Last Up to date on June 15, 2019
This can be a walleye selfie with my Day 1 largest catch.
If in case you have been reading our website for a while, you understand how excited we get about our annual walleye fishing trip to Lake Erie! It’s arduous to beat the fishing, the company, and the overall experience of landing a bunch of great wanting walleye.
We once again used Captain Hook Charters out of Marblehead/Port Clinton Ohio. And when you’ve got had as a lot success fishing with them as we’ve had up to now – it only made sense for us to make use of them again!
Our crew was slightly totally different – It included Shane, our dad Lee, his spouse Cheryl, our Uncle Kevin (this was his first experience fishing on Lake Erie) and of course myself!
We fished with our ordinary Captain – Captain Kyle – for the primary two days, then we received to fish with the primary man Captain Pete for the third day.
It was a tremendous experience identical to our past trips, and in case you are interested by a Lake Erie Walleye Charter, I’m all the time going to advocate Captain Hook (they usually don’t pay us anything to advocate them)!
In case you haven’t learn our past evaluate, it could be a good idea – as a result of we increase somewhat bit extra about lodging and another details in that one! Since we coated lodging and space in that one we’re diving proper into 2019’s fishing in this one!
Anyhow, take pleasure in my fast evaluation of our journey!
2018 Lake Erie Fishing Review
Lake Erie Lodging
If there was one draw back to our journey, is we did have to stay at 3 totally different places as a result of some scheduling conflicts. Nevertheless, this wasn’t an enormous situation and undoubtedly didn’t affect how much enjoyable we had on our journey. Credit to the place credit score is due, as soon as it was clear there have been issues the charter actually worked with us to make issues right and make sure we have been taken care of.
Day 1: We simply said at an area lodge.
Day 2 & Three: We stayed on the North Shore Lodge in Marblehead (you’ll be able to read extra about this location in our 2018 assessment)
Day Four: We spent out final night time at “The Pond” Condos which is associated with Captain Hook Charters. These condos are very nice, have access to a grill, and will probably be satisfying for all who determine to stay there.
We’ve got already booked our 2020 fishing trip reservations for the North Shore Lodge – principally due to the privateness and isolation. However in case you are into group steak fries and getting to know the neighbors, you’ll really enjoy the Pond Condos.
Day 1 of Fishing
The Crew Taking off on Day 1
We couldn’t have requested for a greater begin to this fishing journey! The climate was completely good – warming up to about 70 levels; with a slight breeze and the sun shining. As you’ll be able to imagine, that sort of climate made it really easy for us to catch fish!
We left the Port Clinton Marina around 6:00 A.M. and Captain Kyle took us on roughly a 40-minute boat journey to start out fishing near the Canadian border. We have been using the standard worm harness/Lindy Rigs/Erie Dearies (I’ve heard them referred to as about 10 various things depending on where you’re from) rigs with night time crawlers.
It didn’t take long for us to start out putting walleye gold. In contrast to our 2018 journey, I didn’t catch the most important fish of the trip on my first forged. I decided to be extra patient this yr and provides everyone else an opportunity.
We have been hanging a bunch of really nice fish, sometimes in that 2-4 pound range!
We all the time have an enormous fish contest that I win 66% of the time. For a lot of the day our largest fish was proper around 20 inches, however I did hook a really nice 21-Inch walleye that may become our largest of the day and begin me off with a win on the most important fish contest.
Shane had a sluggish begin to the day. He just couldn’t seem to get that chew he was on the lookout for, however he ended with an enormous flourish catching Four or 5 walleyes in a few 15 minute span on the finish. It was large work and everybody in the group would catch between Four to 8 walleyes! We all took turns netting fish and just having an incredible day on the water.
Our Day 1 Lake Erie Walleye Catch!
It was additionally pretty impressive how nicely Kevin obtained the hold of drift fishing, and he began nailing some very nice walleye in a short time!
Proper round 10:45ish we have been limited out with a unbelievable 36 walleyes – and started to make our means again house!
That day we took all our gear to the Northshore Lodge which would be our house for the subsequent couple of days.
Once you get back from fishing that early, there’s solely a few affordable issues to do – principally drink, grill, and play cards. And that’s exactly what we did.
On an entire aspect word – We played Euchre for about 3 hours. All of it got here right down to a 9 to 9 remaining hand to see who the champion was going to be. Being down 2 tips to 1 and understanding my workforce (Dad and I) were not going to get that point we would have liked – I cheated and pulled out a joker I was hiding. We’re going to name that a walk-off victory for my workforce.
Day 2 of Walleye Fishing
The day 2 catch wasn’t too dangerous….
Day 2 included all of us going out fishing once more, apart from Shane who usually takes day 2 off for some relaxation and rest.
The water on Day 2 was so much rougher then Day 1. The wind was blowing upwards of 20 – 25 mph; which can create some major waves on a bigger physique of water like Lake Erie.
Because of how rough the water was, we didn’t go out to close Canadian waters – however stayed in an area that was a bit extra shielded from the wind.
The fishing couldn’t have been any higher. We limited out in document time. By about 9:00 A.M. we had landed 30 keeper walleyes and have been doing a bit of little bit of catch and release fishing.
The dimensions was down somewhat – with our largest being proper around 21-inches – however the quantity was up. I do know you’re curious, however I didn’t catch the most important fish, that really went to Kevin.
The bottom-bouncer rigs have been getting some great motion in one of these climate. By about 9:30 a.m. we have been on our means back to the Northshore Lodge for some relaxation and rest.
Once we acquired back, I principally took a quick nap, grilled up some steaks, drank some booze, performed some cards and we watched one of many extra unique films you’re ever going to see. In the event you haven’t ever seen Escanaba in da Moonlight (launched in 2001) – and you come from an enormous time searching or fishing family – it is undoubtedly work the watch!
Should you don’t come from a background of getting collectively as a household for occasions like deer searching season – nicely this movie in all probability isn’t going too be to much enjoyable for you!
Day 3 of Walleye Fishing
Not a nasty fish – 27 inches in length
For Day Three of our fishing trip we switched captains to Captain Pete as an alternative of Captain Kyle. Luckily, we have been in good palms since Captain Pete is the top individual for Captain Hook Charters.
The weather was a little less tough then day 2 – however undoubtedly rougher then day 1. It was nice enough nevertheless for us to go back to near the Canadian border where we fished day 1.
This was a really distinctive day of fishing. We have been catching a number of fish here and there, but we have been additionally dropping a very good chunk of fish too. We had misplaced about six walleyes within the first hour or so, which is about as many as we had misplaced the whole first two days. It didn’t appear to matter what we did, they only weren’t hitting exhausting and staying hooked. And the other captains have been complaining of the same factor.
Luckily Shane acquired into an excellent roll while everybody else was slumping. He was capable of land 3 quick walleyes when casting before an unlucky damage stored him out for the rest of the day. Those rough Lake Erie waves could be robust on the legs.
We principally stored grinding out the fish. We have been using each bottom bouncers and drifting fishing. By about 11:45 we have been 2 fish from limiting out.
That’s once I hooked the most important fish of the journey. At first, I assumed I had caught a sheepshead because of the best way it was preventing, until I noticed a glimpse of it. It was a heck of a battle, but I ended up catching a 27-inch lunker!
I ended up catching the ultimate fish as nicely, giving us our limit of 36 walleyes by noon!
It may need taking us a number of hours longer than the previous days, however the measurement was up, and we have been all very proud of the amount of fish we caught.
For lodging, we truly stayed at the very nice “The Pond” Condos and as an alternative of taking everyone’s cash for catching the most important fish, I let everybody else within the group order a few pizzas for us!
The Pizza was nice, the cards have been nonetheless enjoyable, the consuming was still good – and the corporate couldn’t have been better. When all was stated and achieved, we caught 102 walleyes over Three days of fishing.
Sadly, we had to go residence the subsequent day, however it was a simple determination for us to e-book our journey for next yr through Captain Hook Charters again!
Some critical wind burn on the face, however the results converse for themselves!
2019 Lake Erie Walleye Fishing Report
Final yr was the start of a very particular run in Lake Erie off of the Ohio coast. This was the primary time in a long time that limiting out early was a frequent prevalence, and the captains have been speaking about two straight years of actually spectacular sized walleye hatchings. Between what the captains are experiencing, years of the water getting cleaner, and walleyes realizing an invasive species consuming their younger have been truly fairly good consuming themselves – the walleye are absolutely THRIVING in Lake Erie!
While it may well all the time be dangerous to undertaking too far forward, issues are wanting superb in terms of walleye fishing in 2019, and things are wanting just nearly as good in the short-term future, as properly! The reviews from the local Department of Pure Assets point out that the newest new walleye hatchings have been among the largest ever seen in current reminiscence.
For the primary time in a very long time many charter captains are doubling up on guided excursions in the course of the day as a result of there’s truly room for them. The subsequent 5-6 years probably might just proceed to be superb on the subject of walleye fishing in Lake Erie and we even booked next yr’s trip earlier than coming house. So Lake Erie Trip 2020 is already set to go!
Shane’s Two Cents
Jon pretty much nails it. Lake Erie walleye fishing is admittedly nearly as good as it gets. I’ve been going for about 6 years now, and I’d say the fishing is the most effective it’s been since I started going. That is only the second yr the place we restricted out day by day, and we’ve limited out shortly – all the time properly earlier than midday. Previous journeys we’d be out to Three-Four pm and get good catches, but not a limit out.
This yr’s catch general was additionally greater than final yr’s. The top sized have been about the identical (minus the apparent 27 inch monster Jon introduced in), the center sized ones have been undoubtedly persistently greater than last yr, and the “small” ones have been a lot larger than final yr. It additionally felt like there have been a lot more mid-sized eaters versus small eaters.
Limiting out early means getting up at 5:30 a.m. each morning paid off with fishing being accomplished before 11, a day of grilling, consuming, watching films, and enjoying euchre – what extra might you ask for? Everyone went back house with more frozen walleye fillets than we might go through in a month – although in my household we’re going to take a critical run at it.
The sinker and worm combo casting and bottom bouncing have been profitable techniques as soon as once more, and we’ll be going with the identical charter, similar captain once more next yr. This worked out rather well for us.
Also a pro tip: pay the extra money for the chief package deal. The packed lunches are literally pretty strong, having water and soda when the sun’s out is great, and most of all, you don’t have to wash a single fish when your group catches 118 walleye and 1 perch over three days of fishing. It’s value it.
Absolute blast and we’ll be wanting forward to it next yr…minus all the shifting around 🙂
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