How to fish Lake Erie

My dvd is almost done, it should be done tomorrow I hope. I may add a few maps and photos later. My dvd is about trolling crankbaits, using clip-on sinkers and planer boards. I wanted to do some power drifting, drifting with strong winds and using an electric motor to boost my speed and pull spinner-rigs, but I just didn’t get much time to fish because the wind was too strong out of the northeast. I could have caught fish by drifting, even in that wind but I figured it out too late, I found fish in one small area. I also realized I could have just drifted and cast in all directions over a reef that held fish.

Drifting over reefs and casting all around is the most common way to fish for Walleye on Lake Erie. Thats what the charter boats will do for you, take you to reefs and let you cast and most all boats are doing that. It is a lot of fun to catch fish that way. The thing is, by trolling, we caught so many big Walleye it was hard to keep track of numbers. That is how you can find fish, and then switch and drift and cast. Most charter captains know the best reefs and so they don’t need to look, but then again many fish are not on reefs but are in deep water, or at edges of reefs, or in deeper reefs etc. My biggest fish don’t always get caught in places where charter boats and other boats fish. I like to troll precise patterns around structure. Otherwise, just cast around would be very limiting. But there is times when casting is the answer, even for me. I am starting to realize that more and more. Like night fishing, that can be deadly, I’m sure. Or when its windy and spots are limited.

Edit – My dvd is finished and listed on my websites and ebay.

The thing about using clip-on sinkers is it lets you keep your baits further apart because you can feed out different lengths of line. It also lets you fish any depth you want. I remembered while out there on my trip that I do like to use three ounce sinkers sometimes.

This year it was trolling crankbaits, straight lining and using planer boards that caught the fish. All three of my ten pounders came on a bomber deep diver long A, chrome with a blue back. I rigged my brother up with a chrome long A medium diver and that bait caught most of his fish. The fish were hanging around reefs, but we caught fish in 24′, 18′ and 13′. The three ten pound Walleye came in 18′ or less.

The first fish came right after I got fed up with being stuck in 24′ for too long, so I changed course and trolled dirertly toward shore and as soon as I hit 18′ he bit. The next fish was about the same depth, I was in the same area just in a different part of a long wide point and as I was coming up to 18′ I caught the second one. The third ten pounder came on the other side of North Bass Island, the south side, and I was going over a reef that was 13′ at the time I caught the fish.

Most all the fish came on the reefs by North Bass. I fished all around Middle and North Bass but the bite was slow. By the time I started to get zero’d in on the fish, it was time to quit. If I had been alone I would have stayed out till dark, but we quit early the two nice days that we had. The rest of the time it was windy, cold and we didn’t get much fishing done. I want to go back so bad…, I spent $100 on crankbaits so another trip is coming for sure. Maybe in the Fall or next spring. If the wife doesn’t want to go I will go alone if I have to. Next time I will get some footage on drifting with spinner rigs/crawler rigs and casting on reefs. I could troll with spinner-rigs but the crankbaits were just working too good.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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