Lake Erie is a large lake with many walleye. In order to catch your trophy walleye, take a look at how each season affects the Lake Erie walleye habits.
Tip 1: Keep Up With the Moving Walleye
At almost 10,000 square miles, Lake Erie is a very large lake to say the least. And it is full of fish (including the beloved walleye). But since this is a large lake, walleye have a big area to swim.
Walleye are always on the move in Lake Erie. So the best way to catch them is to fish where they are. You need to be ready to move when the fish move.
If possible, keep your boat on a trailer so you can follow the walleye migration patterns.
This can make for a fun filled day (albeit a bit of work) of moving from one spot to the next.
If hooking your boat to a trailer over and over again seems like a bit much, you could opt for shore fishing in order to hit a multitude of spots on this gorgeous lake in a single day, with minimal hassle.
Tip 2: In the Spring, Fish for Walleye on the Spawning Grounds
Lake Erie walleye typically spawn on the western basin reefs in the Camp Perry Training Facility. You can find large fish around this area during the spawning season. Spring is the most predictable fishing season in Lake Erie, so if you know where the walleye spawn, you will likely be successful.
You should look for water that is a slight green-brown color. Troll this area around 1.0 mph with a reef runner or deep husky jerk for the best spring catches.
Tip 3: Look for Clean Water in the Fall
During the fall, successful anglers catch walleye in Lake Erie’s clearer waters. A few of the best fall fishing areas are just east of Cedar Point, Ruggles Reef, and Catawba to South Bass Island.
Fall is less predictable than the spring but is still a successful season for catching trophy walleye. The easiest fall catch is from Catawba to South Bass Island. But, the timetable for the walleyes’ arrival in this area fluctuates. Their migration to this point can start anywhere from September to late November. But, once the walleye arrive here, you will have the chance to catch numerous large fish.
Tip 4: Consider Shallow Diving Bait in the Summer
Walleye will weigh less at this time of the year, but this is a good time to fish walleye if you are concerned with your average catch length. The eastern Ohio waters can provide some ideal summer walleye fishing areas.
In the summer, try trolling at high speeds of 2-2.5mph with shallow-diving baits. Also, walleye prefer to feed in choppy or dark conditions, so fishing on windy summer mornings or evening will produce better catches.
Tip 5: Remember that Lake Erie can have a Strong Current
In a strong current, you need to use trial and error before finding the ideal walleye fishing spot. Be prepared to make multiple turns before determining the direction the walleye are heading. But, once you find your pattern, stick to it. This can be a successful spot for your trophy walleye.
Lake Erie is a large lake with a healthy fish population. I hope the tips I have provided will help you land the walleyes of your dreams!
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