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A little girl’s dream comes true

I realize this is not a Lake Erie fishing report, but I’m hoping you will allow me this one indulgence to share my personal experience with you.  When I was a little girl of 4 years, I caught my first fish, and I was hooked for life. (Yes, pun intended!)

Back in 1967, sport shows were a date set on the calendar that everyone looked forward to. My parents would take my siblings and I to the shows every year, and then we would go to see the “Travel Log” at a near by theater to end the day.  The ‘Travel Log’ was a series of nature films that were offered before they became available on our little black and white TVs that only offered a few channels, and where my love of the outdoors was nurtured.

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Cooking your catch

We’re well into the fishing season, and the fishing report is basically unchanged, so I thought I would take this opportunity to write something completely different. Now that you have walleye and perch in your freezer to share with family and friends, you might want to try something other than the traditional deep fried fish. Here are a couple recipes I made up that I would like to share with you if you want to make it a little healthier or just want to change it up a little to keep your taste buds happy.

Baking fish is, without question, much healthier than deep frying, so for those that have to stay away from deep frying, I have a simple recipe that should please everyone.

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Fishing remains outstanding in the Western Basin of Lake Erie

Steve Chapman and his catch.

While most of us can agree this past winter was a real challenge to get through, because of the extreme cold temperatures brought on by the Polar Vortex, no one who has been fishing lately can disagree that is has helped with this years walleye and perch fishing.

I believe the last time Lake Superior froze over was in 2003, and if my memory of what the fishing was like during that season is correct, it was also an outstanding year for walleye fishing on Lake Erie.  It was also the year of the largest walleye hatch the lake has seen in many years. My fingers are crossed that this year’s hatch will rival that of 2003, but we won’t know until the DNR does their creel surveys in the fall.

The reason the freeze over was helpful is that the water temperatures have stayed much cooler than normal, as the waters move down through the Great Lakes, helping to keep the bigger walleye from moving to the deeper waters to the east.  

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