fishing
fishing
fishing
fishing canada west
fishing canada central
fishing canada east
fishing usa northwest
fishing usa northeast
fishing usa southwest
fishing usa southeast
fishing northern
fishing southern
fishing international
fishing
fishing

Advanced search
fishing
sponsors
fishing
 Find a Lodge
fish facts Fish Facts
fishing reports Fishing Reports
fishing forum Message Board
Ice Fishing Hotspots
Largemouth Fishing
Smallmouth Fishing
Crappie Fishing
Musky Fishing
Pickerel Fishing
Steelhead Fishing
fishing

      


Lake Erie

area mapgetting there



    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)


Add your Fishin' Tips, Click Here...



fishing maps

Fishing Hot Spots Topo Maps

Lake Erie - Each detailed map provides depth, contours, structure, boat ramps, and updated fishing information. Lake Erie fishing maps also include lake info such as gamefish abundance, forage base, water clarity, weedline depth, bottom composition, complete latitude/longitude grid lines and dozens of GPS waypoints & coordinates.
» Lake Erie Fishing Map





PopShops™ affiliate stores

Lake Erie NEWS!

Algae in western Lake Erie eats into fishing business
Detroit Free Press
OAK HARBOR, Ohio — Thick mats of algae spreading across western Lake Erie in recent weeks appear to be pushing one of the region's most-prized sport fish to flee, forcing some charter boat captains to cancel trips. At least one told out-of-state ...

and more »

cleveland.com (blog)

Lake Erie beach report for Aug. 30: Water quality good at all but one beach
cleveland.com (blog)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Water quality is good at all but one Lake Erie beach on Sunday. Sunday's weather forecast calls a high of 83 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Only Huntington Beach has a swimming ...

and more »

Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie: Ohio's Historic Beacon
The Beacon (press release)
A new book about one of the most-visited sites in Ottawa County was released recently. Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie: Ohio's Historic Beacon is now available from Arcadia Publishing and The History Press. The 160-page softcover book examines the ...


Columbus Dispatch

Lake Erie algae bloom spreads to Cleveland, could set record, scientists warn
Columbus Dispatch
GIBRALTAR ISLAND, Ohio — Scientists who study Lake Erie say this summer's growing toxic bloom is almost certain to be the worst on record. The bloom, which started in the western part of the lake in June, has stretched to Cleveland and could still grow.
Toxic algae brewing in western Lake Erie; 6 other sites in WNYBuffalo News
Ohio EPA appoints official to manage Lake Erie water qualityWKBN.com
Gardner proposes Lake Erie bond issueSandusky Register

all 34 news articles »

cleveland.com

Capt Bob Brown Jr.'s Lake Erie Fishing Report
The Beacon (press release)
Following up a bit on last week's article on the Lake Erie algae bloom. Here is the link to see the most recent satellite images. http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/modis/modis.php?region=e. Just since last week, the algae is now north of Cleveland but ...
District Fishing Report: 8.28.15Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

all 43 news articles »

cleveland.com (blog)

Level of toxins drops in Lake Erie
Toledo Blade
The city of Toledo has reported that the level of algal toxins near its western Lake Erie water-intake crib today decreased from the amount of toxins in the raw water on Wednesday. The amount of microcystin in the city's treated drinking water was so ...
Lake Erie beach report for Aug. 27: Cool weather, mixed water quality could ...cleveland.com (blog)
Lake Erie toxic algal blooms: Non-profits float declaration to get people involvedTechie News

all 7 news articles »
Tag Cloud
access black bass boat launch gps coordinates cottage crappie fishin fishing information Lake Erie map marina marked parks productive provide resorts search specific specified spots stories tips topo waters waypoints tackle shop bait lures live fishing lodge guide charter service dropshot trolling casting spinning fly

 
 
  

Advertising Rates | Submit a Listing | Terms & Conditions | Contact Us
All material in these documents are copyright © 2000-2010 www.TheFishinGuide.com. All rights reserved. Reproduction prohibited

 
 
Advertisement
PopShops™ affiliate stores