Next up in the Ohio fish-in schedule on September 17-18 is Lake Erie, specifically Shoreline Park and surrounding areas. I have wanted to get a group of anglers here for a couple of years now. We all know the potential of Lake Erie and having spent a little time up there it’s apparent that you need to have a good few guys fishing it to unlock some of its secrets.
This event will run from 7am Saturday morning to 5pm on the Sunday.
One of my favorite places to fish up there is Shoreline Park in downtown Sandusky. It’s a pier that goes out into Sandusky bay and there is plenty of room to get 8 anglers on there. I first fished it a couple of years ago for CAG’s discovery month and did very well having good numbers of fish including several upper doubles and 3 twenties up to 26lb. I have been back a few times since and had continued success. I would be very surprised if several 20’s weren’t caught or even a 30+ during this weekend. Of course we all know what happened in the spring at East Harbor! There have been fish to 55+ shot with a bow from Sandusky bay. The good part about this particular venue is its less dependent on the weather conditions being perfect and it is also somewhat sheltered from the big winds that can affect main lake spots. If we get a lot of anglers show up then back leads might be a good idea or a little patience when playing fish.
I have also identified an overflow spot in case we have good numbers show up. This is a break wall that is behind the police station less than half a mile from Shoreline park. I have not fished this spot but have scouted it. It is a little bit more of a hike from the parking area but it’s a nice flat concrete wall with a few trees. Pack light or use a barrow/cart for this spot. The water is about 2 feet below the wall so I recommend bringing something to kneel on to land fish if you are on your own. It’s not bad, very manageable compared to some break walls I’ve seen in the past. I recommend heading towards the end of the wall as you get boats come in and out of the dock along the first part of the wall. This won’t be a problem at night but could cause issues during the day though if you use back leads you should be fine.
There are restrooms and/or porta johns nearby at both locations.
From the south, join Route 4 north and carry on all the way into downtown Sandusky.
Turn right onto RT6 (Washington ST)
Take 2nd Left onto Franklin ST.
Continue straight crossing 3 intersections, the entrance is on the corner of shoreline road.
There is a small roundabout at the end of the pier where you can pull into the side, drop your gear off and then find a parking spot. Don’t park in the way of traffic as cars travel up and down the pier all day.
If traveling from other parts of the state find the best way to intersect with RT4 North.
This is a 2 day event. I am planning on fishing through the night as long as weather allows and I’m not on my own. If you don’t wish to fish through the night and need camping. East Harbor Campground is only 15 miles away. I have used the campground at similar times of the year and it has been very quiet with plenty of walk-in spots available. Here are my directions to the campground.
Here is a view of the fishing area. Shoreline park is marked in red on the left of the picture, the break wall is on the right. Parking areas marked yellow and the route from Shoreline park to the break wall marked in blue.
The Break wall behind the police station.
Normal park rules apply, No open fires, alcohol, tents etc. Umbrellas are ok in the event of rain or wind.
I strongly advise fishing close in. These fish follow the structure and most of my success has been with underarm casts.
CAG members are eligible to fish for the end of season medals. Current rankings are:-
Gold- Shawn Stump – 40lb 6oz – East Harbor
Silver- Vince Shiflet – 23lb 15oz – East Harbor
Bronze- Vince Shiflet – 23lb 12oz – East Harbor
Again, if these fish are going to be beaten this year then this venue is the place that’s going to do it.
Any questions about the event feel free to message me.
Some fish caught from Shoreline Park.