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Catching Walleye during a Mayfly Hatch

Frank Smith

Anyone who lives near Lake Erie is familiar with the massive Mayfly hatches we endure each spring around this time. In the “nymph” stage, they can live under water for several years. As they mature, the metamorphoses of the nymph into a mature Mayfly happens over several stages of molts, and when they reach the surface of the lake, or river, they are winged little beauties that will live for only one day.  Their only purpose at this stage is to mate and reproduce. It’s kind of sad when you think about it really, they finally free themselves of the water, and all that would gladly eat them, only to be able to soar like an eagle for one day, and then they die. 

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Good News for Western Basin Walleye Anglers

It sure has been nice being able to wear shorts out in the boat these past couple of weeks. I thought the warm weather would never arrive, but I’m sure glad it finally did! 

Water temperatures are now in the high 60’s and low 70’s and there are still plenty of walleye in the area. Reports of big fish being caught to the east, (Lorain and further east), have begun, so those fish have already left the west end and are on the move to their summer hunting grounds. However, there is still some pretty phenomenal walleye fishing to be had from Toledo to Vermilion. 

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Walleye fishing conditions are improving day by day

Tim and Nick Becker

Walleye fishing is about the same as it has been for the past few weeks, with scattered pods of fish moving from area to area as the water warms, but there is good news. The weather is improving and it’s making the time on the water fishing for the elusive beasts much more enjoyable. You can keep the long underwear in the dresser, and heavy layers of clothing at home. It’s time to start thinking shorts and flip flops. Finally!

It’s been an up and down spring with the warm temperatures taking their sweet time getting here, but they just might be here to stay now. Water temperatures are reaching the high 50’s to the low 60’s now, so it doesn’t feel like a refrigerator out there when the wind blows. 

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