Traditional drift fishing back in fashion for Lake Erie walleye

Jun 12, 2019 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

By Mark Cahlik

The unbelievable walleye fishing continued to get better and better as we have moved into the June season on Lake Erie. The only difference this week, than throughout the spring, is that walleye have began to move into more areas now. The more areas where walleye are biting will mean better fishing for anglers all along the Ohio shoreline.

Some of the best local areas to hook into a six-fish limit of walleye have been north of West Harbor, and up on the Canadian line between Middle Island and North Bass Island. West of Catawba is still producing nice walleye, as it has been for a few weeks now. With all those spots to fish, fishermen can also go north of the western lake reef complex and west of North Bass Island on a line out to West Sister Island.

As pointed out last week, drifting and casting for walleye has never been better. Back in the 70’s and 80’s the best thing to use were weight-forward spinners like Erie Dearies. By the time the 90’s and 2000’s had arrived, the best lures to use were “weapons,” which are small walleye rigs that have a 16- to 18-inch leader trailing a small spinner and a little bigger sized hook on them.

With the numbers of walleye that are out there, if someone is having trouble casting the “weapons” don’t be afraid to switch over to the weight-forward spinners. Although the “weapons” have been the choice for most, it doesn’t hurt to switch things up a little and try the weight-forward spinners. Make sure when you are using them to start with about a 10 to 15 count after splash down, and then keep your line tight and reel in the lure or rig slowly.

Trollers, as usual, are sticking by the Tru-Trip diving planers that are taking Michigan Stinger and other popular spoons to the target zone displayed on their sonar units. The average length for this is about 60 to 80 feet back. All the areas that I mentioned for the casters holds strong for the trollers as well. If you are trolling though, be mindful of the casters.

Trolling fishermen have an advantage because they are constantly moving, while casting anglers are focused on one spot. Fish on the outside of them in order to give both you and them plenty of room. No matter what method you choose to use in order to get a cooler full of walleye, just remember to all have fun and fish together.

Anglers wanting to switch to a different type of fish have chosen to go after catfish. We have been seeing a lot of big orders coming in. Raw shrimp has become the favorite bait for catching catfish, but nightcrawlers and packaged catfish baits are still hooking their share of catfish.

Crappie have also been coming in as well from the marina harbors and Sandusky Bay, although we have not been seeing a lot of them. East Harbor and East Harbor are the traditional crappie spots in spring and early summer.

In closing this weeks’ report, I want to say I am proud to be a business owner in Port Clinton, the Walleye Capitol of the World! So, until next week, have fun out there and keep a tight line!

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