April is walleye spawning time when Lake Erie Walleyes migrate to the Western Basin Reef Complex in large numbers. Boat ride from the Wild Wings Marina can be as short as 5 minutes as we are targeting water as little as 8" deep. The majority of the walleyes caught during this time are 19”-24” males and the best way to catch these shallow water walleyes is with ¾ ounce hair jigs sometimes tipped with emerald shiners (minnows). If you like jig fishing then April is the perfect time to come. The down fall to April is the weather as it can be cold wet and windy but it can be very rewarding if you can handle the elements.
April is also a great time for trophy sized Lake Erie Walleye, if you are after a Lake Erie Walleye in the 10+ pond range (30"+) this is the time to come, the big females this time of year are high up in the water column making your chances higher to land one of those once in a lifetime Lake Erie Walleyes. To target these fish you pretty much have to troll, it is pretty rare to jig up a spawning female during this time of year.
In May we are targeting post spawn fish as the males are still aggressive and females are hungry after a long stressful spawn. Your chances of landing that 30" Lake Erie Walleye are still high and limits can be rather consistent. This is the time we start looking at switching over from hair jigs and switching over to Lake Erie Walleye Weapons "AKA Night Crawlers and Crawler harness's" and drift and cast for those Lake Erie Walleyes. We will also Troll this time of year with larger minnow sized lures to entice those bigger fish you may be after with the majority size still around that 19 - 24" fish. The Weather in May is still practically unstable and unpredictable but tends to be more mellow than April, just pack for the possible chance of rain showers
The Lake Erie Walleye fishing in June starts to become consistent with the beginning of stable weather. As the water temperature rises the Walleye become more active and can produce limit catches. Lake Erie Walleye caught during June range from 15”-22” and can be caught either drifting and casting or trolling, big Lake Erie Walleye are still around but your chances to land that 30" Lake Erie Walleye fall off as the smaller first and second year hatchings are more aggressive with the warmer water temps. We always carry Night Crawlers on the boat this time of year and depending on the mood the Walleyes are in that day, will generally dictate how we fish this time of year. If you are a die hard drift and casting walleye fisherman this is the time of year you really want to think about.
July is the best month for limit catches of Lake Erie Walleye as the weather is stable and walleye are schooled up in their normal patterns. July has the highest catch rate of any month according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The casting bite is usually pretty consistent but we do tend to focus on trolling this time of year to produce limit catches of open water walleye.
July is also the time we start to look at moving the boat from Wild Wings Marina in Oak Harbor Ohio to Anchors Away Marina in Lakeside Marblehead Ohio. This decision to move the boat depends greatly on the migration of the Lake Erie Walleye. As the water temps continue to rise during these summer months the Walleye tend to head for cooler and deeper water. We will usually make the decision to move the boat the week or two after July 4th to tray and stay ahead of this migration.
The boat will have been moved to Anchors Away Marina in Lakeside Marblehead Ohio to stay on the hot Lake Erie Walleye Fishing. The first two weeks of August usually still produce limit catches of walleye now that we are fishing in cooler deeper water around the Lake Erie Islands. This time of year you will almost always be trolling to cover a lot of water, as the Lake Erie Walleyes tend to be less schooled up and more spread out. August can bring/ require long boat rides up to an hour to travel to the active feeding walleye which will concur an additional $50 fuel surcharge this time of year. With these possible long run times we choose to only run one trip a day instead of our normal morning and afternoon charters, this just ensures we are not in a huge rush to get back to the dock. This time of year the weather is almost always nice making those possible long boat rides a lot more enjoyable.
September and October the Lake Erie Walleye fishing does tend to slow down a little bit and we tend to have to work for those toothy critters known as Walleye. This is the time we would start targeting Lake Erie Yellow Perch, sadly the Lake Erie Yellow Perch fishing has been less than spectacular the last few years we have targeted them. This is mainly due to an invasive species known as a Spiny Sea Flea, (you will see them attached to the trolling lines in July and August) and the Yellow Perch just don't seem to care what we have to offer to them as they just help themselves and gorge on those Spiny Sea Fleas all day and night long. It is hit or miss but somedays are still very productive Perch Fishing but there are more struggling days then there are good days. The Yellow Perch range in size from 8-12 inches and the limit per person is 30.
This is when the Lake Erie Walleye Fishing will start picking back up as the water temps continue to cool down and the Walleyes start getting aggressive again. These months the weather is again very unpredictable and unstable but can be very rewarding as the Big Lake Erie Walleye's return and your chances of catching a 30" plus Lake Eire monster is in your favor again. This is also when two of the largest Lake Erie Walleye tournaments take place, "The Walleye Slam" & "The Fall Brawl". Both of these tournaments have a small entry fee and a $100,000 grand prize boat, all it takes is that one heaviest fish at the end of the tournament to win. Everybody on the boat has to be entered in the tournaments or everybody is disqualified form weighing a fish for the tournament. The boat gets moved one more time for the season to Huron Ohio for this tournament, if you are interested in booking a trip to fish in this tournament send us an email to get further details
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