Captain’s log

Most of my customers caught their limits of 36 walleyes. Often, it was by noon after starting the day at 7 a.m. Sometimes we ended at our limit and sometimes we kept on fishing for yellow perch and smallmouth bass. That’s an option open to my customers who limit early. Now, for some really good news for 2019. It may well be better walleye fishing than in 2018. I’m not exaggerating! We still caught quite a few 13-15 inchers over the summer. We threw those under-sized fish back, but this coming spring those same walleyes will be keepers, and that translates to strong action going into the future. And speaking of the future, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Lake Erie was flooded with tens of million more small walleye from the spring 2018 hatch. In fact, biologists declared it one of the largest ever recorded. Here’s what the DOW said: “Each year in August, wildlife agencies from around the western basin of Lake Erie sample the waters using bottom trawls in search of young-of-the-year walleye and yellow perch, with biologists from the ODNR Division of Wildlife conducting bottom trawls at nearly 40 sampling locations. “Data from these bottom trawl surveys are combined into a basin-wide index, and fisheries biologists compare the figures to previous years to estimate the success of the walleye and yellow perch hatches. These data provide biologists with an initial estimate of how many young fish will enter the fishable population two years later. “The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s August western basin trawl survey found the 2018 yellow perch hatch to be very good at 511 yellow perch per hectare. This is above the 20-year average of 316 yellow perch per hectare in Ohio waters of the western basin. This above average yellow perch hatch should help bolster the yellow perch population in the western basin and maintain quality yellow perch fishing. “Initial reports from bottom trawl surveys conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Ontario waters of the western basin showed similar results, with walleye catches well above average and strong yellow perch catches. Call me at 440-365-9932 or 440-610-1932
Capt. Tony Denslow with a fresh caught Lake Erie walleye Smallmouth bass are abundant in Lake Erie and are a thrill to catch because of their fighting and jumping abilities.
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The 2018 Lake Erie fishing season was one of the best ever

Capt. Tony Denslow with a fresh caught Lake Erie walleye
Smallmouth bass are abundant in Lake Erie and are a thrill to catch because of their fighting and jumping abilities.

Captain’s log

Most of my customers caught their limits of 36 walleyes. Often, it was by noon after starting the day at 7 a.m. Sometimes we ended at our limit and sometimes we kept on fishing for yellow perch and smallmouth bass. That’s an option open to my customers who limit early. Now, for some really good news for 2019. It may well be better walleye fishing than in 2018. I’m not exaggerating! We still caught quite a few 13-15 inchers over the summer. We threw those under-sized fish back, but this coming spring those same walleyes will be keepers, and that translates to strong action going into the future. And speaking of the future, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Lake Erie was flooded with tens of million more small walleye from the spring 2018 hatch. In fact, biologists declared it one of the largest ever recorded. Here’s what the DOW said: “Each year in August, wildlife agencies from around the western basin of Lake Erie sample the waters using bottom trawls in search of young-of-the-year walleye and yellow perch, with biologists from the ODNR Division of Wildlife conducting bottom trawls at nearly 40 sampling locations. “Data from these bottom trawl surveys are combined into a basin-wide index, and fisheries biologists compare the figures to previous years to estimate the success of the walleye and yellow perch hatches. These data provide biologists with an initial estimate of how many young fish will enter the fishable population two years later. “The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s August western basin trawl survey found the 2018 yellow perch hatch to be very good at 511 yellow perch per hectare. This is above the 20-year average of 316 yellow perch per hectare in Ohio waters of the western basin. This above average yellow perch hatch should help bolster the yellow perch population in the western basin and maintain quality yellow perch fishing. “Initial reports from bottom trawl surveys conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Ontario waters of the western basin showed similar results, with walleye catches well above average and strong yellow perch catches. Call me at 440-365-9932 or 440-610-1932
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