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catawbafishinggirl
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4/23/14 1:32 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny
Hi All. I have a question for anyone familiar with the Little Portage River Wildlife Area.

I've been living in Colorado for the past 22 years and recently moved to Port Clinton. I grew up fishing in Michigan so I'm pretty familiar with the typical freshwater species. I was exploring the area today and took a drive through the Little Portage Wildlife Area.

As I was walking on the banks of a couple of the shallow ponds right off the road, I was surprised to notice some fish rising. These ponds were so shallow that I figured that they iced out and didn't contain fish. When I saw some fish rising, I figured they might have been some small bluegill or minnows etc.

As I got closer, I noticed some HUGE fish in those ponds, the smallest was around 25" - 30". The fish were top water feeding at around 2:00pm. The fish in question did not look like carp, bullhead, catfish or bass. The one I saw up close and personal sure looked allot like a bowfin but I just don't know. I'm unfamiliar with some of the "scavenger" fish around here. I did catch a sheephead and small shad since I've lived here so I know what those look like. I had a pole with me and tried to catch something out of there using worms, spoons, poppers, flies etc etc with no hits whatsoever. Does anyone know what the fish in these ponds were?

On another note, where the river goes under the road, there were also what looked to me like wiper (are they called stripped bass here?) feeding and completely jumping out of the water. They were also massive and even bigger than the fish in the ponds. I also tried my luck there to no avail.

If anyone can educate me on what I saw today I would really appreciate it. Thanks and have a great night!

[This post was last edited on 4/23/14 at 7:22 AM]
duke9981
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4/14/14 1:00 PM CST
I had a great time with http://seabreezecharters.com/Default.asp sea breeze charters were very good

Hookin Jaw
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5/2/13 5:24 PM CST
Thanks, We are headed out in a couple weeks. Hope to find some fish.

ketterd55
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FISHING REPORT
5/1/13 6:53 AM CST
Hookin fishing was slow on Saturday. We picked up 3 on purple jigs. Sunday was better picked up 15 in the rain. Didn't see anyone catching anything on Saturday. Sunday for about two hours everyone around us had the nets in the water then they got lock jaw.

Hookin Jaw
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4/30/13 7:20 PM CST
Ketter, How was the fishing on both days? Areas? Baits? Numbers? Thanks.

ketterd55
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FISHING REPORT
4/30/13 3:48 PM CST
Went fishing this past weekend with A&J charters out of Port Clinton. Had a bad experience on Saturday. We booked this at the sports show in Wisconsin. Turns out he overbooked and dumped us off to a different (RETIRED GUY). I call this bait and switch. The problem was the guy we went with told us on Saturday he hasn't charted since 1990. He may have taken charters like our for spare cash at times when someone overbooks, but he doesn't advertise. He was in his late 70's or early 80's and is retired. His boat was much smaller and one of our guys had to fish out of the cabin window. This guy's electronics didn't work and we had to help find the wiring issue. The boat was put in the day before we went and wasn't ready. We were that last boat out of the harbor. The bait died before we got on the water fishing. No aeration. All of this guys rods were old and did not work right. Couldn't get the bails to close. The mono line on the rods was very old and would break with about two pounds of pressure. We had brought four rods with and if we didn't have those we would have been screwed. Bottom line is that I don't blame the guy we went with he's not set up to charter 6 guy's and he didn't over book. It was A&J that overbooked just because they wanted more profit instead of customer satisfaction. The guy from A&J did come and talk to us about it and offered a $100 discount if we booked with him again. "Really" that's about $16.50 per guy and wasn't worth the words that came out of his mouth. Bottom line is book with someone you can trust and that's not A&J. I will say that the second day (Sunday) was fine since we went with captain Mike and on the boat we expected and used gear we expected. With the money we paid we should have gotten that type of equipment on both days. Book with someone else.

eaglesfreak614
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8/6/12 9:07 PM CST
Finished a charter over the weekend with Captain Dave. Did well Saturday catching multiple 18-19+in Walleye and large Drum. Sunday caught a few early before getting stuck in the storm. Lasted an hour or so, seemed to slow the bites. Overall good weekend, had a lot of fun. Definitely doing it again next year!

[This post was last edited on 8/6/12 at 9:09 PM]
mdschumann
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7/24/12 6:09 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: Above 80° F
Just completed charter over the weekend. This was the worst experience I've ever had. Captain AJ did not put us on walleye but witnessed other charter patrons that seemed to have caught nice walleye and perch. My suggestion is to find a reputable company and book with them. Was not impressed at all.

trolling816
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5/19/10 4:33 PM CST
Seems like no one is fishing out of or around Port clinton? whats the deal? Anyone fishing around the islands or Kelly's?

Goosewhisperer
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1/23/10 4:37 PM CST
Ice Depth: 9" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
Was out on 1/20-1/21 off put-in-bay west side between rattle and green 30 fow 2 days 2 eyes what is going on? We did have a east wind that stunk!!!! tried pimples of all colors and jiggin raps they would come up and chace it for 10 feet then disapeer didn't talk to anyone that did any better ice is or I should saw was good at time of fishing out past green but it opened up in front of rattle

Goose

2025LUND
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5/31/07 6:37 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Fished the Islands May 19 to the 26th. Limited everyday. Averaged 4 pounds the entire trip. All caught on hand made crawler harness. 8 fish over 28", one 29 3/4", two 30 3/4", one 32". 5 guys, 233 walleyes in the box for 8 days of fishing, 3 wall hangers! Life is grand. Be back next year. Big Smile

NoFIB1
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5/26/07 2:29 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 66° - 70° F
Had an great time out on Lake Erie with Captain Ryan with Eye Spy Charters west of Port Clinton. We ran bottom bouncers about 11 miles out with night crawlers. Limited out with 24 fish in about 3 hours of fishing in the late PM. Nice operation.

NoFIB1
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5/7/07 8:03 AM CST
Folks - I'd like to take my two sons fishing out of Port Clinton or Toledo for walleye in May - but don't have six people for a full charter. Any suggestions on a reasonably priced charter for 3 people? Please email normanwelch@comcast.net. Thanks!

RAD007
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7/1/06 4:51 PM CST

RAD007
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7/1/06 4:50 PM CST

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