Lake Erie has a few secrets which are becoming very well known.
The first one is the huge lake trout which have been taken recently. The NY state record lake trout was broken by Jesse Wykstra in August 2003 when he landed a 41 pound 8 oz lake trout from Lake Erie. He was fishing the Dunkirk area using an NK 28 spoon off a downrigger. The old NY state record lake trout weighed 39 lb. 8oz. There is a real chance that a bigger lake trout is swimming in the depths of Lake Ontario but for now Lake Erie will hold the new record.
Another well kept secret about Lake Erie may be that the best smallmouth bass fishing in the Northeastern United States can be found here. The last five NY state record smallmouths have come from Lake Erie, with the current record standing at 8 lbs., 4 oz. Anglers can also enjoy an early bass season on Lake Erie, which runs from the 1st Saturday in May until the 3rd Saturday in June. During this early season, there is a one fish limit and 15" minimum size requirement.
The third well kept secret about Lake Erie is the excellent runs of steelhead that are available to Lake Erie tributary anglers from September through April. Cattaraugus Creek has become famous throughout the Northeast for its incredible fishing. However there are many smaller streams less known that have the same quality of fishing.
If you are interested in keeping tabs on the best Lake Erie Fishing Hotspots this link will keep you up to date on the action.