Water cools a bit, walleye and perch fishing improves

Sep 20, 2023 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

BY MARK CAHLIK

Lake Erie’s yellow perch are biting, but not for everyone.

The results have been little better this week for the Lake Erie walleye fishermen, and local shops are seeing a few nice boxes coming into the fish cleaning stations.The casting bite is still doing decent as Lake Erie water temperatures begin to cool a bit around Kelleys Island Shoal and Gull Island Shoal.

The best depths for walleye success seem to be 10 to 20 feet of water and occasionally in a little deeper at 22 to 25 feet of water.

Trolling for walleye has seen a bit of an increase as well. Anglers are catching walleye east of Kelleys Island Shoal and east of Kelleys Island. Running lures 100 to 120 feet back using Deadeyes lures and Tru-Trip 50 and  Dipsy Divers with Deadeye Eye Baby lures has been a good combination of late.

There have been a few charters running north into Canadian waters  this past weekend.

The yellow perch bite is still up and down, with some fishermen doing well. Others have struggled. You have to look for active fish on your fish finders. The best reports I have seen have been around A Can and G Can around the firing range off Camp Perry and off the Marblehead Peninsula. You can run north as well.

There has been good perch fishing northwest of the Wagon Wheel reef area on the west side of Pelee Island in Canadian waters.

Catfishing at night has seemed to pick back up a bit this past week in the top waters of Sandusky Bay, as well from shore. The catfish charters are still running and consistently producing limits.

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