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Well the bite at lake Erie really has never let up all season long. This was with out a doubt the most consistent year for huge numbers of eater sized fish. With that said....we are now entering that "Big Fish" time of the year. I'll let you know just a few things that have served me well at this time of the fall. I typically can always find fish from Cedar Point all the way to Vermillion. My best tactics are these principles: I troll slow, 1.2-1.5 mph. I set out 6 rods with 3 guys and set them up to do the following. The 2 outside boards are always 8' down from the surface, The middle boards are always 15' down and the inside boards are set to chase the marks that I see that are 20' or deeper. I do this because the 2 higher zones seem to always produce fish. If I can't seem to catch the deeper fish, then I'll sandwich a bait 12' down between the 8' & 15' baits. I really think that concentrating on higher active fish will bring good results. The baits are simple. Big, colorful baits with lots of contrast produce well in the fall. Bandits, Reefs, DHJ-12s, P-10s & 20s and Banana Shads all work great. Use the precision trolling app to help you get the baits spread out good. One last tip, Alittle dirty water is OK, but total mud won't work well. Try tpsearch out some reasonably fishable water.
John Bergsma/Fisherman's Digest TV


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Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters

Anyone want to catch a TON of walleye this Thursday, July 12th? We had a cancellation. call Capt. Gary at 216-849-4954. Also have July 24, 25, 26, 30 & 31 available!


Captain Gary Zart here. Lake Erie is on fire and I mean in a good way lol. From the Islands to Conneaut within a few miles of shore you literally cannot keep rods in the water. You can troll. You can cast it doesn't matter. Use your electronics to find active fish. From 20 to 50 ft of water should do the trick. Dipseys divers pulling spoons, worm harnesses and shallow cranks is about the easiest way to catch them. I call it the revolving door. You can also pull Reefrunners and Bandits behind Offshore Boards weighted or unweighted to increase your catch rate. Speed has been 2.3 to 2.7. 
It's as much fun fishing as you can have in a day. Get out and enjoy it while you can. You can visit me on Facebook at Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Charters or at
Thank you for stopping by. Captain Gary Zart Blue Dolphin Charters


Hello and Welcome back. Well things are finally getting better on good old Lake Erie. The weather is moderating and the spawn is winding down. This means hungry walleye. 

The entire Western basin is in full swing of catching walleye. Use your electronics to find active pods of walleye. Bandits are the flavor of choice. Best program has been 25 to 40 in the morning and 50 to 85 in the afternoon. Color has been pretty consistent with lures having orange and chartruese in them doing most of the damage. Speed has been 1.5 to 1.8. Farther east Huron to Cleveland is starting to get active as well . The same program is working within 5 miles of the shoreline. As the weather warms in the upcoming weeks, the bite will continue to get better and more consistent. For updated fishing reports you can follow me on  Facebook at Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters or on my website at Good luck and Fish Strong. Captain Gary Zart


Lake Erie.   No safe ice fishing With all the warm weather and high winds lately.   Found some open water on took the boat on an adventure.  Launched out of Huron Ohio and broke about 500 yards of skim ice to make it out.   Dodged some icebergs and set lines.   Managed to get some really nice fish before the high winds told us it was time to go.  Pretty cool when you’re the only boat on Lake Erie.  

Presentation was bandits and perfect 10 behind boards.  60/20 with a 2 oz snap weight.  Best speed was 1.2 mph.

Captain Eric Long
Long line charters




Hello fisherman and welcome back. It's hard to believe it's Christmas and were still fishing. We've been fishing the river mouths from Cleveland, Lorain and Huron.  Lure of choice has been Smithwick Perfect Tens with 2 ounce snap weights 20 ft in front then another 20 to 40 ft more of line before you put it on a Offshore board and send her on her way.  This time of year we troll real slow 1.0 mph to 1.2. They usually like the natural looking colors. The nice thing about late fall early winter fishing is there's no boat traffic and the fish are big. I mean really big. 8 to 14lb fish are the norm. 

This will be my last report till spring. I want to thank each and everyone of you for stopping in and reading my reports. You can always follow me on Facebook at Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters and on my website at 




If the wind is not to crazy, the fishing has been awesome! The fish are all over the place right now and quite frankly, this is the best time of the year to get numbers as well as big fish. Lots of different sets are working. The best general pattern has been a spread of big multi-colored crankbaits fished from 1.2 -1.7 mph. The cold snap wil bring the speed down for sure for the month of December. Smithwick P-20's and Big Reefs and Strike King Banana Shads are all working. Again, custom colors are the best!

10.19.2017 Huron to Ashtabula
Hello fellow fisherman and welcome back.  October can be a transition month and we have experienced some windy weather. In between the wind we have been getting good fish from Lorain to Huron Ohio. A couple of programs have been working very well.  One has been a very high program and two has been the deep program. On the high program, running Perfect Tens and Ripsticks 60 to 80 back on Offshore Planer Boards, this has been very effective. 
The deep program  has been Dipseys 70 to 120 back on a 3,2 and 1 setting with Stinger spoons and Ripsticks. Speed has been around 2.3 Water depth has been 42 to 48 ft. Lure color has been anything with purple in it.
Pick and choose the nice days and don't miss out on this fantastic fall fishing.
Follow me on Facebook at Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters and on my website at
Thank you and Good luck. Captain Gary Zart. 




Hello fellow fisherman and woman. Sorry I haven't posted a report in a while but sometimes life has you so busy you lose track of time. Walleye Fishing is just crazy good from Huron to Conny. The biggest producer lake wide has been dipseys.  Pick your poison as far the lure you want to run. Spoons, Shallow Bombers, Worm Harnesses and bubble gum all work right now. From Huron to Cleveland run your sets 3 at 80 to 110 . 2 at 70 to 90. 1 at 50 to 70.

Speed 2.3 to 2.6.
Bandits, Reef Runners, Flicker Minnows weighted with 2 ounces or in weighted both are producing fish.  80 to 120 back has been best. 
Out east dipseys with the same lures has been on fire. 3 at 150 to 170. 2 at 120 to 140. 1 at 100 to 120. 2.5 mph on the speed.
Get out there and get in on the best walleye bite I can ever remember.
Good luck Captain Gary Zart.  Blue Dolphin Charters. 
Visit me on Facebook at Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters and on my website at





08.27.2017 Huron to Ashtabulah
Hello everyone and welcome to another fishing report on beautiful Lake Erie. 
Since the last time we talked fishing remains awesome out east from Geneva to Coneaut. 
From Cleveland to the west has slowed down a little with a few cold fronts slowing down the bite.
Out east we've been running dipseys with either spoon harnesses, spoons and shallow crank baits.  Getting your baits in that 50 to 60 ft range over 72 to 75 ft of water is key. Speed is right around 2.3 to 2.6. Catching 18 to 24 fish in just a couple hours is the norm and it's the best fishing I ever seen for catch rate and consistency. 
Complementing the dipseys we've been running 375 ft of wire with small and big storm thundersticks and Bandits behind Offshore Boards. They have been keeping the customers occupied also with alot of soar arms.
Get out while you can . If truly is on fire right now.
Please visit me on Facebook at Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters and on my website at Thank you.  Good luck and have fun. Captain Gary Zart.  Blue Dolphin Charters
Fish remains unbelievable on lake erie. From Lorain to Coneaut fishing doesn't get any better than this. Whether you want to fish skinny or deep the walleye are snapping.  In skinny water. Trolling bandits, flicker minnows and reef runners on short leads 35 to 70 back over 15 to 25 ft of water over structure should fill the cooler for ya. Out deep trolling wire line 375 total or dipseys with shallow plugs, spoons or worm harnesses has been getting it done. The nice thing about this time of year is speed kills. Don't be afraid to run over 2mph to catch. It also allows you to cover more ground. Colors are pretty simple to pick out. Cloudy days are purples and sunny days are bright colors.  On another note . Perch fishing remains awesome out west by the islands . Kelly's and the bass islands have all been holding nice schools of fish.  Good luck out there. Enjoy this fantastic fishing while it last. It's been a Epic year to say the least.
Please visit me on Facebook at Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters.  Or my website at Good luck . Captain Gary Zart 
Hello. Thank you for stopping by.  Hopefully you have been fishing and catching some walleye out on the big pond. 
This past week has been tough with all the wind we've had. When this happens all you can do is head north to find clean water and good marks. The Canadian line is not out of the question when we get a blow like this.
Apply the same tactics we've been talking about for weeks now. Dipseys with spinners or shallow cranks and wire line 300 to 400 ft behind Offshore Boards.
This program has worked very well from Geneva east with limit catches in a few hours .
Out west heading out north of Kelly's or the weather bouy would be a good bet till the water clears from the blow. Bandits and worm harnesses behind tadpoles targeting 25 to 40 ft in the water column is key.
We have another cold front coming in this weekend so will see what happens with the water and fishing after that. Good luck and be safe . Captain Gary Zart.  Blue Dolphin Charters. 









Hi everyone.  Welcome back !! Nothing has changed much from last week's report.  Walleye Fishing remains fantastic all over the lake. Find bait and structure,  and I guarantee your Lowrance fish finder will light up like a Christmas tree. 

Concentrate on areas and techniques that were mentioned in last week's report and you should enjoy your day on the big pond.


For a change of pace . Perch fishing has started early on Lake Erie.


Two areas that have been good has been around the islands and Ashtubula to the east in 45 to 50 ft of water. Use your Lowrance electronics to find perch on the bottom and drop anchor. 


Please visit me on Facebook at Gary A. Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters and on my website at 


Thank you for stopping by. Good luck and Fish Strong. Captain Gary Zart 




Hello and thank you for stopping in for your weekly fishing report.
We had to dodge a lot of bad weather this past week but when we got out fishing has remained phenomenal.
The walleyes are starting to move deeper so we have had to change our programs to target them.
From Huron to Cleveland the fish seem to be holding in 30 to 45 ft of water. Running number 11 flicker minnows or bandits with 20/60 or 20/80 with two ounces has worked great.  Out of Geneva and to the east 70 to 75 ft of water has been the best depth. Running dipsy divers with harnesses, spoons or shallow cranks has been good. 135 to 165 on a 3.5 setting and 100 to 110 on a 1 setting. Also 350 to 375 ft of wire with bayrats, thundersticks, and flicker minnows has been good also. Speed for all programs has been 2.0 to 2.4 mph.
Please keep updated on my Facebook page Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters.  You can also visit my website at
Good luck and be safe.
Fish Strong . Captain Gary Zart 




Hello. Welcome back. Fishing remains red hot from Lorain to Ashtubula. There are many techniques that are catching fish and you still can stay less than 5 miles from shore to do it.
From Lorain to Fairport pulling either cranbaits or worm harnesses have been the best producers.  Number 11 Flicker Minnows and Bandits from 40 to 60 back behind Offshore Boards over 20 to 35 ft of water has been key. Worm harnesses behind number two Offshore tadpoles 50 to 70 back at 1.5 mph has also been successful. 
Farther east. Fishing 60 to 70 ft of water with 300 ft of wire  with Bandits and Flickers or Worm Harnesses behind dipseys divers getting 40 ft down in the water column has been key to catching.
Colors have been pretty consistent with purple,chartreuse and orange bellied baits being best. Good luck and enjoy the fantastic fishing going on right now on lake Erie. Please visit me on Facebook at Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters.  You can also visit me on my website at  Thank you Captain Gary Zart 




Lake Erie is on fire right now from Lorain Harbour, East to the Ashtabula Light. The nice thing is, the fish are close, so you don't have to go miles offshore to catch a nice box of fish. 

I've been targeting walleye from, as skinny as 10' of water out to 45' of water . The key is to find out what contour and depth they are in and  then target that area. 

We've been running number 11 Flicker Minnows, Bandits and Reef Runners on Offshore boards anywhere from 40 to 60 back.

Also we are running a dipsy diver with a spoon harness 20 to 40 back on a 3 setting. 

Speed has been 1.8 to 2.2 mph.

Colors have been Purple base, Blue chrome, Green chrome and having a orange belly is a good thing.

Spoon harness color has been copper or chartreuse backs with a willow style blade. Gale Force and Warrior are my two favorite companies that make blades.

Remember the key to success is duplication and fine tuning a pattern. Once you find out depth,speed and color etc, do all you can to keep on those key factors to have the most success. 

I hope this helps you catch more walleye.

Please feel free to visit me on Facebook at Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Walleye Fishing Charters.

You can also visit my website at 

Good Luck and Fish Strong. See ya next week. Captain Gary Zart