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Welcome back. It's Mid December and we're still soft water fishing. Christmas came early! It's been great fishing with big girls hitting the scales. 30 to 45 ft of water seems to be the range. Trolling perfect tens with two ounces off offshore has been the recipe. 30/50,30/60,30/40 and 30/50 has been the best sets. Speed 1.2. Colors has been the wildcard . Some days they want natural some days they want crazy.Look for shad and Marks and send it out. It's some of the best fishing right now . Get out while you still can. Fish Strong Captian Gary.
Fishing in the port Clinton to Sandusky area of the lake Erie Shores and Islands region has been awesome for the last several months. With a little bit of warm weather we have coming fishing should remain good for another couple of weeks. The best areas have been right out in front of the break walls out to 35 feet. Fish are literally scattered throughout this entire region. The best presentations are slow trolling crank baits at 1 to 1.2 mph. The best crank baits have been P-10s bandits and Rapala DHJ 12s. There's really no right or wrong area, there are so many Fish right now. The area from Huron to vermilion has also been great with limit catches by almost anyone who braves the cold temperatures. Be safe and have fun.
Another great weekend of walleye fishing on Lake Erie!
Our weekend started Friday morning with a father/son duo trip. It was the son’s first time fishing Lake Erie. We first started fishing an area NW of Kelley’s Island where I’d caught some good fish the evening before fun fishing. Unfortunately they were no longer there. After making a couple passes we moved back down off of Lakeside. By this time is was late morning, full sun, and little wind but we still prevailed catching a limit of good “eater” size fish for them. Trutrip 40’s 35 – 45 back with small spoons was the presentation. It was a blast spending the morning with this father/son group and made for some awesome memories for all of us! Great job guys!
Saturday morning we had a group of 5 up for a Bachelor’s trip. We left the dock at 5:30am and setup again off of Lakeside pulling TruTrip 40’s 35 back with small spoons. Sound like a broken record? Sorry but this presentation is just slamming fish and is very common presentation this time of year. By 8:30am we had their limit of fish plus with some nicer fish mixed in. Awesome group to fish with! Had a great time!
Perch fishing is starting to take off…look for the bite to get better and better as we get into late summer and early fall. This is a great time to book either a Perch trip or Walleye trip or a combo of both. Fall is some of my favorite times to fish!
Captain Kelly Schmidt
Recent mayfly hatch slowed the bite just a touch but limits are stilling being caught in short order daily. With the warmer water and calm summer days, trolling has been producing better than casting but casters are still catching fish and have their days. Popular areas from the past week have been on the Canadian line between Middle Island and North Bass, South of Kelleys in the ferry lane, and east of Kelleys.
We ran three trips over the extended holiday weekend with great results. 1st trip was ran up on the Canadian line running Trutrip 40’s 30’ to 45’ back with small scorpion spoons. Had great results with limit catches. 2nd trip was on Sat after a NE blow all day Friday that had the water still on the rough side Sat morning. We opted to run west of the islands and fished around Rattlesnake Island in some protected waters. Again, ran Trutrip 40’s 25’ to 35’ back with small spoons. Water was stained a little and was a slower bite but still managed 24 fish for the group of 5. 3rd day had much better water conditions and allowed to run east of the islands. We had the same group that we had on day 2. Fishing was great with a limit of a better grade of fish than we’ve had for a few weeks. Here Trutrip 40’s were ran 75’ to 95’ back with small spoons, Dipsys on a 1 and 2 setting back 35’ and 65’ all caught fish. Great weekend on the water with some great people!
Captain Kelly Schmidt
The great fishing continues!!!
Ran 3 trips this past weekend and had limits on all 3 trips. Trolling with Tru-trip 40’s and 50’s along with Dipsy Divers pulling small spoons is the most popular method right now. We fished an area between Kelley’s Island and South Bass Island in water 27’ to 32’. Lead lengths on the 40’s ran from 20’ to 35’ back, 50’s off the corner at 25’, and dipsys set a 1.5 and 3 setting back 35’ and 45’. All trolled in the 2knts to 2.2knts range. Pooh Bear Purple and Blueberry Muffin were the dominant colors for us.
We also recorded some great footage for an upcoming Great Lakes Fisherman’s Digest show. We fished an area between Lakeside and Kelley’s Island. We ran small DreamWeaver spoons back 35’ on #1 Tadpoles off small Offshore boards, Banana Shad cranks on small Offshore boards, and DreamWeaver deep divers on the corners back 18’ to 25’. It was a great time with limits caught plus a lot catch and release. It was a great time with John and Chase! Look for the great footage in an upcoming show for the Lake Erie Islands and Shores area.
Captain Kelly Schmidt
The 2018 fishing is officially in the books for Eriegardless Sportfishing. We had a great group of guys this past weekend from Minnesota. The trolling bite has been super slow due to the much colder than normal water temps and dirty water from a NE wind up to 35+ knots a week ago. We did manage some good fish for our group that wanted to go trolling to have a chance at catching some bigger fish. Fished an area just North of Catawaba Island using Bandits 55’ – 75’ back at 1.6 to 1.8 mph. Best color was the IB Frozen green metallic patterns.
Jig bite around the reef complex has been nothing but superb. Lots of quick limits jigging purple hair jigs tipped with a minnow seems to be the most talked about. Some boats have been getting limits in an hour or less! Popular areas have been Toussaint Reef, Cone Reef, and “K Can” to name a few. Most fish caught here will be smaller, younger males in the 16” to 20” range.
With some stable and warmer weather coming in, look for the trolling bite to really start up. I expect as the water warms and clears some this week the fishing is going to GREATLY improve! Check back for next week’s fishing report. You can follow us on Facebook at Eriegardless Sportfishing or our website at www.eriegardlesssportfishing.com. Captain Kelly Schmidt
Hello everyone. Welcome to the 2018 Fishing season. It's April. It sure doesn't feel like April LOL. Fish has been good to really tough depending on the wind. When we do get out Bandits and Perfect Tens have been the top producers on our charters. Bandits back 25 to 80 and Perfect Tens at 30/30 with one ounce . Speed 1.0 mph to 1.5 mph. Color has been either your purple perch patterns and your metallics like cheap sunglasses and IB frozen.Areas to fish has been the hard part. With all the wind and rain we've had it's hard to find the right water. The Can area is notorious for being the best area because thats where most spawn on the reefs but with all the wind and rain that area has been taking a beating. So we've been going up to the Canadian line between the islands and east of the islands to find the right water.Once we start getting more stable weather and the water starts warming up things should be going real good. Stay tuned for next week's fishing report. You can follow me on FB at Gary A Zart or Blue Dolphin Fishing Charters or visit my website at Bluedolphinwalleye.com. Thank you for stopping by. Captain Gary Zart. Blue Dolphin 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.
The fish are everywhere! Be very careful and stay warm. Lot's of cold weather this week!
By Capt Juls on 09/24/17
What a beautiful weekend it has been. I had a long time customer of mine, Tim McGlothlin, and his friend Ed this time. Tim normally fishes with his brother, Matt, but Matt couldn't make it, due to being the head soccer coach for his daughter's soccer team, who had games this weekend.
The same programs are still working. Crank baits, like Bandits, Flicker Minnows, Reef Runners, and Bay Rats are still catching fish at deeper depths. And, crawler harnesses with #5 and #6 Colorado blades are still producing catches of decent fish.
The perch bite is what you should be after right now though. There are literally tons of them in the Western Basin right now. We just came off a 2 day Northeast blow, but the water to the west of the islands and around the islands is still pretty clean. It's dirty up inside near the mainland right now though, so that will take a few days to clean up again.
For a change of pace, and for those who love to Perch fish, I bring you good news!
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Walleye fishing continues to be very good, despite the big rain and winds that are pounding the area as this system blows through. Timing is everything, as there are days where you can get out during certain times, by watching a wind forecast's hourly prediction, and getting off the water again in time to miss it. A wind app that is especially good for this area is one I really like called, "iWindSurf". It's a free app and has proven itself to be the most accurate I have ever come across.
The bite in and around the islands has been very good this season. The fish are on both spinners and crawlers as well as cranks. The winds are getting more moderate as summer comes in.
Last Thursday came in like a lion. We had 4 days of strong northerly winds and about 3-4 inches of rain, which caused area flooding along the lake shore and in the rivers dumping into Lake Erie's Western Basin.
I have heard of some using crawler harnesses, and doing well on them, so it's a matter of choice I think. If you like to run meat...then, run those slimy messy little beasts. But, if you like to run the crank baits...they're still working great, so run them!
In between bouts of wild weather, that includes big winds with scattered showers and thunderstorms, the walleye are still being caught on and near the reef complex, west of the Bass Islands.
Hey everybody, John Bergsma here. I just got back last night from a short trip to the Port Clinton area. We caught lots of fish and had a great time. Here is a tip for those of you who are heading that way in the next month. If you get some winds that are to big to go far offshore....then don't! I caught over 20 fish yesterday in 13-15 FOW and wasn't more than 1 mile from shore at any point! I have done this tactic for years in big winds and it works from the mouth of the Detroit river all the way thru the Huron area. Big schools of smaller fish will run the shorelines after the spawn. We ran the Strike King Banana Shad in brightly colored combinations. Dave at Domka Outdoors painted them for me last winter as I did well in the fall on this bait, Purple with a pink head and Black with a Chartruese head were best. Bandits are also working well. We ran them out 30-40 feet and then our boards. The water wasn't clean but there are lots of fish in the shallows right now. The area around Davis Besse is good and there is also lots of fish around the islands and the shoreline in front of Cedar Point towards Huron. We fished faster speeds to keep the sheephead off, 2.0-2.3 worked best. You probably won't catch a ton of larger fish but at least you can get a limit and stay comfortable. Most of our fish were 18-22" Perfect eaters on a day where most people would not even go out.
Last week was a big week for the spawning walleye in the the western basin. Water temps are approaching 43- 50 degrees and the big females were busy dumping their eggs on the reefs and in the rivers. Most fish are now spawned out but there is still the random wall hanger that never drop their eggs. The water is starting to clear up and be "The right" color. As long as the winds are not crazy we should be in for some very good fishing. The Bandit crankbait has been the hot lure lately. Custom colored ones are most popular and the trolling speed has been from 1.2-2.0 mph. Fish these in the upper 1/3rd of the water column for the fastest action but the middle third will get going very soon as fish adjust to the warming waters. There are still fish on the reefs and purple hair jigs with emerald shiners and stinger hooks have been good and when the water is dirty try blade baits with extra vibration! The fish will eventually begin to move to the east in search of cooler waters but the next 6 weeks will be "Prime Time" to experience all the great fishing that the Port Clinton area offers. This area never really turns off as there is a ton of smaller resident fish that are here Year Round!
Looking for a great charter out of the Port Clinton area? Try my friend Juls Davis. Contact her at: www.julswalleyefishingadventures.com E-Mail: RNGRGAL@gmail.com