Unfortunately we were only able to trollup one perch however those pesky Walleye ended up fitting the bill . This local benefit was for FishUSA's annual perch outing but I decided to change the program to search for green gold . We ran from Walnut Creek Access , PA out to the second trench about 18 miles out . In 3 & 1/2 hours of trolling we landed 19 eyes in the 4-7 lb range and shared in some great memories together .
After leaving the water around 12:30 Hans & I filleted the fish and met up with everyone for a picnic afterwards with 6 other boats captains , passengers , and forum members that participated . Thank you Jim @ Follies End Campground for use of your pavillion for the afternoon and everyone whom showed up .
What a wonderful group of people ; I throughly enjoyed sharing with you all and look forward to doing it again next year ! My thanks to Andy , JT , Chuck , and Jim for an excellent job on getting the fish in the boat . The neighbors at the campground for putting up with us . Our crew for the awesome company!
Raul , Nathan , and Lowell came from Idaho to experience some Lake Erie eastern basin eye action . Teaming up with me at 9AM we departed for yet another slaying in the first trench off of Conneaut , OH . Sharing with great company we managed 23 walleye in 7 hours of trolling between 4 and 7 lbs .
Nice job fellas on keeping those lines tight ; another day with NO fish lost near the boat ! Fish came in the boat running meat and spoons at 2.0-2.2MPH in or around 68 FOW ... Bigboards and big dipsys we are still picking fish from 40 ft - 65 feet scattered throughout the water column .
On Tuesday John , Ray , Paul , and myself combined a catch surpassing our best day of the year ! Conneaut Harbor , OH was our chosen port to relieve the Erie watershed of 24 smolt ( young of the year steelhead)devouring Walleye .Great job Johnon bringing in the trophy class Walleye of which was 29 inches and 8lb 8 ounces and worth of a trophy sitation from OHDNR ! A deserving reward for our efforts on the water this day .
Plenty of fillets for all aboard and perfect weather to run 8 rods with big boards away from the boat . I must say I am excited about the rest of the season that is only going to get better into the middle of August ! Tight lines Captain Don <>< <>< <><
The 3-8 ft waves may have knocked some of us down but certainly not out . After a one hour ride out to the Walleye proving grounds we managed to boat 7 walleyes in 6 hours of trolling . Along with the freak rogue waves a fish in the same manner of speaking was hauled in . I am not sure if it was the pastor's stern hook set or if the fish was born that way LOL . ( pictured below )
The Perch were not very co-operative with only 10 boated in 1&1/2 hours . Special thanks to Pastor Kelley , Jim Sr. , Jim Jr. , Al , and Rob our troopers from Uniontown , PA . These folks are the exception to the rule of perserverance in spite of what mother nature threw at us ; excellent job hanging in there guys ! It was very nice to have the lake all to ourselves and no rain on the horizon . A great time was had by all and I am looking forward to the excellent company again next season .
We started trolling out of Conneaut , OH Harbor around 8 AM with 1-2ft waves and a slow bite as the sun came overhead the Walleye began to adjust to the upper part of the water column sealing the deal on our board program . Lots of sites and sounds upon the water this day balloons floating near by and frieghters pushing through the water .
The lake turned to glass around noon for a great big water experience for all . The fish co-operated for an excellent midday bite boxing 19 Walleye by 3PM ; the largest being 7lb12ounces . The total days haul of Walleye fillets was 21 lbs a great meat run ...... Thank you Doug , Rena , & family for coming aboard and the excellent company !
Starting the day with a slow bite and many short strikes resulting in some missed opportunities from fish holding deep ; we decided to change the game plan to target fish in the upper 45 feet of the water column . The 2-3 foot waves eventually died out with the slowing wind speed ; allowing us to run more lines .
We started the "big boards" out 75ft on either side of the boat running 2-3 lines down each side . Immediately we had results and began the catching game . Not a bad day out boxing 9 eyes between 4 and 6.5 lbs in 3 & 1/2 hours of trolling !
My thanks to Dave , Valarie , Nick and Chandler for an excellent day on the water ! The boys did excellent pulling in the fish and did not lose a single one ! Smiles were had by all and what better way to spend the day but sharing in memories . The deboned fillets and cheeks from the 9 fish weighed 13 lbs nice haul ! I can't wait to do it again .
On our first Ohio outing of the season the winds of change finally blew our way ! Our clients were out for Nicks' celebration of his final moments of being single amoungst his friends Vern , Jeremy , Mike , Curt , and Andy . While the perch bite would not co-operate in the first few hours of the morning I had optomistic feelings about the NorthEast wind shifting in the latter hours of the day . Around 10:30 AM we switched gears into walleye trolling mode . With no movement from a pole until noon ; the NorthWest winds had prevailed bringing on the bite!
A little patience started to pay off and we ended up icing 18 eyes by 5:30PM with the largest fish of the season coming into the boat as well at a heafty 8lbs 12 ounces ! Congrats crew on a job well done ! Also to mention 3 of the 18 fish were over 28" and each worthy of a Trophy Fish Certificate from the Ohio Division of Natural Resources . Thank you everyone for your patience and faith in our program . I also want to extend to Nick our best wishes on his marriage to be ! Thank you for the memories guys and welcome to our family ....... Your Crew Don & Hans <><
My thanks to Dave and his boys for coming aboard ! Good company on a humbling day . We began the day at Walnut Creek Access , PA at 6:30 AM . There was threat of thunder and lightning looming in the distance so after we departed we decided to wait out the storm in the marina . An hour later the strom blew over and we headed west to the Walleye picking grounds in 2-4 foot waves .... We trolled 3-4 hours in the North winds with little to show for ; only boxing two walleye in that time frame and a bunch of sheephead . In the future I will advise customers not to fish in a North or NorthEast wind due to the fact it was more like a boat ride .
At noon another lightning producing thunderstorm pushed us off the lake with great intensity ; so we decided it was time to call it a day .... On a positive note the sheephead proved to be a great fight and some of the largest I've seen from Lake Erie waters . Thanks again for your patience fellas ....