Fishing report for the week of 5/22/05.: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: May 24, 2005

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on May 24, 2005 at 06:06:13:

A good week! For most everyone, fishing was pretty good this past week. We have pretty much settled into a trolling routine aboard “The Trophy”. Although, the drifters are still taking Walleyes, the better trollers are now starting to beat up on steady limits of nice sized Walleyes. The best area by far has been just west of Green, Rattlesnake, and North Bass Islands. Boat traffic has been heavy but limits are being taken by most.

I just can’t believe the “marks” on the fish finder in this area! Absolutely loaded! We’ve been trolling #40 Jet Divers behind the planer boards, anywhere from 50 to 100 ft. back with both the little and big Michigan Stinger spoons. For us, gold has been a hot color! The big Dipsey Divers account for about half a dozen or so fish each day. The outside diver on a #4 setting, anywhere from 60 to 70 ft. back has been our biggest producer. The water clarity this past week has ranged from very bad to very clear depending on what area you happen to be working. We’ve found the most active fish right in the transitional water where the clean water meets the dirty water. Although we’ve been marking fish in both the clean and the dirty water, most of these fish have been somewhat reluctant to hit. Get into the just right stained water and the action has been good. No two days are the same as the water cleans up and the currents and wind moves around the muddy water.

I’ve been using a daily satellite image of the lake found on the following site. Just copy and paste the following web address: , click on MODIS Imagery, then click on MODIS True Color. Providing the satellite snaps a pictures in-between cloud cover, what an awesome image of Lake Erie. They put up 2 – 3 pictures each day. You can clearly see where all clear and dirty water lies, and all the islands, etc. A very helpful tool! Water temperatures now are in the upper 50’s here in the western basin.

Well, one more week here for us at the islands, and then we head back home for Ashtabula, OH for the exciting central basin monster Walleye and Steelhead fishing. I’ve heard reports of some nice Walleyes being caught already! We still have a handful of dates available for Ashtabula. If anyone is interested, I can be reached on the boat/mobile number at 1-216-387-2656.

Capt. Walt

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