Back on Lake Erie…..Here we go!

Finished up our run on Lake Ontario in May, and our annual pike trip up north….so time to get some walleye action going out of our home port of Dunkirk!

Early to mid-June is typically a shot in the dark for us…some days are great and some not so much…and 2017 followed that pattern.   Honestly, our first trip in was a tough one…at least our fellow fisherman that day fared the same, then just 1 short week later we had fish, bait and away we go!

After we got some stable water, we were able to get our game going!  It’s a Rat Attack!   Bay Rat Long deeps were the ticket for sure, in Purple Wish, the Machine and My Secret.  4 color and 5 color off the boards was the best, with an occasional bite on the 6 color down the chute.

The story of our June has been lots of rain, t-storms and wind.  We have fish for the taking, if Mother Nature lets us get to them!

 

French River 2017

Another awesome trip to my favorite place to go!

Great to have Kris and Chris back, and really cool to continue the father/son thing with Marty/Ethan; Lukas/Patrick and Jack with me.   The whole thing started way back in the 70’s with my father.

As with the whole Great Lakes system this year, the water was high and it was probably the buggiest trip we ever had.   We all came back with black fly bites.

Fishing was very good again, as we landed 270 pike (29 were between 22″ and 28″)!

And a couple of bonus walleye!

And who could beat this view on the last day??

We’ve been going a long time now, and look forward to the next one!

Now let the Lake Erie Walleye Games Begin!!

 

Wilson 2017

Well, Wilson is a wrap for 2017.

During the time we were there, northeast winds and a generally tough bite was the rule.   We lost almost as many charters (due to wind and rough water as we got in).

Did get some really nice coho, but the king bite didn’t fire up until we are back home again.

We did fish in the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Charity event in Olcott (we had D-man Craig Muni), and landed a 16lb laker that was just shy of prize money.

And yes, the water is incredibly high!  Special thanks to the folks at Bootleggers Marina for taking good care of us!

If you’re up that way and want a great place for dinner, be sure to check in with our friends at the Sunset Grill at Bootleggers Marina. Great place and great food!