Lake Erie Fishing Reports western basin
February 25: There will not be any ice fishing this season unless the weather turns unexpectedly cold for a few weeks, which is very unlikely. Open water fishing has already started; some of the devotees and addicts are getting out when weather permits. Trolling off Huron is producing good catches and should continue until the fish move into the shallow spawning grounds, probably sometime in early to mid March. Jig fishing on and around the Western Basin reefs, especially the large reef complex off Davis Besse / Camp Perry, should pick up in early spring as the fish move in to spawn. If the current warmer-than-usual weather pattern continues through the rest of the calendar winter, the spring walleye spawn fishing season will likely be early, starting in mid March. Same for the River walleye runs on the Maumee and Sandusky rivers.
2016 Results and 2017 Outlook:
Yellow Perch: Autumn 2016 was one of the best perch fishing seasons we've had in a long time. Lots of limit catches and a good number of large fish. The fishery is stable with average / sustainable hatches and survival the last few years, so 2017 should provide fair to good opportunity. Let's hope the 2016 action continues or is similar in 2017.
Walleye - A big hatch and high survival rate from 2015 put a huge year class into the fishery, resulting in many undersize walleye being caught. Overall it was a fairly good year. At times it was hard to find many legal size fish. More and better weather conditions in late spring and early summer provided lots of fishing opportunity and clearer water. 2017 should be a great year with all those 2015 year class fish now in the legal size range along with some bigger fish from a few year's back year classes.
Other Species - No reports until spring.