2005 Lake Erie Walleye Forecast
By Capt. Phil Cadez
Some hearty anglers reported lots of
action fishing thru the ice in February.
I talked with one of the local bait stores in the Port Clinton area and
was surprised to hear about the quantity of walleye caught.
A few fishermen reported catching as many as 100 small walleye in
a days fishing. The fish were from the 2001 great hatch and are ranging
from 13 to 16 inches.
By the summer of 2005 they’ll be a great eating size walleye.
Along with these smaller walleye a few
trophy hogs over 10 pounds were also caught.
The third biggest hatch on Lake Erie was the 1999 hatch which
will bring the greatest amount of fish to the catches this summer.
These fish now almost to 5 to 6 years old will be from 3 to 5
pounds and give anglers a great time on the lake this year
The year 2004 was not easy fishing because
of many weather fronts, milky water and cold and choppy seas.
By mid May the fish turned around off Toledo, north of the
Western Reefs, and near Kelley’s Island.
Some really big fish six to
ten pound walleye were caught near Kelley’s in lake May and early
There were bigger groups of boats west of
Rattlesnake Island in late May, June and even July.
These open water schools of walleye stayed out there and moved
around. They kept moving because of their food fish and the many boats
that spooked them.
The fishing in the Canadian water did
produce bigger walleye near Pelee Island in June and July.
The numbers weren’t as consistent as other years, but the quality
was great, with lots of big walleye.
One Saturday, I had a group of experienced anglers and fished
hard only to bring in a dozen fish. The next day our 36 fish weighted
165 pounds and one fishermen caught two 10 lb fish within an hour.
With the lake cleaning up and fishing
pressure increasing many charters have started trolling.
Having 12 to 16 rods out with different lures far away from the
boat helps you find out the strike zones more easily.
The true angler hates this form of harvesting, he still wants to
cast his weight-forward spinner or “weapon” tipped with a worm.
This difference of opinion will never stop.
Every one is entitled to a choice of the way they fish.
The favorite areas fished last year were
near West Sister Island to the shipping channel northwest of it.
This was great early because of
The biggest fish were caught between South Bass and Kelley’s Island in
early spring. Lots of 7 pound or bigger fish were caught as the summer
anglers and charters followed the fish to the Canadian reefs. Trollers
did well but the caster did especially great on the rocky reefs near
Pelee Island. Seemed like any gold spinner worked the best tipped with
Some of the charters moved to Vermillion
and Huron for the late fall big walleye movements.
This is the time of year the trollers usually do well on big
fish. This year was a little different, it seemed that one day you’re
in the penthouse with a big limit, and the next day you’re in the
outhouse with just a few fish.
Plan ahead to come to this vacation area.
There’s lots of charters, ramps for you own good-sized boat and
motels to stay in for the night.
These areas get booked up months in advance.
Don’t wait till March or April unless you can come up during the
week which is a little slower, but not much.
Weekends seem to be a boom with the population doubling or even
tripling. Traffic is
congested and it seems everyone
is in a hurry to get out on the lake.
might try calling 1 800 BUCKEYE and ask for information on Ohio’s
northern shore from Toledo through Huron this summer. Port Clinton seems the central area to which anglers flock.
If you want to talk fishing you can e mail me at
www.cadez-charters.com Good Fishin!!