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Fishing Report Posted: April 12, 2005

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on April 12, 2005 at 06:44:02:

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Did I mention awesome? That�s the only way to describe the Walleye bite right now here in the western basin. Not even last weekend�s mighty gale and the subsequent muddy waters have slowed down this past weeks� action. Not in all the years that I have been doing this early season fishing do I remember it being this good. Even the party fishing boats with 30 and 40 people on board are limiting out before noontime. Most of the fish are 2 to 3 pound males but they seem to be everywhere.

The reef fishing right now is super hot as well as ANY beachy area. We actually played a little game this past week where we tried to find an area where we couldn�t catch any. It could not be done! Every spot we tried produced these perfect eating sized fish. On our charters we have been jigging � oz. Heddon Sonars. Most of the other boats are using jigs and minnows. It doesn�t seem to matter. The trollers are doing well on some of the early post spawn females. Best areas have been between �B� and �C� can.

I�m not sure what has these fish so fired up. The water is really quite muddy. Past years when the water clarity was this bad we really struggled. This spring it seems just the opposite. We haven�t even started catching the zillions of 13 and 14-inch fish yet that are in the lake from the record setting hatch of 2003! These smaller fish will turn on when the water warms up a bit more and the Walleyes start hitting on nightcrawlers. The water temp off of Toledo Harbor stands at 48�. Awesome!

Capt. Walt

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