I again had a drought of Fish Ohio catches in 2001 and 2002, but I made up for it in 2003. I was again fishing one of my favorite spots, the aerator at Lake Hodgson. The date was June 29th and I was casting in the early morning for crappie. I would catch anywhere between 30 to 40 crappies on the weekend. I cast across the aerator and my minnow stopped dead when I started to bring it in. I set the hook and immediately realized I had a big fish on the line. I worked the fish toward the boat and got my net ready. The fish had dived deep and I was having a tough time working him to the boat with my ultralight outfit. I finally after a 15 minutes fight got it to come up to the boat. I netted it on the first chance and was shaking when I started to measure the fish. It was a 28" 7 # Walleye.
I was fishing the same area on September 28th and had a night crawler on the bottom. A 28" 10# carp took the night crawler and started to move out. I fought the big fish back to the boat and easily netted it. When I put out a night crawler I fish with heavier outfit. This was my second Fish Ohio for 2003.
I decided to have the Walleye mounted and it became the second fish in my family room. This was the biggest Walleye I had ever caught and I was proud to have it mounted. I think the mount came out excellent.
Here is a drawing I had made of a Walleye in 1999. Like I have said before I enjoy making the drawings for myself. They add to my computer room which my wife allows me to decorate any way I want.