Lake Erie’s Western Basin

Lake Erie’s Western Basin is a Mecca of fishing opportunities. Good catches of Walleye, yellow perch, small mouth bass, Large Mouth Bass and Panfish can be caught in the western basin of Lake Erie. Walleye and Small Mouth are abundant, and many a trophy of these two species is taken every year from the western basin. This Basin of Lake Erie is quite large, crossing the boarders of Ohio, Michigan, Ontario Ca. and Pennsylvania. Lake Erie Is feed through the western basin via the other great lakes flowing south through Lake St Clair, down the Detroit River Into the north west tip of the western basin. This article will only focus on Lake Erie’s western basin waters of Ohio.

The Western Basin of Lake Erie is the shallowest region of Lake Erie. The basin comprises the western third of Lake Erie. Western basin averages depths of 25ft. This part of the lake Erie is world famous for being the best walleye fishing grounds in the Us. If you are unfamiliar with the lake there numerous charter fishing boats operating out of the U.S. in the states of Michigan and Ohio and the Canadian province of Ontario.

The Basin is dotted with outstanding reef areas and Islands that are natural magnets for many species of Game fish. Thousands of Fisherman travel to the Western basin of lake Erie every year to take there chances at catching a trophy Walleye or to catch a cooler full of Yellow perch. If you want to catch Walleye the western basin is the best walleye fishing area there is the spring into mid summer. If your looking to make the trip to this area and plan on using your boating equipment, knowing some common hot spots will save you a considerable amount of time. and effort. All the hot spots i have identified below are easy to reach from the Ohio region of the western basin. The Hot spots will be identified by state, western basin location, and species.

Lake Erie’s Western Basin Hot spots for Walleye are as Follows:

Winter – Breakwalls;Lakeside, Marblehead, Catwaba ice fishing reef complex, Bass Island Area. Spring – Maumee river, Sandusky Bay, Reef Complex, Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Marblehead. Summer – West Sister Island, Northwest of North Bass Island, East of Kelleys Island, Toledo Shipping Channel. Fall – Kelleys Island, Bass Island, Breakwalls; Lakeside, Marblehead, Catawba

Erie Western Basin Hot spots for Yellow Perch are as Follows:

Winter – Ice Fishing ; Catawba, Bass Islands, Marblehead, Sandusky Bay. Spring – Catawba, Marblehead, Bass Islands, Kelleys Island. Summer – Catawba, Marblehead, Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Toledo Water Intake, Metzger’s Marsh Pier Fall – West Sister Island, Toledo Shipping Channel, Marblehead, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Bass Islands, Toledo water intake.

Hot spots for Small Mouth Bass are as Follows:

Winter – Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead Spring – Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead, Sandusky Bay, Reef Complex Summer – Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead, Sandusky Bay, Reef Complex, Maumee River, Portage River, Sandusky River Fall – Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead.

Western Basin Hot spots for White Bass are as Follows:

Winter – Bass Islands, Sandusky Bay, Marblehead Spring – Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead, Sandusky Bay, Reef Complex Summer – Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Catawba, Marblehead, Sandusky Bay, Reef Complex, Maumee River, Portage River, Sandusky River Fall – Bass Islands, Sandusky Bay, Marblehead

Ohio’s Western Basin Hot spots for Other Species are as Follows:

Winter – Bluegill (ice fishing, harbors and marinas); Catawba, Marblehead, Sandusky Bay. Spring – Maumee River, Portage River, Sandusky River Summer – Bass Islands, Sandusky Bay, Marblehead. Fall – Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Northern Pike; East Harbor, West Harbor, Sandusky Bay.

Well That’s All folks I sincerely hope this information about the Western Basin of Lake Erie will help you when you plan your trip to this area Good Luck! And Good Fishing!