SEASON – Late Spring through Fall
TACTICS – Trolling Lake Erie and bottom bouncing the Niagara River
SIZE – 15″ and up and in awesome numbers
HABITAT – Moving water – along current breaks and structure. They love rocks but can be found suspended in open water as well
THE BROOKDOG PERSPECTIVE
Google the top 10 places in the country to catch big smallmouth bass in big numbers. Go ahead – we’ll wait. Eastern Lake Erie was on every list, wasn’t it? This fishery is incredible for walleye fishing. It shouldn’t be a shock to you by now if you’re reading this section from top to bottom, these fish are native to the region and are widely available in warm water fisheries throughout the area.
Walleyes aren’t known as awesome fighters – but they more than make up for that in other ways. For one – they are the best freshwater table fare in the region. Secondly, they are numerous and relatively easy to catch in great numbers. Finally, they are a haunting looking fish – golden, toothy, with big eyes capable of seeing in very low light.
Our favorite time to pursue them is during the early summer, right as the season opens. At this point, these fish are recovering from the spawn and are eating like crazy in the shallow waters of the Eastern Lake Erie Basin. Fishing for them during this time of year is a cultural event here in Buffalo Niagara. The weather is nice, action is great, and anglers get an awesome view of the Buffalo, NY skyline from the water.