Walleye Fishing Report October

Walleye Fishing Report
Walleye Fishing Report

The walleye fishing on the southern shores of Lake Erie is out of this world right now. Perch, Steelhead, and Smallmouth are all putting on their fall feedbags also. Before you dive into the report, please watch the weather this week. There is a big wind approaching. Below is what you need to know! Check out this Walleye Fishing Report for October.

Walleye Fishing Report October

The hot spot for walleye right now is between Vermillion and Cedar Point in about 40-44 FOW give or take. The program is dispies with spoons. Crankbaits are also taking some fish, but they are aggressively smoking spoons. Speed is around 2-2.5 right now. Some are having most of their success on a 3 setting. Fish are very high in the water column in the morning (8-15 feet), and as the sun gets high they go down anywhere from 20-30 feet. The action is so fast people are averaging 6 fish per hour right now in this area. Another area that still has some fish is Ashtabula to Conny. This area is still holding fish around 70 FOW same program as above.

We have noticed there is a growing interest in shore fishing for walleye. So if that is you, listen up. Contrary to popular belief, walleye bite from shore all year. It is just more often and in better numbers going into the winter months. Walleye are starting to herd up around the shore as the water cools at night making your opportunities come more often. Now for the spots. Any spot on shore that has access to deep water close by has the potential to bring walleye in at night. The most popular spots are Lorain Pier, Vermillion Pier, Edgewater, 72nd Street, Huron Pier, Mazuricks Ramp, Dempsey fishing access, Sandusky police station, Catawba State Park, Camp Perry Pier, and any shore on the Islands. The most productive lures are reef runner 700s, shallow husky jerks, shad raps, spoons, and bandits. The best time to go is dusk to dawn.

Perch Fishing Report

The perch bite in the western basin continues to be great to excellent. There are a lot of nice perch coming in from Lakeside, SW Kelleys, NW Kelleys, Lucy’s Point, West Reef, and Catawba State Park Buoy. Most people are using golden shiners, as emeralds are hard to come by. Huron has been the best place to find Emeralds this year. Also, most are using a crappie rig instead of a traditional perch rig. They have been on a light bite for a while now. Look for Huron and Vermillion to pick up as the weather cools down.

Steelhead Fishing Report

Boy did we need that last rain that came in, but we need some more to kick-start the stream season. I say stream season because the main lake in front of the rivers has been on fire lately. If you are in the streams look for fish in the deep pools before or after the riffles in a holding pattern. The ones that did run up are most likely in those places. Egg sacs for the bait chuckers and egg patterns/nymphs for the fly guys. If you are into trolling for Steelhead, your opportunity is now. Edgewater has been on fire for trolling, just make sure you are far enough offshore to not interfere with the people casting for them onshore. Troll a little close at about 2.5 mph and 50 ft. back on a line counter.

Smallmouth Fishing Report

They are shallow in the morning and about 10-15 feet in the day. Early morning has been key for success when they are schooled up feeding. Every point around the islands should hold some smallmouth early in the morning, it’s finding the big ones that hard. Tubes work great at first light, then switch it up to drop shot as the sun gets high. Also, if you are fishing a point and the bite slows down, slide out a little deeper. We hope you enjoyed this Walleye Fishing Report in October.