Lake Erie is one of the most beautiful of the great lakes, and a superb fishing spot for walleyes. Hundreds of people travel to Lake Erie for fishing trips every year, and it’s a beloved spot for locals as well. If you’re planning a Lake Erie walleye fishing trip, here are some tried and true tips that can help you to walk away with your limit.
- Fish The Western Basin – the western basin area of Lake Erie is well-known by the local fisherman to be the favorite spot for walleyes to go to spawn in the springtime. So if you’re headed to Lake Erie during the spring, be sure to spend a lot of time in the western basin. One of the biggest principles of fishing is fish where the fish are at.
- Don’t focus on only deep water – Although the general knowledge tends to be that walleyes like deeper water, they are really just going to be where the food is. Find the baitfish.
- Try Drift and Catch – although trolling is popular, the drift and catch method still works. And it has been used in Lake Erie by local fisherman for years with a lot of success. Drifting offers the walleyes time to swim directly to the bait. Also, it is a nice way to relax in between catches.
- Use as light of line as you can get away with. Preferably 10 pound test or below. It makes the fight fun, casts longer, and bait action more believable.
- Use sonar – Sonar is a fantastic tool for Lake Erie walleye fishing. Finding a good sonar, tuning, and learning to use it correctly will make it much, much easier to find the fish.
- Try weedy banks – weed lines are a good spot for any sort of fishing and walleye are no exception. Using a minnow in weeds works well except you’ll lose your bait fairly often. Try to make your lures fairly weedless in these areas.
- Match the hatch – whatever you suspect the Walleye are feeding on – try to mimic the color, shape, and size of the baitfish.