Fishing Guide Andy Emrisko Almost Starts Again: NE Ohio Fishing Report

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — It was almost deja vu fishing again when legendary Litchfield fishing guide Andy Emrisko took his friend, Mike Rosby of Brooklyn Heights, fishing for Lake Erie walleye Wednesday off Bratenahl, just east of downtown Cleveland.

Rosby carried a giant yellow perch, a fish they thought was Ohio’s state record. For Emrisko, it wouldn’t be the first time.

He had taken his rabbit hunting buddy Tom (Blackie) Haberman of Brunswick for yellow perch on November 23, 1999. While working on a perch and minnow rig at the bottom of Lake Erie, Haberman caught and caught a 16.3 pound walleye.

It was and still is the Ohio State record more than two decades later.

“It was too late for the pole to officially weigh in on Wednesday night,” Emrisko said. “When Mike finally had the 15 3/4 inch pole weighed on an official scale Thursday morning, it weighed 2.6 pounds.”

It was just a little shorter and a few ounces lighter than the record-breaking 15.75-inch, 2.86-pound perch caught by Mentor’s Dave Berg on April 18, 2016. He was fishing from the docks at Fairport Harbor.

“It would have been something, to guide different friends to two different state records,” Emrisko said with a laugh. “I would have helped set the walleye mark while we were fishing for yellow perch and I would have set the perch mark while chasing the walleye.”

Tournament scandal halts Rossford event in spring: The Lake Erie Walleye Trail Championship walleye tournament cheating scandal held in Cleveland in late September doesn’t appear to have made too much of a difference to entries for the Fall Brawl and Walleye Slam walleye fishing derbies on the Lake Erie. It did, however, make a difference for the sponsors of the popular 2023 Rossford Walleye Roundup.

Bass Pro Shops, the main event sponsor, declined to sponsor the upcoming spring event. This resulted in an agreement between the Mayor of Rossford, Neil Mackinnon III, Bass Pro Shops and the Rossford Convention and Visitors Bureau to cancel the tournament.

The Walleye Slam and Fall Brawl fishing tournaments take place: The popular Fall Brawl and Walleye Slam fishing tournaments are in full swing until November 27, and both have attracted good anglers. The veteran Fall Brawl has a field of 10,408 entries and the sophomore Walleye Slam has 8,221 entries. Sheffield’s Nick Eckenrode, a local fencing fitter, had been in both derbies, and his 10.37lb walleye now leads them both.

Erie Outfitters, the only testing station for the Walleye Slam, reported crowds watching around 50 walleyes weigh in one day this week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Good fishing weather boosts fishing in Lake Erie: Although it won’t last, according to weather reports, Lake Erie’s great fishing in recent days has drawn throngs of yellow perch and walleye anglers from Ohio and neighboring states.

The attraction is a very good bite of night walleye around Lorain and Cleveland, although daytime walleye fishing was a bit slow. In the west, however, anglers from Vermilion to Cedar Point enjoy exceptional daytime walleye fishing. A fisherman reported Thursday that while there were only six boat trailers parked at the Lake Avon boat launch, the parking lot was full in Lorain.

Night anglers launching boats this weekend will need to beware of picking up winds. Rain is forecast, and casting a rainbow trout up the rivers and streams of northeastern Ohio is a must.

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