Lake Erie monster yellow perch lives up to the fish tales of the ancients | Outside


The last free fishing day of the year in New York City is November 11. Take a fishing veteran. Remember to respect the regulations of the body of water you intend to fish.

Lake Erie and tributaries

Steve Brzuszkiewicz of Marilla heard the stories of large perch caught in Lake Erie by the elders. He now understands that after his last five trips to the lake, he has limited the monster yellow perch catches that stretch the flock from 12 to 15 inches long. Over the weekend he returned to a favorite spot in 58 feet of water outside the Evans Bar. It launched from the docks at Sturgeon Point and water about 5ft deep if you stay on the east side as you head towards the lake. He first dipped his own emerald shoeshine at the foot of Ferry Street in Buffalo before heading out to the lake. A few tackle shops have emerald minnows, a top-notch bait, like Russ’ in Buffalo and Lake Effect Bait, Tackle, Charters in Buffalo. Brzuszkiewicz found a lot of bait on the bottom with his sonar before settling down. After a short period of fishing he was ready to try another spot when he got his first touch. Jack Perch started to fill his cooler. He had 45 in the boat before a high sun started to slow things down. After catching a few yellow perch and smallmouth bass, he finished his limit and passed the emeralds to other boaters in the area. He also heard that poles had been captured west of Sturgeon Point in 55 feet of water. Captains Frank Campbell of Lewiston and Mike Capizzi of Niagara Falls carried out an exploratory mission around Seneca Shoal to look for schools of yellow perch late last week and they found fish in 48 to 50 feet of water. However, the weather conditions were terrible and forced them to enter early. Capizzi’s best advice is to dress for the weather. Lewiston’s Mike Fox was supposed to take off at Sturgeon Point and head to Buffalo to look for the perch, but he fished later that day. He found them in 55 feet of water and boxed 78 poles for the day. In the tributaries, guide Scott Feltrinelli of Ontario Fly Outfitters reports that many streams were crowded with fishermen, even his “secret” spot. The water was low and clear in many streams and the fish were scattered around. The hot flies of the Erie tribes are yellow woolen buggers and egg patterns. Stream conditions will change with the next wave of rain before the weekend.

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