Hot fishing for Smallmouth Bass, Pike & Sheepshead in Lake Erie, NY.

Posted on June 21st, 2011

[nggallery id=537]I had a chance this morning to fish with Bill Deba, Ed Zynomirski, and his three sons, Zach, Jacob & Joshua.  We headed out from Fort Erie, ON around 7am and fished Buffalo Harbor, Lake Erie, NY for Smallmouth Bass, Pike and Sheepshead.  As we ran up the Niagara River towards Lake Erie, ON, we encountered heavy fog, but thanks to the GPS on our Humminbird sonars, we had no problem navigating to Buffalo, NY.

Our fishing outfits consisted of Rapala Shift & R-Type rods equipped with matching spinning reels.  Our reels were loaded with 10 & 20 lb. Sufix 832 braid tipped with 12 & 20 lb. test Sufix Fluorocarbon leaders.

We started fishing a large flat that averaged 7-8′ of water which had a mix of weeds and rock-piles.  Immediately we landed a double-header of smallmouth bass and continued to catch about a dozen fish over the next couple of hours.  Most of our fish were caught on the Rapala Husky Jerk #12.  Some fish were also caught using a 4″ tube fished along the bottom.  Besides hooking Smallmouth Bass on the Husky Jerk, we also hooked about 4-pike fishing the same area.

By 10:30am we switched locations and fished 25-30′ of water for sheepshead using 4″ tubes right on the bottom.  The fish were there, but the bite was light.  We managed to hook about 8-fish in about 1 1/2 hrs.

All in all it was a very productive morning.  We got some great pictures and the weather was perfect!

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