Captain’s log

The 2018 Lake Erie fishing season is underway and it’s turning out to be special quickly, with walleye being taken early nearshore at Vermilion. Why so early, you say? Over the last four years Lake Erie has undergone an explosive increase in walleye population. Three years ago millions of small walleye made it through their critical first year of life, evading predators to reach 6-8 inches in length. Then, in two years these fish grew rapidly to reach 16-18 inches and that gave us great action last summer and fall. Now comes “Oh Boy!” time. Going into this spring we’ll likely experience very good inshore angling as younger walleyes participate in spawning for the first time. After about a month of scouring the rocky shallows for forage (and grow an inch or two) they will gang up and head for open water as bigger fish always do. I’ll be right behind them as I always do. It looks like a fantastic summer of walleye action is on tap. While walleye is king, yellow perch is a very close second. April, May and June is always a good time for perch so keep that in mind. Customers have caught numerous smallmouth bass while casting for walleyes during the spring. Most of them have been in the four-pound range. I have plenty of open dates as we head into the main part of winter but fishermen are starting to call already. Most customers shoot for weekends and it won’t take long for them to disappear so book early to get the dates you want. Remember, I supply bait, ice and tackle including rods and reels, for all my charters. So don’t worry if you feel you don’t have the right gear for a Lake Erie fishing charter. I’ve got you covered. Call me at 440-365-9932 or 440-610-1932
Capt. Tony Denslow with a fresh caught Lake Erie walleye Capt. Tony Denslow  snags a walleye for himself. Early season walleye fishing usually produces a smallie or two
Mega Bites Charters
At Vermilion, Ohio