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Great Lakes Fishing
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posted 02-19-2002 08:29 AM ET (US)
Hey you great lakes guys- I keep reading about your fishing trips, but never anything about what fish you catch...grin... seriously, what do you guys/gals catch out there in fresh water????
posted 02-19-2002 08:45 AM ET (US)
Dave, not being a regular Great Lakes fisher, I can tell you the fish that we have caught in Lake Erie. Perch, when their running you catch more than you handle. Along the coast of Pelee Island, small mouth bass by the ton, while every one else is looking for northern pike. Regards, Jay
posted 02-19-2002 08:54 AM ET (US)
King and Coho salmon
Lake, steelhead, and brown trout
jumbo yellow perch
large and smallmoth bass
pike and muskies
bluegills and other sunfish
ciscos an menominie
I don't catch all of these, but all of these are cught in the Great Lakes
posted 02-19-2002 09:02 AM ET (US)
I'm not much of a fisherman, but I hear that...
Western Lake Erie has the finest Walleye fishing in the world. Also the lower Detroit River is a walleye hotbed.
Lake St. Clair has a Muskie fishery that you would not believe.
Depending on the year, Salmon fishing is very good, particularly in northern Lake Michigan.
There are still some Lake Trout in the big lakes, supplemented with a hybrid fish called a Splake (Speckled + Lake Trout), popular in Georgian Bay.
Native Whitefish are mainly caught commercially.
Smallmouth bass, perch, and crappies are everywhere.
There are also many other species not considered sport fish, like White Sucker, Fresh Water Drum (Sheephead), and carp.
There are even a few Sturgeon in the Great Lakes and larger inland lakes.
posted 02-19-2002 09:22 AM ET (US)
Check that looking for northern pike to looking for walleye. Regards, Jay
posted 02-19-2002 01:09 PM ET (US)
Western Basin of Lake Erie is the Walleye Capitol of the World. April to September with June and July now peak for numbers. April and May for size. Lake is in great shape. Montauk is perfect boat for trolling and drifting for walleye.
posted 02-19-2002 01:28 PM ET (US)
While I live in FLA, grew up fishing for perch and walleye in Lake Erie. The Islands area (Peelee, Kelly) is a hot bed for walleye while the entire Lake (Erie) is great for perch (jumbos). Use to take my grandfather out on a walleye fishing party boat every August- always caught fish. As a kid use to sit on a jetty of rocks sticking out into Erie off Bay Village- dropped a line with multiple hooks straight down- when the perch ran all the hooks would come up filled with fish. Oh, night fishing for bullhead cats in Sandusky Bay was always a fun time. While I'm on night fishing- maybe some others have tried smelt fishing along the Northside parks in Chicago. They come up in buckets when the smelt are running. A few recollectionssssssss. David
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