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Walleye Fishing in Lake Eerie - What Locations are Best on the Lake?

May 23, 2008
Walleye fishing in Lake Erie is good in the spring, summer and fall months. Although 2007 was a slow fishing year for walleye, many anglers are predicting a good year for fishing walleye on Lake Erie. For the months of April and May, you can do some great fishing at night around the tributaries. If you can find an open shoreline, this will be a good place to catch the walleye in early May. You can use 5 Rapala Husky Jerk with a chartreuse color at night. Another color to try is the rainbow trout. If you want a good area for night fishing, try the area by Walnut Creek. Do not use any form of light, it is entirely a dark fishing area.

You will find that in spring months of April and May, the walleye are in the shallow waters of Ohio. They do not move over to the New York side to deeper waters until the water temperature starts getting warm. If you are around the Dunkirk are, you are going to fish very deep for a walleye. The surface temperature of the water is usually around seventy-five plus degrees. That is just to warm for walleye. They move into the depths of the water.

Another good place to fish for walleye in Ohio is the shipping channel of Toledo. The latest activity on the channel should mean that walleye fishing is going to be at its best this year. Trolling these waters will make for some good catches.

The best areas of Lake Erie that have a good walleye population are the central and Western Basins. Every angler will tell you that Lake Erie walleye fishing is the best between April and August. However, these are the prime times for walleye fishing. You can fish all the way through November and still have a good catch.

If last years fishing reports are a guide for this year, the best place to fish walleye this year will be in the Central Basin just east of the Chagrin River. You will be able to fish in waters of about twenty to fifty-two feet of water. Fishing in these waters should be good between May and June. Use a scorpion spoon with a twenty-foot jet diver with a worm harness and leads ranging from fifty to ninety feet. Keep in mind that most of the trophy walleye are caught off a planer board.

In the Western Basin, you can catch your fair share of walleye by Bolles Harbor and Luna Pier. The spawning months will find many walleyes in the Western Basin by the shore and by the reefs. The walleye become more aggressive during the end of May into June and July. Another good area is the Kellys Island area. The water is deep in most areas and the walleye are found in thirty-six to forty-two feet of water.

If you move a few miles north of the island, to Kellys Island Shoal, Middle Passage Reef and Gulf Island Shoal, you will walleye by trolling with a crankbait. Planer boards are usually used in these areas because the water is so clear and the walleye will spook easily because of the boat sighting.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best walleye fishing information possible. Get more information on walleye fishing on Lake Eerie here: http://www.askwalleyefishing.com/
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