Outdoor Beacon: Stormy weather knocks fishing for a loop around area

Aug 30, 2023 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

Trophy channel catfish are still popping up around Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie.

BY MARK CAHLIK

Well, mother nature threw us a loop this week.

Fishing has not been the greatest, especially the second part of this past week. With the severe flooding in the area and strong storms on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the inclement weather did slow the Lake Erie yellow perch fishing for Saturday.

Perch anglers were able to get out and fish, but numbers were way off judging by catches coming into the fish cleaning stations. We also had northeast winds on Sunday, which did not help settle the lake down.

The guys that took the chance to go out were able to fish for perch, but they did have to hide from the winds around the Lake Erie Islands. Looks like cooler weather is going to be hanging around this week. Hopefully, it will drop the water temperatures again, and the walleye will be moving back in.

Most walleye are being caught way down the east in the Ashtabula area right now. A few are still being caught along the Canadian line.

Catfishing is still going strong on the catfish charters. They are still catching some very big channel cats right now. There are not a lot of posts this past week for perch due to the weather. Look for better weather week this coming week, and if it arrives fishing should get back to normal.

We do have a special announcement to make this week. We will be having our first Fall Brawl sign up party at Bays Edge Bait and Tackle on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided.

Bay’s Edge is now an official weigh station for the Fall Brawl, making the fishing complex a full service bait and tackle shop this season.

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