Fall fishing on Lake Erie can be some of the most
enjoyable of all the seasons. Cooler weather for starters.
The heat of the summer sun can wear down an angler (especially for
us seniors) whereas cooler fall weather allows many of us to stay
just a little longer out there.
For the walleye angler, fall weather brings the
walleyes in closer to shore and with gas prices being the way they
are this is a welcome by most, especially the charter captains.
Not having to travel 18-20 miles offshore as many do in the summer
to take walleyes not only saves on the gas but gives anglers more
fishing time. The Huron area continues to be one of the best
hot spots for fall walleye angling on the lake. Many of the
central Lake Erie captains move their operations to Huron and
Vermilion at this time of year.
Then there is the perch factor. Fall brings
the perch into tighter schools, making limit catches much more easy
than in in spring and summer. Nothing better than to sit in
that big pack of boats when everyone is catching fish. It's
fun to hear the conversations from neighboring boats when the 'bite
is on'. It's most enjoyable to listen to the young kids, some
of whom is their first fishing trip as dad or grandpa has taken them
on the boat to do some perchin'. The excitement in the young
voices carries a far distance on the open water. Perch fishing this
year has been fantastic and by most expert accounts next year should
be even better.
The only lamenting thing about fall fishing is the
reminder that is always in the chilled air that the end of the
fishing season is closing in. Fall can bring some nasty
weather patterns as well. It's important to pick your days and
for those that have the luxury of doing so, go as often as you can
when the lake lays down flat. There are fewer of these days
than there are in the summer months. It won't be long
now till fisherman begin pulling their boats and docks and preparing
for winter. In these final few weeks of fishing, best of
luck to all and fill those freezers for the winter!