Fishing report for the week of July 14, 2013.: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: July 14, 2013

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on July 14, 2013 at 15:02:06:

A so, so week... We had everything this past week from extremely fabulous fishing several days including the very best day of the year for me to, well, just some so, so fishing. A very strange week indeed. After a very good weekend last week we were greeted with some fairly slow days early on in the past week. It just made no sense to me. The very same areas, the very same lures, the very same counts on the lines we put out... yet dramatically different results. But I now think I know what was to blame. I think...

Tuesday I was especially beside myself after a rather tough day the day before and yet more of the same again the that day. I had called home that evening to touch base with my wife as I always do during the middle of the week. Before I even I had a chance to start to complain about how hard my day had been, she surprised me by saying I would never guess what she had just heard on TV coming from one of the Cleveland's news channels chief meteorologists concerning Lake Erie. She said they did a story on how the lake had just “turned over” and how unusual that phenomenon is this time of year. Usually this happens in September when we start getting cooler nights and the very top part of the water column cools and sinks down to the bottom and the once cooler water down below now rises as the “new” warmer water. This is also known as the lake “flipping over” or “turning over” with the thermocline breaking up. When it happens in September, it really screws up the Walleye fishing for a few days and that’s exactly what I think just happened to us last week. Very unusual for mid summer and the very first time that I’ve heard of it happening out here.

And why? They went on to say it was because of all the record rainfall every day for so many days on end. Apparently the colder rainfall that we’ve been receiving and I’m talking many inches at a whack on some days has had the same impact on the thermocline as the fall weathers natural cooling cycles that takes place each year. The lake had homogenized and disrupted the normal thermocline that usually sets up by now in earnest for the summer. To further understand this, I’ve come across a very neat YouTube video that explains how this all works and what happens. Although out on the big lake everything is on a much bigger scale and over a much bigger time period, the theory is still the same. I can not post a live link but I urge all of my readers that finds this as fascinating as I did to copy and paste this into your browser window and watch this short demonstration for yourself: Fascinating !

So the lake had flipped over and the Walleyes were in a bit of disarray for a few days. Very interesting and hopefully very short lived. By weeks end however things were returning back to fabulous and on Friday we had a 39 fish day for my six charter guests that particular day. I rarely get 6 guys anymore nor do I want that many guys on the boat really but somehow, someway we went well and we went on to have the best day of the year number wise aboard “The Trophy”. Very strange after a few days of terribly struggling just a couple of days before. Saturday was a burn as well with us capturing 30 Walleyes before 10:00 a.m. Same results on Sunday. It was on fire and done early! I guess I have a new excuse to use now anyway. I will add it to my long list already of why the stupid fish aren’t biting. “The lake has turned over” I will add that one right below the “super stupid moon” phenomenon on my ever growing list! lol ! Anyway, this weeks 10 day forecast is calling for almost no rain right on through the extended period and temperature's soaring into the 90’s by early in the week ! We should get our thermocline back in a big time hurry and the rest of summer should be back to just simply peachy. Should be,... right ? 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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