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Fishing Walleye Lake Erie – Simple Rigs

Fishing Walleye Lake Erie – Simple Rigs – Tom Henricks

Fishing Lake Erie for walleye does not need to be complicated when numbers of fish are available. A big boat is not necessary and I actually prefer a small boat when weather permits. I caught 5 beautiful walleye Saturday morning before noon, fishing near shore just a couple miles west of Leamington and I was in a small 15 foot aluminum by myself. It was agreat morning.
You can fish a simple bottom bouncer rig like the one in the photos here. (SORRY THE PHOTOS ARE NOT GREAT – but you get the idea) I don’t even fish live bait and have not for years now. Simple rubber worms work fine for me. I like a long leader (about 5-6 feet)
A base setup you can work from – run out about 50 feet of line, 4 ounces of lead, and speed of about 1.8 mph. This is going to have you fishing bottom in about 24 feet of water. To fish a different depth yu can vary the weight or line out. For a bottom bouncer rig, I would try not to run any faster than 1.8 mph.
Colors can vary. I show 2 great colors, the red, white and blue and another we call RDP. I personally prefer brass or copper backs, but also use white backs as well. These colors work well together in most water clarity and sky conditions. The RDP may perform better in cloudy conditiuons and murkier water while the red/white/blue may have an advantage in brighter conditions.
That’s all you need to get started catching walleye. Good Luck and Tight Lines!!

Bottom Bouncer Rigging Walleye Lake Erie

Bottom Bouncer Rigging Walleye Lake Erie

Bottom Bouncer Walleye Lake Erie

Bottom Bouncer Walleye Lake Erie

RWB Bottom Bouncer Walleye Lake Erie

RWB Bottom Bouncer Walleye Lake Erie

Brass Back Bottom Bouncer Walleye Lake Erie

Brass Back Bottom Bouncer Walleye Lake Erie

 

Walleye Leamington June 12 2011

Walleye Leamington June 12 2011

Walleye Leamington June 12 2011

Walleye Leamington June 12 2011

Walleye fishing is here on the north shore of lake Erie near Leamington. This nice box of fish was caught a few miles west of Leamington on Sunday. The largest was 27 inches long and there were a few JUMBO perch in the box as well. These fish were caught using bottom bouncers in 24 feet of water. About 3 ounces of lead and 1.8 mph with about 50 feet of line out.

There were reports that pink/purple combinations were catching fish as well.

Walleye Leamington June 12 2011

Walleye Leamington June 12 2011

In the pictures are my son Trevor Henricks and his 77 year old father-in-law, Ernie Grant. Ernie fishes more days each year than most charter fishermen and lives to go moose hunting in which he fully participates every year.

Walleye Fishing Leamington June 12 2011

Walleye Fishing Leamington June 12 2011

Walleye Fishing Leamington

Walleye Fishing Leamington

Looks better for fishing on the North shore of Lake Erie. Sunday morning walleye were finally caught near west of Leamington on the north shore of Lake Erie. One location is Kenyon Point and this is a sign the north shore is firing up!!!!

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walleye fishing Leamington

walleye fishing Leamington

Fishing Report Leamington, Point Pelee, Pelee Island

Walleye fishing appears to be picking up steam and fish are moving closer to the north shore. Walleye have been caught on both west and east side of Pelee Island (mostly at the southern end) and some up at the NE corner. Some walleye are being caught in the Point Pelee and Colchester area as well.
I am waiting for better news and more specifics. I hope to have good news soon.
Yellow perch can be caught at Grub’s Reef also.

US Reports Western Basin

Walleye fishing is improving and has been best around West Sister Island, off of Niagara Reef, N of West Reef, E of North Bass Island on the Canadian border, and along the Canadian border E of Gull Island Shoal.  Fish have been caught by trolling with divers and spoons, inline weights and worm harnesses, and crankbaits.  Fish can also be caught by casting mayfly rigs or drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing has been best E of Ballast Island, E of the Kelleys Island airport, and S of Gull Island Shoal using minnows on perch spreaders fished near the bottom.

Fishing Reports Leamington, Pelee, Colchester

Fishing Reports Leamington, Pelee, Colchester