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Looking for some family fun? Go perch’n!

In this day and age of instant entertainment at the push of a button on a home computer, video game, cell phone, or television, it is sometimes hard to get kids away from the electronics to go outside and experience what the outdoors has to offer. Living in a town next to one of the best fishing lakes in the world is an opportunity not to be missed.

Fishing is not usually at the top of their list of fun activities, due to the lack of patience that develops as we mature. While walleye fishing can be exciting at times, it demands more patience, since it is not always fast and furious action.

Perch fishing can be the perfect solution to a family outing on the water. It’s relatively inexpensive to get set up with the basic equipment of a 4 ½-5 foot ultra light rod, and an inexpensive reel to match it. Then all you need are some shiners, a couple of Zip-Loc bags, a cooler full of ice, and a counting device to keep track of how many fish you are catching.

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Is it time to use crawlers yet?

It’s been a long time coming this spring, but hopefully the warmer weather is finally on its way. I can’t remember a time, living here in Port Clinton over the last 13 years, where I have had to wear my long underwear and the full body Mustang suit this long into the month of May. It’s really quite exhausting! Just like everyone else, I’m longing for the days where I can wear shorts and flip flops in the boat again.

Walleye fishing has been good, but not great, this last week. The strong winds and cold temperatures we have endured have scattered the fish around their normal feeding areas, and locating and catching them has been a bit of a challenge, though not impossible.  

The water temperatures took a little step backwards, from the low 50’s back to the high 40’s, but are on the rise again now.

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Take advantage of days you can’t fish due to lousy weather

Last season I wrote an article explaining how to tie up your own crawler harnesses. With the weather we’ve had this past week, now is a good time to start building some of your own harnesses to use for this season. There’s nothing more satisfying than catching fish on a lure that you’ve created yourself.

After a great start to the season weather-wise, this past week has confronted us with cold front conditions, rain, and big winds. The walleye bite slowed down in areas that were very productive for the first few weeks after ice out, and the fish are now moving around more, so locating them after we can get back on the water is the first order of business.

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