Fish in the 2 to 4 pound class are common, trophies 5 to 8 pounds are no surprise. They not only offers a challenge to the beginner or pro - it's some of the finest table fare anywhere. The season begins in April and runs through October with June and July being prime. In late August we move the boat to the central basin following the large fish. The last few years the fall and late summer (September-October) has been spectacular! This is also a great time for Smallmouth Bass. If you want to try for big fall fish, or maybe a combo trip, give us a call.
Method: Drift and cast is the preferred method, however we are fully equipped for trolling.
To be awarded the "Fish Ohio" award , The length must be 28 inches.
Thousands are awarded yearly.
The 2005 season was marked with very many small fish being caught from the 2003 hatch.
The Ohio DNR estimates are that their are about 100 million fish from the 2003 hatch. Best hatch ever!
These fish are running 14 to 14.5 inches. To small to keep with the new size limit of 15 inches.
Our fish grow very fast due to the enormous food chain, Next year the 2003 fish will be 17 to 18 inch range and the season should be exceptional.
Efforts by government agencies to conserve and boost the stocks via three years of very strict sport and commercial catch-rules, plus a big smile from Mother Nature in 2003, are paying off with the brightest fishery status since 1990.That, in a nutshell, is the proverbial rest-of-the-story behind this month's announcement of substantially larger fish catch-allotments for 2005 by the Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
The LEC, using a new modeling approach and harvest policy developed in response to once-falling stocks, has boosted the area wide fishery's total allowable catch or TAC to 5.8 million fish for 2005. Ohio receives a lion's share of that at about 3 million fish and Ontario receives about 2.5 million. Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York receive relatively small allocations based on their limited ownership of the area. "It's not a political thing," stressed Ohio's Roger Knight. "It's a scientific estimate of what the TAC ought to be." The new TAC, he explained, still is below the 6.6 million average compiled since 1979 though it is more than double the TAC of the 2.4 million that was in place during the lean years of 2001 to 2004.
The magnitude of changes in the TAC from here on likely will not be so dramatic, especially under an LEC harvest policy aimed at trying to keep harvests at sustainable levels.
For sport fishermen, the new TAC does not mean that the fish will be jumping into the boat this summer. That depends on favorable weather, especially on weekends when most anglers have time to get out, and on the fish staying where anglers can get to them.
Nor does the new, larger TAC mean that conservative rules suddenly will evaporate. But state fisheries managers are not ruling out easing at least some restrictions for 2006.
"Any changes will hinge on the forecast and early signs of the status of the '05 hatch," said Knight, who is programs coordinator for the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Because of the time-consuming path built into changing fishing regulations, wildlife division managers will have to decide roughly by late summer whether to make changes for 2006, and that allows only a preliminary assessment of the 2005 hatch. Spawning is under way now, and, as Knight so well notes, "weather trumps everything."
Last week's unrelenting northeast winds did nothing to buoy up enthusiasm for 2005, given that such prolonged blows push cold central-basin waters into the western-basin spawning reefs and fish-nursery areas. Such blows also stir up spawn-choking silt from the shallow western-basin bottom. Still, the spring of 2003 witnessed some questionable weather and yet that year-class of fish was the best in 20-plus years and it forms the bulk for the renewed stocks today followed by 2001 and 1999 fish. The 2000, 2002, and 2004 year-classes were rated poor, or worse.
A 13 pound trophy
A great catch.
A 33 Inch male taken aboard the "Coe_Vanna" in 1998.
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Captain Dave Whitt
Coe-Vanna Charter Service
1759 Carroll Erie Rd
Port Clinton, Ohio