The Lake Erie walleye fishing is becoming more stabilized now. Both trollers and casters who were out chasing walleye had an excellent week. Even with the up and down temperatures and winds, the walleye are finally ready to eat.
This week we are going to start off this week’s fishing report with those anglers who were drifting the waves and casting around the Western Basin. Casters were mainly fishing between Kelleys Island and the Perry’s Monument in 23 to 25 feet of water. Weapon spinner rigs with 3/4- to 1-ounce weights worked best while using a slow retrieval.
The best tactic has been to cast out a Weapon-style rig tipped with a nightcrawler and allow it to sink to the lake bottom. Start the retrieve from the bottom and slowly crank it back to the boat. Casters also had some great luck at D Can on the Niagara Reef Complex.
Trollers did their best on F Can and G Can just outside of Port Clinton and also up on the Canadian line west of West Reef. The big change this week was that we started the week off using crank baits, or diving plugs, but by mid-week we made the switch to Tru-Trip Diving Planers and Jet Divers and trolling spoons. The leads for these were set back to 35 to 45 feet with trolling speeds of 1.8 to 2. miles per hour.
Again, in closing the report this week, both trollers and casters saw a lot of limit catches. Next week we will cover a little catfish, as well as the usual big lake report, since trophy catfish have really been biting and attracting lots of channel catfish fans from around Ohio to Sandusky Bay.
Until next week, get out there and catch some fish.