Walleye having their ups and downs

Welcome back to the Lake Erie fishing report! 2016 should be a great season on Lake Erie.

So far the walleye fishing has had its ups and downs with cooler than normal temperatures in April and May contributing to the slower fishing we have experienced lately. The calmer winds and daytime highs in the 70s should help jump start the bite and help anglers put more fish in the box and is just what the doctor ordered for improving fishing conditions. After walleye spawn in the early spring, as the waters warm up, so does the fishing.

The extreme cold fronts we have had in May have been a setback to the heating up of the post spawn walleye bite. Looks like we have only improvement to look forward to this week as the past week or so has been a struggle for Lake Erie anglers to put good numbers of fish in the box.

Even though fishing has been spotty, some captains have put good catches in the box in the past few days. By press time the bite could be significantly better, so maybe look in some of these areas where some boats have put a few good catches together. D can near Niagara Reef and the surrounding area has produced a few good catches over the weekend, trolling has been the best method to produce numbers of fish; some trollers were using diving crankbaits with rattles in them, and some other were using worm harnesses. The 28’ to 33’ depths have been working in these areas.

The deeper waters surrounding Mouse Island and some of the reef structure in the South Passage area have been producing some decent walleye. Casters have been using worm harnesses and hair jigs tipped with worms to get the best production. Some other areas that have produced walleye lately are 15’ of water off of Crane Creek, SW of Green Island in 32’, NE Of Kelleys Island in 34-42’ and some large fish have been coming off of the shallow waters of Gull Reef, Kelley Island Shoal, NE Point of Middle Bass Island and around Buckeye Reef. Lots of undersized, throw back walleye are also being reported which is a good sign that we had a great hatch of Walleye in 2014 and 2015. That should help improve fishing in the next year or two when those fish are legal size. When handling the small fish to return them to the lake, try to use a small wire hook remover and not touch them if possible. That will help as many survive as possible as we catch and release these small fish.

I do not have any reports on perch fishing recently, but will try to get that for you by next week’s article. Bass fishing has been good in the harbors and in Sandusky Bay. Nice Largemouth being caught and released some up to 6lb by one bass boat angler that was fishing around the docks at Channel Grove Marina last weekend. Smallmouth action should be heating up around the islands as June gets closer. Remember, bass season is closed until the last Saturday in June.

If you are looking for a charter on Lake Erie or just want some fishing information, feel free to call me at 419-656-3966 or stop by Channel Grove Marina, 389 Channel Grove Rd. Marblehead, OH.

Good luck in all your fishing adventures!

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