Casting to the Lake Erie reefs more productive now

Jul 6, 2022 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

Lake Erie yellow perch are still a challenge all around Lake Erie. Some fair catches are starting to pop up around the Marblehead Lighthouse, which is enjoying its 200th anniversary this summer. (Photo by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

BY MARK CAHLIK

The fishing report has remained the same as it has been for the last few weeks. Walleye fishing is strong right now despite the mayfly hatches that we have experienced for a few weeks. The mayflies are starting to finally dissipate.

It is good to see the reefs around the Lake Erie Islands and around the Western Basin are starting to produce limit catches now. This is also economically a good thing. It makes for shorter boat trips to catch more walleye during these summer days of high fuel prices.

Casters are getting limit catches at Round Reef and Crib Reef. They are also reeling in walleye along the Canadian border, and by the old C Can. Some anglers are now crossing over into Canadian waters and having very good results.

Trollers are still doing well probing the walleye waters from Sandusky to Huron. Tru-Trip. Diving Planers set 70 to 75 feet back while using either Yuk or Stinger spoons has been the prime way to tempt a lot of walleye, especially the trophy fish.

The catfish bite remains strong. Many more people have been fishing for the feisty cats, and Misty has had a lot of coolers of catfish coming into the fish cleaning shop. The. Catfish all around Sandusky Bay have been cooperating, although the best spot to focus on or to begin or end the fishing day has been the Edison Bridge.

The key catfish bait to use has been and remains to be raw shrimp, not the already-cooked variety.

We hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July! Until next week, get out there and enjoy our beautiful lake, be safe and courteous and as always, keep a tight line!

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