It’s been a wet week, up until Wednesday when the rain s topped and the sun came out for a bit. Fishermen had a hard time getting out to their favorite fishing holes and were hampered by high water, especially in the Great Miami River. And while things improved Wednesday, it looks like more rain for the weekend.
LAKE ERIE: According to people at Jim’s Taxidermy in Port Clinton, the second largest walleye ever to be caught and certified in the western basin of Lake Erie was brought in by Jim Couch of Hamilton. Couch is a machinist for the Advanced Drainage Systems of New Miami.
He was fishing with Tom Straus, who live at 1028 Chase Avenue in Hamilton.
The big lunker weighed 15 pounds and was 31 inches long. Its girth was 24 inches from the top of the dorsal fin to the middle of its belly. The fish was weighed and measured at Shatto’s Fish Cleaning Service in Wild Wings. Couch caught the huge walleye on a half-ounce Silver Blade artificial lure. He fishes out of Green Cove/Wild Wings Marina in Oak Harbor.
Straus is a part-time charter captain of the Erie Drifter in addition to being director of sales for Advanced Transportation Systems Inc. During the month of April, Straus and his clients have boated more than 400 walleye, all of which were caught using Blade Baits and Hair Jigs. Straus can be contacted at his home by calling 867-0549.
In addition to the walleye, the smallmouth bass in Lake Erie are really biting, so now is a good time to head for the lake to enjoy some of the best smallmouth fishing in the country.