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Mother Nature has been very kind to our region during the winter of 2015-16. With very little ice remaining in the Upper Niagara River and the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie, the fishing season for 2016 will certainly kick off early, and it promises to be another great year! 2015 once again proved that Eastern Lake Erie offers fishermen one of the most diverse angling opportunities in the world!

After ice out, there were countless catches of big perch from virtually every port on the south shore of the lake. The smallmouth bass fishery, including the "special" season in May and early June and early June was nothing short of spectacular once again. It was not unusual to see bass fishermen from many other states taking advantage of this fishery, with many reports of over 100 fish for the day. Once the waters warmed, the walleye fishing picked up, and improved virtually every week right into September. All season, there were many reports of very good catches from Sturgeon Point, Cattaraugus Creek, Dunkirk and Barcelona. In several walleye tournaments held on the Eastern Basin, it was common to see the winning teams averaging over 7lbs per fish.

It wasn’t all walleye for deep water anglers either, as the deep waters off Dunkirk and Barcelona offer anglers the ability to hook in to steelhead trout or brown trout as big as the mid-teens, or lake trout topping 20 lbs! In fact, the NYS record lake trout, at 42.75lbs was caught in the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie! No report would be complete without mentioning the fantastic fall muskie fishing on the Upper Niagara River and Buffalo Harbor.

The membership of the Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association (ELECBA) can provide anglers with a full range of fishing options, from small groups to multiple boats, from casting to trolling! Our Captains have all the latest equipment to help you land the big one! Whether you are an experienced angler, or someone that wants to try it for the first time, why not schedule a day (or three!) to fish these trophy waters with one of our experienced Captains?

We’ll see you on the water in 2016!

Come on, let’s go fishing!