Jeff Knapp: Erie bass fishing remains ‘incredible’

The ever-changing aquatic landscape of the Western Basin of Lake Erie has affected the lake’s smallmouth bass fishery, as factors such as possible nest predation by the invasive round goby are in play. But the brown bass population is still well worthy of angler attention, and it seems to be on the increase.

 “I’ve been here since ’03, and it’s been interesting to see the changes in our smallmouth bass fishery,” Travis Hartman, Lake Erie program director for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, said. “We still have incredible smallmouth bass fishing. We’ve seen an increase in catch rates over the last four or five years. So, we have trophy fish, and we are seeing evidence of higher numbers of bass due to the higher catch rates in our creel surveys.”

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