Outdoors writer Mike Bleech says in today’s FishOn! fishing report that walleye fishing has been very good on the lake, and superior to perch fishing.
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Posted: August 9th, 2013
Posted: July 19th, 2013
The dog days are nearly upon us, but dog-days heat arrived early.
For anglers, that doesn’t mean fishing has turned off. In fact, big fish are being caught around the Erie area.
“A 15 1/2-inch perch was pulled from 30 feet of water off Shades Beach,” outdoors writer Mike Bleech reported this morning in the FishOn! fishing report for this weekend. “The previous week, a 33-inch brown trout was caught at a depth of 60 feet off Shorewood. A 9 1/2-pound walleye was brought to Poor Richard’s Thursday.”
Mike’s especially keen on yellow perch and walleye fishing in Lake Erie this weekend. So is Logan Osborn, 10, of Harborcreek Township, who caught this 8-pound 5-ounce walleye July 6 on Lake Erie.
If you’re not having any luck of your own, check out how other anglers did in their chase for prizes. Weigh-in for Saturday’s annual Perchin’ on Lake Erie Yellow Perch Tournament is 2-6 p.m. at North East Marina (wind day is Sunday). And weigh-ins for the third tournament in the Presque Isle Division of the Great Lakes Largemouth Series are Sunday at 3 p.m. at West Pier ramp, Presque Isle State Park.
If you catch a fish, large or small, consider sharing a photo with the area’s other anglers in the GoErie trophies gallery.
Posted: July 12th, 2013
For many anglers, the worst thing that can happen during a fishing outing is to not catch any fish.
Some will shrug it off and continue to cast while basking in the sunset, watching wildlife or catching a nap on the bank or in the boat. It’s called fishing, after all, not catching.
But the catch is the desired accomplishment, and failing to hook or land a fish will put off many an angler, whether from a waterway or the activity itself. That’s especially true of the youngest anglers.
Enter the panfish.
Bluegill, sunfish, pumpkinseed — they exist in virtually every water, and they’re usually eager to nibble if not devour a popper or hooked bait. If you want to make sure you’re going to catch fish, target panfish. For even more fun, use a light fly rod.
Erie Times-News outdoors writer Mike Bleech, in today’s FishOn! report for the Erie region, points out a number of locales where panfish are accessible and hungry, especially Eaton Reservoir, Lake Pleasant and Lake LeBoeuf. Misery Bay at Presque Isle State Park always offers up big pumpkinseed, and panfish are ubiquitous in the lagoons as well.
Enjoy the weekend. And if you catch a fish, consider sharing your photo in the Fishing and Hunting gallery.
Posted: June 28th, 2013
“Now is the time to hit Chautauqua Lake if you want to catch muskie. According to Skip at Hogan’s Hut, muskie are hot now. Productive lures have been the Salmo Natural Perch and jerk baits. Trolling is also accounting for some muskie. Use bright colors. Crappie are still hitting white jigs fished deep in the weeds. For largemouth bass try tube jigs in the weeds, and white spinnerbaits along weed edges. For walleye, troll tight to weed lines with copper nightcrawler harnesses, or if you would rather not troll use nightcrawlers or leeches in the same areas.”
If you’re looking for a way to spend what could be a rainy weekend, why not chasing a musky? Especially since Saturday and Sunday are fish-for-free days in New York state, no license required. Remember, too, that July 4 is a Fish for Free day in Pennsylvania.
Be sure to check out the full FishOn! report for tips on Lake Erie perch and walleye and the inside scoop on crappie at Eaton Reservoir, Pymatuning Reservoir, Presque Isle Bay, Edinboro Lake and Lake Pleasant.
Posted: November 2nd, 2012
Deer season in Pennsylvania is less than four weeks off — time enough for hunters, from novices to experts, to add a bit more knowledge to their skill sets before hitting the woods Nov. 26.
Erie Times-News outdoors writer Mike Bleech is on the job. Starting Nov. 4, Mike’s Four Weeks to Better Deer Hunting series will be published each Sunday in November on the NWPA Outdoors page in the Times-News sports section and on NWPAOutdoors.com.
This Sunday, learn more about one of the most misunderstood elements of the hunt, the rut.
On Nov. 11, eliminate some of the guesswork from your days afield by learning how to properly prepare your rifle.
On Nov. 18, get Mike’s tips on hunting from a stand.
And on Nov. 25, learn how to make the most of the second week of the season, when hunter pressure decreases and opportunity grows.
Have a question for Mike? E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: October 26th, 2012
The second annual Great Lakes Steelhead Expo is scheduled for Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 pm. at Rainbow Gardens, 3100 West Lake Road.
Admission to the Pennsylvania Steelhead Association-sponsored event is $15 per person, and free for those 15 and younger who are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
More than 40 vendors are scheduled to attend. Ox roast, hot dogs and beverages will be served throughout the day.
Three speakers also will appear:
April Vokey is an ambassador for Patagonia, the host of Buccaneers & Bones and a fishing guide on the Dean River in British Columbia. She also writes for several magazines including Fly Fusion Magazine. She is a world famous fly-tier specializing in Northwest patterns.
Mike Bleech, Erie Times-News outdoors writer, has published more than 5,000 articles in more than 100 publications since 1980.
Here’s a story from the first expo in November 2011.
Posted: May 7th, 2012
NWPA Outdoors reader Jim Macie recently asked outdoors writer Mike Bleech for his opinion on getting extra distance when he casts Rapalas from shore walleye:
“I use a 9.5-foot Okuma Guide Series rod with eight poun- mono line. What reel and line would you use to optimize your cast distance with this rod?”
Mike’s response: I have been using Trilene XL for many years and have seen no reason to change. The theories on long-distance casting include using fairly stiff line that springs off the spool. I also have had very good results using Sufix line. I suggest that you go to the Pure Fishing web site and get into the pages on line, then see if they rate any as best for distance casting.
About 25 years ago reel makers came out with narrower spools that tapered slightly toward the front. Supposedly that was to make them cast farther. More recently a newer reel manufacturer, or marketer, came out with wider-spooled spinning reels, which also were for long-distance casting. I have one of these, the U.S. Reel 230 Pro. It’s just fine, but I’ve never measured casts.
You have taken the most important step in distance casting with the rod. An extra-fast action rod, all other things being equal, casts farthest. That is why the designations of slow, moderate, fast and extra-fast are used with rods, the speeds they generate. If your rod is a moderate action, changing to fast or extra-fast is the most important thing to do.
Dropping down to 6 pound-test line also will help.
Then, be sure your casting mechanics are good. One thing few anglers do well is load the rod during the cast. Cast with one motion so the rod bends on the back cast and strengthens as you bring the rod forward.
Posted: April 29th, 2012
Erie Times-News outdoors writer Mike Bleech recently wrote about the latest version in his series of annual fishing projects. He’s built his own 3-weight fly rod with the intention of chasing wild trout.
Mike promised specs to anyone interested. Here they are:
Guide sizes and spacing (distance from tip) 4 5/8 inches, #2/0; 9 5/8 inches, #1/0; 15 3/8 inches, #1; 22 inches, #1; 29 1/4 inches, #1; 38 inches, #1; 46 7/8 inches, #2; 56 inches, #3; 65 1/8 inches, #16 Hialoy Ring stripping guide. All guides except the stripping guide are single foot fly guides that I got from the Netcraft catalog. Guides on page 79.
I altered the guide spacing just slightly so the wrap on guide #7 is also the ferrule wrap. Otherwise it is a pretty standard spacing for a rod of this length. It seems to be right, since it casts very nicely. Of course, a 3-weight fly rod is not meant to cast very far.
I got the blank from the Cabela’s Tackle Craft catalog, page 7, model No. RF2F793. It is a 7-foot 9-inch, 3-weight.
I used a half wells reversed cork handle, about 7 inches long. I already had this and I do not know where it came from. Likewise, I already had the reel seat. It is about 3 3/4 inches long. It has a rosewood insert. Then I added a Royal Coachman decal. Also, I used a winding check at the front of the handle.
Posted: March 20th, 2012
Please keep Erie Times-News outdoors writer Mike Bleech and his family in mind today. Mike’s brother, Greg Bleech, died Tuesday in Warren at age 53.
Posted: February 20th, 2012
Join Erie Times-News outdoors writer Mike Bleech for seminars that will help develop your outdoors skills and knowledge. All seminars are free and take place on Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Lodge Room at Gander Mountain, 2088 Interchange Road.
Feb. 26: Coyote hunting
March 4: Crappie fishing
March 11: Lake Erie walleye
March 18: How well do you know your rifle?
March 25: Allegheny River trout fishing
April 1: Trout fishing