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Where 2 Fish: Smallmouth Bass Action Hot Like the Weather
Where 2 Fish:  Smallmouth Bass Action Hot Like the Weather

First Class Bass Charters Lake Erie Fishing Report

  • Water temp: 78 degrees
  • Smallmouth bass action is hot like the weather.  The Buffalo Harbor and Inner breakwalls are still producing fish.  The size of the fish on these structures is starting to get smaller, but a real good fish will be caught occasionally (4 lbs plus).  
  • The Round House (water intake) at the head of the river has been excellent for fish in the 10' to 20' depth.  Seneca Shoal has been great for the smallmouth.  Try fishing the west side of the red buoy.  
  • I use my Lowrance HDS-8 unit with structure scan to locate fish on the drop-offs or rock piles.  These new units are starting to make fishing a lot easier for weekend anglers and the pro fisherman alike.
  • Walleye fishing has been as hot as the smallmouth bass fishing!  The Fish Market along the foot of Ferry breakwall is still good.  There are still lots of sheephead (fresh water drums) mixed in with the walleye.
  • Seneca Shoals and the Meyer Reef have been great for the walleye.  Look for fish in the 35' to 45' depth.  Try trolling a worm harness on a 3 way rig on the bottom.  Worm harness colors have varied through the week: orange beads with silver blades one day, chartreuse beads with copper blades the next.
  • Perch have been a lot harder to find.  Look for bait fish in the deeper waters off the bell buoy, Seneca Shoals, and Meyers Reef.  The use of good electronics is what is needed to find the good schools of fish.

About First Class Bass Charters

Since 1989, First Class Bass Charters has been guiding anglers to the best fishing spots on Lake Erie. Charter Captain Terry Jones is a licensed New York State guide and a lifelong resident of the Buffalo area, with more than 30 years of experience exploring the Lake Erie, Upper and Lower Niagara River, and Finger Lakes fisheries.

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