Stubborn to a fault, area Lake Erie charter captain Marv DeGreen is reporting this morning of outstanding yellow perch fishing.
And that the perch are some of the largest he’s seen in quite a while. His chartered party of anglers are returning shortly to Don Schonauer’s fish-cleaning business. That’s with a full limit of 30 perch per person, too.
DeGreen was fishing in 48 feet of water and on the west of the so-called “hump,” located slightly to east of the Mentor lagoons and slightly to the west of the Grand River.
All of which is important, given that the Lake County Visitor Bureau’s PerchFest fishing derby begins tomorrow.
With an almost relentless string of days that have seen considerable windy conditions Lake Erie has churned and boiled with waves of 10 feet and more.
Right now conditions are seeing waves of 3 to 4 feet and diminishing. By tomorrow waves should be less than two feet; a perfect perch-fishing chop.
Unfortunately, it may be a one-day fishing contest instead of the planned two-day derby. Once again the winds are to intensify late Saturday and into Sunday with an increased chance of showers and thundershowers.
PerchFest fishing derby permits are available at most area bait and tackle operations.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn