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If you bring the right bait with you, you can earn bragging rights on your next walleye fishing trip on Lake Erie. Sure, the classic cars may tell you that you are better off with live bait, but there are certain baits that can work just as well in the right conditions. Your catch quotas can still be impressive while walleye fishing on Lake Erie if you bring these three types of bait with you.
- Minnowbaits: With Lake Erie stretching over 9,000 square miles, the pikeperch are almost always on the move. If you’re wondering where to fish, try trolling with minnowbait plug lures so you can cover lots of water quickly. Troll your minnowbaits at a speed of 1 to 2 mph, and be sure to note the depth when you get your first bite. After the spring spawning season, pikeperch are most commonly found at depths between 30 and 75 feet.
- Spinnerbaits: Before your walleye fishing trip to Lake Erie, check a Lake Erie fishing review online to see what other anglers are saying about the clarity of the water in different parts of the lake. When the clarity of the water has dropped, break out your spinnerbaits. The vibrations and flashes of the spinnerbait blades draw attention to this type of bait when visibility is poor. Remember to use a heavier spinnerbait when fishing in water that is 20 feet deep or higher.
- Devices: Try fishing Lake Erie with jig head devices. Not only are jigs easy to use, they’re also one of the best pikeperch baits as they produce constant bites. If you’re fishing for pikeperch on Lake Erie, make sure you slip some hair clips or curly-tail maggots into your tackle box. You can make your jig offering even more tempting by flipping it with a live minnow. This combination of bait and minnow can work particularly well in early spring.
Once you’ve learned how to fish for pikeperch with lure, you should plan more fishing trips on Lake Erie to build on your experience. Before starting your first walleye fishing adventure on Lake Erie, don’t forget to check the state fishing regulations and buy your freshwater fishing license!
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, advocate of sport fishing for women, IGFA world record holder and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.