Fishing the Fifty
My Quest to Fish All 50 States
Like Virginia, New York is one of the few states lucky enough to have extraordinary saltwater and freshwater fisheries. The sharks of Montauk are infamous, but I set my sights on Lake Erie’s legendary walleyes. My mom has family on Lake Erie, and we spent the day fishing for walleye during one family visit. We fished with Dan Korzenski (greatlakesfishing.com/hooked-up) out of Dunkirk, New York.
Dan’s site features some amazing walleye, steelhead, and trout, and my personal experience with him was no less amazing. We caught our limit of walleyes and, more importantly, I caught two walleyes over 10 pounds, with the larger being 10.5 pounds (still my personal best) and the other being around 10 pounds. My mom added a trophy walleye of her own, a 9.1-pounder, her personal best. Dunkirk actually hosted a tournament that day and my 10.5 pounder would have been the biggest fish if we had entered.
This was one of my first out-of-state fishing trips, and was therefore well before I knew about trophy fish programs. Thus, despite my two best fish shattering New York’s minimum trophy requirement of eight pounds, these trophies are unofficial.
Welcome to New York
Beautiful day on the water
My mom and her trophy 9 pound, 2 ounce walleye
My first New York fish
A nice trophy walleye, about 10 pounds
My 10.5-pound walleye, which is still my personal best
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