Weather, perch, walleye all cooperating for Lake Erie anglers

Aug 9, 2023 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

Trophy walleye are still being caught by both trolling and drift-and-cast fishing at the weather buoy on the Ohio-Ontario border northeast of Kelleys island.

With the gorgeous weather we’ve had this week, the Lake Erie yellow perch have been caught in droves. There have been a lot of limit catches of 30 fish per anglers being brought in right now. The fish cleaning houses in the area have been overwhelmed with fish this past week, with record numbers coming in.

Green Island is still the hot spot, and I have received a few reports that the bite has started to pick up between Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay. Vertical rigs and perch spreaders baited with emerald shiner minnows are doing the trick. The way the bite is right now, you could probably throw anything at them, and the perch will bite.

Catfishing from the shoreline areas has slowed dramatically in recent days. I have only seen a couple of reports about catching catfish from shore, but mostly smaller fish and not many of them.

The catfish charters are still doing very well with big fish and limits reported. There are many catfish charters to choose from in the Sandusky Bay area if you enjoy catching the cats. Try one of them out. A lot of happy customers are coming off these charters.

Most walleye charters are still running to the weather buoy this past week. The skippers are still running worm harnesses with Tru-Trip diving planers and lures 90 to 110 feet back. They are also starting to run some crank baits again. Deadeye lures have been hot using 2-ounce weights and the same 90 to 110 back. They are running Deadeye Baby’s behind Tru-Trip 50 diving planers.

Casting bite is also good at the weather buoy, as well, with a 15 to 25 count and slow retrieve off the bottom. The weight used will very depend on conditions. Have a great week and enjoy the great fishing.

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