Lake Erie Largemouth Bass Fishing

Largemouth bass are one of the most sought-after fish by anglers all over North America. One of the reasons for this is their versatility (they can be found in every state, save for Aalaska), and  Lake Erie is no different–especially in the more recent decades since the lake has gotten cleaner. They can be found especially around Lake Erie’s channels and marinas close to shore among the rocks, docks and breaker walls.

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass are an olive green fish with dark stripe running down the length of their bodies. They feed on bait fish, crayfish and younger fish of other species. Larger largemouth bass can feed on birds, snakes and frogs. They are renowned for their fight and versatility. Preferring shallower, warm waters, they can be found along the shores of Lake Erie.

Tackle for Lake Erie Largemouth Bass

Because of their wide range of diet, an array of lures can be used to catch largemouth. During the day, use crank baits native to the area (crayfish cranks always seem to do well) and tube baits. At night, they tend to favor spinner baits. They can also be caught with live baits, though there’s greater competition for them with the other channel-dwelling fish, such as catfish, white perch, sheephead, bullhead, etc.

Here’s where you can get the lures

How to Catch Lake Erie Largemouth

Since bthey prefer shallower waters, near shore is the best place to find them. You can either troll near-land structures in a boat, or even cast right of the shore. One of the best casting techniques is to run your lure parallel to a structure, such as a rock pier, breaker wall or dock. Tube baits should be worked very slowly, while crank baits, and spinners should be retrieved at medium speed.

Lake Erie Largemouth Bass Lures

Tube Bait


Crank Baits