Lake Erie fishing report and commentary: During the month of May, Lake Erie tranistions from cold to warm water fish species. Crappies, bluegils, smallmmouth bass, largemouth bass, pike, pickerel, and walleye are targets for Erie anglers. It is easy to see why Lake Erie gets plenty of attention. Fishing for bass prior to the start of the June season is catch and release.  The tributaries and shallow lake shoreline hold bait that attract smallmouth and offer spawning options too. Smallmouth are plentiful in the 14 – 17” range and you can catch some 18” + that weigh 4-5 pounds. That fact alone makes your decision to fish Lake Erie tributaries a great choice!  Release all,  but you can keep one smallmouth 20” or more each day. 

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