The day started out of Conneaut , OH in 2-4 foot waves . The hour run out to the picking grounds ( 13 mile run ) was soon found to be well worth the effort . We started trolling East with instant success into the school of fish that were certain to meet their maker . The marks on the screen from Saturday told the tail of things to come our way . Chris's group from Pittsburgh spanked 29 Walleyes in 8 hours of trolling . Five of the fish were over 28 inches between 8 -9 lbs each . When we had finished @ 3:30 PM the lake blew into 4-6 foot waves ( 12 miles off shore ) and made for a 1hour+ ride back to the dock . Everyone concurred the ride was worth the day of catching and what an awesome time we had together with cooperative fish below . My thanks goes out to a helpful crew , my first mate James , and the folks that helped us at the harbor ( Ghost Whisper ) . Tight lines Capt. Don
John , Jim , and the boys from Altoona , PA had a great day on the water . The bite started really slow with only 5 fish boxed in the first 4 hours . As luck would have it the second half of the day was worth the wait . 13 more fish entered the box in quick fashion ( 18 total walleye ) . This trip was one of the most memorable for me. Jim was bringing a fish in one of my swivels failed , releasing the dipsey diver from a pole , and thankfully the diver got wrapped on the motor ...... we reeled the Walleye in by hand ! Another fun day on the water with plenty of fillets , action , and memories made .
On Wednesday we left Conneaut , OH harbor in 2-4 foot waves and fishing was tough . As the waves subsided to 1-2 footers the fish went berserk. Blaine , Rebecca , Kharmen , & Travis from Erie , PA spanked the walleyes . A total of 23 eyes brought into the boat and only 4 fish lost at the net in 4 hours ( half day of fishing ) . Another excellent day with quality 4 -7 lb eyes flyin in the boat .
Sunday Jeff & his wife teamed up for some hot weather Walleye action . 6 hours of trolling afforded us 14 Walleye in the box with the largest being a 9lber @ 29 inches long . The 90+degree temperatures as of late has made us look forward to jumping in the lake on each trip. A good walleye bite persists and is only going to improve .
On Monday (7-11) Mike's group from Butler , PA ( not pictured on left ) joined me to remove 11 Walleye from Lake Erie . The Steelhead have started moving into the depths of the first trench ( 78 feet of water ) . We had two Steelhead hook ups but ; both fish tail danced on the surface and broke my rigs off . That is a good sign to start seeing some diversity in our catches on our trolling adventures. The bite was a tough one for 5 hours of trolling 1/2 day . We did find some cooperative fish and managed to have an excellent time on the water . The Northwest gales came and an impending storm found us fleeing from the water early .
Tuesday (7-12) was a better bite when Heath's group from Claysville , PA managed 140 Perch and 11 Walleye on an 8 hour full day . The 3-5 foot waves subsided to 2-4's and put a hamper on my big board program. Thankfully the Walleye bite was on for the second half of the day running big dipseys , little dipseys , and down riggers in the 30 - 60 foot range of the water column ( 11 fish in 3 & 1/2 hours of trolling ) . Heath's pappy ended up catching a trophy Walleye 28.5 inches and 8.5 lbs a ODNR award worthy fish . Great job today with ZERO fish lost at the back of the boat ! Another fine couple of days on the water with awesome company .
Some think the doldrums of stagnant air and hot weather means bad fishing . Today was not the case ; with a flat lake the Perch bite slowed a little but was still worth the effort . My first time lake Erie crew Chuck , Charles , and Evan from Cranberry Twp . , PA had an excellent experience between Perch fishing , Walleye trolling , and a brief dip in the lake . 11 Walleyes boxed with 3 being over 28inches and worthy of ODNR fish awards in the 7.5 - 9lb range and 80 Perch with some nice jumbos mixed in . The boys did an excellent job whackin the fish and the smiles on their faces told the tale . Congratulations for a job well done .
Great day on the water today . Brad from Uniontown , Adam from da burg , Shawn & James from Erie combined in a team effort to take 5 limits of perch ( 150 ) and 16 Walleye . A beautiful day on the water and a crew that worked well together . Perch fishing has been excellent with many jumbo's thrown in .
Ben's group from Erie , PA , Dan Jr. & Sr. from Brighton Twp., PA , and myself teamed up to alleviate the Lake Erie watershed of 35 walleye between 3 - 9 lbs ( one fish shy of 6 limits of Walleye ) . The largest being 9lb 11 ounces and 29 inches long . The day of catching began out of Conneaut , OH harbor at 7 am and concluded at 3 PM . Thanks for the help guys ; a great team effort of non stop walleye action .
Although many haven't requested to fish for perch ; I have been fishing with others as of late and we are bringing in 4 limits ( 120 Perch ) in less than an hour of fishing on average . Per size has been mixed 8-12 inches on average with a few jumbo's thrown in between 13-16 inches . Both Walleye and Perch fishing is hot right now .
We started from Conneaut Harbor at 7AM in 3-4 foot waves ; after a 45 minute ride to the catching grounds . An excellent time was had by all with 16 Walleye in the cooler in 8 hours of trolling . The bite was great until 11 AM then a tough bite ensued and our luck ran out losing two fish just beyond the reach of my net . Thanks Randy for bringing the family aboard and my congratulations to Alan for his first trophy Walleye experience . Our biggest fish was 8 lbs even with the rest in the 4-7.5lb class ( 24"-27") .