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Happy new year anglers, looking forward to a banner year on Lake Erie!!
January 6th, 2005....due to the constant rain for the last couple of days on top of the snow covering we had last week the tributaries are blown out and overflowing their banks. We are due for more wet and mild weather this weekend and I do not believe the streams will show good fishing until the levels have dropped and the water has cleared.
January 9th, 2005......The creeks have been blown out and not fishable lately. So we decided we needed to get some smelt & went to Conneaut harbor. It was very cold on Saturday night but there was no wind & the smelt were hot. I had a nephew, Jonathan who was showing off & tore them up.....over 500 in a few hours. Put a few tears in some of the other guys eyes who came from Youngstown to give it a try. Sure will enjoy some of that eating.
January 28-February 6th 2005.....Jonathan & I had some friends up from the Youngstown, Ohio area. We drilled 8 holes in the ice and he showed off a little again with a smelt catch of 420 fish this past Friday night. The smelt have been coming in good numbers through the ice. Rain and warmer temps are predicted for the next few days so we'll see what that brings.
Feb 12-15th......The rain blew the creeks out and we still have not been able to get back on the steelhead. The smelt are still coming in good numbers in the Conneaut harbor area. We fished for the past few days. Our number one fishing gal, Linda got back into the action again. Ray Thomas brought a group in town and they all did well. Our group of visitors came to town from the Youngstown, Ohio area. We had a couple of calm nights which made a comfortable evening. Jonathan & I took a few hundred on Sunday in a couple of hours. Having a winter fish fry on Sat Feb 20th.....yum yum.
March 1-21.....After the thaw blew the ice off of the streams a fresh run of steelhead trout came in & were readily taking egg sacks. Bright silver steelhead over 10 pounds were hot hot hot in the Conneaut Creek area. Those interested give a call & you will not be disappointed. Captain Art will be very busy soon with the up & coming boating season. During the annual Ohio charter captains conference held on March 5th, 2005 Lake Erie fishing perspectives look good for the 2005 season. Early bookings will ensure prime dates & we hope to hear from you soon to discuss your charter fishing requirements for 2005.
March 25th - 27th.......Happy Easter everyone....and wow!!! It doesn't get any better than this. Had a chance to get after a few walleye down at Pyamatuning and then the steelhead afterward in the streams of Lake Erie just couldn't be beat. Fished with Ray Thomas and a friend of his, Steve who came up from West Virginia and it just doesn't get any better than this. Steve said he will have to bring a video camera because people will just not believe the action we had. I really need to get a lot of things ready for the season but I always find it difficult when the fish bite is that hot. So until the next time.......
Easter Sunday: What a day it was......beautiful weather and steelhead which were on fire......it just doesn't get any better than this! Fished with Ray Thomas "Joe Fly" and we took fish all day long. The fish took a liking to Ray's green sucker spawn today and we had numerous visitors and spectators who watched us stay on the fish.
April........getting the "Lucky Strike" and gear ready for the 2005 season. A captain's work is never done but he still needs to play.
May.....Water ready and ready for some of those hard fighting Lake Erie bronze backs. May is the time for some good small mouth catches and the action should continue to heat up as the waters warm into the 50's. This has been an unusually cold spring and the waters are probably 2 weeks behind usual in warming up but as they do so should the fishing.
June 4-5 .... Just starting to get some warm weather. It has been cold on the water but the yellow perch have been co-operating. If we continue to get the warm weather it should start heating up our walleye bite.
June 11-12.....What a week of hot weather and calm seas can do! The past weeks hot temperatures combined with calm seas has really got the summers walleye bite underway. Some heavy catches have been showing up in the harbor and the yellow perch are also co-operating. We took our boat limit of 180 perch yesterday which weighed in at 88# (When you close in on 1/2 pound average per perch that is some really nice sized fish) They did not come hot & heavy for us. We had to work all day long for the fish on a light bite but my hats off to the Klingensmith group who stayed with it and managed to get their limit despite an incredibly hot day.
June 18th - 19th & happy fathers day to all of you fathers out there. Yesterday was tough for us with the walleyes. This past week we had heavy winds for a few days in a row which slowed down the hotter walleye bite which we had last week. After almost a week of not getting on the water due to heavy seas it seemed that all the fish were coming much slower. When we get a few more days of stable weather the fishing should come right back around. The perch fishing was much better today.
June 25-26th.....Summer is in, the weather has been hot at +95 degrees and so is the fishing in Ashtabula, Ohio. Walleye and perch charters have both been fairing well and the lake has been cooperating with calm seas. Things just don't seem to get much better than this. God bless America. Thank everyone who has come to fish with us so far and I hope things only get better for the charters which are yet to come. Today we had a family from a long distance away (Idaho) who celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary aboard the Lucky Strike. What a pleasure it was to meet and have them aboard. See what they caught under "photo gallery" "perch charters"
Up to July 24th........its walleyes walleyes and more walleyes coming in right now. The bite is certainly on and when we don't get run off the lake due to thunderstorms everything has been good. Thank everyone who has fished recently and for those of you getting ready to come I certainly hope those large schools of fish stay with us for the remainder of the season. We are getting a few steelhead trout added to the daily walleye catches and what a treat these silvery battlers are to everyone aboard. It gets everyone excited when a steelhead gets airborne and does a tail walk. Ran off the water again today due to storm threats and was that ever difficult. The fish were on fire taking every bait set in the water. Well I hope the weather is better tomorrow and if it will let us fish lets see if we can really get that cooler packed..............until the next time.........Captain Art
Up to July 31st......The end of July is here and the fishing doesn't get any better than this. Limits of walleye are coming in at a fast pace and the lake has just been wonderful. Our trophy walleye fishing has been excellent as many more fish have been put on the wall. I must get out of here and get some rest. We have more ladies coming tomorrow and the guys will be out-numbered. I can hardly wait.....female anglers, beautiful & bountiful smiles, hot fishing and calm waters......it just doesn't get any better than this! Goodnight everyone....calm seas and fish dreams to all. Cap
Up to August 8th........The fishing for walleye this past weekend was good but Saturday was really hot. We managed to be finished by 10 am as the fish were readily taking spoons run off dipsys. Combine this with calm seas which allows us stay on the fish better with shorter leads for the anglers to land their fish and easier boat maneuverability. Lets hope the walleye action continues later into the year for us as it has for the last few years. Thank everyone who has joined us on the water lately and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone who has yet to come and may we all be blessed with good weather and a hot fish bite. Captain Art
Through August 22nd........The walleye fishing in Ashtabula Ohio seems to be a hotspot right now as evidenced by out of town charter boats showing up in our area. The trolling off of our coast this year has just been great. Combine the good walleye fishing with 3-5 steelhead per trip and you have a wonderful cooler of fish to take home. And the early bite for those who have been there for it has been nothing short of spectacular. We have so many smaller walleyes in our waters right now that it is almost unbelievable. In recent trips we have been throwing 40-50 small walleyes back (as long as they are in good physical shape) Hopefully from what I see the next two years to come should be really banner years with quantities of prime sized walleyes which we may have not seen since the heydays of the 80's. Make your reservations early as you won't want to miss the action. Soon the perch activity will be in full swing and I look for the year to finish with the same bang it started with. For everyone who is getting ready to visit us let's hope for calm seas and the continued good bite!.......LUCKY STRIKE is eagerly awaiting your arrival. Captain Art
......to September 12th........and the weather and couldn't be better. Right now limit catches of yellow perch and walleye are coming in and the walleye bite itself has been fast and furious. We were the first boat back into the harbor yesterday with a limit of walleye that would make the average angler envious. The fish were deep and very active. We were able to manage them quickly with dipsy divers and small spoons and also the crawler harnesses took their fair share of the fish. If you know of anyone interested in walleye fishing please send them now as who knows how long this will last before the weather changes them and the fish are no longer here. Thank everyone who has fished with us recently and I also thank everyone who has already booked their 2006 fishing trips. Booking your trips early ensures prime dates and I look forward to many more wonderful days on the water with all of you. Our stream fishing is also right around the corner and if anyone may be interested in a guided trip give me a shout. Last season was nothing short of spectacular and as soon as we get the onset of fall weather I'm sure this year will be just as good.
Until then, fair weather and screaming drags......got to go, fish on! Captain Art
Through October.......the weather has been good to us this season but now the fall winds are starting to blow. The lake rolled over due to high winds. We have cancelled many a trip but for those who managed to get out on the good days the weather, lake and yellow perch fishing was just dandy.
Late October........what a tough time for me. We just pulled the boat out of the water for the season and started to get a jump start on pm work so it will be ready for all of you next season. Many a special thank you for those of you who joined us on the water this year and thank the others who visited this site as well.
Through November 13th........the steelhead season started without water in the streams so the fishing there was non-existent. We did manage to boat quite a few in the mouths of the streams............ Now we have the much needed rains and the fish will be charging the streams. This past weekend the fish were hitting well ( Nov 13th) For anyone wishing a stream trip please get in touch as this is what we will be doing until the boat goes back into the water in 2006.
Through December 6th.......the steelhead trout have been cooperating quite well with between 10-30 hookups per person per day, of course when the weather cooperates for us. The weather has been touch & go with conditions from low water to extended rain with stream blowouts. Deer season was in and I managed to see a few good deer while standing in the streams with a fly rod in my hand! They are predicting cold weather and heavy snowfalls this week so I do not expect open stream waters to last throughout the week. I expect them to start freezing allowing us the only trout to be caught be through the ice until the onset of spring. We are starting to get some 2006 bookings. All indications are that the 2006 season should be another good year. Call early to reserve your prime dates. God bless all of you with a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. I hope your Christmas shopping is nearly done........only 18 shopping days left!!! Captain Art
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