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Lake Erie

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    Lake Erie is the smallest of the Great Lakes in volume (116 cubic miles). The basin is intensively farmed and is the most densely populated of the five Great lakes. Consequently it is exposed to the greatest effects from urbanization and agriculture. It measures about 241 miles across and 57 miles from north to south, with a surface area of just under 10,000 square miles. The average depth of Lake Erie is only about 62 feet (210 feet, maximum). It therefore warms rapidly in the spring and summer, and frequently freezes over in winter. The drainage basin covers parts of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario. Because of its fertile soils, Lake Erie is the most productive of the great lakes. The lake's main fish species include walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, chinook salmon, coho salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, northern pike, largemouth bass and carp.

    Lake Erie is the warmest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes, and the walleye fishery is widely considered the best in the world. Every year tons of walleye are harvested from the lake, both from recreational angling and commercial fishing. The average walleye is a whopping 5-6lb with 10-12lb fish caught regularly. The walleye are caught trolling along drop offs and mid lake humps. Most productive lure is the famous erie deary, usually tipped with a whole worm or minnow. Deep diving crankbaits trolled in the same areas also produce well. For more information visit www.FishingPickerel.com

     Maybe the tastiest table fair around, Lake Erie is full of perch. Tons are taken annually in commercial fishing nets. Anglers also fill their quotas as well, especially in the spring, when perch come inshore to spawn. Public docks are shoulder-to-shoulder this time of year, with jumbo perch hitting almost anything, although a simple bobber and worm or live/salted minnow is the most popular method of catching them. Boat anglers, usually fish near bottom with egg sinkers and 2-3 hooks baited with minnows and worms. It's not uncommon to land 2 or even 3 fish at once, when the perch schools are thick.

     With the introduction of invasive species like zebra mussels and gobies, the Lake Erie smallmouth bass population has thrived. The clearing water due to the actions of zebra mussels has increased both light penetration and visibility creating a perfect habitat for smallmouth bass. The gobies have further enhanced this fishery, since smallmouth bass forage heavily on gobies, which like to inhabit rock piles and boulder flats, the same areas where Lake Erie smallmouth bass feed. Lures which imitate the gobies can be very productive. Most anglers drift tube jigs in smoke, green and purple hues. Live bait fished near the bottom, usually minnows or crayfish can also be deadly.

     The most common trout in Lake Erie is the rainbow trout or steelhead. Caught using the same methods as for salmon, many charter captains target this majestic fish. A powerful fighter and excellent eating, makes this a popular gamefish on Lake Erie. In spring, when steelhead migrate up rivers to spawn, shore anglers enjoy a bonanza of fishing opportunities, since the lake's basin is rich with rivers and creeks. Float fishing or bottom fishing with roe can be very productive this time of year, especially along river mouths. Fishing is usually best at dawn.

Statistics & Figures:
LENGTH: 241 miles / 388 km
BREADTH: 57 miles / 92 km
AVERAGE DEPTH: 62 ft. / 19 m.
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 210 ft. / 64 m.
VOLUME: 116 cubic miles / 484 cubic km.
WATER SURFACE AREA: 9,910 sq. miles / 25,700 sq. km.
DRAINAGE BASIN AREA: 30,140 sq. miles / 78,000 sq. km.
SHORELINE LENGTH
(including islands):
871 miles / 1,402 km.
ELEVATION: 569 ft. / 173 m.
OUTLET: Niagara River and Welland Canal
RETENTION/REPLACEMENT TIME: 2.6 years (shortest of the Great Lakes)

Fishing Lake Erie NEWS!


Port Clinton News Herald

Fishing report: Lake Erie bite picking up again
Port Clinton News Herald
PORT CLINTON – Fishing has picked up after recent storms and bad weather with walleye, perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass and catfish being caught on Lake Erie, sources said. "There's a lot of good summer fishing to be had," said Bernie Whitt, ...
Walleye fishing still hot, yellow perch not – Ohio Fishing Reportcleveland.com
Blade Fishing Report: 6/26Toledo Blade
New York Offers Free Fishing Weekend June 27-28GoErie.com Blogs (blog)
Tribune-Review -Hamburg Sun -Niagara Gazette
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cleveland.com

Lake Erie walleye bite sizzles all along shoreline – Ohio Fishing Report
cleveland.com
The Lake Erie walleye fishing has been very good in 37 to 40 feet off Cleveland Harbor, while the yellow perch fishing is still sporadic, with some catches in 36 to 40 feet of water. The rock bass fishing along the Cleveland Harbor shoreline is very ...
Lake Erie Western Basin Fishing ReportThe Beacon (press release)
Lake Erie named one of top bass fishing lakes in USPort Clinton News Herald
Erie-area fishing report for weekend of June 19-21GoErie.com
Delphos Herald -Toledo Blade -Syracuse.com
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OutdoorHub

Fishing report: Bite should pick up if weather improves
Port Clinton News Herald
PORT CLINTON – Heavy rains throughout last weekend and earlier this week have slowed Lake Erie and Sandusky River fishing, sources said. If the weather forecast holds, the bite could pick up this weekend. The mayfly hatch also has hampered fishing ...
Blade Fishing Report: 7-3Toledo Blade
Fishing report: Rain, high water still slowing fishingTribune-Review

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cleveland.com

Pro angler Michael Simonton: Lake Erie's smallmouth bass fishing booming again
cleveland.com
"I decided to go back to teaching, but keep my hand in tournament fishing by entering three Bassmaster Northern Open tournaments this year on the James River, Oneida Lake and Lake Erie at Sandusky," he said. "That's where I got started in tournament ...
Erie-area fishing report for weekend of June 12-14GoErie.com
District Fishing Report: 6.12.15Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Michigan DNR's weekly fishing report for June 11Port Huron Times Herald
Delphos Herald
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Capt Bob Brown Jr.'s Lake Erie Walleye Fishing Report
The Beacon (press release)
Due to strong NE winds last weekend, the key to finding the biting fish this week in the Lake Erie Island area was all about finding somewhat cleaner water. Find the cleaner water, and you were in position to score on some nice sized Walleye. Charter ...



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