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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Mayfly hatch still affecting walleye fishing

Chuck (father) and Evan (son) from Pittsburg, PA, each had a thrill catching a 30” trophy Walleye fishing with Capt. Jerod Smith on the Erie Breeze out of Channel Grove Marina.

Lake Erie walleye fishing continues to be affected by the mayfly hatch even though they have been hatching for a good three weeks. The hatch has shifted east where there has been some pretty good walleye catches recently, but the past couple days has seen large bug hatches in the area of the weather buoy north of Vermilion causing a slowdown in the walleye bite in that area. Some good catches still coming in from the Ontario side well N NE of the weather buoy with trolling being the most productive method.

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