Lake Erie Islands Fishing Report

July 12th, 2018
Going to change it up this week and talk about perch fishing first. This has probably been one of the slowest starts to perch fishing that I can remember in a long while. BUT...during the past 3-4 days, the minnow buckets coming in have increased and the bite has picked up considerably in several places. SE of Kelleys Island off the airport, both sides of the Kelly Island Ferry Line in 27-30 feet of water, East of Perrys monument, the NE corner of Green Island and Lucy's Point off Middle Bass Island have all been producing perch. The majority of the perch have been big. The other plus right now is we have had Lake Erie Emerald Shiners for just about the whole year so far. By this time in the 2 ...   Read more...
July 5th, 2018
Walleye fishing has slowed some, due to the mayfly hatch and water warming up. On those days where wind is down to nothing, trolling has been best. Casters struggle on the days with no wind. Trollers are still catching fish NW and NE of Kelleys. Casters are still having luck on American Eagle Shoal in the very early morning. You can also catch fish on the west side of Catawba and North of Mouse. There are still plenty of walleye in the Western basin. The pace at which we catch them has slowed, but with any effort and proper weather conditions, a lot of limits will still be caught in July. A HUGE improvement over past years for sure. Trollers are using Stinger Spoons, 30-50 feet back. Speed 2.0-2.3 ...   Read more...
June 28th, 2018
In the past 7 days, going back to last Friday, walleye fishing went from being great on the west side of Rattlesnake and North Bass (this was Friday with 5-7 footers out of the east) to Sunday when it dirtied up over there and basically stopped. By Monday, just about everyone gave up on the North Bass bite and were back up west of Middle Island. Most fishermen limited up there Monday. Wind NE again while drifting from Middle Island down to Ballast on Tuesday. The bite slowed for most, especially casters. Trollers pulling Stinger Spoons did well around the NW side of Kelleys that day. On Wednesday, we had rain most of the day with 20 mph winds out of the south. Those who went out in that weather ...   Read more...
June 21st, 2018
If you are planning on heading out today or tomorrow, keep an eye on weather. Today, you should have good luck if you head to the West side of the Bass Islands. Green and Rattlesnake Islands produced many nice catches yesterday. With the NE wind building today, it would be a perfect spot to hide and catch fish. If trailering a boat, drop in at Catawba State Park. Weather should hold until early afternoon. Friday looks a bit shaky, East winds and rain, and Saturday will be South winds with a chance of rain. This past week, in spite of the weather, it has continued to be great fishing also, from NW Reef, down to Green and Rattlesnake. Casters using gold casting harnesses. Trollers using Stinger ...   Read more...
June 15th, 2018
Walleye limits still being caught BUT the best fishing the past couple days has been West of Middle Island up near the Canadian Line. Casting, dragging and trolling have all been successful. The past 2 days, some casters were working the SE corner of Kelleys where it drops to 30 feet. Gold casting harnesses with 3/4 or 1 oz. slip sinkers tipped with half a crawler has been best. Erie Dearies also working. Trollers working up on canadian line are using Tru Trip 40's-35-55 feet back pulling harnesses. i.7-2.2 on the trolling speed. Small stinger spoons in purple and pink colors trolling 2.0-2.5 has also been working well. 
Perch: Haven't heard a lot of limits. Very few folks ...
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June 11th, 2018
For those of you trailering boats this week, the Mazurik State Launch in Marblehead is closed Monday through Thursday and will reopen on Friday. Other launch sites are Catawba State Park or West Harbor Launch. If you're walleye fishing this week, we heard over the weekend, you may need to start heading a bit farther North. You may want to start East of Ballast on a line from there up to the Canadian Line.   Read more...
June 7th, 2018
Fishing, in the past few days has continued to be good. We have had some wind, but it hasn't deterred people from getting their walleye limits. You can still catch fish right out of west harbor, but with the wind the past few days, it has gotten a little dirty, and moving north from there, is probably a good move. If you move up between South Bass and Kelleys Is; you will find it a little cleaner and good fishing there. There are still many fish being caught on the west side of Catawba. If you are looking for bigger fish, the area east of Kelleys where it drops off to 40 ft. is still producing bigger fish. Not as fast paced there, but nice sized fish. Trollers continue to use the Scorpion ...   Read more...
June 1st, 2018
I don't know what else to report, other than we haven't seen walleye fishing this good since the late 70's, early 80's when our parents bought this business. Limit catches in an hour happening every day and you only have to go out of west harbor from 1-3 miles. Unbelievable. We've been surviving on the 2003 spawn for a long time which was severely depleted over the past several years. Very grateful for the recent spawns due to the late ice seasons we had a few years back. Get out there everybody! Fishing is phenomenal!
Only perch reports we heard this past week have been a little North of Ballast Island and East of Kelleys off the airport. Not a lot of folks fishing for them because the walleye bite has been so easy.

Good Luck and Good Fishing!
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