Lake Erie Fishing Report 28 JAN 2015

January 28th, 2015

Ice Fishing!

The ice on lake Erie continues to be good this week, however, the fishing not so much.  We have a lot colder temps, some nights in the single digits.  That should lock things up pretty good.  The fishing has been spotty.  Long story short, if you move around you are going to catch fish.  There are active feeding pods of fish moving around the western basin where the ice is good, you just have to find them.  You need to have electronics with you including a GPS to mark fish and find your way back.  Most fisherman that have found success have been drilling, drilling, and drilling.  Most are not stopping unless they catch a fish or they are marking a lot on their graphs.  You can get away with going out blind on inland lakes, but not so much lake Erie, good electronics go a long way.

Some fisherman went as far as 8 miles looking for fish this week, that is a little excessive if you ask me.  How many fish did they drive over just to get out where the “hot bite” is?  Matter of fact there are fish closer than 1 mile from shore as some walking fisherman proved to me with a limit of walleye in the parking lot last weekend.

So here is the down and dirty.  You must move around to catch fish, just like if you were trolling in the summer time.  If you aren’t catching, move.  The hot lures are little cleo’s, kastmasters, and swedish pimples tipped with ONE minnow.  Some guys have reported scaring walleye away with putting more than one minnow on the hook.  Also, the smaller sizes have been reported working better.    Camp perry has a smaller class of fish hanging out, while catawba has the usual middle class walleye.

Ice should be good this weekend.  Make sure you do not go alone and always be safe.  Some cracks have been reported opening up, but only due to ice expansion and contraction.  Remember as the ice expands it gets weaker.

Steelhead

Some steelhead are still being caught in the main stocked rivers.  Most of the rivers still have some open water but not much.  Also, some are ice fishing the lower sections using egg sacs with good luck.  Some real good sized mid winter steelhead being caught thru the ice!

Perch

If you want perch, whites landing in sandusky bay is the place for you.  Make sure you know the area or go with a local if head out, there are a lot of springs in the area.  The key is to get on the edge of a spring and you will find perch and crappie hanging out.  It’s a good change of pace since the walleye fishing is so slow right now.

Have fun and be safe on the ice!

Lake Erie Ice Fishing Report 22 JAN 2015

January 22nd, 2015

Ice fishing report!

Most walleye are being caught at Catawba state park in the western basin of lake Erie.  There has also been some perch being caught, but only by walleye fisherman, I personally don’t know of anyone targeting perch other than whites landing on Sandusky bay.   Some fisherman however are beating the crowds by heading over to Camp Perry and walking from there.  Walleye at Camp Perry are about 1.5-2 miles out with the afternoon bite into the evening being the best.  Catawba walkers are going out about 2.5 miles, this is a haul if you are walking.  There are machines on the ice right now, but the going is slow because of multiple cracks and slush.  With the warmer weather this week, slush has made the Catawba state park ramp almost unbearable.  There is slush out there so watch out.  Fish are being taken with swedish pimples and cast masters tipped with shiners.  There are plenty of bait stores, and they open around 6 AM.  I will note that the fishing has slowed quite a bit.  Some groups are only coming in with a couple fish.  Mobility and solitude is key.  Drill a series of holes, stick your finder one hole at a time until you mark fish.  Also, if you can talk to another group on the ice, you are too close.  Walleye spook very easily when there is ice because of all the noise above.  Get away from the crowds and you will surely catch more fish.  Remember also, if you are the one that just sits all day in the same spot, you are not going to catch many fish.  You will have to wait until the feeding pods get to you, which may never happen.

Also, an airboat broke thru the ice, the coordinates are N41 34.530′ W082 52.276′ .  Mark that in your GPS, and if you don’t carry a GPS, you are wrong and should not be out there.

Steelhead

The Erie steelhead season has slowed way down with ice season at full bay.  Most fish that are being caught are around warm water discharges and creeks from city runoff that contains salt to keep the water open.  Some brave souls are still ice fishing the rivers, but do this with caution.  No matter how thick the ice is, there is still moving water under you.  If you are fishing right now, egg sacs are key.  Fresh eggs I might add.  You need to know there are fish in front of you also, they will not chase at this time of year.

 

Please be safe if you are ice fishing this year, the best conditions are yet to come, so if you can wait to get out, I would do that rather than risk it.