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.


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.


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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