Lake Erie Islands Fishing Report

August 1st, 2017
Walleye: West of Bass Islands-Niagara Reef are, West of West Reef, Northwest Reef. All these spots, you catch 50 and keep 5 unless you get lucky and fish in an area where you hit a pod of keepers. If you go East or Northeast of Kelleys, you can troll and catch bigger fish, but most of the time, fewer numbers of fish. Talking to several fishermen coming through the store and hear success with gold casting worm harnesses and trolling harnesses with crawlers. Spoons are still being effective also.
Perch: Fishing the Rattlesnake and Green Island Area. You will average 8-10" perch consistently. I've heard between the 2 Islands but closer to the South side ...
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July 12th, 2017
The walleye bite continues to be pretty darn good. You can still go out in most areas in the western basin and have luck catching numerous amounts of walleyes. If you are interested in doing a half and half (walleye and perch), you can do perch (nice size} between green and rattlesnake Is. Then you can slide out west of rattlesnake and cast or troll for walleye. Another area you can do the same thing, is the G can and H can area. The perch and walleye are both plentiful in this area too. . I don't know if anyone has noticed, but the old weight forward lures are making a comeback out there. Lures like the Erie Dearie, Parrish, and Toms lures are being used by many fishermen.The fact that we ...   Read more...
July 7th, 2017
Walleye still being caught in large numbers but the size issue remains. There hasn't been any one hot spot that lasts more than 1 or 2 days. Places where the numbers have been best: Niagara Reef (off it in deeper water), C Can, West of Rattlesnake and West of Green Island. Also down inside by G and H Cans. Casters are throwing gold bladed harnesses or Erie Dearies tipped with a piece of crawler. Trollers are STILL pulling Bandits, Stinger Spoons or crawler harnesses. Speed and depth vary day to day. No magic numbers there. Right now, we are running a sale on Stinger Spoons. Buy 5 and get the 6th. one free!
Perch: For the past week, limits have been caught by the green can off Catawba, ...
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June 28th, 2017
Walleye: Strong West winds the past 4 days forced a lot of fisherman to stay on the east side of the Bass Islands. The walleye fishing remains pretty consistent just about everywhere. Catch a lot of fish and throw a lot back in (too small). There are fish down inside just East of the firing range, D Can to Niagara Reef, Buckeye Reef down to Starve Island. The weather Buoy is starting to crank up too. Seems to be a better grade of fish in that deeper water. Canadian Waters have been productive South of Sheridan Point. Wagon Wheel has been off and on. (It sounds like Canada is backing off on all their restrictions about going over there to fish. Not official yet though). Casters still ...   Read more...
June 16th, 2017
Walleye: This past week has been a bit slower on the ratio of keepers to non keepers (smaller walleye). You can fish South of Kelleys, Rattlesnake Island, Green Island, Niagara Reef and on an on and catch as many as you want. Sometimes you can get lucky and get into a higher percentage of bigger fish.
Canadian Waters: Chickenolee, Mosquito Bay and Wagon Wheel have been producing. Trollers are pulling worm harnesses and spoons at various depths and speeds with the heat this wRead more...
June 7th, 2017
The walleye fishing in the western basin has been very, very good. If you go from round reef to crib reef and up to Niagara reef, you will get into all the walleyes you want. Are many of them undersized? Count on it. The fun is figuring out the best way to give the larger walleyes a chance to get to your lure, crankbait, or spoon, first. I can't stress enough that if you have borderline sized walleyes, don't keep them. You are pushing it if you keep them at fifteen and a half inches or less. There's a good chance they will be under fifteen inches when you get them in at the end of the day. There is still a good bite going on from the southwest corner of Kelleys Is. all the way up o ...   Read more...
June 2nd, 2017
Fishing Report: Walleye have been caught this past week in many places. The smaller (shorts) walleyes have been prevalent in most areas out there. The trick is to catch the slower moving walleye before the shorts attack your bait first. Best techniques going: Troll Stinger Spoons 2.0 to 2.6 m.p.h. 2.6 may seem fast but it seems to be working in avoiding the smaller fish somewhat. Trolling worm harnesses, using willow blades, allows you to troll faster. Casting harnesses, using gold blades with different colored beads has also been effective. Only use a half worm or less and be sure to take plenty of worms along. Areas of interest: SW of Kelleys Island (Carpenters Point) was hot the last 2 days. ...   Read more...
May 24th, 2017

Fishing Report: Walleye are being caught between Starve Island and American Eagle Shoal. You can troll cranks, you can troll worm harnesses, you can drag harnesses along the bottom behind bottom bouncers or you can cast Erie Dearies. The fish are plentiful in this area, but many are running under 15" in size. There is a lot of action in other places too. 25' around Niagara Reef-trolling worm harnesses, #5 blade, 25' back with 2 oz. inline weight, 1.2-1.5 m.p.h. If trolling between Starve and American Eagle Shoal, Bandits are working at 55' back.Flat Rock Reef, pulling #5 colorado blades, speed 1.5 with 2 oz. inline weights 24' back. Had 2 groups that pulled bigger fish trolling the edges of that reef. It's a great time of year ...

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