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Fishing Report Posted: April 04, 2005

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on April 04, 2005 at 20:34:37:

Well, we�re back in the water! The boat went in on March 29th. Our first trips of the year were March 31st and April 1st. I had a group of fellows in from Indiana for two days. Their trip was a perfect example of the Dr. Jeckle, Mr. Hyde personality that Lake Erie can have especially in the early spring. On Thursday the 31st we were greeted by 30 mph plus winds out of the south. We ran down the lake and tried drifting in close to shore by the �K� can markers. It was a frustrating attempt. Even though we were close to shore, it was very choppy and the speed of the drift was way too fast for these early season cold water Walleyes. We did manage to land 7 Walleyes jigging Heddon Sonars. The water clarity was also disappointing. With the very strong and gusty wind, the water was very muddy looking.

The next morning we arose to a dead calm lake! We ran down to the same beach just west of the Davis Bessie power plant. What a difference a day makes. With the calm lake, the water clarity was also unbelievably good. The first slow drift of the morning told the story on how the day was gong to go. In a matter of minutes, the boys were hanging Walleyes left and right! The first short drift brought 5 fast Walleyes including the 3 biggest fish that we caught all day. One trophy-sized fish was over 28 inches! We spent most of our time in about 11 foot of water. We easily went on to land 7 limits of fish by noontime. The weekend turned out to be a real wash as gale force winds associated with a strong cold front forced us to cancel our outings. The water temperature off of Toledo Harbor stands at 43�. Lake Erie, a real Dr. Jeckle, Mr. Hyde.

Capt. Walt

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