Storm Soft Baits Sale



Rapala is having a 15% off sale on Storm Soft Baits. Check it out here

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Fish Care While Ice Fishing


I recently read an article written by a Lake Erie Ice fishing guide (John Hageman Sandusky Register Outdoor Writer) about how to care for fish caught through the ice. I must admit I was guilty as charged. We had always just placed our fish on the ice outside the shanty and didn’t bother with them until it was time to go in. It seems this is not the right way to handle the fish. His suggestion is to keep the fish on ice in a burlap bag but in the shanty so they don’t freeze like a rock. His term was fishsicles. It seems that defrosting the fish enough to clean them could be a problem. In order to thaw the interior of the fish enough to fillet the outer meat could become too warm and start to deteriorate. Soaking them in warm water just aggravates the problem. I know a lot of veteran ice fishermen will pooh pooh this idea but it’s one that makes sense to me. Fish caught through the ice are perfect so why take a chance of letting them be anything less.

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Lake Erie Western Basin Gale Advisory


Western basin boaters. There is a gale warning for the western basin effective until 4 AM on Friday. Waves will be 5-7 subsiding to 4 to 6. There is also a low water advisory in effect until Friday evening.Water is expected to drop to 3′ below the critical navigation level for the western basin. If your boat is still in it would be a good idea to check the lines.

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Fingerling Walleye While Perch Fishing



Four of us went perch fishing on Sunday 10/11/15 and caught four fish shy of a four man limit. We fished in forty feet of water out from the airport on Kelly’s Island. Wind was from the southwest about 12 to 15 knots and waves were 3 to 4’s. The really interesting thing about the trip was the fact that we caught 8 small walleye ranging in size from 4 to 8 inches. All four of us have fished Lake Erie for many years and don’t recall ever catching this many small walleye. ODNR has been quoted as saying that recent hatches showed great promise for future walleye fishing. Hopefully this experience helps prove their point.

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HSUS Not Your Ordinary Humane Society

I am reposting this article by Bob Noonan because it’s something that I think most hunters and fishermen are unaware of. I found this article in Ohio Outdoor News July 17 2015 issue.

Bob can be reached via their Facebook page or at his email

HSUS Is Not your Local Humane Society
By Bob Noonan

Most hunters and trappers are aware that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), based in Washington, D.C., is Enemy #1 to our way of life. The openly-stated goal of HSUS is to end all hunting and trapping, and they are behind almost all anti-hunting and anti-trapping efforts across the country. (In reality, their aim is much wider; they also actively push a vegan agenda, and want to end ALL animal use, including the farm raising of livestock for meat, dairy, and eggs.)

HSUS is effective working towards these goals because it has huge financial resources – and the powerful prestige of its name.

Unfortunately, most people, even some sportsmen, do not understand what HSUS really is. That’s because they call themselves the “Humane Society”. What, exactly, is the Humane Society? It turns out there are two. And they’re not even remotely the same.

The general public knows their local Humane Society as shelters for dogs and cats, run by dedicated, low paid people and volunteers who love animals. Across America there are thousands of such local shelters, almost all calling themselves the Humane Society. They are all independent; they are not connected to a larger organization, or even to each other. However, polling shows that 71% of Americans believes HSUS is an umbrella organization for all these local shelters. People think their shelters are somehow affiliated with HSUS. By extension, they also feel that HSUS is the voice of local shelters.

It is not.

HSUS has NOTHING to do with local Humane Society shelters; they just happen to use exactly the same name. HSUS furthers this deception by frequently using dogs and cats in their many ads that ask for money to help these animals in shelters. But HSUS does not run ANY pet shelters – and, although it raises well over $100 million annually from contributions, it consistently gives shelters LESS THAN 1% of that money.

The figures below are based on HSUS’s 2013 IRS Form 990, which all nonprofits have to file. In it, they themselves reveal their 2012 financial activity. (Note: not all expenses listed.)

• Total revenue: $125.8 million.
• President/CEO Wayne Pacelle’s annual compensation package: $395,469.
• Employees: 636 (including 30 lawyers); 7 earn over $200,000; 38 earn over $100,000.
• Total salaries and benefits: $44.5 million (35% of its total budget).
• Added to pension plan: $2.4 million.
• Spent on fundraising: $49 million (39% of its total budget).
• Spent on lobbying: $2.5 million.
• Grants to pet shelters: $1,028,586 (.8% of its total budget).
• Total expenses: $120.3 million.
• Total investments: $177.7 million (publicly traded securities).
• Total assets: $195.4 million

Although HSUS states it is against meat eating and farm raising of livestock, it has bought shares of Hardees, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and other restaurants that focus on meat-based dishes. These are profitable investments, and HSUS has never had a problem violating its own, publicly stated values for its main goal of fundraising.

Of particular concern is HSUS’s 2012 investment of $25.7 million in what they refer to as the “Central American and Caribbean” region. These investments are: Ascend Partners Fund I, L.P. (Cayman Islands); BKM Holdings Ltd. (Caymans); Fore Multi Strategy Offshore Fund, Ltd. (Caymans); Hayman Capital Offshore Partners, L.P. (Bermuda); Fir Tree International Value Fund (Caymans). These are all FOR-PROFIT HEDGE FUNDS. Why did a U.S. not-for-profit organization park almost $26 million in offshore for-profit funds in the Caribbean area, long known as a place for corporations to hide money?

Equally disturbing is the May 2014 settlement of a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) lawsuit against HSUS by Feld Entertainment, Inc., which owns Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circuses. HSUS had sued Feld for mistreatment of their elephants, but it was discovered that they had paid their witness $190,000 to provide false testimony. HSUS paid Feld a settlement of $15.75 MILLION to avoid the RICO charge, a conviction that would have seriously damaged their reputation and image.

The respected American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), which analyzes charities, has consistently given HSUS annual “D” ratings, reflecting its high operational costs and low percentage of giving to its intended recipients. And in 2014, Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, completely revoked HSUS’s charity rating, for these same reasons.

One major way HSUS raises money is by asking for contributions to help animals in shelters. Their deceptive advertising is so effective that polling of those who contributed to HSUS shows that 74% gave SPECIFICALLY to help pet shelters. A full 90% of those polled were completely unaware that HSUS gave less than 1% of its annual income to shelters. These people fully believed that by giving to HSUS, they were helping their local shelter.

Local humane shelters operate on a shoestring, with low salaries and unpaid volunteers. Maine’s Bangor Humane Society, for example, has only 20 paid employees, most part-time, and about 100 volunteers. Like most shelters, they survive on contributions and some municipal funding.

HSUS siphons off millions of dollars that should go to these local Humane Society shelters, because much of the money given to HSUS is from people who think their contributions ARE going to shelters.

Money isn’t the only thing HSUS steals from the nation’s shelters. By using the name “Humane Society”, it also steals their well-deserved respect and prestige.

Another big fundraiser for HSUS is its constant anti-hunting and anti-trapping state ballot initiatives and referendums. During these, HSUS raises more than it spends, due to its deceptive appeals to their 11-plus million “constituents” across the country, mostly urban/suburban people with no idea of the reality of either rural life or wildlife management, who don’t even live in the states these initiatives affect. These ballot initiatives are moneymakers for HSUS. They make money even when they lose. But they do need wins, to encourage more contributions. That’s another reason to beat them.

The term “Humane Society” has enormous positive clout in the public’s mind. Hunters and trappers need to educate their friends and families that HSUS has NO CONNECTION with their local Humane Society shelters. Tell people if they want to contribute money to their shelter, to send it directly to them, not to the fat cats at HSUS. If people are doubtful, tell them to call their shelter. Most shelters are well aware that HSUS siphons off millions meant for them, and will gladly tell callers that, if asked. In fact, some Humane Society shelters, when publicly asking for contributions, will openly request that the money NOT be sent to HSUS.

HSUS is effective at attacking us as much because of its huge financial resources as because of their lies to a well-intentioned but uninformed urban public. By educating people, we can help divert money from them to the Humane Society shelters that desperately need it. And we need to make people aware that when HSUS says hunting and trapping are cruel, they are NOT speaking for the many Humane Societies throughout America that deserve our respect and admiration.

Hunters and trappers have achieved major goals in the past by focused grassroots action. We need to proactively educate people about HSUS.


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ODNR Information Complaint Line


The Ohio ODNR has activated a new line that lets current Verizon, Sprint and T Mobile cell phone customers connect directly with a dispatcher at the agency’s emergency communications center. The number is #ODNR and is not case sensitive. The line is active 24/7 and can be used to provide ODNR with safety/maintenance concerns at state parks, marinas, trail hazards and unsafe boating. It can also be used as a complaint line to report rowdy or unruly activity at the same locations. In life or death situations or terrorist activity you should still call 911. Ohio boaters can still call 1-877-4BOATER for help with registration and watercraft rules. 

This information gathered from an article in the July 17th Ohio Outdoors News written by Jane Beathard

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Lake Erie Western Basin Perch Fishing

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I have a few reports that the yellow perch are finally starting to bite. Starting on 7/10 through 7/13 perch were being caught at the following locations.

  • Niagara Reef
  • Between Rattlesnake and Middle Bass Island
  • Around Ballast Island
  • Northeast corner of Kelly’s Island Shoal
  • 30′ to 35 ‘ in front of Cedar Point
  • Straight out from Cranberry Creek
  • Also an unconfirmed report that they are being caught near the weather buoy

As usual the best bait is shiner minnows fished near the bottom on spreaders or crappie rigs.

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Alcohol and Ohio Boaters


A recent article (7/3/15) in the Ohio Outdoor News caught my attention. In this article Mike Miller acting DNR Division of Watercraft Chief states that it is illegal to have an open container on public waters not only for the boat operator but also any passenger. He states “You are not allowed to have open containers in public places”


While I am certainly against the boat operator being impaired, I never knew it was illegal for passengers to have an alcoholic drink. Miller went on to state this law includes all navigable waterways. That’s a pretty broad brush stroke if you ask me.


Later in the article he went on to say that it was an officer discretion call on whether it would be enforced or not. I‘m not sure where he was trying to go in this article. Is he implying that the state is going to start enforcing this law more vigorously?


I can’t see how a boat on Lake Erie or any other waterway makes it a public place. What about Charter boats? What about powerboats or sailboats or even a canoe? It seems our PC mentality is trying to take all our small pleasures away.


Ottawa County Sheriff’s office Chief Deputy Jeff Hickman states he doesn’t believe it’s against the law and that they don’t enforce it. While I side with him the cloud of enforcement still hangs over our heads.
It makes me wonder how often this law is enforced. Maybe we can get some feedback from this post that will tell us. Meanwhile I think I will continue to have my occasional beer while perch or walleye fishing on Lake Erie.

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Great Lakes Profile

Have you ever wondered how the Great Lakes were related to each other and to sea level. I’ve lived on and around the Great Lakes all my life without realizing this is what it looked like.


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Lake Erie Perch and Water Temperature

DSC09547How much does the start of perch season depend on water temperature. According to our records water temperature is the key to the perch turning on in the spring. Our records going back quite a few years show that the perch don’t really turn on until the water temperature nears 50 degrees. Currently the water temperature off Marblehead is 51 degrees which should herald the start of some good perching.

I have just read two of the fishing forums and there is almost no talk about perch fishing which means they aren’t biting yet or the guys are concentrating on the great walleye fishing that is available right now.

We usually start our perch season off on the east side of Kelly’s Island with action on the north side of Kelly’s  also. This is that time of year when you can really catch some nice perch with 10 inch plus fish not uncommon.

It’s time for those doubles and triples of perch with bites before you can get the bait to the bottom. Please comment if you are catching perch now or when you do with a general location

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