It sure has been nice being able to wear shorts out in the boat these past couple of weeks. I thought the warm weather would never arrive, but I’m sure glad it finally did!
Water temperatures are now in the high 60’s and low 70’s and there are still plenty of walleye in the area. Reports of big fish being caught to the east, (Lorain and further east), have begun, so those fish have already left the west end and are on the move to their summer hunting grounds. However, there is still some pretty phenomenal walleye fishing to be had from Toledo to Vermilion.
Large packs of boats were working the east side of Kelleys and the areas between Green and Rattlesnake Islands this past weekend with much success. Niagara Reef to Kidney Reef and many of the “cans” have been producing good eater sized walleye with many “Fish-O’s” in the mix. So, if you’re still looking for that walleye catch of a lifetime, your chances are still good around all of those traditional areas.
Fish have been higher in the water column this past week and shorter leads have been the ticket lately. Whether you’re running spoons behind Tru-Trip Jets or Dipsies at 2.0-2.2mph, or if you’re running crawler harnesses behind inline weights at 1.3-1.5mph, targeting the higher fish will put more fish in your live well.
It’s also important to remember that the direction they want the baits presented can change from day to day too. For example, one day you go fishing and you make a pass from East to West and catch your limit pretty fast. The next day you go out, and you do the exact same thing you did the day before, but this time the results are less than spectacular. Maybe you’re scratching your head wondering if they left, or not, but it could be as simple as heading in another direction; or, as I like to refer to it, “Changing the angle of the dangle”.
Lake Erie has a lot of current, both surface and under current, and they can change over night with the different wind directions. Before you leave an area, make another pass in a different direction and see what happens. They might still be there just waiting for the preferred presentation.
Good luck fishing and be safe!