Fishing Articles — Panfish

When Lake Erie Perch Are on, They Are on Fire! by Bill Hilts Jr.

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When Lake Erie Perch Are on, They Are on Fire! by Bill Hilts Jr.

Great Lakes Angler – August-September 2016   Lake Erie perch fishing was on fire! (2016). After a productive spring fishing season off New York’s large chunk of shoreline, anglers will be looking for a repeat performance in the fall. In fact, perch action can be good all year long if you know where to look and how to fish for them. Seeing 150 to 200 empty boat trailers at the parking area of Sturgeon Point Marina in Derby was not an uncommon sight in the spring … when the perch are “on.” Finding the fleet of boats to mark the...

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Erie’s Central Basin Lost Perch by Paul Liikala

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Erie’s Central Basin Lost Perch  by Paul Liikala

The Lost Perch of Erie's Central Basin “For the past three years, the perch fishing has been bad. I’ve been running half the perch trips that I ran four years ago,” said Vitas Kijauskas, Captain of the Cleveland head boat, the Linda Mae. “This past spring looked promising, and then the perch fishing from June through November was dismal.” This has been a common refrain from the perch fishermen in Lake Erie’s central basin. Ohio’s central basin runs from Cranberry Creek, in the west, to the Pennsylvania line, in the east. While the caught perch tend to be huge, their...

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Finding the HOTTEST Bites, When Species Collide... by Matt Straw

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Finding the HOTTEST Bites, When Species Collide... by Matt Straw

Lake Ontario was silky smooth as Captain Frank Campbell slipped the boat into position along a shoreline break. “Uncharacteristically flat for April,” he said. “Boat control won’t be the problem. Let’s see if the fish stayed home in this clear water.” We came to Niagara Falls to drift bait for steelhead in the Niagara River, and maybe drop some spoons on the Niagara Bar for lake trout. But Campbell said we had to spend at least one morning experiencing the pre-spawn smallmouths on the shallow shoals of Lake Ontario. The water temperature read 43°F. After a long, cold winter in...

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A Compass for Spring Crappies By Matt Straw

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A Compass for Spring Crappies By Matt Straw

The boat rounds a corner and the vista of a huge bay opens before us. Crappie world in spring. Here we’ve seen hundreds packed into the spaces between branches of one fallen tree. And we’ve seen thousands in a spot one day only to return the next and find them gone. Happens to anybody who knows crappies for any length of time. Where did they go? The answer is on the screen of the nearest depth finder. Not the structure revealed by sonar. Not the depth, the GPS icons—not even the sidefinder function. The temperature readout. It points directly to...

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