We left the dock in Marblehead around 8 am for the first Lake Erie Walleye Charter fishing day of the year on the Erie Breeze. Today was a trip to prepare for our Lake Erie Charter season. The wind forecast was going to be more than favorable for a day on Lake Erie jig fishing for Walleye. As I approached Mouse Island the marks on the screen looked like the right kind and were tight to the bottom. The report had been that any fish suspended were not easy to catch jigging but better suited for a trolling program. Our plan of attack for the day was to jig and the trolling would have to wait another day.
We tried our hand jigging around Mouse Island for about an hour with no success. I then made a call to my friend, who was on Toussaint Reef catching fish at a steady rate. We quickly packed up and headed west. The ride to the reefs was smooth and the new motor ran great. No problems found as we broke her in over the 10 mile trip. Arriving at Toussaint Reef the pack of boats in the area was impressive. We managed a few there using a very gentle lift off the bottom and controlling the descent back to the bottom.
The bite slowed down during the mid-morning time frame as it usually does. I made a choice to slide north to Crib Reef and hit a little deeper water. The move north proved to be a wise choice as we took 3 Lake Erie Walleye on the first drift. I Reset on the same drift line and we took a couple more. It seemed like most of the fish were sitting on a contour line from 18-20 foot change just North East of Crib reef.
Our time on the water came to an end everyone except my friend was able to land at least 1 fish and we finished with 14 Walleye. The day was a success on the water and the weather was great. Even though it was a tough jig bite everyone had a great time. The motor ran great all day. I am finishing up a couple of last minute projects before our first Lake Erie Charter trip this coming weekend.
Looking forward to seeing you out there.