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Dave Murray posted 02-19-2002 08:29 AM ET (US)   Profile for Dave Murray   Send Email to Dave Murray  
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????
JFM posted 02-19-2002 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
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
Whaletosh posted 02-19-2002 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
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

freshwater drum



I don't catch all of these, but all of these are cught in the Great Lakes

jimh posted 02-19-2002 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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.
If the Coho and King are not cooperating, there is also Steelhead Trout. These are non-native fish, but in some years they are very abundant. Lake Huron also has them. Superior has some, too, but the cold water keeps them smaller.

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.

JFM posted 02-19-2002 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Check that looking for northern pike to looking for walleye. Regards, Jay
alvispollard posted 02-19-2002 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
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.
David Ratusnik posted 02-19-2002 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
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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