ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 6/18/03: , OH,
Fishing Report Posted: June 18, 2003

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Posted by ODNR on June 18, 2003 at 21:43:20:

Western Basin-

Excellent walleye fishing continued across the Western Basin during the past
week. Limit catches of 18 to 22" fish have been reported in the area around
the Toledo Shipping Channel Turnaround Buoy. Best methods included casting
gold weapons and trolling spoons or crawler harnesses. In the Bass Islands
area trophy fish and some limits continue to be caught east and northeast of
Kelley's Island. Fish from 14 to 29" are being caught in 12 to 45 feet of
water by trollers using dipsy divers with spoons or crawler harnesses and by
drifters casting weight forward spinners. Limit catches have also been
reported from the area west of Green Island and Rattlesnake Island by
trollers using spoons in 24 feet of water.
Yellow perch fishing has been best between Kelley's Island and the Canadian
border in 25 to 40 feet of water. Spreaders tipped with shiners have been
most productive for 8 to 13" fish.
Kelley's Island and the Bass Islands have produced the best smallmouth bass
catches. Tube jigs have been used to catch fish between 15 and 20". June is
the peak spawning period for smallmouth bass in Lake Erie. When practicing
catch-and-release please return fish to the water as quickly as possible so
that the bass may return to its nest to protect its eggs from goby

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