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Columbus Fishing Expo this weekend Feb 9-11

Just a reminder this coming weekend, February 9, 10,11, is the annual Columbus Fishing Expo, or as it is now known, National Fishing Expo Columbus (they have a second show in Cincinnati March 1-2), at the Expo Center (State Fair fairgrounds).

Always good and fun to walk through all the exhibitors and see / find out what’s new (tackle, boats and boat equipment, travel destinations, organizations, charters, pretty much anything fishing or related and a few that aren’t) and attend a few of the seminars on a variety of fishing. Good temporary cure for cabin fever that hits about now.

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Early warm weather openings

We are opening up all of March since it’s getting warm so fast so I have some dates open to get after a true Lake Erie Trophy. I have a couple weekends and some week days also. Give me a call or text to book your trophy trip while these walleye are at their heaviest point of the year. Let’s see if we can top last years best fish at 14 lbs….419-635-8003

I will be making a few videos as I rig my equipment to show how I run my rods and boards so stay too Ed o er the next couple weeks I will post them here.


Captain Sam

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Early Season Launching

Hello All,

Was reading last year’s early posts and saw that some were able to get out early on nice days before the wooden docks were put in at the State Parks. Was wondering where good places to launch might be this time of year. I cannot remember how much concrete there is at Catawba and Mazurik’s. I need to be able to tie up to park the truck and need a little extra time to warm up the I/O. I’m mobile so anywhere from Huron to PC would work for me. Thanks in advance. Am pumped up to get back out there.

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Ice Fishing bait for Perch

My son in law lives in Montana and was ice fishing for perch over the weekend. They absolutely slayed the perch. I asked what they were using for bait and he told me that he recently was talking to some old timers and they showed him how to use fish eyes for bait. Yep, eyes from the perch they were catching. They showed him a little tool that they had made to pop the eyes right out and put 1 on a small hook, drop it just off the bottom and Bam, their catch rate improved like crazy. Plus, their bait hardly got stolen. They were catching at least 5 or 6 fish on just using 1 eye. Just curious, either ice fishing or just summer time fishing, if anyone has ever tried this technique on Lake Erie?
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Place to Stay

Hi folks,

Not sure if there is a specific place to post this other than this part of the forum. Please let me know if it should be elsewhere.

We have a 3 bedroom place about a 1/2 mile from Mazurik Boat launch. If you are interested I can send you a link with the info. It is geared more toward families with kids who go to Lakeside but there is plenty of parking for boats and an outdoor electric hookup to charge boat batteries.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. 614-499-4589 or message me here.


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Going to give it another run

I put my 18ft deep v on lake Erie for the first time last year, and thanks to all the help from this forum, I had a great experience. Was planning on going some more last year, but I moved and took some time to sell old house so didn’t get a whole lot of fishing done. This year I am planning on giving it another go. Last year I had two buddies with me that were pretty good fishermen. This year my first trip will be in early June, and I’m taking my daughter, my brother, and his son. They are nowhere close to the fisherman I had with me last year, so this could take a little more work on my part. Anyway, this year I was planning on staying in Port Clinton. Last year I launched out of Catawba. Is there a good boat launch close to Port Clinton that I could launch from? What would be my best choice? Again any help is much appreciated.
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Ice Fishing this season?

Thought I’d start a little ice fishing conversation.

Lake water temperature off Toledo is 37 degrees (Wednesday, January 10). That means it has to drop five degrees to get to freezing temp. 39 off Cleveland.

Even with this forecast real cold spell coming, starting this Saturday and going through all of next week (daytime highs in the low 20’s / upper teens, nights in the single digits), I don’t think it’s going to be enough to get any significant ice on the main Lake by the 20-21 weekend. However, just looked at the Port Clinton Janauary forecast and the real cold is forecast to continue, with only a few days into the upper 20’s. If that holds, we may get good enough ice (barring lots of wind) by the January 27-28 weekend. If the cold continues into February, by the first weekend in February we could have good ice fishing.

Rare for water temp to be so high a third of the way through January. Wondering if that might be too warm to cool down to freezing and allow for good ice formation by the January 27/28 weekend.


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1/5/24 Catabwa

This is my post so bear with me… You all share so much that I feel wrong to not contribute what experiences I have. Also, I may get some pointers as I am only in my 2nd year of serious fishing. We launched from Catabwa at sunrise despite the below freezing temps and worse than expected wind. Put the soft enclosure up and had a heater though never needed to turn it on. We headed out north and east just below and probably a mile or 2 east south bass. Started marking fish as soon as we hit 32 FOW. Tried trolling the break around the edge of a deeper bowl. Wind was kickin my butt. The trolling motor auto-pilot i believe runs off GPS signal VS direction I point the motor because it wanted to turn 20 degrees into the wind. Obviously I was tracking sideways, but it was frustrating with the current pulling pretty hard to the ENE I believe. (forgot the fish hawk just guessing by way boards ran) So I screwed around most of the morning trying to troll with the wind( couldnt maintain my heading and keep it under 1.7 due to wind speed) so I tried going into the wind which was equally frustrating and unproductive. Decided we would just be at the mercy of nature and do our best. Got on a school of feeders right about 40 FOW and trolling NNE with the wind it lasted around 1 mile. Out even or a bit past the small “island” there. We had 1 triple trying to get turned around. Picked up ran back up and we were done about 12:30pm. 3 man limit. We stuck with bandits from 100-130 back at 1.5 give or take. Best colors were taco salad and orange crush for us. Though we didnt switch many out only to put more of those 2 colors on as they were bringing in fish. Nothing very large My wife got to come and she had a blast enjoying the amazing fishery God has given us. The whole experience, from being fortunate enough to own a boat that is safe and well equipped, the ride out on the water this time of year- building ice on the boat, getting on some active fish… Its all just an amazing gift. Thank you all for the time and effort you put into this forum. Good luck to all and be safe. Cold water is no joke. I am looking at weather reports now for tuesday. Our PA has been on maternity leave and we have been going through it. Tomorrow will be down due to parts and I really want to head out but it looks pretty close to dangerous. 3 hour drive.