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Walleye Migration

2014 Fish Ohio

The debate over walleye migration may be coming to an end soon.

A recent article in Ohio Outdoor News states that fishery biologists with the Ohio DNR have started a long term study tracking fish movements on Lake Erie but are specifically targeting walleyes. The study is titled Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation Study.

Regardless of the overblown title, it means a lot towards bringing the age old debate over walleye movement to an end. We all know that if we can find the fish we can generally catch them. To date the problem has been where are they. With the information gleaned from this study Great Lakes fishermen will have a lot better idea where the fish are.

It has generally been believed that the walleye start out on the reefs of the western basin in the spring and then migrate eastward towards deeper cooler water as the waters heat up only to reverse that migration from fall through the winter months.

Early results are bearing out this theory in general but with some interesting new information. It seems as they travel some of the fish are in shallow water while others are in deeper water with those in shallower water believed to be feeding and those in deep water not as active. Another theory has been proven also. Many fishermen and marine biologists believe the walleye migrate up the Detroit River as far as the St Clair River and as far as Lake Huron. This has been proven to be true. The study also looks at the temperature the fish are in and the results have been interesting. One fish had a range of temperatures from 55 to 71 degrees F in one day. One can only surmise that the fish went from shallow water to very deep water in that day. Another showed the temperature going from normal water temperature to freezing in the same day. Biologists finally figured out that the fish had been caught and placed on ice in a cooler.

All this information is gathered by acoustic transmitters implanted in the walleyes with the data being collected by receivers planted in the lakes. The study began in 2010 and the information is starting to roll in. Over the next several years the biologists should be able to better predict how weather, water temperatures and bait fish location will affect the walleye migrations. The biologists are asking for help from fishermen in their efforts. If you catch a walleye with an orange tag hanging from its belly it will be a fish implanted with an acoustic transmitter. The agency is offering a $100.00 reward for the return of the transmitters.

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The Ohio Wildlife Division has been making great strides in increasing the musky population in Ohio waters. Check out this webinar talking about what’s going on.

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Would you like to plan a really great fishing trip but don’t know what to do with your family while you are out trying for a trophy fish. Well I have good news for you. The western basin of Lake Erie provides some of the best fishing in the world plus there are plenty of things for your family to do. It is truly a destination area.

Lets start with the fishing part of the trip. The western basin of Lake Erie is that area from Toledo in the west to Sandusky further east. This is a very loose description but it will do for our purposes. Port Clinton (somewhat in the middle) is called the walleye capital of the world for good reason. It is smack dab in the middle of the best walleye fishing in the world. It is a short run to the islands and reefs of the western basin where hundreds of trophy walleye are caught every year.

Walleye are not the only fish in the western basin.There are ample opportunities to catch yellow perch, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Often you can combine several species of fish in the same trip. It is not unheard of to limit out on more than one species in a single outing.

If you have your own boat there are dozens of public launch areas and marinas. If you want to try a charter there are dozens of great charter captains available. In addition there are dozens of Bait and Tackle stores also.

Okay we’ve covered the fishing so how about your family. Let me start with Toledo to the west. Toledo has one of the highest rated zoos in the U.S. Moving east to the Port Clinton area. Besides being the walleye capital of the world it offers entertainment for the family such as African Safari Wildlife Park, Island Adventures Family Fun Center, Ottawa County Historical Museum and Jet Express ferry service to the Lake Erie Islands.

The Lake Erie Islands can be a destination in and of itself. There is plenty of shopping and entertainment for adults and kids. Just east of Port Clinton is the Marblehead/Catawba peninsula. Again plenty to do for both kids and adults plus offering ferry service to Put In Bay (South Bass Island) by Miller Boat Line. This ferry service provides the ability to transport you and your bicycle, car, truck or RV to Put In Bay.

Moving a few miles further east brings you to Sandusky, Ohio home of Cedar Point. I doubt there’s anyone out there who has not heard of Cedar Point. It is one of the premier amusement parks in the world. There are also a lot of other family attractions in Sandusky such as the Merry Go Round Museum, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, Cedar Point Soak City, Kalahari Waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, Castaway Bay Water Park and Lagoon Deer Park.

Information for all of this can be found at Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center. If you think this is the area for your family trip this summer contact the welcome center now and get all the information you need for your visit.

I had a thought several days after posting this. Maybe your family would be looking for a church to attend. I am listing three in Sandusky. One Catholic, one Lutheran and one non denominational. There are many more that you can find through a Google search

St Mary’s Catholic Church 

Zion Lutheran Church 

The Chapel

 

 

 

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Lake Erie Marine Forecast

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Lake Erie Islands Forecast

7/25/14

Sunrise: 6:18 AM

Sunset: 8:54 PM

Moonrise: 5:18 AM

Moonset: 7:50 PM

Moon phase: Waning crescent

Winds: Southwest at 10 knots or less today. Southwest at 10 knots or less becoming south tonight. 

Waves: 2 feet or less through tonight.

Sunny today. Partly cloudy tonight. Water temperature off Toledo is 73 degrees.

Warning winds may be stronger and waves may be bigger near storms. Keep apprised of changing weather conditions.

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Lake Erie Islands Forecast

7/24/14

Sunrise: 6:17 AM

Sunset: 8:55 PM

Moonrise: 4:25 AM

Moonset: 7:09 PM

Moon phase: Waning crescent

Winds: Northeast at 10 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 knots or less today. North at 10 knots or less becoming southwest tonight.

Waves: 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet today. 2 feet or less tonight. 

Partly sunny this morning then clearing this afternoon. Mostly clear tonight.

Warning winds may be stronger and waves may be bigger near storms. Keep apprised of changing weather conditions.

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Lake Erie Islands Forecast

7/20/14

Sunrise: 6:14 AM

Sunset: 8:59 PM

Moonrise: 1:27 AM

Moonset: 3:40 PM

Moon phase: Waning crescent

Winds: West at 10 knots or less becoming northeast today. East at 10 knots or less becoming southeast tonight.

Waves: 2 feet or less through tonight.

Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms late. Mostly cloudy tonight. Water temperature off Toledo is 71 degrees.

Warning winds may be stronger and waves may be bigger near storms. Keep apprised of changing weather conditions.

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Lake Erie Islands Forecast

7/10/14

Sunrise: 6:06 AM

Sunset: 9:05 PM

Moonrise: 7:16 PM

Moonset: 4:17 AM

Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Winds: East at 10 knots or less becoming northeast today. Northeast at 5 to 10 knots becoming east tonight.

Waves: 2 feet or less through tonight.

Mostly sunny today. Mostly clear tonight. Water temperature off Toledo is 72 degrees.

Warning winds may be stronger and waves may be bigger near storms. Keep apprised of changing weather conditions.

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Lake Erie Islands Forecast

7/9/14

Sunrise: 6:05 AM

Sunset: 9:05 PM

Moonrise: 6:14 PM

Moonset: 3:24 AM

Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Winds: West at 10 knots or less becoming north today. Southwest at 10 knots or less becoming northwest tonight.

Waves: 2 feet or less through tonight

Mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms today. Partly cloudy tonight. Water temperature off Toledo is 72 degrees.

Warning winds may be stronger and waves may be bigger near storms. Keep apprised of changing weather conditions.

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Lake Erie Marine Forecast

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Lake Erie Islands Forecast

7/1/14

Sunrise: 6:00 AM

Sunset: 9:08 PM

Moonrise: 9:14 AM

Moonset: 10:57 PM

Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Winds: South at 10 to 20 knots becoming southwest today. Southwest at 10 to 20 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots tonight.

Waves: 2 feet or less through tonight.

Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorm today. Partly cloudy tonight. Water temperature off Toledo is 73 degrees.

Warning winds may be stronger and waves may be bigger near storms. Keep apprised of changing weather conditions.

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Lake Erie Marine Forecast

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Lake Erie Islands Forecast

6/26/14

Sunrise: 5:58 AM

Sunset: 9:08 PM

Moonrise: 5:38 AM

Moonset: 8:26 PM

Moon phase: Waning crescent

Winds: North at 5 to 15 knots diminishing to 10 knots or less today. Northeast less than 10 knots becoming east tonight.

Waves: 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 2 feet or less today. 2 feet or less tonight.

Partly sunny today with periods of patchy fog this morning. Mostly clear tonight. water temperature off Toledo is 70 degrees.

Warning winds may be stronger and waves may be bigger near storms. Keep apprised of changing weather conditions.

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