Friday Night, November 18th, and 2016 Walleye Derby Invitational fisherman are out in force trying to catch the big walleye. They are fishing on Lake Erie, at night and in the wind and the waves. It is the last days of the tournament and everyone is anxious to get the big bite.
As the moon started to rise, the walleye went into a frenzy and attacked many of the fisherman’s lures. Reports came in of fisherman requesting fish to be weighed. Each report seemed to have a bigger fish than the previous report. Since there was no time limit to fish, the fisherman wanted to stay out later and later into the late night trying to get that biggest fish.
Fisherman had good results trolling deep diver crank baits on short leads and glass lures high in the water column. Waves dictated speed and many fisherman were surging their lures 1.4 – 2.0 mph. It was hard to troll into the waves. Many fisherman had to do long trolls with the waves. At the end of the troll, pull lines and run the boat back to the beginning spot and repeat. Dave’s solid 28 1/2 inch walleye weighing in at 9.52 pounds Around midnight the fisherman starting bringing in their fish to be measured and weighed. It was a lunker fest. Each fish was bigger than the previous. Fisherman quickly moved up the leader board. When the night (early morning) was over there were 3 changes in the leader board for 1st place in the adult division and 2 new names in the junior division leader board.