October is starting out like almost all of September was. Awesome! I ran my last two scheduled Walleye trips on Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st. In fact, this was the latest I’ve ever ran Walleye trips out of Ashtabula in the fall. I had Bill Fitz from Pittsburgh, PA and three of his friends in for a two-day Walleye trip that we had to reschedule from earlier in September when hurricane Francis forced us to cancel that outing. On Sept. 30th we took 21 beautiful Walleyes that had a total live weight of 123 lbs.! We should have had their limit of 24 easily as we lost quite a few fish as well. On the second day, Oct. 1st, we landed 26 Walleyes that weighted a total of 145 lbs. They took home an incredible two-day total of 98 lbs. of skinless, boneless fillets. This was a real trip to remember for late season action. We were about 12 miles out and the fish were super deep. There is still no sign of the big schools of Walleyes leaving anytime soon either.
Meanwhile, the Jumbo Perch fishing has been on fire. Limit catches are almost automatic. I’ve never seen anything like it. The Perch are everywhere and on a lot of days, they are truly in the “jumbo” class. Best action is also 8 – 12 miles out. I don’t know why the Perch are hanging that far out but they are. You can catch some Perch almost anywhere but when I run a Perch trip, I go straight for the “juggler”! On the two days that I Walleye fished, it was a real mess; we had to dodge around anchored Perch boats all day. All of the fish are mixed in together in the same area. A good many Steelhead Trout are starting to run up the Ashtabula River also.
I would like to remind everyone that we have quite a few open dates left for Oct. and if the weather holds out, we will even keep trying for the Walleyes. If you’ve never Perch fished before, this is the year for it. It is just unbelievable fun! To book a date, you may call me directly on my cell phone 1-216-387-2656. The boat comes out for the season on Nov. 1st.