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Lake Erie Fishing Report 30 AUG 2014

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Walleye

On the east end of lake Erie walleye fishing remains hot.  Ashtabula all the way to Erie, PA is the hot area.  Anglers are heading out and looking for the schools of fish on their graphs.  Once they find the fish, there are many different approaches to catch them.  Some guys are using jets, while others are using dipsy divers.  Dispy divers seems to be the preferred method out there right now.  Spinners are the hot bait right now, but you will fight off the sheep and white bass with them.  If you speed up and put on stick baits, such as the reef runner 700, you will get a lot less junk.  Huron to Vermilion has some nice walleye also, hanging out around the dumping grounds and the sand bar.  Fisherman are also using spinners out there.  This year anything with a pink back has been producing.  The island area, as expected, remains slow for walleye.

Perch

Perch are plentiful right now.  The islands area has some perch hanging off of Perry’s monument, the Marblehead lighthouse, and the green can north of Kelley’s has been good.   In Vermilion the perch seem to be out in about 32-42 FOW.  Out east the bite is hot around 62 FOW with a lot of jumbo’s being caught out there.

Steelhead

There is a nice school of steelhead hanging out around Ashtabula.  The steelhead are up high hitting bait balls in the top 15 FOW.  If you target these fish you will most likely have to get your bait away from the boat and fish very high.  I do not have a report of steelhead staging yet, but assume it will not be long with the cool summer we have had this year.

Lake Erie Fishing Report 17 AUG 2014

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Walleye

Walleye fishing on lake Erie remains good around Ashtabula, the 01 and 02 lines being the best action when anglers feel like battling the recent north winds.  Dipsies and worm harnesses are the go to bait out there, even steelhead like worms!  However, the west end is heating up again.  Casters and trollers are reporting limits around the east side of kelly’s island, west of green and rattlesnake islands, and around west sister island.  Of course Canada is still the place to be right now, the wheel is producing very fast limits with plenty of walleye to go around.  Cranberry creek area is finally starting to pick up with walleye being reported in close to the castle and out in about 30 FOW.  Reef runners are the ticket on the west end.  The key is to mark the walleye on your graph, then fish the reef runners just above the marks.  Remember, walleye hit up not down.

 

Perch

Perch fishing has remained good, but on the small side.  From the islands to Erie, PA anglers are catching perch in 30-65 FOW.  The key here is to mark them, they look like piles of junk on the bottom on your graph, or a Christmas tree.  Bait is very scarce right now, so call your local bait shop before heading out and make sure they have minnows.  If they have no shiners, you can use golden shiners or fathead minnows.  Both work, but not as good as lake Erie Shiners.

Steelhead

Steelhead have been caught from Ashtabula to Erie, PA.  Some steelhead have been reported staging already outside the creeks.  It won’t be long now with the cool temps and rain coming early before the waders are on and egg sacks are drifting.