Walleye Fishing Lake Erie Port Clinton, OH
Fishing forecast: 2017 Strong Walleye Numbers – Expect Exceptional Walleye Fishing!
With a Super hatch, 2014 followed in 2015 with another very good walleye hatch, baring some natural disaster Lake Erie is set for well above average walleye fishing for the next 5 years. Three-year-olds will be the bulk of the catch in 2017. These walleye will be ranging from 16 to 20 inches. We are harvesting them now Sept 18, 2016, and they are 16 to 18 inches on the average.
The 2016 walleye hatch was below average but is strong enough to help support the fishery. Last year’s hatch was the fourth highest on record, and those fish are still plentiful in the lake. Average to excellent hatches from four of the past 10 years have resulted in a broad range of walleye ages and sizes that make up the current Lake Erie walleye population. Results from Ohio’s surveys found 6.7 walleye per hectare. The average since 1988 is 27 walleye per hectare. Read More
Oct 2015 – Walleye hatch suggests strong numbers of walleye for next several years. Walleye fishing in Lake Erie is expected to be especially good for the next three to five years, officials at the Ohio Department of National Resources said Wednesday.
The ODNR officials said the 2015 walleye fish hatch was one of the biggest in recent history, according to biologists who monitor the lake. Read More
“With these hatch index results, we are expecting the walleye fishing in Lake Erie in the next three to five years to be exceptional,” said James Zehringer, director of the ODNR. “This is outstanding news for Ohio anglers and out-of-state anglers who enjoy fishing on Lake Erie, the Walleye Capital of the World.”
August trawl confirms walleye hatch rumors
September 24, 2015
The numbers, as reported by Jeff Tyson, Lake Erie program administrator for the Division of Wildlife, show that the Western Basin walleye trawling catch rates were the fifth highest since the interagency trawling began.
Ontario’s official numbers will be released later in the year, he says, but Ohio’s August walleye trawling numbers for 2015 are approximately 61.4/hectare. A hectare (ha) is the metric measurement for area, equal to 2.47 acres.
Contrary to the rumors, it did not beat the 2003 hatch, which tallied 155.6/ha, but otherwise was surpassed only by the 83.3/ha tallied in 1996, 63.4/ha in 1994, and 111.0/ha in 1993. But, it beat the highly touted 1982 (52.6/ha) and 1986 (30.4/ha) results.