Fishing Western Lake Erie
Fishing Western Lake Erie
For lucky people who reside in close proximity to the Western Basin of Lake Erie, as well as Detroit River Lake St Clair areas could be located near the best fresh water fishing on this universe. It would be hard to experience better smallmouth bass fishing than what you will find in this area with all the rocky shoreline, reefs and islands and perfect spawning areas. The yellow perch numbers have jumped to very pleasant numbers in recent years.
The walleye fishing available within Western Lake Erie boundaries now indicates large walleye populations of multiple age groups or year classes are caught on any given day.
This means there is a better chance we will maintain breeding stock for several years into the future. A day of fishing that sees limits of all large fish, may feel great at the time. To an educated fisherman that should be alarming. Big fish are really exciting to catch, but if when you don’t catch any small fish, future populations could be threatened. Fortunately for those in Western Lake Erie, recent years have produced good numbers of small and large fish in daily catches which bodes well for the near future.
The walleye fishing in the Detroit River in early spring can be very successful for the angler that that figures it out. This can be the start of his fishing for the coming year producing plenty of walleyes that range from big lunkers during the first part of the run and then plentiful younger fish during late April and May. The key to success here is managing the effects of wind and current on your boat. Boat control and success go hand in hand. When you master boat control so that vertical jigging consistently occurs, a number of baits will produce many nice fish. Of nearly equal importance is the clarity of the water. It is very difficult to catch fish consistently in murky water caused by higher wind conditions. Anglers should find the cleanest water and work it to catch more fish. Quite often one shore side will be clean and the opposite side of the river will be dirty. On days when the water is crystal clear and winds low in the Detroit River, you should have a fun day.
Walleye fishing in the open waters of Western Lake Erie begins to pick up pace in early June. Weather conditions will determine the movements of the large schools of post spawn walleye. Large schools move out of the spawning areas of the south and western part of the Lake Erie basin. They move northerly in large schools and then begin moving east as they near the Lake Erie north shore. They prefer to move into the current so any extended winds in a particular direction will influence the speed and direction of movement of these larger schools.
There is more good news for anglers in this area. Musky fishing in Lake St. Clair is considered by many the best available anywhere in the world. Numbers of muskies caught are high and many lunker fish are caught by anglers almost daily.
This leads up to what is quite arguably the most exciting fishing we have the opportunity to experience in Western Lake Erie. For a number of years now, the deeper waters found east of Point Pelee have been the home of world class rainbow trout (steelhead) fishing. These fish are very exciting to catch and these acrobatic fish can be found in large numbers beginning about mid July. There are a number of methods to fish for these addictive fish including wire line, dipsy divers and downriggers. These exciting fish can even be caught utilizing planer boards and spoons and crank baits. They feed heavily on baitfish. Start your day by searching for a large school of baitfish and then run your baits through and above the schools of baitfish. Stay with it and you will catch fish when the fish are on the feed.
This is only a summary of the great fishing you can find in Western Lake Erie fishing waters but it should whet your appetite. Good luck in your fishing and “Tight Lines”