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Angler’s Angles

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     JUNE 2021     [     MID-AMERICA BOATING
                                                                                  some new locations when

                                                                                  fishing Lake Erie

                                                                                  By Richard Martin                    are ignoring, because undisturbed fish are far
                                                                                                                       more  likely  to  strike  than  those  watching
                                                                                   Most  readers  fish  (50  percent  or  more)  as  dozens of lures flash by.
                                                                                  well as boat along Lake Erie, and most of them  A friend of mine told me of an instance he
                                                                                  follow standard procedures when they're look-  ran into last year that could very well be typi-
                                                                                  ing for some walleye fillets. They'll head forth  cal.  "I  was  fishing  off  Gull  Reef  (between
                                                                                  from the home marina, find a pack of boats,  Kelleys  Island,  USA  and  Middle  Island,  CA)
                                                                                  join them, and either troll or cast for their  with about 75 other boats. The walleye
                                                                                  catch  with  others  all  around.  Many     just weren't hitting," he said. "I final-
                                                                                  times  this  works  just  fine.  I've         ly got tired of it, and since I like to
                                                                                  filled dozens of limits doing just             scuba  dive  almost  as  much  as
                                                                                  that. But there are times when a                fish,  I  headed  for  a  small  bay
                                                                                  hundred  or  so  boats  moving                  on Kelleys Island and dropped
                                                                                  back and forth put the fish off                 anchor,  then  suited  up  and
                                                                                  their  feed.  The  locator  shows               went down to see what was on
                                                                                  plenty of blips down there, but                 the  bottom.  I  was  amazed!  It
                                                                                  they're just not hitting.                      looked like the rocks down there
                                                                                   In  the  Central  Basin  you  can            were  paved  with  walleye  and
                                                                                  keep on doing what you were doing,          smallmouth  bass.  There  were
                                                                                  which  is  trolling,  and  spend  your  time  dozens and dozens of fish."
                                                                                  changing spoons, changing depths, changing  So,  this  suddenly  happy  angler  climbed
                                                                                  crankbaits, changing speeds – hoping to hit  aboard  again,  and  clipped  on  a  half  ounce
                                                                                  the  combination  that  will  put  them  on  the  jig  with  twister  tail.  He  sat  there  for  two
                                                                                  feed again. But in the Western Basin, it just  hours, catching fish after fish, walleye up to
                                                                                  might pay to head for someplace that others  six pounds, smallmouths up to nearly four,

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