Fishing Report for the week of 5/19/02.: Port Clinton, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: May 20, 2002

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on May 20, 2002 at 21:27:14:

Not much change. It was yet another very tough week weather wise here in the Western basin. We had high winds, tons of rain and record low temperatures. The water temperature off of Toledo Harbor is still stuck at 51�. That and the fact that the water clarity is very dirty has made for slow fishing again this past week. Last year I couldn�t say enough about how great the fishing was. Last spring was the best I had experienced in my past 20 years on Lake Erie. This year is just the opposite and I know that it is all weather related. Until this weather pattern changes, I don�t see much change in fishing conditions. As dismal as things are, here is what I was aware of this past week. There has been a little "bite" around A can out by West Sister Island and N.W. of the island. These fish are smaller and are being taken on bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses. Gold blades have been the best. A lot of captains have given up on the Walleye fishing for the time being and have switched off to Perch fishing. Best action has been just east of Ballast Island. Lots of smaller Perch. Some Smallmouth Bass have been taken around all of the Bass Islands. We�re down to our last week here in the Western basin. For the most part it has been very disappointing. Next weekend we leave for Ashtabula. It will be good to be home no matter what awaits us!

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