Lake Erie - Smallmouth Bass & Yellow Perch fishing, Oct. 25
Smallies like to stock up ahead for winter, a time when they are likely feeding heavily on Emerald Shiners and gizzard shad plentiful in the lake. So, the key is to locate baitfish. That's where you will find the smallies.
When fishing for smallmouth bass in October, I focus on rock laiden shallow structures. This past Saturday, Oct. 25, we fished shallow shelves that were adjacent to deeper water, also with some rocky humps. Fish can be at any depth, but you will mostly want to look in 9 to 14 feet of water, due to the cooling water temperatures and location of bait fish.
Smallmouth Bass gather in big schools of up to 50-80 fish, at this time of year. So once located...it can be some fantastic Bronzeback fishing! We caught 46 smallmouth bass, most averaging around 3-4 pounds, with 4 bass over 5 pounds...in about 4 hours
We fished for yellow perch in the deep water along the American and Canadian border, and were rewarded with a "limit" of Yellow Plumpkins. A friend of mine was fishing for walleye on one of my favorite shoals near Pelee and caught his limit of "toothy ones" on gold bladed harnesses, tipped with crawlers.
Smallmouth Bass are biting on Lake Erie with Erie Quest Charters
Happy Indiana smallmouth bass anglers display their smallmouth bass caught with Erie Quest Charters
About The Author: Captain Rick Millette
Company: Erie Quest Charters
Area Reporting: Lake Erie - Western Basin
Bio: I own and operate Erie Quest Charters onthe Western Basin of Lake Erie. I have had my USCG Captain\'s License since 1984, but more importantly I love to fish for Walleye and Smallmouth Bass. Ever since my grandfather taught me in the early 1960\'s. I offer charters for all occasions and we are family friendly. Whether you\'re a novice fisherman or seasoned angler, we aim to meet your needs