Fishing report for the week of April 22, 2007: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: April 22, 2007

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on April 22, 2007 at 22:39:29:

Good weather - Great fishing! Well we finally got past all the terrible weather that Mother Nature has thrown at us the past three weeks and have broken into a beautiful, warm spring like pattern. With the stable weather, the Walleye fishing in the western basin of Lake Erie has fired up big time! The jig bite is probably at its peak right now. Limits have been common with most everyone and almost everybody is reporting that they are doing it in record time as well.

Aboard "The Trophy" this past week we have been working the beaches on the east side of Camp Perry's firing range. Best water depths have been anywhere from 13 - 18 ft. of water. We did put one day in on the Toussaint Reef and the slopes dropping off to 18 ft. on the east side was very good. Water clarity was actually better off the reef complexes after last week's blows. Both jigs and blade baits have been working equally well. Just keep them on the bottom and keep them hopping.

Using Raymarine's E-Series sophisticated high definition digital fish finder, finding the pods of fish has been amazingly easy. This multi-function display has incredible sensitivity and the best part about it is that the unit is fully automatic and selects all the best settings. You can still manually tweak a variety of the gain settings which I do but I find that the unit in all of the auto modes is just as good for most of the conditions I've encountered. Simply awesome!

Water temperatures have climbed up a few degrees and we are now starting to see a few Smallmouth Bass and Yellow Perch showing up in our daily catches. As of this past weekend, we observed water temps around 45 degrees. I expect temps to climb quickly with the 70 degree air temperatures predicted for most of the upcoming week. It should be a very nice week to be on the water. For anyone interested, we still have a handful of dates available for a Port Clinton spring drift trip. You may reach me directly on my mobile number 216-387-2656 at any time for more information and details. The Walleye fishing is shaping up to be another record setting year. Don't miss your chance to be a part of it!

Capt. Walt

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