Friday, August 26, 2016

Pelee Island in Ontario waters

Walleye fishing has slowed a bit around the island area, but has been good still at times. Some good sized walleye are starting to show up on the shallow reef areas around Pelee Island in Ontario waters, and around the reefs North of Kelleys Island and around all of the Bass Islands. Open water walleye fishing should be picking up west of Rattlesnake over to Niagara Reef area and some of those reefs N of Davis Besse power plant also producing walleye in the 7-20 ft. depth range. I have not had a good eastern report in a few days so if you are heading East try the area off of Sawmill Creek down to Vermilion in close to shore anywhere from 20-32’ of water or out on the Sand bar N of Vermilion out to the weather buoy 17 miles north.

Bass fishing has been excellent in the harbors for largemouth. Talking to some tournament pros fishing a tournament over the weekend in Ohio waters most said the smallmouth fishing around the islands was tough, but the ones they found were nice big ones. Maybe it is because the water is so warm and during warm water periods, smallmouth prefer live bait such as crawfish and the pro anglers can only use artificial baits. Even as good of fishermen as they are, there is no substitute sometimes for the real thing. Soft shelled crawfish are the way to go right now if targeting smallmouth bass. Look for them on sharp drop offs and rough rocky bottom around the islands or reefs N of Davis Besse.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Devils Lake

Walleye fishing has been good, Devils Lake Tourism reports in its latest update. Walleyes are beginning to move from shallow structure into deeper water, and anglers have reported catching fish in depths ranging from 22 feet to 44 feet of water with spinners and bottom bouncers. Use 1½-ounce bottom bouncers when fishing in less than 30 feet of water and 2-ounce bottom bouncers when fishing deeper than 30 feet. Ditches of sunken roads are good starting points, the report said, and color preferences vary by day. Fish have been hitting both live bait and soft plastics. Vertical jigging also has become more productive in recent days, a sign that fall is approaching. Focus on sunken rock piles and other submerged structure along with current areas near any of the bridges.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trinidad Lake

The surface temperature is currently around 74 degrees. Juvenile smallmouth and perch are being caught from areas of cover using night crawlers. We are also seeing a few trout being caught on PowerBait from shore. Early mornings and later evenings continue to be the most productive time to fish. Catfish are still hit or miss throughout the lake for anglers fishing at night using worms and liver. Fishing from shore has slowed down. Boaters are still catching trout, walleye, and perch using jigs tipped with a night crawler or artificial minnow. Some boaters are catching fish trolling worm harnesses.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Monongahela River

 Fishing in most of the region seems to be slow in recent days, but anglers are having lots of luck with catfish in the Monongahela River in West Elizabeth. Gar are also hitting in the area. A few carp and smallmouth bass still pop up from time to time in the river as well.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Lake St. Clair:

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth bass were caught halfway between the Clinton River and the Shipping Channel when drifting minnows in 17 feet, around the 400 Club and the Mile Roads when casting crank baits or drop-shotting leeches or around the St. Clair Light with tube baits in 14 to 21 feet. Walleye were caught near the Dumping Grounds, the St. Clair Light and the mouth of the South Channel when trolling purple, chartreuse or perch colored crawler harnesses on bottom bouncers. Musky were caught near the "Fire Cracker" and the Clinton River in 10 feet. Crayfish colored body baits worked well. A few bluegills were caught in the canals near Nine Mile Road. On the north end, walleye were caught near the Fair Haven launch when drifting crawlers. Smallmouth bass were taken near the mouth of the Middle Channel when casting tube baits or crank baits. Panfish were in 6 to 8 feet in Anchor Bay.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Clear Creek Reservoir

Trout angling at Clear Creek Reservoir from a boat has improved since last week, but fishing still remains slow from shore.  Since the water level of the reservoir has dropped a few feet, shore fishing access has improved with the willows no longer being right at the shoreline. Fly anglers caught trout off the surface on elk hair caddis dry flies when the conditions were less windy. Woolly buggers usually produce well for fly anglers when the wind picks up. Trolling worms with flashers along the southern part of the lake was the most productive method to catch trout. Pistol Pete's worked well from a boat as well. Several boat anglers using bait had success with garlic scented PowerBait and worms off the bottom. Landing a kokanee salmon from a boat remains a difficult task. Most of the tiger muskie have been caught in the evening at the eastern part of the reservoir. The tiger muskie went for buck tail lures and Rapalas. The reservoir is closed to trailer motorized watercrafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The current boating hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Kelleys Island

Walleye were biting around the points of Kelleys Island anywhere from 13-32’ depths casting worm harnesses was working best. Actually, the Walleye have been showing up around reef edges anywhere on the map where you have rocky bottom in the island area including the Bass Islands and Pelee Island on the Ontario side. Look for the fish to be hanging off the edges in 18-25’ mostly and then some fish out over the flat muddy bottom in 33-34’ along the border East of North Bass on down to the area NE of Kelleys Island. If you have Ontario licenses, good deep water bite has been NW of Pelee or near Wagon Wheel Reef and N of Pelee in deep water. The area W of Vermilion along the shoreline to Cranberry Creek has been producing some larger walleye this week with still lots of throwback sized fish in that area. Don’t forget about the 15” size limit on walleye as there has been a presence by Ohio Wildlife officers checking at all local marina locations.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ute Lake:

 Night fishing continued good for anglers using cut bait and liver on trout lines for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, drop shot rigs and senkos for smallmouth bass in 12 to 14 feet of water. A few were also taken on top water lures. Fishing was fair using jigs and curly tail grubs in 25 to 28 feet of water for walleye. White bass fishing was sporadic with a few caught by anglers trolling crank baits. The surface water temp was in the mid 80s.