Lake Erie Walleye Report.Posted on August 22nd, 2009
Tyler & Jason Howick report. The fishing off the north shore of Lake Erie in the central and eastern basins has rapidly improved over the last few weeks. Warmer weather has increased surface temperatures to the 79-80 degree range, driving many walleye to the deeper cooler waters of the central basin. Rainbow trout are now scattered and are not as easy to locate as they were earlier in the year. Most big bows are being caught in 57-62 feet of water, and walleye have shown up in great numbers in 66-68 feet of water, gorging on smelt near the bottom. The last couple of weeks have seen many boats reach their limit of walleye, for those anglers willing to spend the time and money for gas running 18-20 miles offshore. Lead core has been really hot for us this season, with 7-10 colors working magic off of planer boards and flat lines. Walleye are also being caught alot higher in the water column now on number 1 Dipsey Divers, 3 setting, 100-150 foot leads with braided line, snubbers and flutter spoons. Body baits such as the Rapala Deep Tail Dancer fished off of planer boards and downriggers with long leads have been taking alot of walleye. The perch fishing also continues to be incredible with many anglers catching 80-100 jumbo perch in the 10-13 inch range in 38-42 feet of water fishing live shiners on “pickerel rigs” with a 1/2 ounce weight, anchored to bottom.
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