Friday, July 22, 2016


 It’s shaping up to be another banner sockeye salmon run on the Columbia River. This year’s sockeye count at Bonneville Dam will likely be the fifth highest since at least 1938, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Through Wednesday, a total of 338,035 fish had been counted. The record is the 604,052 sockeye counted through July 20, 2014. The top five counts have been since 2010.

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Sandusky Bay and Mouse Island.

Smallmouth bass have been biting around the islands in 11-26’ of water around the Bass islands mostly near the rugged rocky bottom and sharp drop offs. Drop shot techniques are working well if you have the right rubber bait on your hook soaked in some super bite juice or you can try soft craws which are always the best bait in my opinion in the summer months. Pelee Island on the Ontario side producing some good smallmouth as well. Also try the deep edges around Mill Point and Lighthouse Point. Largemouth bass have been biting all along the Ohio shoreline between Sandusky Bay and Mouse Island. Good Bay fishing still in East and West Harbors.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Paint Creek Lake

 Crappie fishing isn’t great, but it’s not bad, either. The best action has been along channel banks in 6-10 feet of water. Look for stumps and laydowns and use minnows or Bobby Garland Baby Shad. Bass are also along the banks, going after black/blue jigs or green/pumpkin 6-inch worms. Fish the flats for catfish, using nightcrawlers or cut shad. Bluegills are hitting waxworms around stumps and brush. For white bass, fish early or late and watch for the jumps. In the spillway, catfish are hitting chicken liver and saugeyes are going after chartreuse twisters with red glitter.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Goose Island

Walleye fishing has been a grind, at times, and anglers should be prepared to try a variety of techniques and locations, reports Jason Freed of Leisure Outdoor Adventures. On the main lake, fishing overall has been slow, Freed said. With water temps in the low 70s, trolling should steadily get better on the reefs and steep breaklines either long lining crankbaits or using leadcore line at speeds of 1.8 mph to 2.3 mph. Walker Bay has had a decent bite in 15 to 25 feet of water along the shoreline breaks and on some of the hump, where live bait rigs with leeches or crawlers have been best. Some of the cabbage weeds in Steamboat, Agency and Kabekona bays also have produced a few walleyes for anglers using slip bobbers during early and late feeding periods. There have been mixed reports around Goose Island, Freed says, with points such as Pine, Duck and Otter Tail producing fish if the wind has been blowing into them. Muskie fishing is starting to improve, and anglers are either catching or seeing fish.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Chautauqua Lake

The weeds have it. Drought conditions have dropped the lake’s water level about 2 feet; however, bass, particularly smallmouths, are holding along weed edges lakewide, said Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut Bait & Tackle.
The walleye bite in mainly along North Basin weeds; South Basin weeds choke shallows but produce good perch and bluegill on the outer edges.

Friday, July 08, 2016

East and West Harbor for largemouth

Bass fishing has been excellent in East and West Harbor for largemouth; some good runs of white bass have also been coming in the harbors and up the local rivers. Some good smallmouth bass fishing has been going on in the Ohio island areas, mostly in 14-24’ of water. Look for a rough, rocky bottom area or drop off for the best numbers of smallmouth. Soft Craws working best for them now and large minnows also work well when hardware fishing gets slower.

Yellow perch fishing remains spotty with some of the best catches coming from the west side of Green and Rattlesnake Islands. Some other areas to look for perch are near B can and east of Ballast Island. NE of Kelleys Island shoal has had some perch also. The bait situation is not looking very promising for emerald lake shiners as many suppliers are having difficulty catching them since late last summer. Alternative minnows are golden shiners and fat heads which most bait shops are carrying now.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Upper and Lower Twin lakes

 Largemouth bass are providing most of the action at Upper and Lower Twin lakes. Live worms, minnows, soft plastics fished on a jighead and, to a lesser degree, crankbaits are said to be catching fish.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Lake Erie Walleye fishing

Lake Erie: Walleye fishing was slower than previous weeks as anglers dealt with strong winds and a large mayfly hatch. Those doing the best were heading out deep and found walleye straight out from Stony Point, Estral Beach and near the Femi Plant in 24 to 28 feet or near the Dumping Grounds and the E-Buoy in 23 to 26 feet. The fish were hitting on crawler harnesses with hot pink, purple or copper inline blades trolled with bottom bouncers. Yellow perch fishing was slightly better with a couple decent catches taken in 16 to 20 feet straight out from Sterling State Park and Toledo Beach with emerald shiners on spreaders. Anglers fishing 5 to 8 feet did well for smallmouth bass with tube baits straight out from Bolles Harbor. Shore anglers at Sterling State Park caught several large and smallmouth bass on husky jerks. Catfish were taken on crawlers in the marsh channel and lagoons. Those fishing from the Evans Municipal Pier in Luna Pier caught largemouth bass on buck tail spinners and channel cats on shiners and crawlers.