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We will run Walleye Charters Beginning June 1st, until at least the end of October. Depending on yearly lake and weather conditions, we could begin walleye charters as early as the 1st of March. and extend into December.

The days of the 50's, 60's, and 70s, when you could consistently catch a boatload of respectable Walleye from the Great Lakes by casting and drifting are over, except for rare occasions. This is largely because the thru-water visibility today appears to be 5 or 6 times what it was then, along with other environmental changes. These changes are mainly due to the Clean Water Act of 1972, and the invasion and spread of the Zebra Mussels in the late 80's and early 90's. The greater number of decent walleye in Lake Erie's Central Basin today, along with specialized techniques for locating fish and modern trolling techniques, can level the playing field with the "old days".

The Walleye in the Central Basin generally run in the 4 to 6 pound range, with a good number of 7 to 10 pounders and the occasional 11 to 14. We catch a good mix of all sizes all year long, but if your reason for going is to catch a trophy class fish, the best times are mid May through early July, and again from September until ice-up.

We will do either trolling or drift-and-cast charters for Walleye, as you wish. It doesn't really matter if your main objective is to have your kind of enjoyment. But if you're after meat, and/or want to catch more big fish, trolling gives you much better odds (usually 3 to 5 times the fish).

We offer both day (preferred for trolling ) and night (usually preffered for drifting and casting) charters. Sometimes night trolling also pays off.

There is nothing quite so peaceful as a warm, calm summer night on the big lake. Generally, the wind and waves are much lower between about 10:00 at night, and 10:00 in the morning. They are often almost non-existent at night in the summer. Also, almost all other boats are in the marinas - just the occasional lights of a ship off in the distance - few wakes to rock our boat. This would be an excellent time to charter if you are prone to motion sickness.

Although Walleye can get quite large, they are not fierce fighters like the Smallmouth Bass and Steelhead Trout. Therefore, it's the perfect fish for breaking in the kids to the joys of catching the larger of freshwater gamefish. This can be the chance to give a child the "memory of a lifetime".

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