Everyone that fishes this lake on a regular basis has their fingers crossed in the hope that the 2013 walleye hatch will survive this season.
There really hasn’t been a big blow to speak of since this last spawn, so there is a chance that there will be a plethora of new fish entering the system. And with walleye population numbers down from years past, that would be a good thing.
Fishing this past weekend was productive for some, while others struggled to catch their limits.
Captain Keith Unkefer, owner of “Pooh Bear Charters” is running 40 Tru-Trips back 45-50 feet with Scorpion Spoons off of a mast style set of planer boards at 1.5-1.8 mph and is having excellent success. You can hear “Pooh Bear” on the radio throughout the day letting everyone know what is working. If you don’t understand what is being said in fisherman’s lingo, just get on the radio and ask. There are a lot of anglers out there that will help you understand.
Others, like me, are running crawler harnesses with 1 and 2 ounce inline weights, Tadpoles, or Snap-Weights behind Off Shore Tackle inline planer boards at 1.0-1.2 mph with similar success. Color of blades used on the harnesses has been changing from day to day, or even hour to hour, depending on whether it’s cloudy or sunny out, so it’s good to have a broad selection of color blades to choose from.
Jigging is still fair to good on the reef complex using hair jigs. These jigs can be used plain or with shiners, a hunk of crawler, or a manufactured plastic tail with a stinger hook.
Anglers who like to drift and cast are also doing well in and around the reefs casting Weapons, which is a short version of a crawler harness that is weighted with an egg sinker and tipped with a hunk of crawler and cast out and retrieved.
The first annual Father’s Day Fishing Trip will be held on Saturday, June 15th. Jason Pinkston, offensive lineman of the Cleveland Browns, will join fans in this experience. The day will start with a meet and greet with Pinkston that is open to the public at Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille in Port Clinton from noon until 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. ticket holders and Pinkston will then board a charter at Drawbridge Marina for an all-inclusive fishing experience lasting until 9:30 p.m. Food, beverages, snacks and bait will all be provided with the cost of a ticket.
There are a very limited number of tickets available for this event. The cost per ticket is $70 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets go to citygalsports.com. Event organizers also state that there may be additional Cleveland Browns joining Jason Pinkston for this fishing trip.
The Multiple Sclerosis benefit Walleye Fishing Tournament will be held on June 5. It is an opportunity to help people with multiple sclerosis and enjoy a day of walleye fishing . Sign up by getting a group of six friends, customers or co-workers to fill a boat. The fully-stocked boat will set sail from the Midway Marina in Port Clinton.
More than 150 anglers are expected to participate in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 24th Annual Walleye Fishing Tournament. The anglers are treated to a continental breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. before they head out to fish aboard a charter boat with a licensed charter boat captain at the helm. Each boat is stocked with food, beverages, bait and ice.
When the participants return in the afternoon they take part in a light dinner and win prizes while their catch is being cleaned and bagged for them to take home. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place, for largest fish and stringer.
The cost for a boat with six people is $1,200. Individual tickets are also available for $250. After May 30, the price for a boat will increase to $1,300 and individual tickets will no longer be sold.
The money raised through the MS Walleye Tournament helps more than 20,000 Ohio residents living with multiple sclerosis. Funds are directed toward services like transportation, durable medical equipment loan, friendly-visitation programs for those who are homebound or hospitalized and self-help groups. Funds also support research efforts at Ohio institutions like the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University Medical Center where MS researchers are working to find the cause and a cure for the disease.
Join presenting sponsor Shamrock Companies Inc. and other participants as they fish for walleye and for a cure. Call Tony Bernard at 614-515-4608 for more information or visit www.MSohiobuckeye.org.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.MSohiobuckeye.org.