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#11058607 - 08/23/15 10:57 AM Lake Erie Smallmouth
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Went back to my old stomping grounds in the Buckeye State last week and got to hit Lake Erie for some smallmouth action on Tuesday. Fished a reef in 9 feet of water in the middle of the lake and caught over 70 fish between two of us. What a fantastic day!!





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#11058624 - 08/23/15 11:04 AM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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Beautiful fish there Mr. Heavner. Thanks for sharing.
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#11059332 - 08/23/15 05:21 PM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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#11059436 - 08/23/15 06:26 PM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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Registered: 04/07/13
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Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Nice work!
I used to guide on Erie out of Buffalo, NY.
Best fishery on the planet! I miss it dearly.
Thanks for stirring the memory! I'm actually finishing up a mount of my PB Smallmouth, a beast at 6 3/4 lbs.
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#11059632 - 08/23/15 07:54 PM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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Registered: 02/16/13
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
great job there, I need to go catch my first ever smallie somewhere around the metroplex.

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#11060264 - 08/24/15 08:15 AM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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"Inch for inch, and pound for pound, the gamest fish that swims." Gotta love "them old brown fish!" Some really nice ones here. Glad you had fun!
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#11062548 - 08/25/15 10:26 AM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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That kind of trip is on my bucket list for sure!
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#11062929 - 08/25/15 01:00 PM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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Loc: Coppell, TX
Just moved down here from Ohio myself. I miss Erie in the spring. Its kind of similar to Fork, due to the moratorium they have in place its not unusual to catch 4 - 7lbers every other cast in the Western Basin. Our bass club would always fish a two day tournament out of Sandusky and the Portage in April.

The other place I would recommend is Presque Isle PA. Full of chunky largemouth and you can load up on big smallies as they come in. For real fun, once they start the spawn you can cast/drag tube jigs through the Isle and catch fish almost every cast. Great for kids as they can see the fish hit their baits in 15' of water.
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#11084573 - 09/05/15 04:50 AM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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nice job
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#11084701 - 09/05/15 08:06 AM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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Loc: Tipp City Ohio
I have lived 3hrs from Erie for the last year and have not made a trip yet.
While in Texas I drove to Fork every 6 months minimum...

I really need to get my priorities straight! I am tired of catching 5 fish for 6lbs.


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#11084781 - 09/05/15 08:50 AM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Transplant from WV]
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Registered: 06/12/04
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Loc: Shady Shores, TX.
Originally Posted By: Transplant from WV
Just moved down here from Ohio myself. I miss Erie in the spring. Its kind of similar to Fork, due to the moratorium they have in place its not unusual to catch 4 - 7lbers every other cast in the Western Basin. Our bass club would always fish a two day tournament out of Sandusky and the Portage in April.

The other place I would recommend is Presque Isle PA. Full of chunky largemouth and you can load up on big smallies as they come in. For real fun, once they start the spawn you can cast/drag tube jigs through the Isle and catch fish almost every cast. Great for kids as they can see the fish hit their baits in 15' of water.


I lived two miles from the entrance to Presque Isle and you are dead on. Crazy fishing when they moved in to spawn.
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#11084798 - 09/05/15 08:58 AM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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Registered: 02/12/04
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Loc: Decatur
Nice pictures I would love to make a trip like that with a guide of coarse.
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#11084957 - 09/05/15 10:35 AM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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Registered: 04/07/13
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Loc: Jacksonville, FL
I finally did the mount of my PB right at 7 lbs. From Erie near Buffalo,NY.
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#11084980 - 09/05/15 10:51 AM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
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Registered: 01/09/15
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Loc: Plano
Nice smallie, loved to catch some them big hard fighting smallies
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#11099200 - 09/12/15 08:35 PM Re: Lake Erie Smallmouth [Re: Darren Heavner]
DAOutdoors Offline
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Registered: 04/12/10
Posts: 187
Loc: Texas
Definitely on the list of places I'd like to fish. Good stuff

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