Lake Erie Fishing Report August 2023

Lake Erie Perch Charters
Lake Erie Perch Charters

Below is your Lake Erie Fishing Report. Fishing Remains excellent in all areas of Lake Erie. Perch fishing is in full swing. Walleye fishing remains the best it’s ever been. Summer bass fishing remains great.


Lake Erie Perch Fishing


Good numbers of perch are being caught in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. Primarily in Michigan waters and around the cans/islands. Fish are being caught in all depths from 20 ft. to 45 ft. Fishermen are using a finesse-type approach to catch more fish. Using a three-hook sabiki rig, crappie rig, or weight forward bottom rig has been producing the most fish. Some of the areas to try are Sputnik, around the cans (specifically A can), American Eagle Shoal, the tip of Lucy’s Point, and the bowl on the North side of Kelly’s Island. All of those places produced perch in the last few weeks. New York has excellent fishing as well right now. Great numbers and size in the Eastern basin. Lastly, Cattaraugus Creek is a good place to start.


Lake Erie Walleye Fishing


Walleye fishing this August has been great. The big schools of walleye are offshore in the Central and Eastern basins. Targeting 60 – 75 FOW will result in the best experience. Fast limits and good size are coming from those depths. Most anglers are targeting fish in the 50 ft. zone when trolling. Dipsy Divers and down riggers with spoons or shallow cranks are producing the most bites. If you don’t want to venture out to those basins, there are fish in Canadian waters around the islands. Target the areas East of Pelee Island using worm harnesses. As the weather cools and becomes more unstable the fish will start migrating and moving in. We are still a good month out from that.


Lake Erie Bass Fishing


Largemouth fishing remains good around the harbors on the West end of Lake Erie in Michigan. Using jigs and dropshot in the harbors has been the go-to. Largemouth fishing around Catawba Island remains great as well. Jigs, tubes, dropshot, and swimbaits work great around Catawba Island. Fishing the main lake will produce better sizes of fish, but numbers can still be had inside the harbors. Smallmouth fishing has been excellent the last month. On the West end, the Canadian shore has been the best bite in 20-28 ft. from Black Willow Beach to Colchester. The Central basin remains OK with fish being caught from 20-30 ft. Additionally, The Eastern Basin smallmouth fishing is great right now for numbers and size. The area around Buffalo and the Niagara River is excellent. Fish are in the 20-35 ft. range in this area. If you find the bait you will find the fish on the Eastern side.

We hope this Lake Erie Fishing Report helps you catch more fish. Lastly, If you have anything to add on the next one please leave a comment on our Facebook page!