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Old 05-24-2011, 01:35 PM   #41
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A crazy acquaintance of my wife was out on the Lake the other day fishing for walleye in 45 feet of water north of the CEI plant in Avon Lake. He was using a frigin plastic Zebco 404 reel/rod combo ($19) and caught a 30" walley (Fish Ohio).
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A crazy acquaintance of my wife was out on the Lake the other day fishing for walleye in 45 feet of water north of the CEI plant in Avon Lake. He was using a frigin plastic Zebco 404 reel/rod combo ($19) and caught a 30" walley (Fish Ohio).
That's some GREAT news . . . about 1.4 miles due north from my doorstep!
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Finally got the Penn Yan, docked at Key Harbour on the Vermilion river, out for its shake-down trip. Boat ran well.

Only ventured a few miles nw of the river. Fished between 2 distinct mud lines with fair marks on the fishfinder, but no takers. A friend worked Huron river to the "Castle", also with no takers.

Do many of you guys fish the Huron - Lorain area ?
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Fished all day yesterday on mud line between Avon lake to rocky river with no walleye takers... Perch all over the place but too easy...... Walleye is not biting at all...going out again today to try again...... Trolling at 1 to 2 knots, nano minno and dipseys....good luck if you at out today, should be nice!
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Omarf- I didn't fish yesterday but I have a couple of fishing buddies that went. Neither of them got the skunk out of the box, not a single walleye boated!

One boat fished north of West Sister, the other boat fished around the islands. Both had a very hard time finding clean water so I'm sure that had something to do with it, but these are both old timers and rarely if ever get skunked.

I can't help but wonder if the walleye fish kill wasn't more serious than anyone knows? I haven't boated a single walleye this year and I don't know anyone that has caught more than a couple.

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I pulled 4 off the rocks on east side of pelee today with biggest a tad over 9lbs. lost couple more at the boat. fly's were terrible and heard on radio a storm was headed this way so I hightailed it back to the ramp. Couple of buddies did well on harnesses east of middle along the line. The hot spot seems to be on south side of kelley's between the ferry dock and SE corner but way too crowded in their for me.
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A dockmate got two by Kelleys Saturday.

I saw a total of six trucks and trailers at the new ramp in Huron yesterday. All you could see was muddy water on the lake for as far as you could see from shore. I stayed at the dock myself thinking of a way to patch the hole in my Isenglass from Wednesday's hail storm.

As if that storm wasn't enough, there is another going thru as I am writing this. The news channels say up to sixty mile an hour winds. More muddy water and debris going in to the lake!
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Finally got the Penn Yan, docked at Key Harbour on the Vermilion river, out for its shake-down trip. Boat ran well.

Only ventured a few miles nw of the river. Fished between 2 distinct mud lines with fair marks on the fishfinder, but no takers. A friend worked Huron river to the "Castle", also with no takers.

Do many of you guys fish the Huron - Lorain area ?
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Omarf- I didn't fish yesterday but I have a couple of fishing buddies that went. Neither of them got the skunk out of the box, not a single walleye boated!

One boat fished north of West Sister, the other boat fished around the islands. Both had a very hard time finding clean water so I'm sure that had something to do with it, but these are both old timers and rarely if ever get skunked.

I can't help but wonder if the walleye fish kill wasn't more serious than anyone knows? I haven't boated a single walleye this year and I don't know anyone that has caught more than a couple.

Russ
No reason to panic Russ; the Sandusky River behind my house has been flooding and solid mud since Oct, 2010. So has every other river draining into the lake; hence the lake remains muddy. The water temp is way below average for this time of year so the fish think it's still March. We'll have a great fishing season, but it will be like 03 or 04, I really forget which; but we were still limiting on walleye into November.
Every year is different; hang in there and it will happen--or remind me I said this and tell how wrong I was--who knows right?
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Old 05-29-2011, 06:33 PM   #50
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I have kept a log of recorded water temps from Cleveland. The Lake is ~5-6 degrees cooler than it should be (on average) this time of year. Last year we saw some pretty high Lake temps due to a warm and dry Spring.
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Was out again all day today, water was glass-smooth and really gave me a chance to fish both Avon point and east of Cleveland.....was running the e-tec like a raped ape all day and enjoyed it.... Now for bad news.... Not a single walleye! Trolled with sinkers on and silver 3pt, rapallas and leaches....nothing!! Starting to panic that I lost my fishing skills over the long winter..... Ohio fishing dude was at ramp asking about walleyes... He also said it's been slim picking lately from all his surveys with other fisherman.......


Was in by 6.30pm into rocky river and one nasty storm rolled on through....whew!

Nice day on lake though....very nice...tons of boats out.
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I pulled 4 off the rocks on east side of pelee today with biggest a tad over 9lbs. lost couple more at the boat. fly's were terrible and heard on radio a storm was headed this way so I hightailed it back to the ramp. Couple of buddies did well on harnesses east of middle along the line. The hot spot seems to be on south side of kelley's between the ferry dock and SE corner but way too crowded in their for me.
Good job Boataholic.
Memorial Wknd....Kelley's....Crowded ?? go figure, aye ?

With Pelee being such a hot spot for both eyes and smallies, are there really that few sportfishermen out of Canada ??

I'll be prowling Kelleys when the holiday is over on Tuesday.
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Good job Boataholic.
Memorial Wknd....Kelley's....Crowded ?? go figure, aye ?

With Pelee being such a hot spot for both eyes and smallies, are there really that few sportfishermen out of Canada ??

I'll be prowling Kelleys when the holiday is over on Tuesday.
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It's pretty strange. I guess the residents on pelee don't fish much. I rarely see a boat with ontario registration stickers on it. every once in a while up near the shipping channel for perch in fall. Mostly it's drift charters from US. Great fishery all around the island. If i had the dough, that's where i'd live 8 months outta the year!

good luck on tuesday.
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I buy a non-resident Canadian fishing license every year but have never been checked in Canada. One of my fishing buddies refuses to pay the $80 CDN to buy a license and he has been lucky to have never been caught. I've heard that Canada checks via air for U.S. boats and then sends a boat to check you out.

Has anyone been checked? Any idea what the fine/penalty is if you are caught fishing in Canada without a Canadian fishing license?

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I've been checked couple of times. not worth the gamble. I'm sure they'd put the hammer to you , especially if non resident. IMO, that's pretty unsportsmanlike to fish without a license.

FYI, I got 6 nice walleyes today then went perch fishing up there and got 30 decent perch that went 11 lbs.
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Boataholic- Nice cooler of fish. I agree it's bad sportsmanship to NOT buy a license. It really makes me mad and I used to not fish in Canada because the guys didn't have a license. Now I just tell them I'm going to Canada and if they don't like it, they don't have to fish. If they want to take the chance than it's on them. My fear is that I'm the boat owner and I don't want to deal with any problem if one of them says they didn't know we were in Canada or something. They are basically taking advantage of me because they don't want to spend the $80CDN on a fishing license.

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I've been checked couple of times. not worth the gamble. I'm sure they'd put the hammer to you , especially if non resident. IMO, that's pretty unsportsmanlike to fish without a license.

FYI, I got 6 nice walleyes today then went perch fishing up there and got 30 decent perch that went 11 lbs.
Nice job there boataholic..... I did end up making to Kelleys island today to see if I had better luck.... I saw more dead fish floating than what's on the fish finder..... Seems like bad catch and release techniques.....

P.s. Where exactly where you fishing for those walleyes? Lure details would be great also.

Thnx!
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Nice job there boataholic..... I did end up making to Kelleys island today to see if I had better luck.... I saw more dead fish floating than what's on the fish finder..... Seems like bad catch and release techniques.....

P.s. Where exactly where you fishing for those walleyes? Lure details would be great also.

Thnx!
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you can fish the whole east side of Pelee in tight. lots of humps and structure. Not much to the lure details...just homemade harnesses with 2- #1 octopus hooks, 7 beads and a #5 or #6 blade. Color doesn't seem to matter much. Anything from plain gold to purples etc. i was running them behind 2 and 3 oz inlines , back 14 and 11' respectively and attaching in-line boards. speed was about 1.3 average. I kept short leads as I was fishing sorta shallow, going from deeper water to shallow then back off again. I didn't want to get hung up on inside turns, although I did a few times.
hope this helps.
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you can fish the whole east side of Pelee in tight. lots of humps and structure. Not much to the lure details...just homemade harnesses with 2- #1 octopus hooks, 7 beads and a #5 or #6 blade. Color doesn't seem to matter much. Anything from plain gold to purples etc. i was running them behind 2 and 3 oz inlines , back 14 and 11' respectively and attaching in-line boards. speed was about 1.3 average. I kept short leads as I was fishing sorta shallow, going from deeper water to shallow then back off again. I didn't want to get hung up on inside turns, although I did a few times.
hope this helps.
Thanks for quick reply there boataholic....
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Sunday report, took six between 3:00 and 5:00 on the SE corner of KI, about 1.5 mile off Sunrise Point SE Corner). Had some late afternoon breeze, but the flies..... 35 feet of water speed 2.0 to 2.4. Scorpion Spoons 40 back on #3 on big dipsey and 50 back on 40 Jet.
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