BY MARK CAHLIK
The Lake Erie walleye fishing has been good overall from Huron to Vermillion this week, and a few toothy fish have even been caught in the shallow waters of Sandusky Bay. While boat anglers are now doing best, the shoreline anglers casting after dark are still putting walleye in the cooler.
The average trolling speeds out on the big lake have been 1.5 to 1.8 miles per hour. Most of the guys and gals fishing right now are competing in the end of the year fishing derbies and tournaments, like the Fall Brawl and the Walleye Slam. I am not seeing the big fish coming yet for those tournaments.
We have a couple weeks to go, with the Fall Brawl and Walleye Slam running through Sunday, Dec. 3, so expect some of those winning fish to probably come in during the last week.
Anglers are running their trolling lures anywhere from 50 to 100 feet back assisted with 2-ounce weights with Dead Eye deep-diving crankbaits. The average water depth seems to be 25 to 35 feet of water depending on the school of fish showing up on your sonar unit.
It’s a bit of a surprise, but trolling fishermen are hooking walleye in Sandusky Bay while running lures 10 to 20 feet back in just six to nine feet of water. Dead Eye Junior Crankbaits, which are fairly new to the Dead Eye family of lures, are scoring.