Steve Chapman and his catch.
While most of us can agree this past winter was a real challenge to get through, because of the extreme cold temperatures brought on by the Polar Vortex, no one who has been fishing lately can disagree that is has helped with this years walleye and perch fishing.
I believe the last time Lake Superior froze over was in 2003, and if my memory of what the fishing was like during that season is correct, it was also an outstanding year for walleye fishing on Lake Erie. It was also the year of the largest walleye hatch the lake has seen in many years. My fingers are crossed that this year’s hatch will rival that of 2003, but we won’t know until the DNR does their creel surveys in the fall.
The reason the freeze over was helpful is that the water temperatures have stayed much cooler than normal, as the waters move down through the Great Lakes, helping to keep the bigger walleye from moving to the deeper waters to the east.