Perch fishing has been excellent

(Left) Nick Giachetti of Marblehead caught this pair of 28" walleye recently in Ontario waters near Hen Island. (Right) Tony from Ashland, KY, caught this trophy 21" smallmouth bass with Capt. Kendall Parsley on the charter boat Drift Away.

Walleye have been biting around the islands for the past few weeks and this week has seen the bite start to slow a bit in the areas around South, Middle and North Bass Islands. There was good fishing to be had at times as walleye have been biting around the reef edges in 10-26’ of water for the most part. After weeks of warm and dry conditions, the stormy weekend has caused the bite to slow in the shallower waters. Some spots still producing were on the west side of North Bass Island, near Hen and Chicken Islands in Ontario waters, N of Sawmill Creek near Huron and around the points and reefs near Kelleys Island. Some nicer sized walleye are starting to show up and some fish hitting the docks at Channel Grove Marina have been as large as 25” this week.

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Yellow perch bite is on!

Captain Gary Hopp, who runs Trophy Hunter Charters, docked at Channel Grove Marina and put his customers on these nice walleye this week!

The Lake Erie run on great eating yellow perch is hitting high gear this week and they are biting in a few locations around the area. Quite a few boats fishing out of the East Harbor area have been catching limits of perch in between Lakeside dock and Kelleys Island in 25-28’ of water. The perch have decided they will eat the golden shiners now that all the bait shops are carrying due to the lack of normal lake shiners that have been scarce since June of last year. This is great news because all tackle shops have been having a good supply of golden shiners.

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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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