The walleye fishing has remained strong around Lake Erie this week, despite the up and down temperatures and weather. That sentence alone seems to be the theme to the fishing report as of late.
With cooler temperatures coming at night it has slowed the fishing down a little, but that does not mean anglers are struggling to catch limits of walleye. The fishing remains excellent.
Most of the concentration of schools of walleye have been around the Lake Erie Islands, especially the waters between Kelleys Island and South Bass Island and around Middle Island, right along the Canadian border. Again, the fishing is fantastic, but walleye anglers have to dig in and work for their fish.
Normally at this time of year we are fishing West of North Bass Island, as well as between North Bass and West Sister islands. The action there has been sluggish and if you look over that way as you head out in the morning, you probably won’t see any boats trolling or casting in that area.
Casters are still using their Weapon spinner rigs with a piece of nightcrawler, and are fishing deep with them with a slow retrieval. That seems to be working best. Trollers are using the trusty Tru-Trip Diving Planers and spoons set back 25 to 40 feet.
Soon the mud flats between North Bass and West Sister islands should start producing some walleye, and I’ll be scouting other hot spots as the summer fishing continues.
Hopefully, this week’s fishing will give us a little bit more to write about in next weeks report. So until then, get out there and fish, have fun and, as always, keep a tight line!