Lake Erie fishing report for the week September , 2017: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: September 24, 2017

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on September 24, 2017 at 10:21:01:

A kinder, gentler lake! You couldn’t ask for a nicer lake then what we had this past week! After being on what seemed like a warpath the last several weeks, Mother Erie FINALLY gave us a reprieve and dished out about as nice a week as we have had all season. If not the nicest, right up there with the top 2-3 that we had in 2017. And it was about time. My fishing reports were starting to look more like a blog for the Weather Channel or something rather then fishing reports! Lol!

Fishing for Walleyes remained excellent as well this past week. Limits were almost automatic everyday and “The Trophy” had another perfect scorecard for all of it’s guests. Mostly all the “good eater” sized ones but as has been the case all summer long, we topped the box off almost everyday with a monster or two. Best action has been around 15 miles out NE out of Ashtabula harbor. Not a bad ride with the flat seas that we had this past week. Most fish still remain very deep so that meant lots of cranking. The good news lately and this whole season has been that there has been very few junk fish to contend with. If the fish makes it to the boat, 99 times out of 100 it’s a Walleye. I remember years past where it was a real nightmare especially in the month of September with those monster Sheepheads out 500 some foot off the planer boards and the wire line. Sheeze, I’m glad we’re not dealing with any of that crap this year!

Well I finally ran two perch charters this past week also. On the one trip we had 36 Perch and the second trip went just a bit better with about a 100 Perch. Certainly not the greatest. Most other reports I have received from others have been even grimmer. I have been one by one contacting most of my upcoming Perch charters and strongly suggesting that we just go for the Walleyes rather then take a chance at a dismal day. So far, everybody has respected my suggestions. I don’t know what is up with the Perch fishing this fall but I have a bad feeling that it’s not going to get much better any time soon. We’ll see. I will continue to keep my eyes and ears open for any and all reports from others Perching. Most charters however are doing likewise, converting their Perch trips to Walleyes so it’s not even that easy to get reliable information right now. I think the 10 billion Walleyes out there ate all the friggin Perch!

Two weeks left now for me. I think most of this upcoming week is scheduled Walleye trips anyway but the last week of the month is going to be troublesome for me as I think every day is supposed to be a scheduled Perch Charter. Hopefully everybody will have a open mind and if the weather holds, takes my recommendation to maybe just go for the Walleyes. But whatever the people want. On a side note, the few Perch that we did get were super HUGE! We also caught some keeper Walleyes on the Perch rigs while we Perched! Did I mention the Walleyes are EVERYWHERE? OK, I did just take a cancellation for this coming Wednesday, September the 20th. The weather this upcoming week looks equally nice as last weeks and it would be a shame to not be out fishing somewhere. Anybody that might want to jump on this late season-last chance trip can call me as always at any time of day or night right up to late Tuesday evening on my cell, 216-387-2656. I don’t need much notice. And like I said, Walleye is still AWESOME right now. So that’s it for another week.

Capt. Walt
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