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Title: Lake Erie Fishing Reports - October 2020
Post by: LEO on October 12, 2020, 08:10:22 AM
Oct 12/20

Lake Erie: Perch action was fair in a variety of places, although most anglers returned with less than their limit. Stoney Point was the hot spot. The fish moved in a bit and were caught in 21 to 25 feet. Some had luck at the mouth of the River Raisin and out from Bolles Harbor near the C Buoy. Good catfish and largemouth bass action in the Hot Pond. Walleye were very slow, but those targeting both perch and walleye did manage to pick up one or two.

Michigan DNR
Title: Re: Lake Erie Fishing Reports - October 2020
Post by: LEO on October 12, 2020, 08:16:49 AM
Oct 9/20

Fishing Under PAUSE
You can still go fishing under the Governor's PAUSE Executive Order. However, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we ask that you please act safely when fishing. Do not crowd access sites. If you arrive at an angler access area that is congested, consider finding another area that is less crowded or consider fishing another day. When you're on the water, please make sure there is ample room between you and your fellow anglers. Don't share a boat unless it is large enough so that all persons aboard can always remain at a minimum distance of six feet apart. Providing ample distance helps to reduce the spread of colds, flu and COVID-19 and also contributes to an overall better angling experience. When boating and fishing, DEC and State Parks recommend New Yorkers to #RecreateLocal, avoid busy waters and follow the guidelines for Recreating Safely and Responsibly in New York State.

Lake Erie & Tributaries
Inclement weather greatly limited Lake Erie outings this past week. Previously, the waters off Cattaraugus Creek were the top option for walleye and yellow perch. Depths of 70-85 feet of water have been productive for suspended walleye, 60-70 feet down. Walleye fishing is reportedly slow off Barcelona, Sturgeon Point and Buffalo. Anglers are reporting decent to good yellow perch catches off the Catt in 60-65 feet of water. Roving perch schools are scattered, so some searching is required.

Stream temperatures are looking good for steelhead to move into the creeks, but most stream levels remain low. The recent rain has helped, although smaller stream levels did not come up very much. Additional precipitation should be more impactful. Cattaraugus Creek currently has moderate, stained flow. The Catt is a top option when conditions permit as it was previously producing steelhead catches in the lower section. Eighteenmile Creek currently has slightly low flow, while Canadaway and Chautauqua Creeks remain low. Anglers can target staging steelhead off the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall (at mouth) or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons and spinners.