Perch fishing on the Great
Lakes is beginning to heat up. As a charter captain on Lake Erie, I will perch
fish about 30 days each summer. Over the years I have tried every perch rig on
the market, but was never satisfied with the results. Most rigs would not last
long, or constantly tangled the snelled hooks. There is nothing worse than
being over a school of hungry perch and wasting time re-rigging your rod because to
twists and tangles!
Last year I began using the Eagle
Claw Lazer Sharp Bait Rigs in the Multi-Colored Shrimp and the White Fish Skin.
Both rigs worked flawlessly. The heavy monofilament construction is very
durable, and twists and tangles were eliminated. The Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Bait Rig hooks are extremely sharp and strong. The White Fish Skin and the Multi-Colored
Shrimp both seem to be excellent at attracting fish, though I do suggest
shortening the length between the bottom hook and the sinker. To do so, simply
cut the swivel off and about 6-inches of the main line on the rig, then re-tie
the swivel to the rig. This will make sure your bait will be near the bottom.
The Multi-Colored Shrimp rig comes
with four hooks and the White Fish Skin comes with five hooks. I normally bait
the bottom two hooks with minnows. However, it is not uncommon to catch fish on
the un-baited hooks. If you fish in a state that has a restriction on the
number of hooks allowed per rod, just cut the rigs to make them legal. I highly
recommend these rigs for perch fishing on the Great Lakes, or your favorite
Pennsylvania has approximately 45 miles of shoreline on Lake Erie. North of the city of Erie, 5000+ acre Presque Isle Bay is formed by a peninsula that is connected to the main lake by a narrow channel. The open waters and Presque Isle Bay are very different in habitat and species of fish. This allows a wide variety of angling opportunities throughout the year. Presque Isle Bay also offers sheltered water to fish in case of rough water on the main lake. Below are some “hot bites” that occur yearly.
January - Depending on the weather, fishing at the beginning of a new year can be a hard or soft water sport. If the weather is mild, fishing the tributaries or nearshore areas for steelhead can be excellent. In colder years, ice fishing begins this month, starting with “protected” waters like Horseshoe Pond, Misery Bay and Marina Bay. Early ice provides some of the best angling of the season, with crappie, bluegill, perch and steelhead.
February - By the beginning of the month, Presque Isle Bay usually has a fairly thick layer of ice. Fishing is usually slower as Winter doldrums take over, but fish are still caught. The stream mouths provide additional opportunities for steelies through the ice if the proper conditions are present. In warm years, fishing More...