Walleye biting, perch turning on

Captain Jared Rhode of Port Clinton guided his party from Cincinnati to this nice catch.

The walleye fishing in Lake Erie’s western basin, including the island area, has been very good the past week with fish biting in many locations around the area. That is the good news! It is also good news for the future that most of the fish we are catching are from the hatches from 2014 and 2015. This means we are expecting awesome Lake Erie walleye fishing for the next few years just from these two year classes.

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Low concentrations of algae in lake

Cyanobacteria Index from NASA’s MODIS-Terra data collected Jul. 15, 2016. Grey indicates clouds or missing data. The estimated threshold for cyanobacteria detection is 20,000 cells/mL.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration released an experimental Lake Erie harmful algal bloom bulletin on July 18.

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Walleye biting in island area

(Left) Even though there are tons of small walleye in Lake Erie now, some big ones like this 30” are still hitting the docks at Channel Grove Marina. (Right) Perry from Wisconsin was fishing near Perry’s Monument on Saturday and caught this 29” walleye! How cool is that?!

Lake Erie walleye fishing has been off and on at times this season and right now the bite is ON in the island area. Some good numbers of walleye are being caught west of Rattlesnake and Green Islands with lots of undersized fish mixed in with some keep-able fish over the 15” size limit. Good catches also coming in from the south side of South Bass Island in 15-30’ of water, off of the points of Kelleys Island in 12-25’ of water and east of Middle Bass island in deeper water.

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