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From the Editor

It's mid-June as of this writing and the fishing thus far has been fantastic, that is when mother nature has cooperated..  Many captains are reporting walleye and perch limits, even with the new 15" walleye limit.  And beginning June 26th, fishermen can again possess smallmouth bass. (May 1 - June 25 smallmouth bass possession is illegal).   This fisherman however puts the smallies back to fight again.  There are too many other good tasting fish in the big pond to even think of keeping smallmouth bass, in my opinion.

Lately the best Western Basin action has been near the Canadian border south of Middle Sister Island and NW of West Sister Island.   Drifting mayfly rigs and trolling spoons have been producing good catches.  The ODNR reports that walleye hatched in 2003 (5-10 inches) are already being caught and anglers are urged to handle these fish carefully and quickly return them to the water.  With the 2003 hatch of both walleye and perch being near record levels, we ought to see great fishing for several years to come.

Central Basin fishermen are reporting best catches off of Ashtabula in 50-60 feet of water, 8-9 miles NE of the Chagrin River in 48-60 feet and 5-6 miles NW of Fairport Harbor in 50-50 feet.  Trolling spoons on divers or downriggers have been the ticket.

Congratulations to Southtowns Walleye Association of W.N.Y. whom recently concluded their 20th annual tournament.  Dan Barone took first place honors with a 11.81 pound walleye.  Dan won a Tracker Boat, motor and trailer and of course a load of cash and other prizes.  The 9 day event was marked with some unpleasant weather.  But none-the-less, hundreds participated and a bunch of huge walleye were landed.  Plans are already underway for the 21st tournament to be held next June.  You can learn more about this walleye organization and their annual tournament at

Till next time, Good Fishing, and keep those walleye photos coming into the BRAGGIN BOARD!