Submitted by: Writeup
Submitted on: Monday the 6th of July 2015 at 12:40pm
Submitted in: Lake Erie
Port Colborne, along the Niagara Peninsula’s south coast between the Niagara and Grand rivers, is famous for its outstanding fishing year-round. The town is an entry point for both Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River, with its reputation for bass angling between June and November. The town offers two full-service marinas, tackle and bait stores and fish-cleaning stations. Port Dover to Port Colborne has been ranked as a hot spot for Ontario fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye and yellow perch. Use shallow cranks and spinners.
As well, fly fishing for bass is popular. Try sculpin style streamers in white, black, olive and white/silver, weighted crayfish patterns in root beer, tan, and olive and poppers in black, orange and yellow. Also make sure your rod is heavy enough. Generally a six weight rod should be fine. Fly fishers will also want to have both floating and sinking lines and patterns.
The most common method for going after walleye, steelhead and coho is to troll plugs or spoons using a downrigger for depth. Increase your trolling depth as the season progresses, the lake water warms and the fish move deeper, as much as 6-8 km offshore. Be wary of winds that can whip up the lake in no time. Small boats are not recommended.
Pier and wharf fishing is most productive in the fall when the water cools again. Fly fishing from the sandy shores along the coast has also grown in popularity. Like pike, walleye will take almost any bait in spring when they’re hungrier, but summers can be more challenging. While we don’t recommend night fishing in Lake Erie, walleye do tend to be more active during cover of darkness. They also tend to favour cloudy or rainy days, and windy conditions. Again, be very careful on the lake when it’s windy.
Springtime is also the most productive time to fish for crappie, bluegill, catfish, perch and pike. Summer fishing tournaments include the 444 International Walleye Tournament. One of the most popular on the lake, it’s organized by the Port Colborne and District Conservation as an event for amateur and professional anglers alike.
Sugarloaf Harbour Marina hosts one-day derbies throughout the summer. "A lot of people fish from the marina,” writes MK, posting on iFishontario. com. “There’s carp behind the ice cream shack and probably bass.” The relatively shallow waters of Lake Erie (averaging about 20 metres) result in more rapid warming and cooling. This means ice comes and goes faster than on the other Great Lakes. Ice fishing in the harbour is good for perch and the occasional pike. If the ice isn't thick enough to venture out, try the marina, where perch are often caught.
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