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2014 fishing season off to a great start

First off, I would like to thank The Beacon for inviting me back to write the weekly fishing report for them again this season. It is an opportunity that I greatly appreciate, and I hope it helps everyone who reads it catch more fish this season.

The polar vortex weather system we experienced over this past winter brought in a thick ice cover on the lake and the ice anglers enjoyed a spectacular ice fishing season for the first time in several years. Pictures of huge walleye were displayed on many websites over the winter, and made those of use who do not ice fish very envious of their catches.

Thankfully, the ice is gone now and the walleye fishing season on the Western Basin has finally begun. The ice went out on this end of the lake the first week of April this year, which was a couple months behind what we had experienced the past few years.

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Fishing derby at Walleye Festival

The Skipper Bud’s Kids Fishing Derby at the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 25 at 12 p.m.  This will be a free, family oriented event and it will take place at the Derby Pond at Waterworks Park.

All children ages 12 and under are invited to participate.  Trophies for each age group will be awarded in each of the following categories: longest, shortest, most fish caught, and most unique.  Trophies will be presented in the Entertainment Tent immediately following the derby.

A limited number of fishing poles will be provided.  Children are encouraged to bring their lucky pole!  Bait will also be provided.

Each registrant will receive a goody bag.  Registration begins day of the event at 11 a.m. at Derby Pond.  Please complete the registration form in advance and bring with you day of event to help expedite registration process.

Registration forms for the Skipper Bud’s Kids Fishing Derby can be picked up at the Main Street Port Clinton office located at 110 Madison Street in downtown or by downloading the form at the Walleye Festival website www.walleyefestival.com.

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Family Fishing Day at East Harbor State Park

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), East Harbor State Park will be stocked with 500 rainbow trout for Family Fishing Day Saturday, April 26.

Youth accompanied by an adult will be first in line to catch the trout beginning Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  No fishing will be permitted in the pond between the time the fish are stocked Friday until the fishing event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. The park will have some fishing equipment available for loan and live bait will be provided during the event.  Park volunteers will be available to assist the kids and parents with fishing.

East Harbor’s pond is located behind Lockwood Shelter parking lot, which is on the first road to the left after entering the park. The event will be held rain or shine.  All Ohio fishing regulations apply. 

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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