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Fishing Report Wheatley July 4 2017

Wheatley Fishing for Rainbows and Walleye Fishing

Fish July 4 2017

Caught some fish 6 miles East in 50 feet of water. There were many fish high in the water again and large schools of baitfish on bottom with fish on those schools. Morning bite slow and a run just before noon.  Last night there was a screaming bite in that general area just before dark. A couple of fishermen  were reporting they couldn’t keep lines in the water but the fish were high and crazy and they couldn’t get them to the boat!




Steelhead Fishing Heating Up – Wheatley

Ty Bows July 2 2017

My son Tyler and grandson McInnus had a great day fishing out of Wheatley today. It appears the rainbows are coming into local waters in a big way. Looks like a great season is shaping up with this early start. We just need the weather to settle a bit now. The fish were holding very high in the water today and some nearly at the surface.

One bow I caught Wednesday last had a belly completely packed with mayflies. The fish were in the top 20 feet of the water that day also.




Wheatley Fishing Report

Fish Moving Into Wheatley

Reports are coming in about pickerel and rainbows being caught over a wide range out of Wheatley – straight south in 50 feet of water to 10 miles east in 64 feet of water. I have a few pictures of recent catches.

My daughter-in-law, Valerie Henricks can show those boys a thing or two about fishing. She works hard at it and enjoys fishing and hunting.

Valerie Henricks Rainbow

Valerie Henricks Rainbow

Couple of My Catches This Week

Wheatley Pickerel

Bow and Picks




First Rainbow Wheatley for 2017

Got Rainbow Season Started in Wheatley

Not a big fish but it is a start – 10 miles east of Wheatley Harbour – 35 feet of water – downrigger at 30 feet – Nascar painted spoon

Rainbow trout 2017 Wheatley

2017 Wheatley Water Temps Slightly Behind 2016

Wheatley Fishing Report – Water Temps Slowly Rising

Data Provided by the “GLOS” Great Lakes Observing System

June 15 2017 Water Depth and Temp

45 Feet water 56 degrees
40 Feet water 59 degrees
20 Feet water 62 degrees
10 Feet water 65 degrees
1 Feet water 67 degrees

June 24 2016 water temps 45 feet water Wheatley

45 feet water 57 degrees
40 feet water 58 degrees
20 feet water 64 degrees
10 feet water 68 degrees
1  foot water 68 degrees

Year 2011 was a very great year fishing out of Wheatley
June 24 2011 water temps 45 feet water Wheatley

45 feet water 65 degrees
40 feet water 65 degrees
20 feet water 69 degrees
10 feet water 69 degrees
1  foot water 69 degrees

2017 Maybe Best Walleye Fishing Ever

Walleye Population In Very Good Shape for Many Years Ahead

Big Lake Erie Walleye

Information from Travis Hartman the Lake Erie Program Administrator at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Sandusky Fish Research Unit provides much insight and maybe answers a few questions about fish size and age.
Travis states “I think that literally, these next three to four years we’ll see some of the best Lake Erie walleye fishing we’ve seen in a long time.”

Hartman bases his outlook on some promising numbers. Estimates from 2016 put the Erie walleye population around 33 million and nearly half of those were from the large 2014 year class. Walleyes from the 2015 year class joining the party as 2-year-olds seem a little chunkier than the previous group, Hartman said. Combining the strength of these two recent groups with large, mature fish from 2003 yields a stellar 2017 outlook.

For clarity, Hartman notes that late springs typically equal exceptional year classes because walleye larvae emerge just in time to capitalize on large plankton blooms. With late ice postponing the spawns of 2003, 2014 and 2015 until late March or early April, those little walleye enjoyed belly-stuffing buffets.

We have walleye living over 20 years up here and we had one of the biggest year classes we’ve ever seen in 2003,” Hartman says. “Those fish are 14 years old now and they’re the ones providing all the 10- to 13-pounders that have been caught recently.

“Early in the season, a lot of those 2015 fish are going to be below the 15-inch limit, so as the season progresses, it should get better and better with more of the fish being caught being legal size. There are most likely, 15-inch 2-year-olds from the 2015 year class right now, but by June and into July, you’re really going to see numbers of them hitting that legal size.”

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