Christopher Smith

Lake Erie Smallmouth in May

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Ahh, Lake Erie smallmouth in May. Who would have believed 20 years ago that those words would be spoken. Lake Erie used to be considered a cesspool and it is amazing how this has become one of the top smallmouth bass fisheries in the nation. Look at that beautiful bass caught on 5/13/2012  I have been reading about smallmouth bass, watching on TV various bass pros heading to Erie and have always wanted to go. This is why:

Lake Erie Smallmouth in May

 The bass fishing on Lake Erie is awesome according to comments from anglers visiting our famed fishery. And lately, because of the wind, the fishermen have been confined to the safer waters of the Dunkirk Harbor.

What is the attraction?

 Small mouth bass, and lots of them. Department of Environmental Conservation creel census personnel have been

interviewing anglers to get an idea on their catch (and release) ratio and have found that on average, these anglers are landing 50 to 180 bass per day. Let me repeat myself, 50 to 180 bass per day. These are not small fish either. Many of the fish are 2 pounds or larger, and according to the reports on Saturday, most of the anglers were confined to Dunkirk Harbor because of the wind.

Well, I made a decision to hit the road for the 6 hour trip and hired Jim Hanley from to take me and a friend out to get a taste of this world class fishery.

I can’t wait to check out the Lake Erie smallmouth in May. I’ll be sure to give a full report on my return.

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2 Responses to Lake Erie Smallmouth in May

  1. Jeff Tombaugh May 14, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I have been pouring new lures for Lake Erie fisherman and gals:) It is a soft goby lure. The smallies are crushing the gobies so I think my new lure will be a grand slam! Good luck fishing! I will test the lures out and post pics on my blog.

    • Christopher Smith May 14, 2012 at 2:18 am

      Sounds good. Let us know how you do! Thanks for stopping by


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