Dr. Jackson with a nice walleye.
Even though the first day of fall doesn’t officially start until Sept. 22, the weather we are experiencing this week makes it feel like it has already arrived. The reports of walleye in certain areas of the lake right now would confirm that it is indeed an early fall. I just hope that winter delays itself long enough for an extraordinary extended fall bite.
Typically, the nomadic fish will start moving from the east back to the western basin for the cold season, where they will feed and fatten up for the winter months below the ice before they begin staging up for the spawn in late March to mid-April.
This is the time of year when people flock to the area from all over the country to sample what Lake Erie fishing has to offer. Many an angler’s dream has come true with a trophy sized walleye that they have always dreamed of catching one day. They might fish for a lifetime on other bodies of water throughout the country and never get one over ten pounds, but fishing in the fall on Lake Erie, those dreams can become a reality multiple times over.
Reports of walleye are still being taken on the Canadian line, both above and below it, and east of Middle Island. Crawler harnesses, spoons, and crankbaits are all working effectively. Choose your weapon and go catch some fish!
Recently, what surprised me the most were reports of quick limits of walleye being taken in the shallows (24-30’ of water) between the Huron River and Cedar Point, or to the Vermilion River. These are usually very good fall spots to fish for quick limits of decent sized “eater” walleye, but it’s usually a little later in the month when they show up.
I usually run the harnesses program until the water temps hit 50 degrees, and then I switch over to my favorite crankbaits, Reef Runners, Deep Husky Jerks, Tail Dancers and Rogues. Looks like with this weather forecast it won’t’ be too long before I can switch over to just crankbaits for the rest of the season. That’s always something I look forward to, because I get tired of the white perch, white bass, and sheephead stealing my expensive crawlers over and over again, something I’m sure many of you can relate to.