Sporty days and storms for Lake Erie anglers

Aug 23, 2023 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

A trophy 22-pound Sandusky Bay channel catfish caught by Ricky Taylor was one of the local fishing highlights this week.

BY MARK CAHLIK

Well, with another week in the books. Mother Nature gave us some sporty days and storms this past week.

This did not stop the Lake Erie yellow perch fishing on the days you get out. Limits are still being brought in to be cleaned around Western Lake Erie. Saturday proved interesting for minnows. Emerald shiners minnows and golden shiner minnows were hard to come by, with most bait stores selling out of bait.

Both types of baitfish are working very well. The fishing is so good that you could probably use wax worms for perch. These fish are hungry. We do not seem to have had a big problem this year with the clouds of invasive spiny water fleas like years past.

We have seen almost no walleye coming in with all of the Port Clinton area charter fishing boats switching to perch fishing. Charters are also getting their limits as  well.

Walleye will start moving back in to near shore areas when the water temperatures start to drop again. We still have a bit to go on that.

Catfish have moved into the deeper waters of the Sandusky Bay. The shoreline bite has not been the greatest, but if you have a boat, you can still catch some monsters right now. It has been a good week overall, even with the weather.

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