Lake Erie walleye fishermen are well aware 2003 was a magical year, a spawning season that has maintained the big lake’s claim of being the Walleye Capital of the World for more than a decade.
There have been lots of reports and pictures of some lunkers this year coming out of Lorain and Vermilion.
Jig fishing the dumps in the spring, trolling out at the sand bar in early summer or drift fishing outside of Beaver Park in May have produced lots of 13 and 14 pound fish this year.
Although those aren’t quite the 16.19 lb current Ohio Record held by Tom “Blacky” Haberman of Brunswick caught on November 23rd of 1999 – they are getting close.
We have seen lots of 33-35 inch walleye this year- right in our back yard. If they are weighing in at 14 pounds this year, they will get bigger and better next year.
Fall fishing promises to be seductive this year. After a very slow mid to late summer, the eyes should start heading closer to shore as the water continues to cool.
Shore fishing and night walleye fishing is an anglers dream. From Cleveland to Port Clinton, fish from any shore where you can throw a jerk bait into Lake Erie can produce great fish. Make sure you bring a net and some waders…those walleye aren’t going to jump into your cooler.