Lake Erie

Lake Erie PA where, when and why?

When the central basin of Lake Erie begins to warm and the water temperature reaches the mid-50’s, low-60’s, the walleye begin to group up in widespread schools along the 50-60 feet depth of water. Normally, on any lake or reservoir as the water temperature warms the bigger fish move to deeper to more comfortable cooler water. Lake Erie is a prime example of this. Easy accesses to colder water and bait fish such as smelts and alewives make it simple to understand why trophy walleye find their home in the waters off Erie, PA shoreline.

Later, in mid-July and August, the fish move even deeper into the depths of Lake Erie. Walleye are caught on planner boards, while the Steelhead and Salmon can be caught with downriggers at the same time.

Late August and September still provide trophy size walleye in deep water. The fall salmon and trout begin to school in front of the creek mouths. If its 3-6 pound Smallmouth Bass you like to catch, late September and October are the time. The big female bass feed heavily at this time to help develop their eggs for the spawning period.

August, September, October

It’s not uncommon for anglers to catch a limit of 30 perch per person in 3 1⁄2 to 4 hours which is ideal for combination fishing trips during this time of year. We also offers a 6-hour perch trip, and fishing for perch makes for a great family trip. Primetime for perch is during the months of August through October. August is ideal for Perch/Walleye combination trips; while September is a great time for perch/Smallmouth Bass or perch/Walleye combination trips. October is again an excellent time for Perch/Walleye combinations.

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