Lake Erie Fishing Report 8 DEC 2014

Walleye

The walleye are hanging around the Huron area in good numbers right now.  Most anglers are fishing from the river mouth to the dump.  Speed needs to be around 1.2 mph and they are pulling husky jerks and reef runners.  Most of the fish are hanging around 15 ft. down in the morning to over 20 ft. down in the afternoon.  At dusk most anglers are trolling the river mouth looking for feeding walleye that come up at night.  Another successful area is the East 72nd street launch ramp and wall.  Anglers are catching perch inside the wall, and walleye outside the wall when the weather is cooperating.  Most are pulling cranks just like Huron for the walleye.  Please be careful if you venture out this time of year.  You need to have your life jacket on at all times, have a cell phone, VHF radio, and warm clothes.  Every year seems like the fall and spring someone gets into trouble and has a run in with the cold water.  Be prepared!

Perch

Just like above, east 72nd street seems to be the hot spot right now.  Inside and outside the wall has been good.  Mostly frozen shiners and live golden shiners are being used.  Outside the wall depths are around 30 FOW then start looking at your graph.  Do not have any reports from kelley’s but this is the time of year to try up there.

Steelhead

Steelhead river fishing is in full swing.  Anglers are catching trout in every tributary of Lake Erie right now and the steelhead are spread throughout the system.  Most are using eggs from a female steelhead, jig and maggots, and flies.  The best flies to run right now is an egg pattern on top and a bead head nymph as a dropper.  If you do not like to run tandems, then run an egg pattern with a small split to get your bait down.  The rocky river is the most popular river with the chagrin being a close second.  Remember, EVERY tributary of Lake Erie gets a run of steelhead right now and in the spring.  If your favorite river is too crowded, look on google maps and find some public land that has some water running thru it, bet you will find some chromers!

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