Lake Erie fishing report for the week of July 13, 2014.: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: July 13, 2014

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on July 13, 2014 at 12:02:55:

A very topsey turvey week! We had quite the week this past week. After a brutal and nasty start to the beginning of the fishing week with high winds, torrential rains and strong thunderstorms and trip cancellations on my end of things, things improved dramatically and rapidly by mid week and quickly escalated back to how things have been for us all summer so far. And that is, “just as good as it gets”! The Trophy went back to work on Wednesday and it didn’t take long for us to figure things back out. The turbulent weather we had on Monday and Tuesday had driven the fish much deeper down into the water column but thankfully not much further out into the lake. After adjusting our lines accordingly, we were back to catching Walleyes just as fast as we could possibly go! Doubles and triples were the norm and we probably would have had even more hooked up if we could have gotten lines back into the water faster! What a good problem to have!

It seems like there is plenty of fish most everywhere now. All the boats are scattered out for many miles and everybody that is a halfway decent at this game is doing very well now. We ourselves have been starting at different points in the lake each day as I normally adjust my troll each morning accordingly to the wind direction to make things as comfortable as I can for my guests. Its always nice to get everyone acclimated to what we are doing each morning by starting out trolling with the wind and waves resulting in the most stable ride possible. Everyday I have a target in mind from where we did the very best the day before. However, depending on wind direction, I may be 3 or 4 miles away in one direction or the other starting each day so that I can get lines in and aim towards my desired waypoint. And each day, no matter where “The Trophy” finds itself starting, we have immediately been heavy into the fish. Again, a good problem!

There is one thing that I noticed after being off the water for a couple of days. It seems like there is a onslaught of new and smaller Walleyes that have entered into the region. Kind of a nice thing for me to see. I know everyone wants nothing but monsters when their fishing with me but its good to see future generations of different year classes showing up out there insuring us a strong fishery for many years to come. It also does my old back some good not having to constantly net what feels like “cinder blocks” each and every time! Lol! I mean, we are still getting plenty of good ones each day but we are also getting some 16 to 20 inchers which are awesome table fare. “Good eaters” as we like to call them! If I had my rathers for myself, those are the ones that I would like to have my freezer full of. But none the less, we take them as they come. I don’t have much say about it. Whatever bites is what we keep if it’s a Walleye. There is no sorting as most of these fish die anyway after coming up from so deep and being stressed out from reeling them in against the tow of the boat as we troll forward. One is one, hit the counter...

We have some interesting natural phenomenon coming our way from what I’m hearing for this coming week. Actually I’m putting my thoughts down here for my report a couple nights early just to be done with, to be posted Sunday evening as per usual due to some events that we have planned in the afternoon for this weekend when I get in off the water. Neither one of these phenomena's however is anything to look forward to though I don’t think. First, this weekend we are supposed to have another rare “Super Moon” which usually makes for a horrible Walleye bite much after day break. We’ll see how that plays out and how long the effects linger into the new fishing week. And secondly, believe it or not, they are calling for a “polar vortex” to sweep down into the country this coming week! WHAT! Well, actually not real arctic air like in the winter but a big departure from normal supposedly with possible record cold temps for this time of the year. We’ll just have to see how this one goes as well but I’m hoping that it doesn’t come in with any strong northerly winds. It’s going to have to be out of the north is my guess to drop temperatures that dramatically. We’ll see. So that’s it for another week. If we don’t all freeze to death this coming week, we’ll all meet up again next weekend for a recap of how my week went!

Capt. Walt

* It is imperative to be setting lines with the very first hint of daylight. And with that said, I would like to have all of my upcoming trips that might be reading this report to take note and PLEASE be at the dock between 4:30 and 5:00am at the VERY latest. Fishing is the very best the first few hours of daylight and we DO NOT want to miss out on that opportunity! Also, please remember that there are no fishing license sales at the marina and that those must be secured else where ahead of time. Any questions, call me 216-387-2656

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