Catching Lake Erie's Lunker Smallmouths

Now is the perfect time to be on Lake Erie for smallmouth bass in the 5-pound class. Try these proven hotspots off the Ohio and Pennsylvania shores for rod-bending action this month.


by Mike Bleech

Lake Erie is a smallmouth bass angler's dream come true. This is the place to catch 5-pound smallmouths until your arms get sore, and maybe top the day with a 6- or 7-pound fish. And this kind of action takes place all along the southern shore of the lake, from the western basin east through Pennsylvania.