The warm temps are here to stay along with consistent offshore Walleye action . On Sat July 7th Chris's group from Ebensburg , PA managed 25 ( four limits ) of nice Walleye and a bonus "jumpy fish" . At one point we had 5 fish hooked up at one time and landed four of the 5 .
July 8th was not a kind day on lake Erie . The west gales made for a tough bite for Doug's group in close to shore . We managed 1 walleye and 72 Perch . The kids were entertained with constant reeling provided by the mixed bag perch fishing . Many large sheep head , white bass , and white perch were to be had . Still a good catch of jumbo perch .
On Friday June 29th Heath's group took home a nice catch of Walleye 26 fish were brought to the net and a dozen bonus perch . The hefty cooler of fish held at least 5 fish over 8lbs .
Saturday 6/30 Jen's group experienced a rough lake although we toughed it out and caught a 9lb walleye and 25 perch .
Sunday was Tina's group got 13 nice walleyes for a 5 hour half day trip . All in all a great weekend with excellent company .
The past few weeks have been great fun a decent nite bite persisted with plenty of Walleye to be had . The warmer temperatures are beginning to push the fish out to the depths of Lake Erie . Here are some video's & pictures of recent catches . We will only be offering day Walleye trips for the duration of the 2012 season and our thanks to all who have been aboard thus far .
On Sunday June 12th Dave and his gang from Butler / Pittsburgh , PA joined us for an exciting adventure upon the big lake . The weather started out nice with light northerly winds and quickly lived up to it's rough reputation . The 3-5foot waves built by the time we were finished and we ended up dredging 9 Walleye between 3-7 lbs . A good day despite what mother nature threw at us and an excellent crew to make it happen . The boat was rockin' and eyes were knockin' . Thanks for the memories guys and keeping Mate Matt in line : )
Although the action has been long in coming the "eyes" have finally emerged along the shores of the eastern basin on Lake Erie ! Local images to follow . I have spent many of nights along the near shore waters in wait for only a few fish ; but definitely worthwhile ! As any fisherman would do ( fill their freezer first ) ; now it's time to fill you'res ... Reports from near & far are beyond expectations and a glimmer of hope has came to light . The early season was full of wet , cold weather , and murky near shore water clarity that had previously slowed walleye feeding has sub sided .
Fish are starting to accept their fate and are ending up in local coolers ! Images are from May 6- June 5th . The largest being 8lb10 ounce . Take notice to the bonus 18lb channel cat caught trolling near shore lake Erie Waters . This fish tested the limits of my tackle and took 10 minutes to land !
The meal (pictured) is fried walleye fillets (chunk ed) wet rolled in flour , dipped in egg & milk , rolled into saltine crackers / Italian seasoning , and fried at 400 degrees for 7 minutes in vegetable oil . Fish fries are well accompanied by hush puppies by House Autry ( with onion ) seasoning & some tater tots . Lastly pictured is Santa Claus leaving Lake city with a bag full of Erie Walleye , Pymatuning Lake Walleye , and Crappie fillets !
Special thanks to Tim's group ( Brandi , Mike , and Bill ) Whose patience would prove to be detrimental to Lake Erie's Eye population . The best crew a captain could ask for .... The morning was full of changes due to mother Erie's fury . When we began the lake was glass as soon as line were set the lake went to 2-4 foot waves that shut the eyes off .... Three hours later the fish started to co-operate ! By the end of the day we had 11 eyes in the cooler with 3 throw backs under 15" .... A great time had by all aboard the "Dream Catcher" thanks crew you folks are awesome ! ....
Dan & his father got into our Lake City Walleye like flies on the black plague ! With two full tickets ! This is most likely the final moments we are gonna be on the close to shore action but the results were worth the wait ! Thanks for the awesome time aboard dream catcher ! I'm certain they'll be back to share in the late summer for some brute force eye action for the "big migration". On this outing we pulled in our largest eye of the season ( thus far ) at a hefty 8lb 8 ounces ...... Thanks for the memories .........
After pulling an all nighter with our clients we decided to take a few friends out the same afternoon . Launching back at Walnut Access at noon we had little expectations given the time of year . Much to our surprise we located scattered walleyes in 30 - 50 feet of water running west to the state line .
In six hours we boxed 10 Walleye in the 3.5-7.5 lb range running big boards with reef runners and crawler harnesses on jet divers . All aboard had an excellent time dredging the water column for fillets ..... Tight Lines to all !
Clients Drew and his father Andrew did well on our resident Lake Erie Walleye . We started trolling the big boards in 12 - 20 FOW picking at walleye around midnight . These sportsmen knew how to have a good time and thats exactly what we did . Hans provided as an excellent first mate on this outing and kept us laughing into the wee hours of the morning.
The night bite was a little slow by our standards but we managed to land 9 Walleyes in 6 hours of trolling . We boxed 7 of the 9 in 3.5 - 7.5 lb range on bomber long A's & Renosky's ran off the boards . We had excellent weather and a flat lake on this night ; bearing witness to a beautiful sunrise . It is an amazing feeling boating trophy Walleye and having no boats in sight . Thank you Drew & Andy for the memories and commradere we shared!
After a few bumps in the road in relation to my gas trolling motor failing me offshore ; I can confidently say we are in for an awesome season. Although I have been unable to get offshore ; the recent calm lake activity allowed for some close to shore nighttime "resident walleye" action . On Thursday night I fished wading the Lake shoreline and was rewarded with a 6 lb walleye for a relatively small effort .
The following night offered a glass lake . I took advantage of this using only an electric trolling motor and my small vessel ( 14ft aluminum ) I landed 4 fish in the 3 - 6lb range close to shore . Two were caught trolling and two anchored up in 7 FOW throwing bomber long A's ! Walleye activity was excellent with fish actively feeding on the surface heavily from 10 PM until 2 AM ! The walleye caught had alot of smelt ( local baitfish) in thier bellies .
I am happy to say the catching of these Walleyes will help our future steelhead fishery as they devour many young of the year steelhead smolts (entirely different species of fish than smelt) leaving the tributary mouths in the spring ! Reports of perch being caught in the 35 FOW range or 1 mile offshore have been spread and I will definately verify the rumor soon. I also included a picture of an average Lake Erie smallmouth and the feast had after the Walleye night .