The spring walleye season is well underway on Western Basin Lake Erie with a
good number of hardy private boat and charter boat anglers in pursuit of
Erie eyes. Anglers have been vertical jigging on Maumee Bay and Sandusky
Bay (including the railroad bridge), all across Western Basin reef areas,
and off Catawba and Marblehead. Some limit catches have been reported.
Most fish are 3-year-olds in the 16- to 18-inch range. Anglers in this
early spring walleye fishery typically use a vertical jigging fishing method
using leadhead jigs and ice-fishing lures tipped with minnows. The legal
bag limit for walleyes for Lake Erie and its tributaries is four per angler
per day during March and April. A new fishing license for the 2002/2003
fishing season was required as of March 1.
The spring perch action is also underway with catches of nice-size yellow