Review of 1998 Eastern Basin Walleye Fishing Reports

Covering Dunkirk through Buffalo, NY Waters of Lake Erie and Canadian Waters of Lake Erie

August 18, 1998
  Eastern basin Lake Erie, Dunkirk Ny
  afternoon on 8-9 was better than am. Started straight out in 100 ft. and
started catching fish right away. First one was off the rigger set at 90
ft. with a 66 pirate spoon.
The next 2 fish came off the starboard outside board line on a #0 dipsey 18
passes back on a black/raspberry worm harness. 2 other walleyes came off
the starboard
dipsey rod on a purple/black #1 dipsey set at 1 with 160 ft. line out. they
were both caught on a black/purple nk28 with blue ladderback. One nice
laker was also taken off of the rigger at 100 ft. we were setting the lures
60 ft, behind the ball. That same rigger combo also produced a very
acrobatic smallie that was immediately released. thing started to look
stormy so we were cut short. Happy fishing. Blackbeard.
August 10, 1998
  Eastern Lake Erie, Canadian Waters
On 8/8 I caught 2 walleyes about 20 inches in in length, and today I caught one 26 inches. I caught them off point abonal about 5 miles out.  I caught them on a worm harness(double colorado blades) cooper and yellow.
                Casey Roskwitalski  bisrad@gatenet.net <mailto:bisrad@gatenet.net>
August 10, 1998
  Eastern Lake Erie, Canadian Waters
At press  time, a local walleye tournament  was still underway and anglers were tight-lipped about locations and lures. Walleye and bass fishing conditions  were  probably similar to those that were reported last week, viz., “Walleye were scattered and anglers had to range further afield to get their walleye this week. Locally, catches of walleye  were reported  at the 2-mile buoy and west of the Port Colborne weather buoy.  Many anglers traveled  as far as Dunkirk to the south or Port Maitland to the west. Fish were taken in the top 40’. Boats averaged  about 1-2 walleye per trip. Planer boards and deep diving  green and perch-coloured body baits and thunder sticks worked well. Anglers fishing at the deeper part of the water column found  blue\silver colours , produced fish.  Smallmouth bass  were spotty this week and taken  at  25-40’ depths on drifted  tube jigs  and crayfish. ”
Good catches walleye continued to be caught off of Rock Point Provincial Park just to the east and 5 miles to the south of the signal light.  Walleye were taken in 70’ of water close to the bottom.  Purple and darker-coloured Ripplin  Redfins  fished from downriggers  worked best.
Long Point Bay
Fishing throughout the bay was down this week.  Rainbow trout and salmon were just about gone, and  anglers had to really hunt for their  walleye and  smallmouth bass.  Smallmouth bass  were still being caught at  Bluff Bar, and  Long Point Tip.
August 9, 1998
  Eastern Lake Erie, Canadian Waters
Walleye fishing off of Erieau is excellent.  The charter boats are getting there limits and the average boat is getting 10 to 20 fish. The walleyes are about 6 to 8 ILS .  They are getting them on Hotlips and Powerdives 120 to 150 back.  They are fishing East down by Morpeth gas plant, witch is about 8 miles from Erieau.

 August 8, 1998
  Eastern Lake Erie, Canadian Waters
Were gettin 4 to 9 lbs Walleyes out around the weather station straight out
from Port Colborne in 70 to 90 feet of water on the water mellon flavor
worm harness and blk/silver floating rappala on the cannon balls. Not
marking any schools fish are scattered. Purple hot lips with a few
splitshots on the planner boards are producing as well as ever.
Thanks Dave Faucher
August 3, 1998
  Eastern Lake Erie, Canadian Waters
Walleye were scattered and anglers had to range further afield to get their walleye this week. Locally, catches of walleye  were reported  at the 2-mile buoy and west of the Port Colborne weather buoy.  Many anglers traveled  as far as Dunkirk to the south or Port Maitland to the west. Fish were taken in the top 40’. Boats averaged  about 1-2 walleye per trip. Planer boards and deep diving  green and perch-coloured body baits and thunder sticks worked well. Anglers fishing at the deeper part of the water column found  blue\silver colours , produced fish.  Smallmouth bass  were spotty this week and taken  at  25-40’ depths on drifted  tube jigs  and crayfish.
At Port Maitland, good catches walleye were reported off of Rock Point Provincial Park just to the east and 5 miles to the south of the signal light.  Walleye were taken in 70’ of water close to the bottom.  Purple and darker-coloured Ripplin  Redfins  fished from downriggers  worked best.  Big smallmouth bass were taken incidentally by anglers fishing for walleye from downriggers.

Long Point Bay
Catches of walleye  were consistent throughout outer Long Point Bay this week. Anglers averaged 3-4 walleye per trip but had to hunt for them. Walleye were taken in 50-60’ of water from planer boards or downriggers by worm harnesses, or silver/black or light coloured body baits, and power divers.  Salmon, rainbow trout, and lake trout fishing was particularly good off Long Point in waters 160-170’ deep at depths exceeding  100’. Williams Whitefish was a popular lure here.
Smallmouth bass  were still being caught at  Bluff Bar, and  Long Point Tip; however warm water temperatures finally moved them out of  the Inner Bay.  Drift fishing or casting with live bait such as worms or crayfish  were best bets.  Good numbers of yellow perch  were caught  this week at  in the Gravelly Bay Long  Point tip area.
July 21, 1998
  Port Colborne Area
This morning we fished approximately 1 1/2 miles west of the Port
Colborne weather buoy in 85 feet of water.  We boated 12 large walleye
by early afternoon with an average weight of 8 lbs, the largest weighing
in at 9.2 lbs.  5 fish came off the riggers at 25, 37 and 55 feet using
pink and green Riplin Redfins.  The remaining fish came off the planar
boards using jet divers with black/red and black/pink worm harnesses.
George from Port Colborne.
July 14, 1998
  Canadian Waters Of Lake Erie
                                           GENERAL
 Anglers in the east continued to report relatively good walleye fishing this week. Boats returning to Port Colborne and Port
  Maitland reported steady catches of large walleye with some boats limiting out. Yellow perch were a welcome addition to
 anglers creels in Inner Long Point Bay this week. Perch in the 10-12 inch range were picked up near Pottahawk Bar using a
variety of live baits including minnows and worms. Bass fishing in the inner bay has slowed down somewhat with fish heading
 to deeper and cooler waters. Central basin anglers reported fewer walleye this week but plenty of rainbow trout along with
   the odd salmon and brown trout picking up the slack. Walleye fishing has been excellent in the western basin with most
                 action coming off of Colchester and between the East and Middle Sister Islands.
                                     EASTERN  LAKE  ERIE
                                   Port Colborne  -  Port Maitland
 Eastern basin anglers reported relatively good walleye fishing off of Port Colborne and Port Maitland this week. Fish were
 picked up from 5-7 miles out in 50-60 feet of water down approximately 20 feet. Anglers were averaging 3-6 walleye with
  some boats returning with their limit of fish. Hot lures include deep diving Bombers and  Hot Spot in blue\silver and purple
                                         colour patterns.
 Bass anglers reported good success working underwater structure in the 15-25 foot range. Crayfish, minnows and other live
           bait took most of these fish with others being picked up on twister tail jigs and small crank baits.
                                         Long Point Bay
 Bass fishing in the Inner Bay has slowed down somewhat but anglers reported some nice catches of yellow perch near Bluff
  Bar this week. Perch from 10-12 inches were taken in 8 feet of water using worms and minnows. Bass anglers reported
  spotty action in the inner bay and some moved out to the end of Long Point near the lighthouse where action picked up.
  Trout fishermen continue to report excellent catches of rainbow trout. Fish are being picked up north of Long Point near
  Gravely Bay in 60-120 feet of water. Blue, silver and brass coloured spoons such as line dancers and NK28’s have been
  the bait of choice trolled behind planer boards or off of sliders on the rigger. Anglers were also marking walleye inside the
    Long Point to Peacock Point line down 20 feet in 70 feet of water. These fish were hard to fool with walleye anglers
                                  returning with 2-4 fish on average.
July 9, 1998
Canadian Waters Of Lake Erie
GENERAL
Strong winds kept mid-water anglers at bay for much of the week. When the weather cooperated western basin fisherman were rewarded with increasing walleye catches along with good catches of bass and sheephead. Fishing was generally good in the central basin with most boats returning with a mix of walleye and rainbow trout. Long Point area anglers continue to pick up trout and salmon off the end of long point whereas the inner bay flats are the place to be if you’re after bass. Walleye have also been a main stay for anglers in the Port Colborne area with increasing catches of  6-9 pound fish being taken approximately 7 miles from shore.
EASTERN  LAKE  ERIE
Port Colborne  -  Port Maitland
Eastern basin anglers reported relatively good walleye fishing off of Port Colborne this week. Fish were being picked up out about 7 miles near the weather marker. Watermelon coloured worm harnesses and deep diving blue\silver crank baits fished anywhere from 10-25 feet down were producing an average of  3-6 large walleye per trip. Bass fisherman have also done well working structure such as rocky points and underwater humps in 10-15 feet of water. Shore anglers fishing with minnows and worms reported that a few perch along with walleye and pike were being picked up along the eastern pier at Port Maitland this week.
Long Point Bay
The north side of Long Point near Gravely Bay was the hot spot again for  trout fishermen this week. The thermocline was found at 35 feet this week with most rainbow trout and the odd chinook and pink salmon being picked up at or below the thermocline in 60-120 feet of water. Blue, silver and green spoons such as the NK28 have been the bait of choice trolled behind planer boards or off of sliders on the rigger. Smallmouth bass anglers reported that fish are still being taken in inner long point bay on the flats. Drift fishing with live bait such as worms, minnows or leeches is a proven producer of bass in this area.

July 3, 1998
Candadian Waters, Near Nanticoke Powerplant
Just finished a great charter with Delaney Charters
(519-426-3690) by the  Nanticoke Powerplant - 3
walleyes over 9lbs, one smaller, one rainbow 7-8 lbs
and one 20 lb chinook.
suface temp 18C, light chop,  -(action 9-11 in morning
over 70 feet of water - no action between 11 and 2pm
over 110' of water, action resumes over 70' with  fish
caught between 3 and 4pm.
all fish caught  -  just along the ridge between the
inner and outer bay of Nanticoke.  No real choice in
spoon colour - fish hit both black and red spoons as
well as light blue crankbaits - all on extra long
leaders  - all fish caught were female with full
stomaches of alweif -go figure eh!
Rainbow caught at 55feet, chinook off the planer
board - another fish ripped the line from the planer
board as well - but alas we can only speculate it must
have been another great chinook!
Hope to be back later, (by the way the 10lb is on its
way to be mounted) Like your webpages...
Bob.
June 30, 1998
Barcelona Area, NY
My brother in law & I fished Barcelona trolling from 7 am- 4:30 pm and
landed 4 nice walleyes ranging from  8.4 lbs - 4.7 lbs. We lost 2 others
about the same sizes. We were fishing 30- 45 ft  down over 105 ft deep.
Caught all but 1 on Blk/purple harnesses at 2.0 mph, 175 back on boards/
weights. Nothing on dippsys. Thanks to Dawn to Dusk for their help as
this was our 1st trip there. Very nice marina. Mike & Pete-- Rainbow
Gypsy on 68.

June 29, 1998
Canadian Waters of Lake Erie
GENERAL
          The highlight of the week was the opening of bass season on June 27th. Angler’s reported good
       catches of  smallmouth bass in both the western and eastern basins of the lake. Inner Long Point
      Bay also proved to be another    hot spot for bass with most boats having no problems finding fish.
      Walleye catches are picking up in the central basin with anglers reporting catches up to 10 fish per
        boat in 50-70 feet of water between Port Glasgow and Port   Stanley. Anglers fishing off Port
        Colbourne are also reporting steady catches of walleye whereas in the western  basin walleye
      fishing continues to be tough. Rainbow trout continue to provide a strong fishery in the central and
                    eastern basin with fish widely scattered in 50-120 feet of water.
EASTERN  LAKE  ERIE
Port Colborne  -  Port Maitland
Bass fishermen reported a relatively good opening weekend to the season with numerous bass found between 10-20 feet of water near the rocky points and gravel shoals west of Port Colborne and in the vicinity of Mohawk Island near Port Maitland.  Live bait such as crayfish, leeches and minnows produced numerous fish as did casting with small crankbaits such as Fat Raps or Big O’s . Walleye anglers were heading out 3-5 miles in 65-75 feet of water and reporting steady catches all week. Watermelon worm harness’s and smelt pattern Ripplin Redfins were the lures of choice in this area.
Long Point Bay
Despite the warm spring plenty of smallmouth bass remained to greet anglers opening day on inner Long Point Bay. Most fishermen had no problem catching their limit of bass using a variety of baits and tackles. Drifting live bait between Bait Island and Pottahawk Point proved particularly effective for many fishing parties.
Trout fishermen should head to the north side of Long Point near Gravely Bay. Look for fish close to the surface in  60 -120 feet of water. Blue, silver and green spoons such as the NK28 have been the bait of choice with the average trip producing numerous rainbows along with the odd salmon and lake trout.
June 25, 1998
Barcelona Harbor, NY area
Fished about 4 hours onJune 24 and landed 4 walleye.They ranged from 5# to
10#.Two were caught with black and purple worm harnasses off of the boards
and two were taken with fire tigers with large dipsy,s.We were fishing near
the Pa.and N.Y line in 100' of water.If you are in the area and I can
help,Give me a call.My handle is Dusk to Dawn.
June 22, 1998
Dunkirk, NY area
The fishing off the Dunkirk area is starting to pick up with our boat
 picking up two fish and loosing one.Both fish wieghed over 8 pounds and
 were caught on green and silver NK'S in 80'of water 75' down using
donriggers with 250' leads.
 good luck to all

June 22, 1998
EASTERN LAKE ERIE, Canadian Waters
Port Colborne - Port Maitland
Steady walleye catches were reported from Fort Erie to Port Maitland. Anglers were averaging 2-3 fish per boat with a rainbow trout or two thrown in for good measure. Particularly good concentrations were found in the area 5 miles south of Point Abino in 65-75’ of water. Walleye were taken off planer boards by watermelon colored worm harnesses or smelt colored body baits.
Long Point Bay
Walleye fishing was relatively slow this past week with boats averaging 1-2 fish per boat from the bay side of Long Point to the Elbow and the south side of the Point. Rainbows and Chinook salmon were also being caught fairly regularly. Rainbows were taken by NK 28s and dark colored purple bombers worked best for walleye fished off planer boards.
 Lake Erie Management Unit Box 429, Port Dover, Ontario, N0A 1N0
               Telephone : 519 -583-1344 Fax : 519- 583-1547 E-mail: sztraml@gov.on.ca

June 21, 1998
Cattaraugus Creek  Area
Hi Guys, I enjoy your magazine and web site, keep up the good work. Fished
for the first day yesterday and boated an 11 1/2 lb walleye, 30.5" very large
girth, largest fish I ever caught. Fish hit a Hi Tech worm harness, black with
rasberry trolled at <2 mph behind a big dipsy of metallic blue 195' behind
boat. Caught fish 7-8 miles out of Cattaraugus Creek off St. Columbans in 87'
of water.
All fish were located on the bottom with very few fish rising in the water
cloumn, action for all boaters was slow with most boats only getting one or
two fish. Most fish caught were larger than 7 lbs by other fisherman. Larger
scholos should be in area soon.
Good luck,
Cousin Barny
Mike Barnhart
Buffalo, NY
June 12, 1998
Barcelona Area
We fished out of Barcelona 0630-1500 and spent the majority of the day
between the launch and PA waters. Fish were scattered in the water
column with most showing up in 70 to 100 feet of water. They did not
appear to be aggressively feeding and while we had several "knock offs"
only one walleye was boated.Planers and dipsies were unproductive and
all action was 40 to 60 feet down on reef runners,(purple and pink). The
fish we kept was feeding on  mostly smelt and gizzard shad. That's all. ..John Erich.
June 6, 1998
Canadian Waters
Hey there... Was out fishing off of Rondeau Point (Point aux Pins) for the
last week. Water temp is between 58 and 63. Fishing 74 - 80 feet of water
where you're marking large schools of baitfish 5 - 8 feet down from the
surface. Walley seem to be suspended about 45 - 55 feet down. Best way of
triggering strikes is by using a
#0 Pink Lady with a 2 foot leader hooked to a Long "A' Bomber. Dark colours
are working best. (Black, blue, purple, and red) Only getting limited
strikes off of the planerboards and still catching the odd Rainbow off of
the Downriggers at 30 - 35 feet
Hope it helps!!! Happy Fishing.
Graham J. Brown  BHK  MHK
Competiitve Sports Travel & Tours Intl .Inc.
"Uniting the World of Sports"
111 Heritage Road, Suite 104
Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5W7
CANADA
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Last Years Reports
August 19, 1997

EASTERN LAKE ERIE

Port Colborne - Port Maitland

Walleye catches in Port Colborne last week were as variable as the wind direction. A day of good fishing was often followed by a change in wind direction, which scattered the fish. The most consistent locations were ten miles south and southwest of Port in about 80-90 feet of water. Excellent catches were reported at the Can-Am Challenge Walleye Tournament this past weekend. Most participants fished south of the line in New York to avoid rough waters on the Ontario side. Riplin redfins and worm harnesses in watermelon and pink were hot this past weekend. Bass were still at the 30 foot depth range last week. Worms and leeches outperformed crayfish for a change.

Conditions in Port Maitland last week were similar to the previous week with some good catches of walleye and the occasional rainbow taken despite rough water. The walleye are still about 8 miles south and south-west of Port Maitland in 70-80' of water. Bass fishing has been good near the Port Maitland pier and some nice perch catches have been reported about « mile off shore in the vicinity of the Tecumseh Reef.

Long Point Bay

Walleye fishing has been very slow with only the occasional fish being taken. Rainbow trout are still being taken in fair numbers but there does not seem to be any pattern related to depth or location. Anglers report them to be scattered anywhere from 45 to 90 ft down. Anglers targeting on lake trout did well last week. Those fishing 100 -150 feet down in 180 - 200 feet of water took lakers up to 30 lbs. Bass action in Long Point Bay is slowing down, as it usually does in August. Bass anglers will have to invest some time searching the 20 - 40 feet depths to find consistent action.

CENTRAL LAKE ERIE

Port Stanley - Port Burwell - Port Glasgow Angling activity picked up a bit this past week in the Port Burwell area, with walleye anglers averaging about 4 walleye per boat. Most walleye were taken about 7 -10 miles south and southeast of Port in about 60 feet of water. Purple/black power divers and green/black fire tigers seemed to work best. Rainbows are still being taken in fair numbers, but are down a bit from the previous week. Cold water conditions at Port Stanley and Port Glasgow have resulted in poor fishing for walleye last week. Rainbow trout are showing up in the catches much more frequently then walleye.

Erieau

 Rainbows outnumbered walleye in most fish boxes by a margin of at least three to one this week. One boat took 16 rainbow and only three walleye on Saturday. The best catches were 7 miles west and south of Erieau. The rainbows are still only 30 -40 feet down; shallow enough to be taken on planer boards with power divers and hot lips. Silver and blue spoons also produced. Walleye appear to be scattered with only the occasional fish being taken.

Wheatley

No report for the Wheatley area was available at press time.

August 8, 1997
Lake Erie Management Unit Box 429, Port Dover, Ontario, N0A 1N0 Telephone : 519 -583-1344 Fax : 519- 583-1547 E-mail: sztraml@gov.on.ca Lake Erie Fishing Report ( for the week of August 4, 1997 ; No. 6 ) GENERAL Walleye fishing generally picked up this past week with prevailing wind patterns returning to the normal south-westerlies. Salmonid fishing continued to be good in the central basin and was excellent at the tip of Long Point.

EASTERN LAKE ERIE
Port Colborne - Port Maitland
Walleye seemed to return to the weather marker in 80' feet of water, about 10 mi. south of Port Colborne in good numbers this week. They were also caught at Point Abino. Boats were averaging 4-5 walleye per boat and were catching walleye off planer boards using black/white or black/red worm harnesses. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass caught them on power baits and Phoenix salt baits on rock ledges in 20-30' of water. This coming weekend, August 9-10, The Can-Am Challenge Cup Walleye Tournament will be held at The Bertie Boat Club at Point Abino. Derby tickets are available at Chuck's Pro Tackle, Port Colborne. Further to the west, walleye were taken 8 miles south and south-west of Port Maitland in 70-80' of water using riplin redfins, purple / black power divers and green worm harnesses fished off planer boards. Boats were averaging about 6 fish per trip with occasional rainbows being caught.
 

Long Point Bay
Salmonid fishing was excellent this week at Long Point Bay with angling concentrated at the Light House and also at Nanticoke. The northwest winds moved out the warmer water bringing in colder water and the salmonids. The thermocline which had been found at 70' one week earlier, was now at 50' where the rainbows and the odd coho and chinook were caught. Lakers were taken in deeper water at 80'. Walleye fishing was inconsistent with some boats reporting good catches on some days and on other days catching them incidentally off downriggers while fishing for salmonids. Smallmouth bass fishing was excellent off the tip of Long Point where crayfish worked best. Evening fishing at Bluff Bar was good.

CENTRAL LAKE ERIE
Port Stanley - Port Burwell - Port Glasgow
Although angling activity seemed to decrease somewhat this past week, walleye anglers averaged about 3-5 walleye and 1 rainbow per boat from Port Burwell this week. On average, they fished farther offshore this week ranging about 18 miles to the south and south-east of Port Burwell in about 70' of water. Purple/black power divers and perch- and rainbow-coloured hot lips fished from planer boards seemed to work best. No reports were available from Port Stanley or Port Glasgow at press time.

Erieau
Fishing picked up considerably this week with boats averaging about 6 walleye and 3 rainbows each trip. On the weekend, it was not unusual for charter boats to catch 18-20 walleye and 10 rainbows per trip. Fishing was concentrated about 6 mi. east and south of Erieau in about 70-80' of water. Long lines, 150-200', with dark colored power divers and hot lips fished off planer boards worked best for walleye. Rainbows were taken closer to shore, in about 45-50' feet of water, using spoons from downriggers set at 35'.

Wheatley
Walleye and rainbow trout were reportedly taken about 5-7 mi. south-east of Wheatley in about 50-70' of water.

July 12, 1997
Fishing out of Walnut Creek today. Approximately 200 boats out-walleye info spreads fast. Walleye being caught anywhere from 60 to 80 feet of water. One this hot sunny day they ran deep, sometimes just off the bottom. Fish are spread out with most boats catching 2 to 6 fish. Very few large fish seen. A change in the weather should cause fish to school more closley. Worm harnesses and small plugs run deep off divers or riggers seem to most popular choices. Terry McClelland - "The Wanderer" - e-mail; laurelbbmacs@pathway.net
June 27, 1997
JUNE 27, 1997 Northeast Marina Caught 25 Bass, 2 to 6 1/2 pounds. 25 to 35 feet of water drifting plastics and nightcrawlers on the bottom. Five walleyes caught this morning North side of mountain. Trolling here will also bring steelhead and lakers. Bass should be good in close for another week or two. Better walleye fishing later. Terry McClelland - The Wanderer
June 20, 1997

The fishing off Silver Creek inproved after lunch with our boat catching three. The fish hit chartruse and white hot n tots off the boards in 70 to 80 feet of water with 300 feet leads.There is even greater reports of 8 to 10 fish being caught off the Senca schoal and off the waverly schoal on the Canadian side in 43 feet of water

June 20, 1997

We fished out of Barcelona on June 11 &12 wendesday evening we got one 5 lb walleye which was a male that still had milk in it . On thursday morning we got 4 more walleyes a 6-7lbs and two 8 lbs. All the fish cane out of 60 to 80 feet of water on crawler harness slow drifted less than 1 mi/hr right on the bottom .We ran the crawler back 60 feet and used 3-4 oz. dropped weights color didn't matter as long as it was on the bottom. It can only get better from here on in . Good Luck to all anglers Paul Polaski polaski @ penn. com

June 15, 1997

We fished the better part of Thursday and Friday and graphed a lot of fish over 30 to 60 feet of water. The fish were scattered from 10 feet down all the way to the bottom. While they were relating to bait fish nobody seemed to be feeding. we heard this from others repeatedly. The wind was from the North and North East and this brought the water temperature down to the 53 -54 mark. Bass were hittig in 18 - 30 feet of water and suspended in the 12 - 18 foot range.