ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 7/30/03: Western Basin, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: July 30, 2003

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Posted by ODNR on July 30, 2003 at 22:01:17:

Western Basin-

Walleye fishing in the western basin continues to be very good in the West
Sister Island area. The most consistent action has been between Middle
Sister Island and West Sister Island, and also farther east towards North
Bass Island in the Northwest Reef area. Best methods have included casting
weight-forward lures, drifting bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses and
trolling spoons. Fish have ranged from 14 to 22".
Yellow perch fishing has been improving in the western basin. Best areas
have included the reef complex in 18 feet of water, S of Kelleys Island in
28 to 30 feet of water, N of Gull Island Shoal, and N of the Marblehead
lighthouse in 30 feet of water. Spreaders tipped with shiners have been most
productive for 7 to 12" fish.
For smallmouth bass try fishing the east side of Kelleys Island in 13 to 16
feet of water and nearshore areas around the Bass Islands and Marblehead.
Tube jigs have been used to catch fish between 15 and 20". Largemouth Bass
fishing has been very good in East Harbor around thick beds of vegetation
and in the harbor channel.

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