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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