Lake Erie, ON smallmouth bass fishing.

Posted on July 24th, 2013

Today I had the pleasure of fishing with my good friend Gerald Fisher and our friends Henry and David. We started out at 8am and headed out to Lake Erie from the Fort Erie, ON boat launch. Winds were blowing from the north at about 15-20 mph, and it was tough holding the boat over reefs, but thanks to the Minn Kota Torrova AP and Humminbird 500 & 800 series sonars, we were able to do it and successfully caught some nice fish, even under cold-front conditions.

We all started by casting the Rapala Glass Shad Rap #8 in 12-20′ of water and we immediately started hooking fish raging in size form 1-4 1/2 lb. When the wind started gusting, I decided to use the Minn Kota to troll the structure break and we again caught fish. We all fished Rapala Shift & Concept Ti rods equipped with Rapala reels and loaded with Sufix 832, 10 lb. test braid.

After a few hours of casting Rapalas and drifting with tubes along the bottom we headed out to 45′ of water to troll for walleye, but they had moved! No sign of walleye in the eastern-basin, or baitfish!?

From there we headed down the Upper Niagara River where Gerald landed a nice smallie on a tube. We had to work for our fish but had a great time!! David supplied an excellent lunch in the boat and that made it a little easier to deal with the tough fishing!!

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