August 11, 12 and 13

For one of the few times this season, we were able to string together a few days in a row, and the bite was pretty good!

In what will be a common theme in the next few reports….slide divers on “2”, no ring, with sticks and spoons at 185, 195 and out to 215.   Deep riggers with WD’s, 65-75.   300 copper down the chute.

August 9

All I can say is wow.    Today was fantastic, as Jason and crew boated the most walleye we ever have, and also released the most under- sized I ever have.   If the fish were bigger, we would have hit all the benchmarks!

Virtually everything worked today.  Spoons on the riggers, sticks on the divers and chute rod, and of course the Bay Rats on the 7/8 color leadcore.   Purples and pinks again, not really far from the harbor.

I sure hope they stay there for a few weeks!

Con Club Derby 2017

August 4, 5 and 6 we fished the 13th Annual Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Derby (100 boat field).

Friday started out really nice..sunny, not to rough…certainly not a sign of what was coming.   Some 11 eyes later, we all started watching the western sky.   I thought it was going to blow by to the north.   I was wrong.

In seemingly a matter of minutes, we went from nice, fishable waters to complete “white out” of rain, big seas and wind.   We all made it in ok, but certainly never fun to be caught in that!   The amazing part was a number of other teams, as well as us, commented on the fact that at the height of it all…the walleye were biting!    Oh, right..the catch….same MO as much of the last month…lots of fish, lots of kickers and no size.   #47 after day 1.

Day 2 was a blow day.  Big Lake Erie waves, and the sense to not even try….    We went to breakfast and took a ride to West Marine.  We had hoped we’d have a shot later in the day…didn’t.   #47 after day 2.

Sunday (day 3)….very nice.  Put up numbers but no size again.  Very warm, very deep.  90 rigger, 250 divers, 7 and 8 color with weight.

Final standing.   #39.

Mother Nature permitting we run 4x in the next 6……


July 28, 29, 30

July 28 & 29.

Mother Nature continues to rub salt in the wounds.   Big northeast blow which not only hurts the bite….you can’t get out there either!!

July 30

The lake finally calmed down, and we headed out with unknown abounding!  Decided to push east to try to find warmer water.  Dropped in about 2 miles out, and it was frigid!  12 degree break from 40′ to 43′ and 45 degrees.  Nope.   Moved another 4 miles east and set up.  Temps slightly better…but…

Had one hook up on a rigger/spoon pretty quick..then dried up.  So we decided to hook out to deeper water and promptly popped 3 quick ones.  Hmmm…sounds like a north/south troll to me!

Ended up with a pretty decent box, plus the 2017 customary kickbacks.   5 color and 7 color with Bay Rats was the best set up, plus some regular sticks (red) on the 90/95 slide divers early.  Ten color late.   Plus a couple of hefty lakers on a custom set up Yeck.

Thank you to Mary and crew for the support of Brooks Memorial Hospital!   Nice job on the rods too!!

Next up….the 3 day Conservation Club tournament….and the early forecast is looking to be pretty snotty!  Great 🙁