Still slow but getting better again with each passing day. That about sums up the Walleye fishing after the first part of last week’s 3-day gale. Early last Sunday the massive windstorm hit the area with sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts to 57 mph! This lasted right through Monday and dropped off slightly but was still significant on Tuesday. And as always after a massive blow, the western basin of Lake Erie was pretty much a mud bowl.
We got out Wednesday and the lake was calm. Water clarity was a major issue so we elected to troll on all of my trips the rest of the week. The only semi-clean water we could find was just N.E. of Kellys Island. Fishing was slow but we managed to troll up from half a dozen to a dozen fish each day including some 28 and 29 inchers! What worked for us was #20 Jet Divers with Stinger spoons fished 170 ft. behind the boards. Most of the fish we were taking were suspended around 30-32 ft. over about 40-45 ft. of water depth. The area was stacked with fish and it was amazing to see that many fish on the color graph fishfinder only to catch one every once in a while.
I truly believe that once the water clears up a little more and we get just a few more degrees of water temperature in this deeper water that this area is really going to light up. I hope it happens quickly because we are down to our last week here in Port Clinton before we move our operation to Ashtabula, OH for the rest of the season. After a tough couple of days, the drifters are starting to do OK out in the open lake. Best areas have been around Locust Reef and in front of the CYC on the west side of Catawba Island.
Sounds pretty good weather wise for this week. We’ll see.