Fishing report for the week of June 9, 2013.: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: June 09, 2013

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on June 09, 2013 at 20:19:06:

Smoking awesome... I mean, totally SMOKING AWESOME !!! We had another unbelievably great week of Walleye fishing out of Ashtabula Harbor aboard “The Trophy” this past week. This format that I use for my fishing reports limits me to only four pictures per report each week. That’s a shame too because I think I took at least 50 fantastic pictures this past week ! Lol ! We got pictures of racks full of fish. We got multiple pictures of various 10 pound plus Walleyes including one huge cow that went 32 inches and weighing in at a whopping 13 pounds. We even got pictures of a beautiful and quite rare Brown Trout that we captured aboard “The Trophy” early on in the week. All these great photos that I would love to share with everyone and here I am limited to just four measly pictures. And then I think back to certain weeks in past seasons where I struggled to even come up with four worthy pictures over the coerce of a whole weeks period due to one reason or another. Usually because of horrific weather.

Speaking of weather, it wasn’t exactly June like or pleasant most of this last week either. We had a stubborn cold front sit on top of us all week long over the lake keeping temperatures well below normal with a pesky stubborn east northeast wind churning away at the water making for lots of white caps. And to add to all the excitement, we had TONS of rain, most of it associated with the tropical system Andrea that marched up the center of the country and stalled over us for two whole days before turning east and moving on. And somehow, someway we still fished through all and had a ball ! Funny how even in miserable ghconditions it can be really fun when you have fish after fish on at the end of your line. And we certainly didn’t have to fight any crowds out there. It wasn’t till Friday when we seen the first other boat out there trolling around for the Walleyes in the same areas that I was working. A very pleasant change from the congestion and chaos that I just went thru at the western basin last month. If that’s all it takes to make the whole lake all mine, just a “little rain and a bit of cool breeze” I say, bring it ! Providing that the Walleyes are as suicidal as they were for us all this last week in those honestly crappy conditions, lol !

So its almost scary how good the fishing is for us this June right out the gate this year. Normally things around here in the central basin start out a bit slower and steadily build up to the crescendo that peaks in July & August. I mean, its always fairly good even early on if you work really hard at it but right now if you know half way what you're doing, its almost silly easy. It just makes me wonder if the huge schools that normally migrate into the area later on in the season are not already here prematurely for whatever reason. And that also makes me fearful that perhaps they may keep trucking east this year when most just expect them to arrive. I guess time will tell but it certainly is as good as it gets out there right now and at least as good as any of the supposed “peak months” that are supposedly yet to come. Hopefully they will stick around. It makes me giddy to think that even more schools of Walleyes may be moving into the area and be joining up with the big schools that seem to be out there already making it EVEN BETTER then it is now ! Yikes, somebody please pinch me !

I guess from here on out there will be more and more people joining me out there as the word gets out about how good the fishing already is out there. I haven't exactly kept it a big secret myself with these reports, lol... I just hope that once others start joining me out there that everyone can for a change be more courteous to one another and use some common sense when you get in to some traffic. Everybody has the age old argument “I’ve been on this heading all day long”. Well, hello... usually so have ! The bottom line is that there is no one right or wrong. Rules of the road really do not apply out there when you’re trolling around in all different directions. But common sense does. I’ve often said that if you give me a little and I give you a little, there would never be an issue. But those that just sit there with their arms folded and refuse to give an inch while you crash and burn, well that’s just plain shameful. It’s a big lake out there with lots of fish for everyone. Lets spread the word this year and everybody try to work together! We’ve all been caught in situations where you came up on another boat unexpectantly in a bad way because you were just so busy in the back. It happens. So, after all this preaching if I happen to almost run you over, well I’m apologizing already in advance ! lol ! OK, real quick before I wrap it up here. Walleye fishing is beyond FABULOUS RIGHT NOW ! And of all things, I have a couple open dates this coming week because of some weird cancellations. If anybody is interested, I have this Tuesday, June the 11th open along with a rare Friday opening, June the 14th for those that love those long three day weekends. I would dearly like to fill these dates while the fish are on fire like this if I can. Help me spread the word about these openings !

Capt. Walt

*We are entering this part of the season now where it is imperative that we get out very early in the morning. With the very clear water out there, we usually get a strong morning bite before the sun gets up too high and the action drops off significantly. WE DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY ! Until further notice, we are now departing from the dock everyday at 5am sharp. Please if you have a trip scheduled, be here early and be ready to roll at such time ! Also, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR FISHING LICENSE ahead of time. There are no license sales at the marina. If you are getting just a 1 day license, make sure to get the 1 day “charter license” which only goes into effect if you actually get out and use it. Links on my website for online sales. Any questions, call me.

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