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Lake Erie Fishing Report 28 July 2014

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Walleye

Islands area is hit or miss right now.  Most fish are eater size with a few in the 28″ range.  Most fish are being taken on bottom bouncers and spoons fished about half way up in the water column.  Most boats that are fishing the area are docked there and confined to that area.  If you choose the fish the islands there are fish being taken north of kelley’s but south of middle island.  East of south bass island off the monument, and in between green and rattlesnake islands.  The wheel in Canada has been hot for walleye, most are trolling meat in the area using inlines or big boards.  Make sure you check the weather before venturing up that way, it’s a long round trip.

The Central and Eastern basins are the hot ticket right now.  Huron all the way to Erie, PA are producing walleye.  In the shallower areas below 45′ fisherman are using reef runners back 80-150 depending on the time of day.  Spoons and dipsies are also producing walleye, but keeping the trash fish off the line proves difficult.   In the deeper water off Erie, PA anglers are using meat with a lot of weight to get the lures down to the fish.  Most fish in that area are being taken at the trench off walnut creek.  A nice mixed bag of walleye and steelhead are being taken in that area.

Perch

Perch have been doing very well around the islands and also in the deep water.  Anglers are doing very well after marking the fish on the bottom.  Once you mark them you will catch them.  Off the airport at kelleys is the hot spot right now.  Also, ashtabula and geneva have been producing some jumbo perch for this time of year.  Most perch fisherman choose to use minnow heads or full Lake Erie Shiners.

Steelhead

Avon point is the hot spot right now for central basin steelhead fisherman.  They are being caught right now at 2.5 to 3.0 mph out at the 40 line north of Avon using spoons.  The larger spoons are producing the most hits.  Anglers are tracking the steelhead using their gps units and trying to stay ahead of the moving schools of trout.  Walnut creek in PA is also producing browns and steelhead inside the trench in 60 FOW.  Most are being caught by accident while walleye fishing and no set program is in place for them.

Have fun this summer and watch out for the green algae, they say it’s going to be bad this year.

 

Lake Erie Fishing Report 2 JUL 2014

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Walleye

Walleye continue to be good in the central and just starting to hit the eastern basin.  Lorain has been hot this last week along with vermilion and ruggles reef.  In Lorain the 30 18 line has been hot.  Reefs back 100 – 120 speed around 1.5.  Bigger fish have been taken in Lorain also.  Marking fish is key right now though, the fish are in smaller pods so if you mark them start fishing.  Geneva all the way to Erie, PA is starting to pick up.  45-60 FOW has had the best fishing thus far in the summer season.  Dipsies and spoons/spinners have been the best.  Bonus steelhead are always in the area.

Perch

Perch are hard to find right now, however the islands area is starting to pick up.  All the normal spots are catching fish.  Off the lighthouse in marblehead, south of kelleys island, and off the airport at Kelleys.  In deeper water areas, right out the rivers about a mile have been producing.  Golden shiners and lake Erie shiners on spreaders have been producing the best.

Steelhead

Steel have started to school up in the central basin of Lake Erie.  Finding them is the problem.  The guys that are catching are starting at the 40 -41 line and working east or west from there.  Trolling about 3 mph with stinger spoons has been the ticket lately.  The key is marking a way point when you catch a fish to track the school of steelhead.