04-15-2004, 09:28 PM
The walleye bite is on, but slowed. It will take work and
effort to get'm. This past Saturday, you could catch all you wanted,
today that was not the case.
Fished off Wind Wings from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
and the bite was SLOW. I had on board one of
the best jig fisherman on the lake and he had a rough
go of it as well.
The water temp was down to 45, from 49 this past
Saturday. The winds from the NE to SE. Water clarity
was reduced. Waves were 3 ft+ and white caps - COLD!
I talked with guys who fished earlier in the day and
they caught their fish in the morning, then the bite quite.
They then went trolling North of D Can and caught a couple
hogs - one 11 lb.+.
Also, I talked with guys who fish NE of Kelleys. The water
was not great but there was some bite. The bite was good
for trollers West of Green and Rattlesnake.
With the up and down weather, fishing might be tougher
04-15-2004, 09:45 PM
The action was smoking over by the turtle island area. We had 4 guys in the boat and it took just over a 1 1/2 to catch our fish. When the water clarity is bad you must slow the drift way down to allow the fish to find the bait. (.1-.3mph gps)large drift sock sometimes it takes 2. Also try using a little larger jig then you would usually this will also help and don't work the bait as fast. The purple hair jigs 5/8 ounce tipped with minnow worked the best but it was all we used. We were only fishing 8 foot of water. The fish are still there and will bite just need to adapt to catch them. It doesn't matter how good you are at jigging if you aren't doing it properly. live and learn to adapt.
04-16-2004, 03:40 AM
My son and I got all our fish last evening (Thursday) between 5:30 and 6:45 in the same area. Dark colored jigs and minnows. My big drift bag was not quite enough to slow us to the speed I wanted but we underhand tossed the jugs slightly up drift and worked the "swing".
04-16-2004, 05:31 AM
sounds like turtle island is the place to be. i have never fished that area before, are there any special regulations or is that area called part of the lake? i like to use vibe-es but was concerned about treble hook?
thanks for the info and good luck this weekend.
04-16-2004, 06:51 AM
Was the bite over by Turtle Island a morning or afternoon bite? I am planning to go out this afternoon and not sure whether to head out to Wild Wings or over to Turtle Island.
04-16-2004, 07:39 AM
The area they are getting Walleyes by Turtle Island you can use Blade Baits.The Bay is inside a line from Turtle Island to Little Cedar Point.The humps they are fishing are outside of this line.
May I be fishing somewhere Tomorrow
04-16-2004, 08:52 AM
Thanks for the info Marcbodi. I am in Lima and looking to bring my girlfriend fishing for her first time fishing ever. I would love for her to catch a hog. Im not sure whether to fish the reefs of turtle island. What is the closest ramp to turtle island? I have a Tracker pro deep v17 and it is the wettest boat I have ever ridden in so I dont want to take her on a long trip. I have ramped at cullen park before but only went to the river not the lake. Also how close is the Michigan waters? I dont want to get into trouble for fishing out of season.
eye, fish the reefs. if teh waves are 4 to 6 you'll be on shore anyway unless the fish are really close and we have SSW winds. and the reefs are easy access with a bunch of marinas nearby. The fish are on and around the reef area since most of the fish en erie spawn on the reefs.
04-16-2004, 11:20 AM
Sounds like sour grapes to me. Wanna see my gut bucket from this week? :-)
Cullen park is probably the closest ramp. Mostly males are being caught around Turtle Island. Nice size, but not hogs. Turtle Island is in Michigan, but right on the border. If you fish between the island and the lighthouse, you won't have to worry.
04-16-2004, 04:50 PM
If you find them they will bite.
May I be fishing somewhere Tomorrow
Can I get directions to a launch for Turtle Creek. I'm driving from the east on Route 80-what's the best way pulling a boat. Thanks, Hawk
04-19-2004, 04:48 PM
Hey Buckeye dont take it so hard.Your reports are greatly aprecciated as well as those of many other anglers who care to share in such a great site and help others.
You know that even on a tremendous fishery like erie there are guys that get skunked day after day.Its those guys who are both baffled and bewildered by anglers who actually know what to do and when to do it.I think its jealousy.lol.Of course some are just crusty old curmudgeons.HA!
After thirty plus years of fishing erie its easy to set back and watch guys that are clueless (or newbies) make critical mistakes and remember back when I made some of them..Learning to adapt to the weather and water conditions such as your "working the swing" when your jigging can make all the difference on some days.It did for us sunday!Another nice limit of eyes in fairly short order!Thanks for the report and keep the good reports comeing......Tight lines...Wahoo