A chilly start. After what ended up being a very cold and long winter, the ice finally left the western basin of Lake Erie the last week of March. “The Trophy” officially went into the water for the season on March 29th. You could still see a few ice flows out on the water! Unfortunately, the weather prevented anyone from going out the first week. Even the fleet of big steel head boats stayed in safe harbor. |
Water temps the first week hovered around 35 degrees. On a positive note the ice fishing in the western basin this winter was fantastic with lots of really big Walleyes being caught. This should be the trend as fishermen get back out on the water. From my experiences over the last 20 years, whenever we have a hard winter we have a fabulous spring and summer of Walleye fishing. I am excited over the prospects of this because most of last season was slightly slower than most would have liked to see.
On an unrelated but equally important note if you also have your own boat and plan on doing some boating on Lake Erie. Water levels so far this spring on Lake Erie are EXTREMELY low. Shockingly low as a matter of fact. There will be a lot of dangerous spots on the lake, especially here in the western basin. The Corp of Engineers is predicting water levels will be about a foot lower than last year for this season and it was already low last year. You better know what you are doing or go with someone that does. Think spring and warmer weather!