Fishing report for the week of June 16, 2013.: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: June 16, 2013

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on June 16, 2013 at 13:34:41:

Best June ever... EVER ! Man, I don’t know how the rest of this month or the rest of this summers going to go but what a fabulous past few weeks we’ve enjoyed aboard “The Trophy” so far here out of Ashtabula Harbor ! We’ve had an absolutely perfect string of incredibly successful trips on my boat with just simply the most incredible grade of huge Walleyes that you could possibly ask for. Day in, day out it has been crazy good thus far. And for the most part, nobody else has hardly even been fishing. I don’t know what everybody else is waiting for but I LIKE IT ! Just us, the freighters out there and those MONSTER Walleyes on most days.

Of course we had another unusually cool, raw and super wet week this past week. That might have a lot to do with the lack of any real boat traffic out there. It has been very unlike any other June that I have seen in a lot of years now. The amount of rain that we have had here along the lake shore these last couple of weeks has been insane. The Ashtabula River has been running muddy & swollen with flooding waters and debris now for what seems like an eternity. Docking at times has been a real adventure to say the least ! And it seems like no sooner that I get all my rain gear and shoes finally all dried out that we start all over again. It’s been just like the movie “Ground Hog Day” ! Over and over again ! lol

But rain, wind or whatever, the Walleye fishing has been just tremendous for us out there. I’ve been fishing these waters for over 30 years plus now and chartering full time for 27 of those years and I just don’t remember the fishing being so consistently good this early on in the summer around here. And the size, well I’m starting to sound like a broken record here. It’s been just incredible. And we haven't had to go very far out to catch these huge fish either. Just go around the corner and start fishing. Aboard “The Trophy” we have still been targeting the high fish with the new Tru-Trip Divers using the little Scorpion Spoons. It has been working flawlessly so far. And when you have a lot of fish to work with, everything else is very forgiving. Speed has not been all that critical for us. We have caught them good speed trolling, trolling normal and creeping like a snail. I don’t think lure colors have mattered all that much either and lead lengths have been all over but for the most part on the high side on most days. When it’s good, it’s simply good.

So perhaps we are finally going to break into some real summer time weather judging by the most recent forecasts that I am seeing right now for this next week. Its about time. It’s hard to believe that we are now in the second half of the month already. Don’t blink. It will soon be July. Soon these fish will start their slow and steady march north out and away from the near shore waters just like they do each and every year. This easy fishing will soon be a memory as we beat our way well offshore and have to start running many hundreds of feet of line out just to get our lures down to the right strike zone. I cringe at the thoughts of all that but I will make all the necessary changes and go where ever I have to go to keep my boys over the fish the very best that I can. It’s what I do. But I will never forget about this phenomenally great start to the season that we’ve already had this year and wish that we were really locked into a fishing version of “Ground Hog Day” ! Stay tuned...

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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