survive the day was to throw out the trolling gear and this way everyone could huddle under the hardtop and behind the drop curtains and stay out of the weather. I was a little leery though because we had tried that approach last Saturday also with no luck. Monday was different though. The first fish that we hooked was 29 1/2 inches! We went on to land a couple of handfuls of nice fish on yet another lousy April weather day. You could say that we literally made something out of nothing.

    Tuesday & Wednesday were two real nice weather days and fishing was ok for us. Of the two days, Wednesday was too calm however and with no drift at all, we set out to go troll up in what is called the flats area east and north east of Niagara reef. We went on to capture a nice box of big fish. Many Fish Ohio Award caliber fish even! (28 inch or bigger Walleyes) Our biggest that day topped out right at 30" inch. A very good day! Thursday was another set back. Cold and windy with rain once again. We tried trolling in the same area as the day before but struggled in the wide open area with the wind and waves. We managed a handful of fish with the biggest at 28" inch but with everyone wet and cold including a 9 year old that I had on board that day, we elected to have a early quit and just called it a day.

    I had no trip on Friday so I just rested up and got ready for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday were very summer like and pleasant. With the jigging season winding down fast, we stuck with that both days and managed to capture a nice box of fish both days. So, with next week in my sites already, I see nothing but great weather coming at us. Walleye fishing is recovering nicely from a weeks ago super bad weather. It should be a good week! On a side note, not this coming week but the following week I have a 3 day block of dates available that opened up due to my South Dakota boys that come every year having to bow out this year. That opens up May 12th, 13th, & 14th should anyone be looking. That's about it for another week from here in the western basin. Check back again next week!

    Capt. Walt
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  • ODNR Fishing Report for 4/28/2015: , OH - ODNR07:03:59 5/01/15
  • Western Basin


    Walleye

    Where: Fishing slowed over the past week as wind and waves reduced water clarity, and colder temperatures limited fish activity. Anglers trolling caught fish west of Catawba, east of Middle Bass Island, and north of Kelleys Island, including deep water around Kelleys Island Shoal. Anglers jigging are still catching fish in Maumee Bay, nearshore around Turtle Creek and Wild Wings marina, and on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range.


    How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using crankbaits (Rapala Deep Husky Jerks, deep diving Reef Runners, and Smithwick Perfect 10 Rogues) and are starting to use worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers jigging are catching fish on hair jigs and blade baits.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of April 26, 2015.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons17:10:57 4/26/15
  • Bad, Bad, Bad! Actually I should have said bad five times. That�s how many days in a row that no one fished and the amount of trips that I lost because of a weeks long big blow here in the western basin. It started with last Sunday where I sadly had to send my scheduled group for the day which was in town already away. As late as the day before it looked like we may have a small window for Sunday morning and possibly get our trip in. There was none. Everybody here in the western basin woke up to a extreme howling northeaster Sunday morning with chilling temperatures. And this was just the beginning of it. For four more days both day and night the wind just screamed. The only thing that it did was change directions on occasion. Last Tuesday was the worst of the worst. We had sustained winds from the southwest at around 40 mph with gusts to 53 mph! You could hardly stand to walk outside! Most all week long the wind was steady in the 20 to 30 mph range. Still horrible!

    We finally got a bit of a reprieve on Friday after still a cold and choppy start to the day. I had my hardest working group of Amish fishermen onboard for the day and we set out. Shockingly, the water color was not all that horrible! At least, not as bad as I had feared. It seemed like you had ribbons of all different water colors out there depending on where you went. Actually from very clean water in limited areas to big areas with just a heavy stain to some sections that were indeed truly pure mud. But once again, the big blow did us no favors. Fishing for us aboard �The Trophy� was very slow. I did my usual amount of post blow high mileage running around trying to get something going for the guys trying different spots. And as per usual after a big blow, it didn't really pay off. We did find one spot where we would catch 1 or 2 on a long drift but that was about it. After a exceptionally long day we quit with a couple of handfuls of fish. And that�s only because the boys worked so very hard for them. After about a 10 or 12 year run with me, I think this was the first time that this particular group did not limit out with me. They are one of the luckier groups!

    And then came the weekend. Friday ended up being a nice sunny mild day and winds continued to back off all day. Saturday, oh boy. Back to just about unbearable. Overnight a cold raw wind kicked in again from the northeast. It was very damp, very cold, and very windy once again. With one of my all time favorite groups onboard for the day I had really hoped for a big day for these folks that have gotten in the rut here the last few years of catching really crappy weather and consequently a bad fishing day. Once again it was not to be. We did next to nothing. After trying a few different spots and even a troll for a few hours out of desperation in the miserable cold and terrible wind, the guys let me off the hook early and we just packed it in. They seemed to take it better then me. I was highly discouraged, totally frustrated and by now just about sick and tired of this years spring time crap weather that we have been getting. Weather and post weather in which I�m supposed to go out and perform miracles in. Sunday unbelievably started out pretty much exactly the same except the sun was out. After putting the guys on a 2 hour weather delay first thing in the morning, we finally just sucked it up and went. It was another tough day. The lake did eventually go flat but the fishing remained very slow for us with only a few fish. It was not for lack of trying though for everyone involved. Sadly as always, it is what it is.

    So for the sake of full disclosure, these pictures in this weeks report are from the week before where I was complaining that I had more great shots than I could possibly use! After not fishing all week long because of weather I didn't have much to choose from for this week. We had some nice fish on Friday but with respect to my Amish group that day who don�t care to have their pictures taken, the camera stayed in it�s case. The weekend wasn't very good for us and although we caught a few fish, I decided just to use a few of my more favorite shots that I had wanted to feature. If nothing else, just to reaffirm the fact that when things do go right around here and the weather cooperates, it can be totally awesome! So what will this coming week bring? The forecasts that I am seeing right now look for things to settle down and be a much more kinder week. I�m seeing days again predicted at 2 foot or less. I am so ready! It�s also hard to that believe next Friday will be May the 1st already, which by the way is an open date for me should anyone be looking for a fishing trip. If I haven't scared everybody off already that is! I sure would like to fill it to make up for some of the trips that I've lost thus far this year. It�s been a tough April this year but maybe this May 1st will be a fresh start! We�ll see!

    Capt. Walt

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  • ODNR Fishing Report for 4/21/2015: , OH - ODNR14:19:26 4/21/15
  • Western Basin


    Walleye

    Where: Walleye fishing continues to be excellent for anglers trolling. The best areas have been around "B" and "C" cans of the Camp Perry firing range and west of Mouse Island. Fish have also been caught by anglers jigging on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and nearshore around Turtle Creek and Wild Wings.


    How: Anglers trolling have been using crankbaits (Rapala Deep Husky Jerks, deep diving Reef Runners, and Smithwick perfect 10 rogues) in the top half of the water column. Anglers jig fishing are catching fish on hair jigs and blade baits.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of April 19, 2015.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons07:49:16 4/19/15
  • Just a GREAT week !!! Aboard �The Trophy� this past week we enjoyed some awesome beautiful spring time weather the whole week long and some very solid Walleye fishing! As I suspected in the closing of my report last week, I was correct in my thinking that the week to come should be a dandy. And it was! All the stars finally aligned. All the ducks were in a row. Everything went right for a change! We had good water temperature with temps actually hitting the low 50�s by weeks end. Water clarity was also good and almost �too� clean! And most importantly, no super rough days. Almost perfect! Most every day was just 1 to 2 footers in the morning and then either chopping up a bit more in the late afternoon or laying down to as flat as glass. It didn�t much matter though. We were limited out everyday by then!

    This was one of those kind of weeks where I had a chance to take a LOT of pictures. It�s also one of those weeks where I am sorry that I can only use four pictures in my fishing report with the format that we are using. I just settled on using some of the different rack shots from the end of the day for this weeks report. But boy did I have a pile of great individual shots of some real happy anglers holding up some HUGE fish as well! I don�t know what's going on this spring with this jigging but we sure are getting a lot more big females in the shallows on jigs then any other spring that I remember. And I've been doing this jigging out here a LONG time now! My only complaint with catching this many of the big females is that man do they ever make a huge mess in the boat spewing all of their eggs after they are netted at times!

    Aboard �The Trophy� we just concentrated on working the beaches from the Davis Besse nuke plant well west of Port Clinton to just out front of the Moose Club here just west of the Portage River. The best water depths for us seemed to be anywhere from 12 to 15 foot. It sure seemed like most of the time when we were catching and I would happen to look up to take a quick glance at the depth finder it would be reading right around 14 1/2 foot. Just a very fun depth to be catching these big fish in on the super light tackle that I provide for these spring drift fishing trips! Nothing new with what we were using tackle wise this past week. Just the same old Purple or John Deere Green hair jigs with the trailering stinger treble hooks. If I have one thing that I don�t like about these jigs and the little stinger hooks that comes with them is that they they sure don�t seem to hold fish real well. It�s almost unbelievable how many hook ups we get on them just to loose the fish many times only getting a few cranks on the fish. It�s enough to get me really talking to myself at times! Lol!

    So for as optimistic as I was last Sunday going into the following week, I am equally dismayed at what I am seeing now for most all of this upcoming next week. Temperatures falling back some which I really don�t care that much about but accompanied with lots of wind and rain ushering in this cool down. I am checking all of my sources and at this time it�s not real pretty. We�ll have to see how it all really plays out but I am getting that old sick feeling in my stomach again. Rough water leading to muddy conditions once again, leading to a much tougher bite again. I just knew this past week was just too good to last very long! I honestly don�t think that hardly anyone that comes up on a charter this time of year and catches a day as pleasant as we had all this past week realizes how blessed and lucky they are. To have enjoyed a day on the big lake in April and then have everything go so right including catching limits! Well be sure to check back next week to see how tough things actually were this week. Be prepared to hear me boo hooing once again if things go as I am fearing right now! Lol!


    Capt. Walt

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  • ODNR Fishing Report for 4/14/2015: , OH - ODNR17:30:10 4/14/15
  • Western Basin


    Walleye

    Where: Walleye fishing continues to be excellent for anglers trolling, mostly around the eastern and northern cans of the Camp Perry firing range. Fish have also been caught by jigging on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and nearshore around Turtle Creek and Wild Wings.


    How: Anglers trolling have been using crankbaits (Rapala Deep Husky Jerks and deep diving Reef Runners) at speeds from 1.0 mph to 1.6 mph. Anglers jigging are catching fish on hair jigs and blade baits.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of April 12, 2015.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons18:31:14 4/12/15
  • A perfectly lousy work week! Wow did we ever have some real crap for weather this past Monday through Friday. We had dense fogs, torrential rains, severe thunder storms, tornado warnings, and oh yeah... on Friday we even had gale warnings with winds in excess of 40 knots at times! To say that most people's trips was a wash out is a understatement. I cancelled everything I had myself except for Thursday where we tried to make something out of nothing. In between weather fronts that were stacked back to back across half of the eastern United States, we stuck our noses out in a chilly, rainy and rough lake. After making a long run to where I thought we would find cleaner water, our window of weather closed rapidly on us and we were sent scurrying for safe harbor. Not good.

    But for as lousy as the weather was during the week, we were handed one of the more delightful weekends that we have had yet this year. And a almost dead flat lake! It was truly a joy to be out there! The week's weather however took it's toll on the spawning fish making them skittish and not all that eager to hit for most. Surprisingly, water clarity was not really a issue. Just slow pickings. Some did better than others and there certainly were limits caught by some but it was far from a bonsai for most as it should be this time of year. Aboard �The Trophy�, we fell into the category of the slow camp only capturing 19 Walleyes for my same group that fished with me both of the days. It was not for lack of trying though. I logged a lot of miles trying all of my favorite reefs and beaches. And the group fished very hard. It was just slow for us. I don�t ever sugar coat anything. But better days are coming!

    I did manage to jig up myself my second biggie of this spring season this weekend. Another 10 pound plus beauty with this one going 10 lb.. 9 oz! I would have much rather seen someone else on the boat catch it but again I don�t write the script and we take it as it comes. It sure did perk everybody up though! The second it hit I knew it was a very big fish. On the very light tackle that we use, it was a lot of fun to play out. That particular fish hit a 3/4 oz. John Deere Green hair jig. We were in 14 ft. of water just east of the Nuke Tower. One of my many, many stops that I made this weekend. Everywhere we went we caught a few. We just could not get a real program going ourselves. But boy if every boat out there this weekend caught just even one fish, there was still a incredible slaughter that took place! With the glassy smooth lake, I don�t think I've ever seen more boats out here! The packs were insane! And that in itself did not help us. I felt like I was fishing in a freeway every where we fished as un courteous boaters would blast past us one after another just feet away and wide open many times. I just have to shake my head.

    So unlike last weekend where I was very uneasy with the coming week's weather, this next week here to come looks to extend this past weekend's great weather. I see many days in the coming forecast with waves predicted at only 1 to two feet or even less. And air temperatures do I dare say maybe even in the 70�s? We�ll see but I am very cautiously optimistic. Water temps in the early morning on Saturday were just a hair under 40 degrees and by late afternoon on Sunday I was recording 43 degrees already. Wow! I think if these fish are going to go crazy, this will probably be the week! 45 degrees has always seemed to be a magical threshold around here in the western basin for these shallow water fish. Warmer water, not too dirty, and not too rough... It should be good! Did I mention �should�? lol! Nothing surprises me anymore. We�ll just have to see how it all really plays out. Check back next week!


    Capt. Walt

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  • ODNR Fishing Report for 8/4/2015: , OH - ODNR12:28:49 4/09/15

  • Western Basin


    Walleye

    Where: Walleye fishing has been good to excellent for anglers trolling, mostly around the eastern and northern cans of the Camp Perry firing range. Fish have also been caught by anglers jigging on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and nearshore around Turtle Creek and Wild Wings.


    How: Anglers trolling have been using crankbaits (Rapala Deep Husky Jerks and deep diving Reef Runners) at speeds from 1.0 mph to 1.6 mph. Anglers jigging have been catching fish on hair jigs and blade baits.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of April 5, 2015.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons19:27:27 4/05/15
  • And so it begins. �The Trophy� slipped quietly into water once again at the crack of dawn on March the 31st. Exactly one day after the western basin became ice free. And as almost every year, �The Trophy� was vessel # 1 launched on the Portage River in downtown Port Clinton. Hard to believe that by Memorial Day weekend when I go to leave this end of the lake, there will literally be thousands of other boats launched and docked here and throughout the Port Clinton area.

    �The Trophy� sat idle for the first few days as I rigged rods, stocked up on supplies and did a few last second maintenance chores to the boat which had slipped my mind when all of the major prep work was being done on her back home before launch. I did manage to sneak off Thursday morning on a buddies boat for a quick little scouting mission. The friends that I joined up with that morning had found some deep water Walleyes the day before and that�s where we headed. It didn't take too long to tie into our first few fish. We were jigging the old stand by of anymore, the big purple hair jigs but the boys were tipping them with big minnows. Something that I seldom do myself. It was working that morning though. We took a couple of handfuls of really nice fish in a couple of hours time before a strong line of thunderstorms sent us high tailing for the barn early.

    With the weekend and my first scheduled charters on Saturday and Sunday, my old nemesis the wind arrived right on time as is the case all to often in this business especially this early in the year. Saturday morning we were greeted with below freezing temperatures, ice on the decks and a stiff north wind gusting to 27 mile per hour and a very nasty wave action on the water. After putting my crew on a 2 hour weather delay and with no real improvement, my first trip of the year elected to just call it and head down the road. After much anticipation on my part to get the season started, my first day back was over before it ever got started. The old feeling of disappointment and some disgust was hard to suppress. The next morning the wind was howling again but with just a change of wind direction. With a west, southwest fetch we decided to go for it. Trying to get a bit of a reprieve from the wind from the shoreline, we stayed in relatively close to shore. Bouncing jigs in the screaming wind we managed once again to capture only a couple of handfuls of fish once again before we gave up. It was the best we could do. Perhaps if we would have landed the 7 or 8 that got off on us, the box would have looked a little better. It is what it is...

    So just like the first day of school, my first trip of 2015 is in the books and my 29th year in the business is now under way. This coming week I look to get real busy starting mid week but I am already uneasy as I look at the longer range forecasts. Rain and wind. Sigh. We�ll see I guess. One day at a time. As I look at my spring schedule in general, I do have some open dates that I hope to fill yet. Anybody looking for a trip, well just holler. Nobody's missed anything yet. I do think we are very close to some crazy good spring run action as these Walleyes come up on the reefs to spawn. On Sunday we observed some big females rolling on the surface closer to shore. A very good sign. We are very close now. If we can only catch a break from this relentless cold weather that is still hanging on from yet another brutal winter, I think it will be game on. BIG TIME! Stay tuned! And the story begins...

    Capt. Walt

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  • ODNR Fishing Report for 3/26/2015: , OH - ODNR12:06:19 3/25/15
  • There is very little fishing activity on Lake Erie right now. There is still ice on Erie's western basin, but access has become very dangerous.


    **Anglers should be aware that some popular accesses and parking locations have been temporarily closed due to recent ice damage. Toledo's Side Cut Metropark and Wood County's Buttonwood Metropark have been closed because of safety concerns.

    Ice jams on the river caused flooding and pushed large ice sheets out of the river banks, causing significant structural damage to roads, trails and parking lots in some areas. After the ice jams broke up and the river receded, large blocks of ice remained which must now be removed.

    Anglers looking for other access areas are reminded that Fort Meigs Fishing Access and Orleans Park in Perrysburg and White Street access in Maumee remain open. Some areas off Harrison Street are accessible, but much of the tow path and access trails are closed on both sides of Conant Street. For boaters, the Maple Street and Cory Street boat ramps are open.


    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 3/18/2015: , OH - ODNR11:39:20 3/18/15
  • Walleye
    Where: Ice fishing for walleye was exceptional through the weekend. With warmer weather travel is becoming unsafe and conditions are changing daily.
    How: Most anglers are jigging with spoons tipped with emerald shiners.

    Panfish
    Where: Panfish have been caught in harbors and marinas around Catawba.
    How: Most anglers are using small jigs with wax worms or soft plastics.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 3/10/2015: , OH - ODNR11:54:21 3/11/15
  • Due to safety concerns, parking at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area will be limited to the parking lots and along the northbound lane between the Sportsmen�s Migratory Bird Center and the beach only. With the enormous increase in ice-anglers launching from the wildlife area last weekend, first responders and emergency personnel expressed concerns in getting vehicles back into the area in the event of an emergency. In order to address these safety concerns, while still trying to maximize recreational opportunities, parking will no longer be allowed next to the southbound lane.

    Anglers are asked to park as efficiently as possible in order that the wildlife area may accommodate as many people as possible. During peak use, Division of Wildlife personnel will be on hand to assist in parking. In the event that all parking spots are filled, anglers will need to utilize other facilities.


    Use caution when ice fishing on Lake Erie. Ice conditions are extremely variable and can change quickly.

    Walleye
    Where: The best walleye ice fishing has been near "A" can of the Camp Perry firing range, NW of Niagara Reef, and from "F" to "D" cans of the Camp Perry firing range. Use extra caution as warmer temperatures are forecasted.
    How: Most anglers are jigging with spoons tipped with emerald shiners.

    Panfish
    Where: Panfish have been caught in harbors and marinas around Catawba.
    How: Most anglers are using small jigs with wax worms or soft plastics.


    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 3/3/2015: , OH - ODNR07:23:34 3/04/15
  • Use caution when ice fishing on Lake Erie. Ice conditions are extremely variable and can change quickly.

    Walleye
    Where: The best walleye ice fishing has been north of Catawba, west of Catawba, and 3 to 9 miles off Magee Marsh Wildlife Area.
    How: Most anglers are jigging with spoons tipped with emerald shiners.

    Panfish
    Where: Panfish have been caught in harbors and marinas around Catawba.
    How: Most anglers are using small jigs with wax worms or soft plastics.


    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 2/11/2015: , OH - ODNR04:43:21 2/13/15
  • Walleye
    Use caution when ice fishing on Lake Erie. Ice conditions are extremely variable and can change quickly.

    Where: The best walleye ice fishing has been between Catawba and Camp Perry. Most reports have come from the buoys around the southeast corner of the Camp Perry firing range, and as close as 2 miles out of Catawba State Park.
    How: Most anglers are jigging with spoons tipped with emerald shiners.

    Panfish
    Where: Panfish have been caught in harbors and marinas around Catawba.
    How: Most anglers are using small jigs with wax worms or soft plastics.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Repot for 2/04/2015: , OH - ODNR18:10:16 2/04/15
  • Walleye
    Use caution when ice fishing on Lake Erie. Ice conditions are extremely variable and can change quickly.

    Where: Most ice fishing reports for walleye have come from the area between Catawba and Camp Perry. Recent snow has made travel on the ice difficult in some areas.
    How: Most anglers are jigging with spoons tipped with emerald shiners.

    Panfish
    Where: Panfish have been caught in harbors and marinas around Catawba.
    How: Most anglers are using small jigs with wax worms or soft plastics.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 1/28/2015: , OH - ODNR17:13:34 1/28/15

  • Walleye
    Use caution when ice fishing on Lake Erie. Ice conditions are extremely variable and can change quickly.

    Where: There have been reports of walleye being caught through the ice 2-to-4 miles off Camp Perry and west of Catawba State Park.
    How: Most anglers are jigging with spoons tipped with emerald shiners.

    Panfish
    Where: Panfish have been caught in harbors and marinas around Catawba.
    How: Most anglers are using small jigs with wax worms or soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 1/21/2015: , OH - ODNR07:09:28 1/23/15
  • Walleye

    Use caution when ice fishing on Lake Erie. Ice conditions are extremely variable and can change quickly.

    Where: There have been reports of walleye being caught through the ice, mostly within a few miles of Catawba State Park.
    How: Most anglers are jigging with spoons tipped with emerald shiners.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 1/14/2015: , OH - ODNR07:25:11 1/15/15
  • Walleye

    Recent cold weather has ended open water fishing and ice is forming. Although there have already been reports of both main lake and harbor ice fishing, ice conditions are still extremely variable. Use caution when ice fishing on Lake Erie.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 1/06/2015: , OH - ODNR08:04:07 1/07/15
  • Walleye
    Where: Walleye were caught through the weekend in open water between Cedar Point and Huron, and off Cleveland harbor. Weather conditions will most likely limit open water fishing opportunities.
    How: Anglers trolling were using deep diving crankbaits (deep husky jerks and Reef Runners) and shallow diving crankbaits (husky jerks and perfect 10's) in the top half of the water column. Anglers fishing from shore and piers are casting shallow diving crankbaits.


    The Lake Erie water temperature is 33 degrees off Toledo and 36 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 1/02/2015: , OH - ODNR06:52:47 1/03/15

  • Walleye
    Where: Walleye were caught last weekend between Cedar Point and Huron, east of Kelleys Island, and around Cleveland harbor.
    How: Anglers trolling are using deep diving crankbaits (deep husky jerks) and shallow diving crankbaits (husky jerks and perfect 10's) in the top half of the water column. Anglers fishing the shoreline and piers are casting shallow diving crankbaits.

    The Lake Erie water temperature is 33 degrees off Toledo and 37 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for January 1, 2015: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons06:17:45 1/01/15
  • Happy 2015 New Fishing Season! And oh yeah, HAPPY NEW YEAR too! We are now officially at about the half way point of the off season. It seems like the time between putting up the boat at the end of the fishing season and the end of the holidays goes faster and faster for me each year. A blur is the best way I can describe it. And I know as fast as that time went by, these next couple of months or so between now and splashing the boat again for the 2015 fishing season are going to fly by just as fast! But before we look forward, lets take one final look back at the fishing season that just passed by.

    Last year was the strangest start to the spring fishing that we ever had. I put the boat in a week later then ever and even at that it was another week before we could get out because the lake was STILL FROZEN! After a few trips lost because of that, we finally got things rolling and the season was under way in earnest. Our spring stay at Port Clinton ended up being a good one. �The Trophy� went on to boat 615 spring Walleyes and even a couple of rare Lake Erie Muskies! If it weren't for the usual amount of crappy cold early spring rough water days and the lost trips along with the first hint that we were in store for a White Bass year from Hell, I would say it was almost great!

    We returned to our home port of Ashtabula as per usual on Memorial Day weekend and the big Walleyes were stacked up and already waiting for us. We went on to have a phenomenal June with the near shore, high in the water column fish. But along with the Walleyes, the nuisance White Bass were there as well in big numbers waiting for us and it made things very difficult for us. We spent many wasted hours reeling in and resetting lines needlessly just because we simply could not keep the junk White Bass off. That and all the tangles that they always seem to cause. Day after day. It was just the beginning of a long summer for me with them. But even with all of that, we weeded through all of the junk and put together day after day, rack after racks of amazing world class Walleye catches! It was truly amazing!

    The rest of the summer went on about as well as could be expected. The fish moved offshore like they always do and we started fighting the elements as much as we did the fish. Both the good ones and bad. And it�s never as easy when you are way offshore fishing. Even the slightest of winds can make for challenging waves out there. And the numerous White Bass followed the big Walleyes offshore as well. The days, weeks and months eventually slipped by and by the time it was over we added about another 2,400 Walleyes to our Walleye count and ended up boating right around 3,000 Walleyes total aboard �The Trophy� for the year 2014. Many of the fish in the 24� to 30� inch plus range. A very good year as far as that goes!

    The final leg of our season, the Perch season in the fall was great as it almost always is! We did have a few tougher days in the beginning and the very end but for the most part, most days were � just about as good as it gets�! We even caught a few more Walleyes incidentally! We ended up pulling the boat out of the water mid October, a couple weeks earlier then usual and it ended being a good call as our fall weather really deteriorated rapidly. So, all in all, lots of fish, lots of great memories made and just like that my 28th year of full time chartering was in the books!

    So as I get ready for my 29th year in business, I have to wonder what the new fishing season will bring and just how much longer I can continue to do this at least at this level. Every year is just a little tougher on me then the year before. I must admit, some of the days it�s just not as much fun for me anymore out there. I shudder at the thoughts of having another year of battling all of the junk fish like last year just to get my guests their needed Walleyes. And the rough water wears me out way faster then it used to. I feel beat up and tired all the time it seems like. This job is very physical and is really a much younger mans job. At least at the level that I have been operating at. But I will show up again this year, do my very best and hope for just a little kindness on the part of Mother Nature and the fishing Gods.

    This year I am really going to strive to encourage my trolling groups to come as a group of four anglers. I don�t care so much about having that 5th person on the drift fishing trips or on the Perch trips but it just dismays me when I know I have to put 5 limits of fish in the boat when I have 5 people for the day and the price that I am going to have to pay to try and catch that many fish. Many days we don�t do so no matter how hard I try. It seems like we can usually catch 4 limits before things slow way down to almost nothing and if we have to catch more, we just end up battling the rest of the day catching crap fish and getting ourselves further and further from the harbor in usually rough water. It just is so much better for all involved when the trolling party is held down to 4 people. Once again I am going to simply�ask� people to try and do this for me and for themselves. Try and keep the party size down to four people if at all possible. If I make it to 30 years and maybe beyond, this might just be my policy. Time will tell. But for at least this year, there are no changes what so ever planned for 2015. Same dock locations, same rates, same everything.

    So that�s it for this mid winter update. Check out the new pictures that are up now on our websites home page slide show and the album page from some of last seasons finer catches. If you�re one of our guests from last year, see if you made this very special cut! And if we tentatively set a date aside for you for this coming year or even talked about it, now is the time for you to confirm your trip or trips. Letters and brochures for most of you that are on the mailing list will go out later towards this months end. It won�t be long now and we�ll be back in the water for �Just another day on the Trophy�! Year of 2015! See you SOON!!!

    Capt. Walt

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  • ODNR Fishing Repot for 12/26/2014: , OH - ODNR05:04:35 12/27/14
  • Walleye
    Where: Last weekend walleye were caught between Cedar Point and Huron in 35-to-42 feet of water, east of Kelleys Island, and around Cleveland harbor.
    How: Anglers trollings are using deep diving crankbaits (deep husky jerks and Reef Runners) and shallow diving crankbaits (husky jerks and perfect 10's) in the top half of the water column. Anglers fishing the shoreline and piers are casting shallow diving crankbaits.


    The Lake Erie water temperature is 35 degrees off Toledo and 38 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 12/17/2014: , OH - ODNR20:09:51 12/17/14
  • Walleye
    Where: Over the past weekend walleye were caught between Cedar Point and Huron in 35-to-42 feet of water, east of Kelleys Island, and around Cleveland harbor.
    How: Anglers trolling are using deep diving crankbaits (deep husky jerks and Reef Runners) and shallow diving crankbaits (husky jerks and perfect 10's) in the top half of the water column. Anglers fishing from shore are casting shallow diving crankbaits.

    The Lake Erie water temperature is 35 degrees off Toledo and 38 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 12/02/2014: , OH - ODNR16:37:32 12/02/14
  • Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing was good the week of Thanksgiving. The best areas were east of Kelleys Island, nearshore from Huron to Vermilion, and around Cleveland harbor.
    How: Anglers trolling are using deep diving crankbaits (Reef Runners and deep husky jerks) and shallow diving crankbaits (ripsticks, husky jerks, and perfect 10's) in the top half of the water column. Anglers fishing from shore and piers are casting shallow diving crankbaits.

    The Lake Erie water temperature is 36 degrees off Toledo and 42 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 11/25/2014: , OH - ODNR06:40:53 11/26/14
  • Walleye

    Where: For the second straight week weather conditions have limited Lake Erie fishing opportunities. If conditions improve the best walleye fishing will be nearshore around the islands, from Cedar Point to Lorain, and around Cleveland harbor.
    How:Anglers trolling are using deep diving crankbaits in open water and shallow diving crankbaits nearshore at night. Anglers fishing from shore and piers are casting shallow diving crankbaits.

    The Lake Erie water temperature is 37 degrees off Toledo and 44 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 11/19/2014: , OH - ODNR07:12:35 11/20/14
  • Walleye
    Where: Recent weather conditions have limited Lake Erie fishing opportunities. If conditions improve the best walleye fishing will be nearshore around the islands, from Cedar Point to Lorain, and around Cleveland harbor.
    How:Anglers trolling are using deep diving crankbaits in open water and shallow diving crankbaits nearshore at night. Anglers fishing from shore and piers are casting shallow diving crank baits.

    The Lake Erie water temperature is 41 degrees off Toledo and 48 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 11/12/2014: , OH - ODNR07:30:52 11/14/14
  • Walleye
    Where: Daytime walleye fishing has been slow. The best fishing has been 4-to-8 miles offshore from Cedar Point to Vermilion. Night fishing for walleye has been good in shallow water along the shorelines around the Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Huron, Lorain, and Cleveland.
    How: Anglers trolling are using deep diving crankbaits in open water and shallow diving crankbaits nearshore at night. Shoreline and pier anglers are casting shallow diving crankbaits.

    The Lake Erie water temperature is 45 degrees off Toledo and 51 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 11/4/2014: , OH - ODNR19:40:24 11/05/14

  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. As water temperatures drop walleye should return to the island area from farther east.
    How: Anglers trolling are mostly using crankbaits.

    Yellow perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing was best around Green Island, south of Kelleys Island, east of Kelleys Island, and off the Marblehead lighthouse.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 10/29/2014: , OH - ODNR05:52:46 10/31/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. As water temperatures drop walleye should return to the island area from farther east.
    How: Anglers trolling are mostly using crankbaits.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing was best around "B" can and "D" can of the Camp Perry firing range, around Green Island, south of Kelleys Island, east of Kelleys Island, and off the Marblehead lighthouse.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around the Bass islands and Kelleys Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, drop shot rigs with soft plastics, crankbaits, or jerkbaits.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 10/22/2014: , OH - ODNR04:29:13 10/23/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from the Kelleys Island shoal area. As water temperatures drop walleye should return to the island area from farther east.
    How: Anglers trolling are mostly using crankbaits.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been best south of Green Island, between Green Island and Rattlesnake Island, east of Kelleys Island, and off the Marblehead lighthouse.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around the Bass islands and Kelleys Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, drop shot rigs with soft plastics, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 10/16/2014: , OH - ODNR08:22:33 10/17/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from north of North Bass Island. As water temperatures drop walleye should return to the island area from farther east.
    How: Anglers trolling are using crankbaits, worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on numbers of fish and the size of fish is starting to improve as the temperatures drop. The best spots have been 4-to-5 miles north of Cooley Canal, south of Green Island, off Port Clinton, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, northwest of Kelleys Island, and between Kelleys Island and Marblehead.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around the Bass islands and Kelleys Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, drop shot rigs with soft plastics, crankbaits, or jerkbaits.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 10/9/2014: , OH - ODNR05:53:47 10/11/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come north of North Bass Island and along the Canadian border to Gull Island Shoal. As water temperatures drop walleye should return to the island area from farther east.
    How: Anglers trolling are using crankbaits, worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on numbers of fish and the size of the fish is starting to improve as temperatures drop. The best spots have been the Toledo lighthouse, 3 miles north of Little Cedar Point, west of West Sister Island, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, east of Middle Bass Island, off Kelleys Island airport reef, southeast of Kelleys Island Shoal, between Kelleys Island and Marblehead, and the dumping grounds east of Marblehead.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around the Bass islands and Kelleys Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in harbors and bays in the western basin and around Marblehead.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 10/2/2014: , OH - ODNR17:22:28 10/03/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from north of North Bass Island, along the Canadian border to Gull Island Shoal, and on Kelleys Island Shoal.
    How: Anglers trolling are using crankbaits, worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good for based on fish, but the size of fish have been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been north of "B" can of the Camp Perry firing range, 1.5 miles north of West Sister, between Green and Rattlesnake islands, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, the red bell buoy north of North Bass Island, off Kelleys Island airport reef, southeast of Kelleys Island Shoal, and the dumping grounds east of Marblehead.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around the Bass islands and Kelleys Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also around Marblehead.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 9/24/2014: , OH - ODNR08:25:50 9/25/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from "L" can of the Camp Perry firing range, northwest of North Bass Island, and north of Kelleys Island.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on numbers of fish, but the size of fish have been running small, including lots of throwbacks. The best spots have been the end of the Toledo shipping channel off the turnaround buoy, the gravel pit, northwest of "B" can of the Camp Perry firing range, off Niagara Reef, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, south of Kelleys Island, northwest of Kelleys Island, and the dumping grounds east of Marblehead.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around North Bass Island and Kelleys Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 9/17/2014: , OH - ODNR05:02:16 9/18/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from northwest of North Bass Island and north of Kelleys Island.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on number of fish, but the size of fish has been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been off Little Cedar Point, south of West Sister Island, 3 miles north of the Toledo water intake, Rattlesnake Island, east of Middle Bass Island, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, around "F" can of the Camp Perry firing range, southeast of Kelleys Island, northwest of Kelleys Island, and off the Marblehead lighthouse.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around Middle Bass Island and Kelleys Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 9/10/2014: , OH - ODNR05:56:04 9/11/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from off Crane Creek, around "L" can of the Camp Perry firing range, and off Cedar Point.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on numbers of fish but the sizes of fish have been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been northeast of West Sister Island, 5 miles east of West Sister Island, north of "B" can of the Camp Perry firing range, off Niagara Reef, Rattlesnake Island, Green Island, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, around "F" can of the Camp Perry firing range, southeast of Kelleys Island, and off Kelleys Island Shoal.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around Middle Bass Island and Kelleys Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 9/3/2014: , OH - ODNR10:06:03 9/04/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from north of the Camp Perry firing range, around Crib Reef and south of "G" can of the Camp Perry firing range.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on numbers of fish, but the sizes of fish have been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, north of West Sister Island, "G" and "H" cans of the Camp Perry firing range, Rattlesnake Island, Green Island, southeast of Kelleys Island and northeast of Kelleys Island.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around South Bass Island and North Bass Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in harbors and bays in the western basin and along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 8/27/2014: , OH - ODNR18:24:38 8/27/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from west of Rattlesnake Island up to the Canadian border, including Northwest Reef, West Reef, and the red bell buoy near the Canadian border. Other spots to try include northwest of Kelleys Island and off Cedar Point.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where:Yellow perch fishing has been good based on numbers of fish, but the size of the fish has been small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been north of �B� can of the Camp Perry firing range, Rattlesnake Island, Green Island, Lucy�s Point of Middle Bass Island, the green buoy off Catawba, southeast of Kelleys Island, and off Kelleys Island Shoal.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where:Smallmouth bass are being caught around Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 8/20/2014: , OH - ODNR17:14:01 8/21/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin and fewer anglers have been targeting them. The best reports have come from west of Rattlesnake Island up to the Canadian border, including Northwest Reef and the red bell buoy near the Canadian border. Other spots to try include West Sister Island, Green Island and off Cedar Point.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on numbers of fish, but the size of fish has been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been north of West Sister Island, north of "B" and "C" cans of the Camp Perry firing range, the red bell buoy north of North Bass Island, Rattlesnake Island, south of Green Island, Lucy's Point of Middle Bass Island, and southeast of Kelleys Island.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range, around Kelleys Island and around North Bass Island.
    How:Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 8/13/2014: , OH - ODNR18:31:38 8/14/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has slowed in the western basin and fewer anglers are targeting them. The best reports have come from west of Rattlesnake Island up to the Canadian border, including West Reef (west of North Bass Island). Other spots include "F" can of the Camp Perry Firing range and off Niagara Reef.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses

    Yellow Perch
    Where: The best yellow perch fishing has primarily been in the island region, including Green Island to Rattlesnake Island, North Bass Island, South Bass Island and Kelleys Island.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around Kelleys Island and North Bass Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and on the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
    How:Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 8/6/2014: , OH - ODNR18:19:45 8/06/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: The best walleye fishing reports have come from west of the Bass islands, primarily from west of Rattlesnake Island and north to the Canadian border.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good near the Toledo water intake, along the northern buoys of the Camp Perry firing range, off Niagara Reef, between Green and Rattlesnake islands, and both north and south of Kelleys Island.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around Kelleys Island and North Bass Island.
    How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 6/25/2014: , OH - ODNR17:57:24 6/25/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been excellent northeast of the gravel pit, near the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, south of Middle Sister Island, northwest of West Sister Island, north of "A" can of the Camp Perry firing range, from west of Rattlesnake Island to Northwest Reef, and east of Kelleys Island.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and also spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing effort has been low with most good reports coming from between Green and Rattlesnake islands, and around Kelleys Island.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around island shorelines in less than 25-feet of water. How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs and also crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where:Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 6/18/2014: , OH - ODNR18:27:26 6/18/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been excellent at the gravel pit, northwest of West Sister Island, north of "A" and "B" cans of the Camp Perry firing range, around "E" and "F" cans of the Camp Perry firing range, Northwest Reef and West Reef near North Bass Island, west of Rattlesnake Island, around Gull Island Shoal, and east of Kelleys Island.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and also spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing effort has been low with most good reports coming from between Green and Rattlesnake islands, east of Ballast Island, east of Starve Island, and west of Kelleys Island.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass have been caught around island shorelines in less than 25 feet of water. How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs and on crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in harbors and bays in the western basin and also on the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 06/11/2014: , OH - ODNR18:20:51 6/11/14
  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Walleye fishing has been excellent at the gravel pit, northwest of West Sister Island, around "A" can of the Camp Perry firing range, around Green Island, west of North Bass Island, and east of Kelleys Island.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perch fishing effort has been low with most good reports coming from north, east or south of Kelleys Island.
    How:Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around island shorelines in less than 25-feet of water. How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs and also on crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.


    The Lake Erie water temperature is 67 off Toledo and 52 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

  • ODNR Fishing Report for 6/4/2014: , OH - ODNR18:35:54 6/04/14

  • Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where:Walleye fishing has been excellent at the Gravel Pit west of West Sister Island, off Magee Marsh, near the northern and eastern cans of the Camp Perry firing range as well as around some of the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range reef complex, around Green Island, east of Kelleys Island in 40 feet of water, and north of Kelleys Island between Kelleys Island Shoal and Gull Island Shoal.
    How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

    Yellow Perch
    Where: Yellow perchhave been caught around "F" can of the Camp Perry firing range, Rattlesnake Island and off Kelleys Island Shoal.
    How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around island shorelines in less than 25 feet of water. How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs and also using crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.


    The Lake Erie water temperature is 67 off Toledo and 50 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

    Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

  • ODNR Fishing Report 05/21/2014: , OH - ODNR18:37:21 5/21/14
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    Western Basin

    Walleye
    Where: Anglers trolling are catching fish along the northern cans of the Camp Perry firing range, around the Bass Islands, around Kelleys Island, and in 30 to 40-feet of water from Huron to Lorain. Anglers jigging are still catching fish on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and in Maumee Bay; although, jig fishing will be ending shortly as fish migrate away from spawning areas.
    How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using deep diving crankbaits such as Rapala deep husky jerks and Reef Runners, as well as with worm harnesses using inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers. Hair jigs tipped with emerald shiners are the most popular jigging lures.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around island shorelines in less than 20-feet of water. How: Smallmouth bass are being caught on tube jigs and on crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in harbors and bays in the western basin.
    How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of May 18, 2014.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons17:05:18 5/18/14
  • Rain! Rain! Rain! Holy Toledo was last week a wet week! Wow, it�s been a long time since I fished in so many rains all in one week. And of coarse along with all the weather systems that passed through this past week it was also back to cold and �breezy�. I was pretty eager to put the month of April behind me but so far this May has been nothing to write home about. Although that�s all I seem to write about anymore. The weather. Just not in a good way! lol! But as always, somehow, someway we managed to tough through it all and actually had a very good week catching fish. Catch rates were very decent and everybody took home plenty of fish for dinner.

    �The Trophy� was strictly a trolling machine all of last week. It�s what I do best. It�s a lot of work but I�ve settled into my usual daily routine now and most everything I do out there, I do without having to put a lot of thought into it. Twenty eight years now of doing the same thing over and over. I sound like a Parrot giving the very same instructions over and over and probably look like a robot too as I rig lines and shuffle people around. Same thing again and again. But we make it work. All the drifting equipment has been sent home now and we are now truly committed to trolling here for my last week at the western basin. It�s almost like a pre-season dress rehearsal in preparation of what I do all summer long back home. And that�s troll. As we trolled here amongst the heavy boat traffic last week and started fighting more and more of the nuisance small junk fish, I couldn't help but start really looking forward to going home back out east.

    Interestingly enough, while trolling out here at the western basin last week, we hooked and landed yet ANOTHER Muskie this spring out here! I made mention a few weeks back about the one we caught drifting and jigging closer to shore. Well this one came on a port side 2 1/2 setting Dipsey Diver, 30 foot back with a Poo Bear Purple Michigan Stinger scorpion spoon. We were fishing just north of the Niagara Reef in about 28 foot of water. Although it wasn't quite as big as the one we caught a few weeks ago, it certainly slammed the diver hard and put up quite the little tussle before getting himself netted. And as we did did with the last one, we took a few quick pictures and slipped it unharmed back into the water. Hmmmm... I wonder if this is a sign of things to come here in the western basin? Like I said, very interesting. I wonder what a Muskie charter could go for! Lol !!!

    So it�s finally here. My final week at Port Clinton before running my boat back to Ashtabula for the rest of the season. Port Clinton is always exciting to get the new season going and pay off some winter incurred bills but Ashtabula Harbor is home and where I really make my living at. Seems like after the jigging bite is done and over with up here, I just want to go home. But it would not pay for me to come all the way out here just for a month so we make the best of my stay here. If the fishing would be a bit easier after the jig bite or the weather a bit kinder in the spring time, perhaps I wouldn�t be as antsy to go. But home is home and I can�t wait to go this year. As always, I am blessed with a good schedule for back out east and can�t wait to go looking for those big early summer fish. OK, as I always do each year and at the end of my final week here, there will be no fishing report at all next weekend as I will be very busy moving my entire operation down the lake. Look for my fishing reports to resume in two weeks from the central basin. If you�ve been following along on fishlakeerie.com�s website and in their western Lake Erie reports section, you will have to look for my reports on the same site but in their eastern Ohio Lake Erie section. Fishing reports on my own personal website www.trophycharters.com as always will be seamless so just continue to check in as you normally do. That�s it from the western basin for yet another year. See everybody in two weeks down the road for the summer seasons fishing!

    Capt. Walt

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  • ODNR Fishing Report 5/14/2014: , OH - ODNR09:48:17 5/14/14
  • Walleye
    Where: Trolling anglers are catching fish around the Bass Islands and around Kelleys Island. Anglers jigging are still catching fish on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and in Maumee Bay.
    How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using deep diving crankbaits such as Rapala deep husky jerks and Reef Runners, and are also catching fish with worm harnesses using inline weights or bottom bouncers. Hair jigs tipped with emerald shiners are the most popular jigging lures.

    Smallmouth Bass
    Where: Are being caught around island shorelines in less than 20 feet of water. How: Try using tube jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

    Largemouth bass
    Where: Are being caught in harbors and bays in the western basin. How: Use crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

    The Lake Erie water temperature is 57 off Toledo and 49 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of May 11, 2014.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons19:09:26 5/11/14
  • Some... This past week we did some drifting and we did some trolling. We had some nice weather and we had some not so nice. And we had some really good catches and then again we had some, well, you get the idea. The start of my work week wasn�t a whole lot different then a lot of the previous six weeks that �The Trophy� has been in the water. Cold and windy. We had a very nasty and persistent stubborn stiff east wind that howled for a solid three days and three whole nights on Mon., Tue. & Wed. We fished right through it all but it wasn�t pretty. I swear when it comes to fishing, there is nothing worst then a dead out of the east wind around here in the western basin in the spring time. Just plain miserably cold and putting the fish in a somewhat lethargic mood. I just hate it.

    But by Thursday, it was just like someone flipped a switch. Nice warm weather with very little wind and very cooperative fish. After spending several days trolling around north of Kelly's Island last week, we went looking for fish a bit closer to home this week. Although close is all relevant, we did find a nice school of active fish just off of Green Island. Its about a 10 mile run to there for me coming out of downtown Port Clinton or a savings of about 5 or 6 miles one way as opposed to running all the way out east to Kelly's. A round trip saving of say 12 miles is pretty substantial for me. Especially with marine fuel here on the waterfront in Port Clinton all spring long beings just shy of $5 bucks a gallon. Ouch!

    Actually, I think there is much more fish back west of Kelly's as opposed to having to strategically work a little area like we had to off of the big island of Kelly's . I graphed miles of really good marks on the fish finder from the SW corner of South Bass to well west of Green Island. We sort of just picked at the fish here and there and everywhere we trolled in that area and that was a whole lot easier and refreshing to me then having to circle around in tight donuts and fighting all the boats in that area doing the same out east. And the grade of fish just west of the main body of Islands wasn�t bad either. We had plenty of 6 to 8 lb. fish. Most fish in this area seemed to be about 20 ft. down over near 30 foot of water. And the spoon bite seems to be really firing up now as well doing much better for us then our Husky Jerks and other body baits that I had been using.

    So, week number seven is in the books now as I am reminded that I only have two weeks left in my stint here in the western basin. My days are all very long but the weeks just keep flying by and are all just a blur. I am starting to get really anxious about returning to my home port of Ashtabula and hunting for the Walleyes out on my own home turf. But till I do, there is still some fishing that has to be done out here before I take off. The trolling bite appears to be getting better and better whenever the weather cooperates around here now and will probably get really good here in the coming days. Everything is just running so far behind this year, thanks to the extreme winter of 2013-2014. OK, its been a while since I pedaled an open date that I have here in my fishing reports but with the fishing really picking up now I thought I would mention a peak and rare Saturday that just became available for me. Next Saturday, May the 17th just became open due to a last minute cancellation. If anybody is interested in this prime open date, please call me at anytime on my cell number, 216-387-2656. I hope to hear from someone out there and lets go fishing together that day!

    Capt. Walt

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  • ODNR Fishing Report 5/7/2014: , OH - ODNR04:21:57 5/08/14
  • Walleye
    Where: Anglers trolling have been catching fish around the Bass Islands and around Kelleys Island. Anglers jigging are still catching fish on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and nearshore west of the reefs.
    How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using deep diving crankbaits such as Rapala deep husky jerks and Reef Runners, and are also catching fish with worm harnesses using inline weights or bottom bouncers. Hair jigs tipped with emerald shiners are the most popular jigging lures.

    The Lake Erie water temperature is 50 off Toledo and 49 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of May 4, 2014.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons17:22:21 5/04/14
  • HAPPY MAY ! Boy that was one cold, windy and rainy April! Brrrrrrrrr! Well, we have indeed flipped the page on the calendar now officially to May. Hopefully the rest of this month will be much kinder to everyone out here in the western basin, both weather wise and with more consistent fishing. This past week was fairly decent fishing wise for us aboard �The Trophy� but the weather was still far from nice. Monday was a complete wash out. The rest of the week was chilly with high winds moving back in for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We fished but it wasn�t very comfortable.

    As I had threatened to do so in my last report, we did break out the trolling gear and went looking for some big fish this past week. And we found some whoppers north of Kelly's Island that we were able to scare up. Not exactly a run that I like to make coming out of downtown Port Clinton. For me, it�s about a 16-17 mile fuel guzzling trip one way. But we didn�t come back empty handed. We came back with plenty of Ashtabula caliber kind of fish all three days that I spent up there including a handful of Fish Ohio�s. Walleyes over 28 inches! Fishing Tru Trip Divers off of the big boards with shallow running Husky Jerks accounted for most of the Walleyes that we captured up there.

    After getting beat up on Thursday trolling in the high winds & waves, I decided to tuck back in close to the beach on Friday and try to get a reprieve from the very strong and gusty southerly winds. We went back to jigging and surprisingly had a very good day. Although the fish weren't quite as big, they were really fun to catch in the shallower water with the light tackle and my boys had a ball. Saturday was even rougher and we couldn�t do much at all. With SW winds gusting to 30 mph, we had an early quit and were just happy to get back to the dock safely and get tied up. Sunday we woke up to a flat lake. And with some of my very best jig fishermen onboard that day, once again it was game on! They did great till 1:00 o clock when it was like somebody flipped a switch and 25 mph NW winds instantly kicked in and again ended our fun early. We still managed a nice pile of fish for the day though.

    So if you can put any faith at all into the upcoming weeks forecast, it finally looks like we might be breaking out of this nasty pattern that has been plaguing us all spring long here. Monday is �supposed� to be 1 foot or less and by weeks end, they are even talking near 80 degree temperatures! We�ll see. I�ve been let down and disappointed before around here when the forecast didn�t sound �too bad�. Anyway, my way of thinking as of right now is that we will probably lean more and more towards trolling now to round out the remainder of my stay here in Port Clinton. I�m still however going to try to milk out a few more days of this jigging since we did OK doing that on Fri. & Sun. But if doesn�t hold up, we�ll be switching over to plan �B� right quickly. It�s nice to have that option. Till next week...



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  • Lake Erie fishing report for the week of April 27, 2014.: , - Capt. Walt Ermansons17:24:14 4/27/14
  • Muskies, Smallmouths, Sheephead, and oh yeah, and a few Walleyes. Well you can tell the water is starting to warm up. All the other species are starting to fire. We had a real potpourri of all different kinds of fish attacking our jigs this past week. On Friday we caught our second ever Musky aboard �The Trophy�! We caught one a few years ago trolling around Starve Island with a Dipsey Diver and a spoon. This one was caught jigging and came on a hair jig down on the beach in front of the Moose Club near Port Clinton. It put up quite the fight I must say on the light tackle that we use and it was quite the surprise when it emerged from the muddy water enough to see what it was. After a quick few photos, it was slipped back into the water to fight another day. That was fun!
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    LAKE ERIE FISHING REPORT 15 MARCH 2021

    As the walleye make their way to Western Lake Erie so do the anglers. There are endless opportunities from now through April in the Western Basin to catch walleye.

    Walleye Fishing Rivers:

    Detroit River – Detroit river walleye fisherman are doing well already this season. A lot of fish have moved into the system to spawn. Most are jigging with a hair jig or motor city minnow and adding live bait as necessary. The weight depends on the current in the area you are fishing.

    Maumee River – The Maumee river walleye run is starting to heat up. Anglers are starting to report more and more limits coming in. The most popular area “buttonwood” is doing great water level wise. Anglers are catching walleye using a 1/2-1 ounce weight in front of a floating jig head. Cast and let it drift down the river, rinse and repeat. The fishing in the river is only going to get better from now through April. Look here for more information Maumee River Walleye

    Sandusky River – The walleye have moved into the Sandusky river and the access in Fremont is the spot. Same program as in the Maumee river works in the Sandusky river. There have been some walleye caught this week in the Sandusky and it should only get better.

    Walleye Fishing Open Water:

    Port Clinton – Most of the ice is gone, only a few burgs are still lurking. The best bite has been in between Green and Rattlesnake, East of West Sister, West Reef, South of South Bass Island, and F Can. Most everyone is trolling right now until the water warms just a bit. The jig bite should start getting good by this weekend. Most anglers that were jigging last weekend were in 20-30 FOW.

    Michigan Waters – The hot bite has been out of Bolles Harbor. Walleye have been caught from 100 yards out to as far as your boat can go. Most anglers are targeting fish down 10-15 ft. trolling bandits. The mouth of the Detroit river is hot right now also.

    Huron and East – Don’t overlook East of the islands at this time. As fast as the walleye move in the move out. There are fish moving through Vermilion and Huron right now to get to the reefs to do the deed. Once they are done it’s back on the move. Trolling these areas in the spring can mean some big fish!

    Perch – The perch are in their spawning areas. I have heard reports from Sandusky bay and the Huron Pier. Some limits coming in from Sandusky Bay.

    Smallmouth – Smallmouth are still in deep water just outside the first drop off right now. Look for those fish to start moving up as the water warms a bit. Around the first of April those fish will move up to start looking around. In the spring blade baits and hair jigs work the best. Followed by drop shot, ned rig, and tubes later in April.

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    Sandusky River Walleye Run!!!

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Bob Hanko at Cranberry Creek Marina in Huron said it best on social media Thursday morning.

    “Just when the walleye bite was getting good again after our little midge hatch, Mother Nature is going to shut us down for the weekend. (The National Weather Service Marine Forecast for Lake Erie) now has a gale warning up for Friday night. A gale warning is issued when wind speeds exceed 30 knots, for those who didn’t know.

    “We might be able to get out Monday, but I think we all know what the lake will look like after three days of northeast winds.”

    Fishermen were anxious to chase Lake Erie walleye on Thursday morning and into the Memorial Day weekend, and for good reason. Walleye catches have been tremendous this week, and relatively tame northeast winds on Thursday morning had holiday fishermen out all along the Ohio shoreline.

    With Lake Erie’s walleye population at record levels, limit catches of walleye have been the norm. It hasn’t made much difference whether anglers have been trolling diving planners trailing spoons or crank baits or drifting in the wind and casting small spinner rigs or weight-forward spinners tipped with nightcrawlers.

    The drift-and-cast anglers have been recommending a “splash count,” which means starting a slow retrieve as soon as the lure hits the water. That targets actively feeding walleye swimming close to the surface of Lake Erie, and six-fish limits have been common.

    The weather experts predict a low pressure front moving east into the Ohio Valley, and remaining just south of Lake Erie on Friday and lingering through Saturday night with rain showers. Winds are forecast to increase to 35 knot gales Friday afternoon, with waves building to six to 10 feet, and occasionally reaching 13 feet.

    Area anglers rally to replace stolen fishing tackle: Fishing is a major part of Robert “Dargan” Bristow’s life, and he was devastated last week when a thief stole his gear at Willoughby’s Todd Field on the Chagrin River. The sad story of the 22-year-old autistic angler’s loss did not go unnoticed by an armada of anglers, said Mike Durkalec, fishery manager for the Cleveland Metroparks.

    In short order a collection began to replace the stolen tackle, left unattended when Bristow was taking a bathroom break. Many knew the young man, a steelhead trout fishing regular. He was one of them, and local fishermen knew his passion for the sport.

    “His grandparents, Mike and Diana Bristow, who have been his guardians since his father died in a boating mishap, could not believe the generosity of local fishermen,” said Durkalec. “Dargan was all smiles when he was presented a huge amount of fishing tackle and more than $3,000 at Wildwood Park on Tuesday.”

    Northeast Ohio rivers and streams good for bass: The smallmouth bass bonanza on Northeast Ohio’s rivers and streams continues. The bass, channel catfish and sheepshead fishing should continue to be very good. Live bait fishermen are scoring with leeches, crayfish and nightcrawlers, as well as tube jigs, spinners, small spoons and crank baits.

    Channel catfish biting on Sandusky Bay: The channel catfish bite along the Sandusky Bay shorelines off of Bay View and Marblehead is luring boat and shoreline fishermen. The Old Bay Bridge has been a popular shoreline fishing hole, but regulars are concerned some are leaving behind a lot of litter that could shut down the after dark fishing there.

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    Sandusky County Fishing Spots in Ohio Fishing Works

    6 hours agoSandusky County, Ohio is home to 34 lakes, rivers, and other fishing spots. Click on any of the pins on the Sandusky County map or narrow your search by selecting a place type (e.g. lake or stream) from the list above. We may have highlighted some of the best fishing spots in Sandusky County based on feedback from our visitors.

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    Sandusky river Ohio Game Fishing

    2 hours agoOhio Fishing Reports. Northwest Ohio Fishing Reports. Sandusky river. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 20 of 22 Posts. 1; 2; Next. 1 of 2 Go to page. Go. Last

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    How to purchase a Sandusky, OH fishing license? OH FAQ

    3 hours ago All anglers aged 16 and over must hold a fishing license in Ohio. Discounted rates apply to those aged above 66—free licenses can be obtained to those 81 and older. Licenses can be purchased online from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website. Check out these Sandusky, OH fishing resources: Fishing Licenses. Fishing Regulations.

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    Sandusky, OH Fishing Report 6/23 Ohio Sportsman Your

    6 hours agoSandusky, OH Fishing Report 6/23. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 7 of 7 Posts. R. rockinmichigan · Registered. Joined May 7, 2011 · 141 Posts . Discussion Starter · #1 · Jun 24, 2013

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    Fishing around Sandusky, OH Step Outside

    4 hours agoFishing Spots Near Sandusky OH. East Harbor State Park. Lakeside Marblehead, OH. Kelleys Island State Park. Kelleys Island, OH. Catawba Island State Park. Port Clinton, OH. Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival. Port Clinton, OH. South Bass Island State Park. Put in Bay, OH.

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    Sandusky Bait Company Home Facebook

    3 hours agoSandusky Bait Company, Sandusky, Ohio. 1.5K likes · 3 talking about this · 73 were here. Family owned and operated, we bring our small town values to our

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    Ohio’s Lake Erie Fisheries

    Just Now within the ODNR-DOW manages sport and commercial fisheries for the 2.24 million acres of Lake Erie under Ohio’s jurisdiction. In this report we summarize the annual Lake Erie fish and fisheries assessment, research, and other projects conducted by our fisheries personnel at our Sandusky and Fairport Harbor Fisheries Research Stations.

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    Lake Erie Information Website Links Lake Erie Fishing

    Just NowOhio fishing regulations; licensing, limits, special regulations for Lake Erie, maps, fish ID, and other information. ODW - Lake Erie Fisheries Ohio Division of Wildlife Lake Erie Fisheries Sandusky and Fairport Harbor units info, also Sandusky Law Enforcement unit info.

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    Fishing Information for Sandusky, Ohio and Ohio

    8 hours ago Complete fishing information for Page, Ohio & Ohio with maps, photos, lake and river descriptions, fishing guides and outfitters, and more Ohio Map. Go-Ohio. Places To Go. Sandusky Links; Sandusky Introduction A summary of what Sandusky has to offer. Featured Destination. Cincinnati.

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    Dempsey's Fishing Access Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

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    Sandusky Bay Lake Erie Fishing Report 082521 TriState

    3 hours agoSandusky Bay Fishing Report 08-25-21. What a great day of fishing with lots of different things that made things extremely interesting. I spoke with Sleets a week earlier to see if he had any days free during the week we could get out and fish Sandusky Bay. Sleets has good knowledge of the bay, and I just wanted to see the bay better and learn

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    Catfishing Sandusky Bay? Walleye Fishing Forum

    2 hours ago I've been fishing for channel cats on Sandusky bay ever since I got my boat (2012). I put in at Whites landing Way west of the route 2 bridge. The best area I have found so far is the rock wall that is on the west end of Sandusky bay (just before you head into Muddy Creek Bay.

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    HOME Sandusky County CVB

    1 hours agoSandusky County was once called the Cutlery and S auerkr aut capital of the world but today Sandusky County is widely known for our rich historical significance. Sandusky County is filled with historical attractions, beautiful parks, good eats and friendly locals. We are also located close to the 80/90 Ohio Turnpike and close to the Lake Erie

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    Sandusky river/Bay Walleye Home Facebook

    2 hours agoSandusky river/Bay Walleye. December 19, 2020 ·. Ohio Conservation Federation. December 17, 2020. To keep the fish we love to catch, we have to stop Asian carp. Learn more about what we're doing to stop Asian carp at www.ohioconservationfederation.org. #StopAsianCarp. Like Comment Share. See All.

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    Sandusky, OH Fishing Weather Forecast AccuWeather

    9 hours ago 4. Expect only fair conditions for fishing. 77° / 68°. Sunday. 7/4. 7. Conditions will be very good for fishing. 81° / 71°. Monday.

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    Battery Park Marine Service Ramp in Sandusky, OH – Fishing.org

    6 hours ago Battery Park Marine Service Ramp is located in Sandusky, OH and can be located at longitude: -82.69080278 and lattitude: 41.45600000

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    Best 30 Fishing Store in Sandusky, OH with Reviews YP.com

    3 hours agoFishing Store in Sandusky on YP.com. See reviews, photos, directions, phone numbers and more for the best Fishing Tackle in Sandusky, OH.

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    Fishing & Docking – Sandusky Vacation Rentals near Cedar

    419-625-61426 hours agoSandusky, OH 44870 Phone: 419-625-6142 Website. Dock of the Bay Marina 111 E Shoreline Drive Sandusky, OH 44870 Phone:419-627-1177 Website Cedar Point Marina 1 Cedar Point & Lake Erie RR Sandusky, OH 44870 Phone:419-627-2334 Website. Pipe Creek Marina 2312 River Avenue Sandusky, OH 44870 Phone: 419-621-1111 Website. Sandusky Harbor Marina 1

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    White bass run brings fishermen back to Sandusky River, Ohio

    Just Now A regular poster on social media regarding fishing conditions on the Sandusky River, Whitt said Wednesday "the river's full of white bass." "And I …

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    4 hours agoOhio Fishing. Northwest Ohio fishing report. Sandusky River walleye run report. Jump to Latest Follow 21 - 26 of 26 Posts. Prev. 1; 2; First 2 of 2 Go to page. Go. WLB · …

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    A quick history of Sandusky industry, from ice harvest to

    3 hours ago The earliest commercial fishing in Ohio began during the 1830s in Sandusky Bay, according to the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Fishermen used a seine, a large bag-shaped net dropped in the water from a rowboat, and then dragged ashore. At one point Sandusky was the largest freshwater fishing market on the planet, Miller said.

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    Boating & Fishing Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

    Just Now Tibbels Fishing Charter Service. 6965 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163) Marblehead, OH 43440. North Shores. Tibbels Fishing Charter Service provides private, group fishing charters for up to 19 people. Individual walk-on charters are also available.

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    Sandusky Ohio Fishing Outdoors with Martin

    7 hours ago Walleye are just beginning to move into the Sandusky River, and a few jacks have reached the traditional fishing grounds at Fremont. In coming weeks, the trickle will rise to a flood, and the smaller males will be joined by much larger females, fish reaching 10 pounds, even more. These fish feed little on their spawning runs, but they do feed.

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    Lake Barkley Dam Kentucky

    9 hours ago The dam impounds the cumberland river near grand rivers kentucky approximately 38 miles up stream from where the cumberland empties into the ohio river. Lake barkley was created in the 1960s by building barkley dam at grand rivers on the cumberland river. Lake barkley a 58 000 acre 230 km 2 reservoir in livingston county lyon county and trigg

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    Wild Irish Rose Charters Sandusky Bay Walleye Charters

    8 hours ago Wild Irish Rose Charters - Sandusky Bay Walleye Charters. Cedar Point Walleye Charters. Wild Irish Rose Chaters is located at 613 Bimini Dr. Sandusky Ohio. Right on Sandusky Bay with short access to Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie. Even when Lake Erie is rough Sandusky Bay can usually be cruised or Fished. If you don't fish and would like to cruise

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    Fishing Sandusky, OH cleveland.com

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    Fairport Harbor Ohio Fishing Report Rentals

    (937) 372-92617 hours agoFishing Reports and Forecasts. Rentals Details: District 5: Southwest Ohio 1076 Old Springfield Pike Xenia, Ohio 45385 (937) 372-9261. Wildlife District Office Map. Fairport Harbor Fish Research Unit 1190 High St. Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077 Phone: (440) 352-4199 Email . Sandusky Fish Research Unit 305 E. Shoreline Dr. Sandusky, Ohio 44870 Phone: (419) 625-8062 Email .

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    Best 30 Fishing Bait in Sandusky, OH superpages.com

    1 hours agoFishing Bait in Sandusky on superpages.com. See reviews, photos, directions, phone numbers and more for the best Fishing Bait in Sandusky, OH.

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    Sandusky River Fishing Report Rentals

    1 hours agoSandusky River Fishing Report near Port Clinton, Ohio … Rentals Details: About Fishing Reports for Sandusky River near Port Clinton A detailed fishing report for the Sandusky River will make the difference between a good fishing here and a bad one. Let's face it, there's a lot we can learn and share from one another like what bait or lure is generating the best results. fremont fishing

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    Lake Erie Weather Report Sandusky Welcome!

    8 hours ago Crystal Rock Campground Sandusky, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie Historic Sandusky, Ohio and Cedar Point 44870 (Sandusky Weather Forecast, OH) marion co florida weather Sport fishing at Put-in-Bay and surrounding lake Erie rivals that on any lake in the Anglers begin taking walleyes from western basin reefs, Maumee Bay and Sandusky Bay. .

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    OHIO LAKES / RESERVOIRS Catfish Angler Forum at USCA

    8 hours ago Outdoor Hub, LLC (d/b/a Carbon Media Group), 3290 W. Big Beaver Rd. Suite 500, Troy, Michigan 48084 USA

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    Where to go fishing near Sandusky, Ohio?

    The third place I looked online for the best fishing spots to check out near and one of Sandusky, Ohio (Sandusky Bay) the top google searches Hookandbullet.com I will share the information with you about fishing near Sandusky, Ohio (Sandusky Bay):

    Are there any walleye in the Sandusky River?

    ODNR's latest Sandusky River fishing report described the walleye run as past its peak, but anglers should still see some walleye in the river. The report listed white bass fishing as good, with anglers able to find a lot of fish available in the river.

    Where is Sandusky Bay in Ottawa County Ohio?

    Sandusky Bay is a bay located just 5.5 miles from Port Clinton, in Ottawa County, in the state of Ohio, United States, near Bay View, OH. Alternate names for this bay include Sandusky Lake, Sandoski Bay and Lake Sandusky.

    When is white bass run in Sandusky River?

    The Sandusky River's annual white bass run has started. It coincides with the City of Fremont and Sandusky County Park District reopening their public access points along the Sandusky River for fishing Tuesday.

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    How to find the fish in Sandusky Bay?

    Check out our Fishing Times tab to determine when the fish will be most active. To find Sandusky Bay enter the 41.478939 latitude, and -82.841301 longitude coordinates into your GPS device or smart phone. If you need fishing tackle, or are looking for a fishing guide or fishing charter please visit Tackle, Guides, Charters

    When is the best time to catch catfish in Ohio?

    Enjoy Ohio catfishing at it's fi nest with Capt. Scott Heston. The Sandusky Bay offers tremendous catfishing from May through September. An average day's catch is 8-20 catfish per person, between 12 and 30 inches long, yet at any time you can hook much larger fish!

    When to catch black bass in Lake Erie?

    Black bass possession is limited to 1 fish 18" or greater in the Lake Erie zone from May 1 - June 25, 2021. Single hooks only from 3/1 – 4/30. Anglers are reminded that Lake Erie fishing regulations apply in the Sandusky River up to the Waterworks Dam in Tiffin.

    How did Sandusky Bay affect the wild rice?

    Wild rice and other waterfowl foods grew in abundance in the clear waters of Sandusky Bay. As the surrounding land was cleared and drained for agricultural use, wetland habitat was seriously damaged. The turbid water no longer supported the huge beds of wild rice and other high quality aquatic vegetation, and waterfowl numbers decreased.

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