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Old 05-05-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
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Default Western Lake Erie fishing report.

Any interest in posting fishing info to share with each other? I am on vacation 5/5 - 5/12 and plan on being on the water as long as the weather cooperates.

If you guys have any interest, post your good or bad reports here.

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Old 05-05-2011, 09:05 AM   #2
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I'm game Russ. I'm taking a bunch of friends out from the 12th through the 15th. We'll be fishing from Kelly's to Pelee, then westerly . . . depending on the bite.

If you post from today on; I'll follow-up the week after. Should be a pretty good place for others to reference.

I'll try to track all the variables, but these are college buddies, so the gray matter may be a bit more "lubricated" than usual.
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Sounds good. The only report I have right now was good fishing in front of Crane Creek in 15' of water. This is usually a much later in the year fishing location, but a fishing buddy said they got their limit in a few hours earlier this week.

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Old 05-05-2011, 01:26 PM   #4
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I will be up there tomorrow (5/6) in the afternoon to pick up my boat for the long ride to Spitzer. Before I begin my journey I will Jig up there for a few hours and hope for the best. I will let you know how I did. I will most likey look for the pack and or head boats.
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Where have the fish gone?? I talked to a couple of fishing buddies that were on the lake all day today. Here is the report of where the fish aren't.

Walleye- none in 2 boats fishing all day. The guys tried:
Scott's Point in front of Mouse Island
Starve Island Shoal
East side of Ballast
East side of Kelley's
Toussaint Reef
Niagra Reef
SW side of Gull Island Shoal

Perch- 2 boats, 6 guys, total 15 perch
East of Kelley's off the airport runway
In front of Marblehead lighthouse
Off the SE corner of Kelley's
West side of Kelley's in 25' water
NE side of Kelley's in the ditch 50'+ water

What a strange year. I wonder if the walleye's have even spawned yet? The water temp was 42-46 degrees every where the guys tried. That's very cold water for this time of year.

I am going out tomorrow, gonna try walleye first and switch to perch if we can't get the walleye going. I will report when I get back.

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Old 05-05-2011, 10:09 PM   #6
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i just started my boats today ......... they havent even seen water other then off the garden hose ... hell i still need to get trailer tags ... wow im slacking , but then again i havent had a reason to do so from the lake yet :/
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Old 05-06-2011, 03:14 AM   #7
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Trolled North of Kelleys Island - boxed 4.
Areas of water went from mud to stained to clean. Did best in the transition.
2 fish on harnesses, 2 oz back 30, pink panties, #5 blade. 2 fish on deep RR's back 60, custom painted chartreuse/pink. Best speed was 1.5 knots. Fish shut down when wind/waves died around noon.

Our surface water temp reading was 49 at 7am and 51 at 2pm. Very good marks in small pods that were "on the move". Hard to stay on top of em. Find a pod, catch a fish, circle back and they're gone. Did best working a large figure 8 pattern.

Fish are starting to open their mouths.
3 were spawned females, 4-5 lb'rs. 1 small male I presume.

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Old 05-06-2011, 10:33 AM   #8
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Finally made it out on the 5th-yesterday afternoon-and not good news. We jigged round reef--which had the cleanest water--and caught a nice smallmouth and one sheephead. Moved to Cone reef where there was a large pack of boats but noone catching and it was muddier there. Backtracked to Crib and caught 2 more sheephead and one 22" walleye.
Word from one of the head boat skippers that they had fish early on round reef. Last weekend was ok off Darby marsh area.
Nothing very exciting to report though; watched the trollers yesterday too and no nets going down.
Sure was a beautiful day to be on the lake though; and that made the day.
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Went out today with a friend that's a charter captain. After all of the fishing reports he decided it wasn't worth even trying for walleye. We fsihed the NE corner of Kelley's in 42' of water for perch. We got our 3 man limit in less than 3 hours w/ some nice sized perch. We were throwing back anything under 8".

Listening to the charter guys on the VHF that were walleye fishing we had one boat that had 2 and another boat that had 4.

I am going out in the morning by myself, going to try walleye first and if no good I'm going to switch over to perch. No idea where I'm going to try first.

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Old 05-07-2011, 05:28 PM   #10
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We fished in a small pack by test range with only drum to show for the effort. Went to Kelly's and same result, more drum. Water clarity stunk. Gave up and headed to Spitzer. Lake really played nice and made the long ride enjoyable. I will be peachin out of Lorain tomorrow morning. Hoping for much better results.
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Tried Starve Island shoal, Scott's Point, and American Eagle shoal for walleye. Was going to try casting worm harnesses between Kelley's and South Bass but the water was really dirty.

Went to some deeper water NW of Kelley's in 45' of water for perch. Took 3 hours to get my limit but very nice size fish with almost no throw backs. Caught a lot of HUGE white perch, I didn't even know they got that big. I caught 2 that had to over 3 pounds and full of eggs. Also got some huge sheeper's that tangled my lines up.

A boat anchored really close to me and while I was pulling my anchor in they started yelling that I was getting to close. So I told the idiot's they were sitting right on top of my anchor, what the hell else was I supposed to do? When I finally got the anchor to break loose from the bottom one of the guys was pushing my boat away from his with his feet. What a total dumba$$, like what the hell was I supposed to do? And to think he was pissed at me, go figure.

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Tried Starve Island shoal, Scott's Point, and American Eagle shoal for walleye. Was going to try casting worm harnesses between Kelley's and South Bass but the water was really dirty.

Went to some deeper water NW of Kelley's in 45' of water for perch. Took 3 hours to get my limit but very nice size fish with almost no throw backs. Caught a lot of HUGE white perch, I didn't even know they got that big. I caught 2 that had to over 3 pounds and full of eggs. Also got some huge sheeper's that tangled my lines up.

A boat anchored really close to me and while I was pulling my anchor in they started yelling that I was getting to close. So I told the idiot's they were sitting right on top of my anchor, what the hell else was I supposed to do? When I finally got the anchor to break loose from the bottom one of the guys was pushing my boat away from his with his feet. What a total dumba$$, like what the hell was I supposed to do? And to think he was pissed at me, go figure.

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Sure you didn't have white bass there Russ? The look is similar and they would be spawning now---otherwise you had some huge white perch for sure.
As to your buddies with the anchor; had that happen myself a time or two--some people must think anchors go straight down or something eh?
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Erie- Yes I'm completely sure they weren't white bass. I've caught thousands of white bass I can tell the difference between a white bass and a white perch from 20' away. These were thick, fat, huge white perch, I have never seen them this big. Like I said, I didn't even know white perch got that big. I have caught some big white bass but they are no where near as wide/thick as these white perch.

I was fishing alone but for some reason I seem to attract people. By the time I left there were probably 40 boats around me. I have been on the lake for 40 years and I am still amazed how stupid people can be. They run just off plane within casting distance away from anchored boats. Then they horn in on your fishing area so close they are literally sitting on top of your anchor. What the hell are they thinking?

I got even with this one douchbag that ran right between another boat and myself, his wake tipped over my minnow bucket and knocked my rods to the floor. So when I left I returned the favor, I know it's not the right thing to do but it made me feel better. I just said "how do you like it" when I ran by him. He never said a word so I know he knew why I did it.

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Erie- Yes I'm completely sure they weren't white bass. I've caught thousands of white bass I can tell the difference between a white bass and a white perch from 20' away. These were thick, fat, huge white perch, I have never seen them this big. Like I said, I didn't even know white perch got that big. I have caught some big white bass but they are no where near as wide/thick as these white perch.

I was fishing alone but for some reason I seem to attract people. By the time I left there were probably 40 boats around me. I have been on the lake for 40 years and I am still amazed how stupid people can be. They run just off plane within casting distance away from anchored boats. Then they horn in on your fishing area so close they are literally sitting on top of your anchor. What the hell are they thinking?

I got even with this one douchbag that ran right between another boat and myself, his wake tipped over my minnow bucket and knocked my rods to the floor. So when I left I returned the favor, I know it's not the right thing to do but it made me feel better. I just said "how do you like it" when I ran by him. He never said a word so I know he knew why I did it.

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Yep, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do for sure. As to the white perch, holy cow, maybe it's a whole new sport fish eh?
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Hey Jim you turning Canadian on us eh
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Erie- Yes I'm completely sure they weren't white bass. I've caught thousands of white bass I can tell the difference between a white bass and a white perch from 20' away. These were thick, fat, huge white perch, I have never seen them this big. Like I said, I didn't even know white perch got that big. I have caught some big white bass but they are no where near as wide/thick as these white perch.

I was fishing alone but for some reason I seem to attract people. By the time I left there were probably 40 boats around me. I have been on the lake for 40 years and I am still amazed how stupid people can be. They run just off plane within casting distance away from anchored boats. Then they horn in on your fishing area so close they are literally sitting on top of your anchor. What the hell are they thinking?

I got even with this one douchbag that ran right between another boat and myself, his wake tipped over my minnow bucket and knocked my rods to the floor. So when I left I returned the favor, I know it's not the right thing to do but it made me feel better. I just said "how do you like it" when I ran by him. He never said a word so I know he knew why I did it.

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Possibly a white perch/white bass crossbreed?

http://www.iisgcp.org/exoticsp/white_perch.htm

BTW: Sorry to read about your alternator breakdown.
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Sure thing David don't you know eh?
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Went out in the same area today and limited out on perch again in a couple of hours. Really nice fish, 60 perch weighed 19lbs. There is obviously a walleye tourney this weekend because the guys were prefishing trolling all over the place. Several times we had planer boards run within 20' of the boat while we were anchored. Never seen one net go in the water all day.

Going to have a strong east wind tomorrow but going to run right back out to the same area for perch fishing. If we get our limit quickly I am going to run east of Kelleys and drag crawler harnesses. Last year that was a hot spot when the water temp got around 50 degree's so I want to try it. Will report tomorrow.

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Thanks for the report.
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Fished out of Kelley's the 13th, 14th. This is a really short report: The skunk has found a home on the boat. 24 hours of fishing: trolled the circumferance of Kelley's from 18' to 51' with myriad spoons, reef runners, harnesses, spinners. Nothing but sheephead. Drifted from Ballast, around middle Bass, the circumference of South Bass . . . Baaaaaaaaa. Caught a couple small perch (weren't targetting them).

Not one 'eye.

And for fun, we ran back to Cedar Point the morning of the 15th . . . yes, Small Craft Warnings announced JUST as we left the dock on Kelley's. 2-4 became 3-6 became 5-8. Yes, I'm always skeptical of recreational boaters measuring wave height. Don't take my word for it.

When my engine died 3 miles off Marblehead and I called in the distress, the Coast Guard sheparded us in. The engine caught a couple times then died for good, and the Coasties put us on the bridle into Cedar Point. The CG made the call on wave height; I simply agreed. When I'm standing on the deck of my 26' express looking UP at the crest; I get pretty close to estimating their height.

OH WHAT FUN!!!
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