Lake Erie Fishing Report, Marblehead Ohio
As April begins it seems as though Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind with the weather. It appears that late winter and early spring have been mixed up. This has made for some tough fishing on Lake Erie as many fishermen begin their seasons. The good news is that stable weather will be here but the bad news is not in the immediate future. This unstable weather has made the fishing unpredictable, causing headaches for some.
The rivers are warming up to the prime temperature for spawning much faster than Lake Erie and the fishing has been steady for a little while in rivers like the Maumee and Sandusky. The fishermen that brave the close quarter fishing have had success using floating jig heads in varying colors. This type of fishing is not for all due to the large crowds that can gather in many of the public walk in access points. If you are able to find a spot with some privacy you may find quick action as the spawning season begins to hit its peak.
The lake has been turned over and over after weeks of storms with high winds, which leave a muddy mess in their wakes. These weather patterns have delayed the larger females from spawning and kept them lethargic in the deep water areas. The males have been on the reef complexes waiting for the arrival of the females. These males have been caught using the traditional jigging techniques for the last few weeks but the water conditions have made the fishing difficult. Most fishermen have been locating fish near the Huron Dumping grounds, Northwest of Kelly’s Island and North of South Bass Island. These fish have been caught using vertical jigging presentations or by trolling with hard baits. Most of the troller’s are in a cold weather pattern of presenting the crankbaits in a very slow speed often times less than a mile an hour.
The fishing is about to heat up all we are waiting on is some stable weather that will allow some balance for both the fish and fishermen alike. Good luck to all those out there chasing their Lake Erie trophy Walleye. Captain Jerod