Well it’s that time again for great Jumbo Perch Fishing on Lake Erie. It’s early May and the big guys are biting! I was out a few times in late April, and they were tough to find as it didn’t seem like the jumbo perch were schooling up yet. I went out of Port Colborne only to find the perch were near Point Abino.
Jumbo Perch Fishing Lake Erie – May 6, 2012
For Perch Fishing on Lake Erie Early in the Season, Check Out Point Abino
So my most recent trip Sunday May 6, 2012, I headed to Point Abino and launched out of Crystal Beach. I headed out to deeper water, thinking I’d be fishing in about 60-65 feet of water like I did in April. When I got out there, I was surprised to see the “Floatilla” of fishing boats was hovered over the 40-45 feet area showing a weed bed. I was anxious to start fishing because I was a bit late and I wasn’t about to question 50-60 fishing boats that were fishing before I got there. So I slowed down to the side of the mass of boats and started marking a whack of fish on the depth finder. I quickly put my anchor down in about 42 feet of water and started fishing. I knew it would be a good day when I immediately picked up a fine jumbo perch.
Try Different Techniques
I use a ¾ ounce weight on a standard perch-walleye rig, nothing fancy. I hooked up a couple of minnows attached at the mouth and sent them down to 42 feet. When it hits the bottom, the line goes slack and I raise it off the bottom, to feel the weight of sinker and just wait. In this situation, I experimented with the depth I dropped the bait. Sometimes if I drop into a weed bed, it not very visible, so sometimes I raise it just above the weeds to see if that produces better. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s important to try different techniques to see which one works best on any given day.
However, if you go out of Port Colborne, be prepared to pay $15 to launch your boat for the day. In my opinion, this is a money grab. Whereas Point Abino is more reasonable, charging only $5 ($10 in 2017) to launch your boat! It’s quite a difference, and for my money, I’ll be paying to launch from Point Abino for the entire season.
Always Check Weather Forecast On Lake Erie
Wherever you go on Lake Erie remember to check the weather first. Winds can come up suddenly, producing some big waves and unsteady conditions. Make sure you have all the safety gear you need for your boat size. Make sure you have your fishing license and make sure you have enough anchor line to stabilize your boat because you need to be stationary for perch fishing on Lake Erie . Remember, your anchor line length should be at least 3-5 times the depth of water you are in. So, stay safe on the water.
Here’s to great times and tight lines! See you on the water.
Maddalena Environmental Inc.