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Catching Walleye during a Mayfly Hatch

Frank Smith

Anyone who lives near Lake Erie is familiar with the massive Mayfly hatches we endure each spring around this time. In the “nymph” stage, they can live under water for several years. As they mature, the metamorphoses of the nymph into a mature Mayfly happens over several stages of molts, and when they reach the surface of the lake, or river, they are winged little beauties that will live for only one day.  Their only purpose at this stage is to mate and reproduce. It’s kind of sad when you think about it really, they finally free themselves of the water, and all that would gladly eat them, only to be able to soar like an eagle for one day, and then they die. 

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Bataan Intermediate Grade 3 Passport to Fishing

Bataan Intermediate Elementary student Taylor Bollinger perfects her cast as her mom, Heather Martin looks on.  Both took part in the annual grade 3 fishing trip, part of the ODNR Passport to Fishing program.  

Grade 3 students at Bataan Memorial Intermediate Elementary School recently participated in the Passport to Fishing program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) - Division of Wildlife.  Mr. Bob Hathaway, Guidance Counselor and certified Passport to Fishing Instructor, taught the students in four areas of fishing:  habitat and handing of fish; knots and rigging; casting; and local information/resources.  

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Good News for Western Basin Walleye Anglers

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. 

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