I have been perch fishing out of Wildwood for a couple of years now. I would like to try to get a couple of those erie eyes I have been seeing on this site. A friend told me that drifting and casting out of Cranberry Creek mirina in 30 fow using half a worm on a one hook harness would get me some walleyes. My boat is a 18' bluefin, so I chose not to venture out to far at WW where they catch nice eyes. He also said that in that part of the lake is snag city, unlike the mud and zebra mussel bottom I'm in at WW. I'm taking my daughter there with me this weekend, wind and waves permitting, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You Jimbo
I have been fishing out of cranberry quite a few times. They have a website you can join for info or you can just go inside the baitshop when you get there and talk to the owner, he is a nice guy and will let you know where the best fishing has been.
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Thanks for the reply, I will talk to the owner. I was told it is a pay ramp, so I probably would talk to him anyway. I would like to stay closer to home because of a trailer boat, But this place sounded good to me, because I would not have to go out 8 or 10 miles to get into walleye.
Thanks again Jimbo
There are resident walleye in the Ruggles Reef area year round. The reef is fairly subtle on your graph, just few real obvious contour changes. It is NE of the opening of the channel, probably less than a mile run. I think it starts showing at about 17' in depth on the NW corner of it - I may be wrong on that though. You've got the chance to catch just about anything in that area - might still be a few smallmouth around, 'eyes, monster sheepies, cats, etc. Take plenty of worms and good luck..
The nice thing about Cranberry creek is you can catch plenty of walleye within a mile of the marina. We have been fishing there fairly regularly in the evenings. It has slowed a little since all the N and NE winds have blown through but we have been able to catch some every trip out just not getting our limits. Have pulled at least a dozen over 5 lbs in the last two weeks with the biggest being 7 lbs. They are starting to get a little size to them again finally. A month ago we were measuring every one because they were all barely 15". Just make sure to trim your motor up as far as you can at the end of the wall going in and out of the marina because it gets down to about 1 foot depth for a few feet just past the wall. I knocked some paint off my skag last weekend with my motor only trimmed to 1/2 on the indicator so now I make sure to raise it to at least 3/4 up. I drag at least one reef runner on the bottom every time out and have only had one snag that broke a hook off so I wouldn't get too worried about getting snagged. Every other time I have snagged I have just locked the spool up with my thumb and give a hard tug and it breaks free without losing anything. Most of the fish are suspended so you don't need to be on bottom anyway.
I was curious if you went out this morning from Cranberry before the waves started building? Then I was curious if this might be you coming back in, getting your picture taken while passing Cranberry Creek's web cam? It's always hard to tell how big the waves are since there is nothing (usually) in the picture to compare them to.