Lake Erie fishing has been topsy-turvy this week

Oct 21, 2020 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

Erratic weather means for erratic fishing.

The L Can area, which is west of the main Niagara Reef complex, was hot for perch for a couple days, but the bite has slowed the last one to two days. As it has every year, the weather plays a big part in how the fishing goes when autumn arrives.

So anglers just have to go out and go for it. Like I said last week, fishing has been best around structures.

Perch fishing was best in water depths of 20 to 24 feet around structure. Shiner minnows are still few and far between, but “goldies” have been working just fine.

Walleye fishing, whether you are casting or trolling, has been best in depths in the mid-20s depth range. Trollers have been using shallow running baits with no weights and casters have been using Weapon spinner rigs with 3/4- to 1-ounce weights.

We have had reports that the night bite has started to pick up. Shore fisherman have been catching walleye off of Catawba and Marblehead.

The fishing report is shorter than usual this week because of the windy weather we have had. Hopefully, better weather will bring better fishing.

As always, be safe out there and have fun.

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