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Night fishing for walleye from the shores of Lake Erie

Night fishing for walleye from the shores of Lake Erie Night fishing for walleye from the shores of Lake Erie
By Dave Adams

At this time the walleye season is open year round on Lake Erie. The limit for walleye is six, with a minimum size of 15 inches. Whether it was last year's erratic weather or the lower walleye numbers, little was said about the early spring walleye fishing. But this year could be different; besides, the only way to avoid hearing the phrase, "The fishing was so good you should have been here yesterday" is to go fishing.

In spring, the only advice that I could give you is to try night fishing for walleye. Mid-April to mid-May is the time walleye begin to prowl the tributaries of Lake Erie. And early May is prime time to wade the shoreline to catch walleye. These walleye are seeking an easy meal of steelhead smolts, which are leaving the creeks. The key to success is combining the right weather forecast and a top water plug. Once darkness overtakes Lake Erie and calm lake conditions prevail, start casting top water plugs such as the 5 1/2 inch Rapala Husky Jerk or 7 inch original Rapala. Color selection is important - try rainbow trout or chartreuse.

A good place to night fish for walleye is just to the east of Walnut Creek. When fishing for these night monsters leave all lights off - even a flashlight will spook the walleye.

Wade out into the lake and use a slow retrieve (just fast enough to for the lure to wiggle) - most walleye are caught as the lure moves along the top of the lake; thus, creating a top water walleye fishing experience unlike any other.

Not only is the window of opportunity short to land one of these night prowlers, but another obstacle to overcome is the weather. Before driving up to the lake, check lake conditions by contacting one of the local bait and tackle stores such as Poor Richard's.

Good Fishing,
Capt. Dave Adams

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Wylie Wiggins | Posted: September 16, 2002

I liked the article and found it to be informative. I have a great interest in night fishing as I have patented a fishing rod that illumniates and indicates when a fish has taken the bait. I would be curious to know if these walleye would take dead bait if it was like lets say a large sardine tossed out as an offering and left to stand still as a bait.