[singlepic id=2421 w=320 h=240 float=]The overall walleye bite has been fair, however trollers see better numbers to the west. Barcelona anglers are catching walleye between the harbor and PA border in 50-70 feet of water (fow). Walleye are scattered within the water column. One group saw a good bite 35 feet down over 70 fow, while other trollers took fish in the top 15 feet and the bottom third of the water column. Spoons and worm harnesses have both been effective for Barcelona trollers. From Barcelona east to Cattaraugus Creek, anglers are catching a few walleye in 40-60 fow, 20-40 feet down. Closer to Buffalo, there have been decent catches off of the windmills in 30-40 fow. Worm harnesses run just off the bottom have worked best.
The nearshore smallmouth bass bite has slowed now that many fish are post-spawn and moving into deeper water. Anglers now see better bass catches in 15-25 fow. As always, areas with good rocky bottom structure will attract and hold more smallmouth bass than flatter areas. In shallower areas, casting and retrieving of lures such as tube jigs, twister tails, deep-diving stickbaits or crankbaits work well. A drop-shot rig combined with a live minnow, crayfish or tube jig works well in deeper water. Smallmouth bass are still available in the major harbors and around their breakwalls as well. See the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page for additional information.
Anglers continue to see good yellow perch catches in 45-55 fow, however decent catches have also been reported by anglers fishing in less than 40 fow. The area between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point gets mentioned most, but anglers have also seen a decent perch bite off the Dunkirk Harbor departure buoy. Emerald shiners fished just off the bottom is the way to go.
Tributary bass fishing is winding down, with the exception of Cattaraugus Creek. In the lower section of the creek, smallmouth bass will readily take live minnows, stickbaits, woolly buggers and minnow patterns. Catfish are also available in the lower sections of Cattaraugus Creek and Eighteenmile Creek. Chicken livers, raw shrimp or nightcrawlers work well in the deeper holes from dusk till dawn.