LEVEL-579.90 and at a normal level
WADING TO BLUEGRASS ISLAND IS POSSIBLE
TEMP- 72 Degrees
With a few cool nights the river temperature has cooled down a few degrees, this has the catfish and smallmouth reactivated and biting. We have seen anglers having success at the White street access. Ft Meigs and a little bit of everything( saugeye, walleye, white bass, small mouth and catfish) all being caught near the dam in Grand Rapids area. The mid week weather report is calling for clear skies, no rain and highs in the mid 70ss..basically a beautiful week to go fishing .
I just want to get some information out early concerning the fall walleye fishing activity when the walleye and yellow perch move in close and can be taken at night right off the shoreline. Each autumn signals an anticipated flurry of walleye action in Lake Erie’s central and western basins. Late September or early October when the lake temperature approaches the 50’s we find dozens of savvy walleye hunters prowling the piers and shoreline from the Port Clinton thru the Maumee bay and up into Michigan’s Luna Pier area. These anglers ate tuned into the nocturnal walleye feeding action. Lake Erie’s central and western basin schools make what many call a “pre-spawn staging movement” each fall. Schools of big fish move in off their respective spawning areas and “stage” or rest, after putting on a feeding binge, fattening up for the spring spawn. Thousands of western basin walleye move toward the shoreline drop-offs in search of gizzard shad and other baitfish, drawn by warmer waters. They’re often located close to the first or second deep-water drops and move into shoreline shallows to surface feed at night. Most activity generally takes place in the period from 3 days before the 1/2 moon to 3 days after the full moon, but don’t rule out the dark periods either. Some big fish have been caught then too. One thing I have noticed, rattling crank baits generally out fish the quiet ones 2 to 1. Night anglers at the piers use predominately Rattletrap and Bomber Long-A type of lures. Some anglers wouldn’t go out without a magnum Rapala. I have seen success with anglers using both types. Keep one thing in mind,as the water temperatures cool, slow your presentation.
As the waters cool and fall approaches I will have more information and tips on how and where to go to get into some of this great nighttime fishing season. Remember you can always stop into the shop and we have all the gear and lures you will need this season to be successful.
Current Lake Erie Conditions
NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 15 KNOTS. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF
SHOWERS THROUGH MID MORNING. WAVES 1 TO 3 FEET.
NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING NORTH 10 KNOTS
OR LESS. A CHANCE OF WATERSPOUTS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. WAVES 1 TO
3 FEET SUBSIDING TO 1 FOOT OR LESS.
NORTH WINDS LESS THAN 10 KNOTS. A CHANCE OF
WATERSPOUTS IN THE MORNING. WAVES 1 FOOT OR LESS.
NORTHEAST WINDS LESS THAN 10 KNOTS BECOMING
SOUTH. WAVES 1 FOOT OR LESS.
Have a great day , be safe and good luck fishing.