Fishing report for the week of April 1, 2012.: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: April 01, 2012

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on April 01, 2012 at 21:46:23:

OK, this will be a somewhat shorter report because I have had no paid trips as of yet after being in the water exactly one week now. I thought I had picked one up for Saturday, but as my luck would have it, the weather was very bad in the morning and the folks didn’t want to come. After 3 weeks of record setting great weather in March before I arrived, such is my luck and the nature of the beast when your livelihood revolves around Mother Nature and the luck of the draw with scheduling. To say that I was very disappointed in the least is a understatement.

So I did the next best thing. I managed to get out 3 times for myself in the mean while on the nice days to get some fresh Walleyes to eat for myself and a few for the home freezer. Something I rarely get to do once I start running pretty steadily which will actually and hopefully begin with this coming Thursday. That leaves me with Mon., Tue. & Wed. open this week by the way should anyone be looking for a short notice trip. And judging by the 3 “fun” trips that I’ve gone out on so far, Walleye fishing is EXCELLENT with a perfect record of limit catches for myself and the friends that joined me.

Using the usual jigging techniques that have worked up here in the western basin for years, we caught our Walleyes easily on the 5/8 oz. lead head hair jigs with the trailering stinger treble hooks along with 1/4 oz. Heddon sonar jigging blade baits. Purple & green lures worked just fine. We caught fish both just vertical jigging straight up and down over the side of the boat and casting out and hopping the lures back to the boat. We fished the Toussaint Reef one day, Turtle Reef another and just off the beach around the K Can area the 3rd time out. Water depths ranged from 9 to 17 feet. When it’s good, it’s good. These are just a few of the areas that are all producing awesome fishing for everyone right now. Too bad everybody thinks it’s still way “too early”. Other years, maybe so. But with this years record early spring, everything is WAY ahead of schedule !

And finally, as I always tell everyone, you should go on these trips for the excitement of big water fishing, to have a good time getting together with friends and relatives and doing something special that you might not always get to do and to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. This in itself should be plenty of reward for going on a fishing trip. But for those lucky enough to get to go on such a trip and also do well and catch a few, it’s interesting to see the value of the meat that you take home at the end of the day. I was in Kroger's the other day grocery shopping when I happened to see “fresh” Walleyes for sale. Just one little fillet, half of one fish, just a 1 lb. fillet was selling for just over $15 bucks if you do not have a Kroger's card ! Slightly less with the card, but none the less, WOW ! I’m sure there are markets where that is the going price. Period. So figuring conservatively, and that that’s all the bigger your fish is ( and all the much more valuable the bigger it is... ) each fish at a minimum is worth $30 bucks ! If you catch 4 fish, that’s $120 dollars worth of fish PLUS you had the excitement of the trip and the thrill of catching your own fish ! Kind of puts things in prospective wouldn’t you think ! Again, WOW ! Give me a call and come up and catch some of your own precious fillets. And I promise you, those fillets will truly be “fresh'” unlike the so called Kroger fish ! Lol !

Capt. Walt

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