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Start The Countdown To Trophy Time!

  • carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #1239553

    Less than a month now til I’m back chasing the pigs. My goal is 15lbs this year! Heres a hog from last year just to get blood flow going!

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #475889

    Another

    micah-witham
    Participant
    Richfield
    Posts: 604
    #475893

    lou – where are you getting these fish? of course I know about the Mille Lacs fall run, but there are no 15 pounders in there.

    tony_p
    Participant
    Waterloo, IA
    Posts: 1792
    #475894

    Wow those are some hogs .Nice walleyes

    blue_perch
    Participant
    Sparta WI
    Posts: 93
    #475937

    Those have to be from Green Bay or Erie. Those are huge. Nice fish

    robstenger
    Participant
    Northern Twin Cities, MN
    Posts: 11374
    #476011

    Bay De Noc????

    thegun
    Participant
    mn
    Posts: 1009
    #476028

    Well if you need a boat partner! im your guy!

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #476044

    Those are fall Erie fish, out of Huron, OH. You need to be one tough SOB to fish for them, but the reward is well worth it. No trolling for these either, all caught casting cranks, weapons and my new favorite jig and paddletail!

    ccook
    Participant
    Hastings Mn
    Posts: 59
    #476082

    Lou,
    I can atest to the fishing on Erie in the fall! Got my biggest out there, it was 32in and 13.2#. I fish out of Vermillion and fish out around the sand bar. I am leavin shortly as well, cant wait for those Erie eyes .Best of luck Lou those are awsome fish .

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #476112

    Fish Ohio is 30 inch length to qualify. Last year in 4 days I qualified 24 times. Still need my 15 though.

    ccook
    Participant
    Hastings Mn
    Posts: 59
    #476250

    Lou,
    What dates do you go out?? We usually go first week in oct. Never been there later, how ’bout you?? do you guys go out of Vermillion or Huron? Thanks, now you got me all pumped up !!

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #476334

    We go for a week or two starting Columbus day every year. We have gone as late as November before as well as long as weather holds. Wind, rain and snow, sleet and cold is out friend…lol. We go out of Huron out to sandbar very near Canadian line. We have ventured into Canada in the past and stayed on Pelee Island. We have caught some huge smallies in that water. Rules have changed a lot as far as licensing and customs so we stay into US waters now.

    TBeirl514
    Participant
    Covington Indiana
    Posts: 269
    #477429

    To start off nice fish !!!! Have you fished the Maumee River in the spring or fall ? Just wondering ,I need a back up for when the lake gets rough .Thanks and good luck this fall . Tom

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #477909

    When the water gets really rough, depending on which way wind is blowing. We can fish ruggles beach area or if its blowing in we fish the Sandusky Bays.

    James Holst
    Keymaster
    SE Minnesota
    Posts: 18799
    #479867

    Quote:


    Fish Ohio is 30 inch length to qualify. Last year in 4 days I qualified 24 times. Still need my 15 though.


    What is your heaviest eye out there to date? Sounds like some incredible fishing.

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #480261

    Heaviest walleye for me so far was 14lbs 2 oz and my biggest smallmouth was 7lbs 15oz. The fishing can be incredible but its like any where else….you still have to find them and work to get them. The countdown is now 10 days…woo hoo!

    James Holst
    Keymaster
    SE Minnesota
    Posts: 18799
    #480338

    Casting paddletails, eh? Any hints on colors?

    It looks like you’re fishing during the day. No need to fish after dark? I would imagine given the potential for very rough weather fishing during the day is a big advantage.

    Please keep us updated once you return. I love the night trolling thing up to mille lacs but the tought of pounding mega-eyes on plastics during the day trumps trolling any time!

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #480586

    The best color of both paddletail and ringies has been the catalpa/orange. Its the closest thing to the goby color which is a main diet of the smallies and eyes. 90% of our fishing is done from sunup to sundown, especially with the potential of disaster on the lake at night. We do troll some shorelines at night though if weather is right, otherwise our night fishing consists of a gob of crawlers for river cats near the ship loading zone of the feedmill.

    ccook
    Participant
    Hastings Mn
    Posts: 59
    #481245

    My biggest to date on Erie is that 13.2#, But over the last four years my Father and I have caught 81 walleyes over 30 in, and 17 of those were over 31. We go out in April and than again in the fall, were actually leavin in a couple weeks depending on weather of course. I, like Lou fish it from sun-up to sun-down but some people I Know do fish it at night. I’ve heard and seen pictures from these guys from as late as december full moon runs that would make your jaw hit the floor. When those shad show up near shorelines, harbours, jetties and rivermouths it can get exciting. Lake Erie is just one of those Lakes that just Keeps you in amazment year after year with its production of walleyes and year classes. Right now there is a year class from 18 to 20in that The ODNR says is the best “EVER” for the lake, So the future looks excellent as well. Bets of luck to all this fall .

    cdemeyes

    Practice “selective harvast” our future fishing depens on it!!!

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #481524

    We have fished as late as November too, but this is one of those lakes that can go from friend to foe in less time than it takes to get back to shore. I have never tried the April bite – yet! Have fished it in the summer and didnt really like the black fly bit that much. Ive also fished when the mayflies were so thick that it looked as though it was snowing. In the morning a bobcat and dumptruck were scooping them off the roads. I have had the chances to fish nearly anywhere I want and have been to some spectacular waters, but bar none – Erie is the best eye and smallmouth I have ever seen. My adrenalin flows just thinking about it.

    ccook
    Participant
    Hastings Mn
    Posts: 59
    #481559

    Well said my friend ! Looks Like were gonna be out the first week of Oct. That April bite is amazing, but there again the weather can really fowl it up. You have to watch the weather and when you see a nice few days, be able to jump in and go.Best of luck Make shure you post a report when ya get home. I’ll do the same.

    thanks,
    cdemeyes

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #481838

    Where are you fishing out of and how long will you be there? I have a few fishing stops to make starting next Sunday before I get there on the 7th.

    ccook
    Participant
    Hastings Mn
    Posts: 59
    #481871

    Lou,
    We are going out of Vermillion, but we stay in Catawba at the Fishermans Inn! The way it’s lookin we will be out there from Oct 4th-8th, if the weather report stays the same that is I let you know for shure next week. What channel do you guys chat on?? Where do you guys stay?? We should have a cold one when you guys get into town. Let me know!! I cant wait to get out there bud

    cdemeyes

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #482677

    We stay in a cottage at Wild Waves in Huron. Usually on channel 16 but jump around a little bit depending on air traffic. Keep me posted on how you do. Pretty fired up to get out there hammering big dogs.

    ccook
    Participant
    Hastings Mn
    Posts: 59
    #482710

    Lou,
    I’ll try to hollar at ya out there! If I cant get at ya I talk to ya when we get back. Best of luck out there Lou .

    cdemeyes

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #484408

    Looks like perfect waters to fish right now – 4 to 6 footers and 10 to 20 knot winds…whew, hold on to your hat – and lunch!

    Mike W
    Participant
    MN/Anoka/Ham lake
    Posts: 12429
    #488392

    So whats been happening on the bite out there?

    carpking
    Participant
    Janesville, WI.
    Posts: 859
    #488781

    Just got home from Erie. It was a strange week of fishing starting out with very nice weather and ending with snow. The eyes were very active and the sizes increased every day it seemed. With the higher winds and wave action it was nearly impossible to fish with jigs or lighter baits. Ended up using weapons on 3/4 to 1.5 oz sliding sinkers to get to right depths. Also ran crankbaits under 5 oz bottom bouncers in 39 to 45 foot water. Lots of decent size fish from 3 to 10 pounds and finally got my wallhanger of 34 inches and 14.1 pounds – took pics, measurements and admired in live well for a while before I couldnt take it any longer and let it go to be caught again. We took one days limit for freezer and released all others. In this area, released fish are an oddity as most keep limits every day.

    Mike W
    Participant
    MN/Anoka/Ham lake
    Posts: 12429
    #491368

    That sounds lke a true trophy. Way to go. Is that the fish in the photo?

    Jack Naylor
    Participant
    Apple Valley, MN
    Posts: 5666
    #491754

    Congrats Lou on a great trip and report.
    Anymore pics?????
    thanks,
    Jack…

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