Walleye tournaments and derbies getting ready to launch around Ohio; Fall Brawl top prize in 2017 is a Warrior 193 boat!
March 21, 2017
Dave Berg of Mentor catches Lake Erie record 2.9-pound yellow perch, beats 32-year Ohio mark
May 5, 2016
Cappelli, Williams roar to 10-pound victory in Cabela's National Team Walleye Championships on Lake Erie on Saturday
June 12, 2017
OUTDOOR NOTES: Lake Erie's walleye off to a slow start; Milder 'Bloom' is forecast; Stable weather needed for tournaments
May 23, 2016
Indiana artist Jeffrey Klinefelter won the 2016 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition recently with his painting of a pair American wigeon. Klinefelter's design will appear on the 2017 stamp that Ohio waterfowl hunters must purchase.
LORAIN — The walleye fishing has been slow this week, but anglers in the Battle of Lake Erie tournament in Lorain managed to haul some trophy fish to the scales on Sunday (May 22) at the Black River Wharf. Jim Garret and Joe Cordaro captured the tournament with a limit of five walleye weighing 47.99 pounds.
Completing the top five teams were: Jake Wells and Brian Clark (43.25 pounds); Mike Schors and Nick Cacciacarne (42.27 pounds); Jason Kopf and Rodger Riggs (42.19 pounds); and Nicholas Zart and William Miller (41.88 pounds). Brian Zarembski and Tim Johnson’s 11.24-pound walleye was biggest of the tournament.
WALLEYE IN SPOTLIGHT: The Walleye Madness Tournament Trail visits Lorain on Saturday (May 28). Visit walleye madness.net for entry information. The Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit will follow on June 3-4 in Lorain. Check masterswalleyecircuit.com for information.
The North Coast charter Boat Association is sending out the 24th annual Lake Erie Walleye & Steelhead Trout Tournament on June 11 from the Grand River. Anglers can enter walleye and steelhead trout divisions, or both. For details go to northcoastcharter.com.
The Lake Erie Walleye Trail has been snakebit this season, but will go ahead with a pair of tournaments in Huron on June 11-12 to wrap up its season. The June 11 tournament will match the roster of anglers from the Sandusky tournament, which was cancelled because of bad weather.
The June 12 competition in Huron will be the LEWT championship, originally scheduled as a two-day tournament. Tournament officials point out how mean the fishing weather has been this spring, forcing five postponements, two lost weekends and two tournaments that were held despite bad weather.
If bad weather strikes again in Huron, the sponsoring Western Basin Ssportfishing Association will try again on June 18-19. For information check westernbasinsportfishingassociation.com.
LAKE ERIE BLOOM FORECAST: NOAA and Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research have forecast a milder harmful algal bloom (HAB) on Western Lake Erie this year. The experts report the Maumee River has had an average river load this spring. Precipitation for the next six weeks is expected to be close to normal, according to the National Weather Service.
In 2015, an extremely wet June provoked one of the worst HABs on record. .
ROLLING ON THE RIVER: The 36th annual Walleye Festival is rolling on the Portage River in Port Clinton over the Memorial Weekend. The Skipper Bud’s Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday at Water Works Park. Parades are set for both Sunday and Monday.
Sturgeon revival on the Maumee: Prehistoric-looking lake sturgeon could be on the rebound on the Maumee River, reports Editor Mike Moore in Ohio Outdoor News. It will take a leap of faith, however, because it will take decades to know if plans for a small riverside trailer-and-hatchery will be successful.
About one-quarter of the Maumee River has suitable spawning habit for lake sturgeon, which can grow to about nine feet and 300 pounds - if they live for a century or more. Sturgeon don’t begin spawning until they’re in their teens, and then only every four or five years. There are decent numbers of sturgeon in the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair areas and New York’s Niagara River.
The program by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Toledo Zoo and The University of Toledo is dependent on a $90,000 federal grant.
NEW BERLIN BOAT RAMP: Construction begins in June on a new two-lane launch ramp on German-Church St. NE on the west end of Berlin Reservoir. The ramp and 77 parking slots for vehicles and trailers should be finished in December.
OUT AND ABOUT: The 17-year cicadas are a bit late in their long-awaited hatch because of the chilly spring weather, but the arrival of millions of the big, noisy insects should be a bonanza for recently-hatched wild turkeys . . . The Ohio Federation of Fly Fishers is hosting the Ohio Council Warm Water Conclave on June 11 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the American Legion Pavilion on the Clear Fork River at 77 Bell St. in Bellville, Ohio.
POACHER FINED $6,000: Christopher A. Piquet, 44, of Centerville, Ohio was recently convicted in Locking County Municipal Court of illegally bowhunting deer on City of Columbus property near Pataskala, Ohio. The trophy buck resulted in $5,128 in restitution to the Ohio Division of Wildlife and a $900 fine for six counts of hunting without permission and a valid deer permit. His hunting rights were suspended for three years.