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Old 02-25-2006, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Sandusky Bay Crappie Fishing

I just read an article in Ohio Game and Fish magazine that stated that Sandusky Bay might be one of the best spots for crappie in the state in both size and numbers.Can anyone confirm or comment on this?
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Old 02-25-2006, 06:45 PM   #2
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Not only is the bay a great spot for crappies,but there are many great spots to fish for crappies all along Lake Erie.I personally like to fish both East Harbor and West Harbor for crappies that will sometimes hit 16"-17",and tons of 12"-14" fish.Just stop in at any of the dozens of marina's and ask permission to fish,some will let you,and some won't,but alway's ask first,or just fish from a small boat,then you don't have to worry about it.In the bay itself,you can catch a lot of crappies right off the rocks on old bay bridge when they come in close to spawn,also the coal docks are a great spot,or the rocks around the bridge going to Johnson's Island.In late April through May,pretty much just about any marina on the lake,the bay or harbors,and even in the feeder rivers will have at least a few crappies.One hint,look for the docks that have wooden supports,much better than metal.
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:23 PM   #3
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Along with catching alot of crappies around the docks, a fair amount of smallmouth can be caught to. I personally have never fished the bay for crappie, but have fished alot in the harbors and have always done outstanding. It really is an overlooked fishery.
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I have to agree with River Walker. For many years, I fished the docks of East Harbor and caught a ton of nice crappie and smallmouth with an occasional largemouth. If you get the chance, try fishing East Harbor Marinas and look for the wooden dock posts. I always had a great deal of success fishing the shady side of the posts.
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What is the best method/lures to use to catch these crappie and smallmouth bass?
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I've caught some nice small mouth on tubes fishing around rocks in a marina
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Sandusky Bay kind of ruined me for crappie fishing anywhere else. They can be found in any of the marina or sheltered areas. As River Walker stated, they are very nice sized. As for methods of catching them, just a plain old minnow and bobber always worked for me. When they quit biting that rig I always take the bobber off and just throw the minnow with a small splitshot at them. I think they get bobber shy after a while and taking the bobber off will result in a few more fish before you need to move on to the next spot.
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:32 AM   #8
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You've all convinced me. I'll be crappie fishing in the harbors and bays this year!!!

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when do they start bitting??
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