“When the gales of November come early.”
With remembering the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald this past weekend, that line from Gordon Lightfoot’s song reminds one how fast the Great Lakes can turn for the worst at any given time. November is also one of my favorite times to fish Lake Erie in hopes of finding one more trophy walleye for the season. When the water chills down, it can be one of the more productive times of the year out of Monroe’s Brest Bay.
It is the time of the season when like early spring, cranks typically rule the waters while in search of walleye. It pays to have a selection of Rapala Deep Husky Jerks and deep Reef Runners, and it does not hurt to have both sizes available in each. Trolling speeds will vary, between .8 and 1.5 mph plus or minus a tenth.
Trolling with cranks can be a little more tricky than with lead weights and crawler harnesses. To save on unwanted entanglements pick sides of the boat and set up your lines. Typically I will run one side shallow to cover suspended fish and those in the top of the water column. The deeper side to target fish from the middle to the bottom of the water column. If walleyes are suspended in the bay, I let out 20 to 35 feet of line, then attach my Church Walleye Boards and then run them out to the side. That should cover 10 to 16 foot in depth and right in the fish’s strike zone. Once you get that dialed in, set your lines and rake ’em.