ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 8/20/03: Western Basin, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: August 20, 2003

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Posted by ODNR on August 20, 2003 at 22:15:41:

Western Basin-

Walleye fishing has somewhat slowed, but limits are still being caught
occasionally in the western basin. The best catches have come along the
Canadian border from Middle Sister Island to Northwest Reef near North Bass
Island. Trollers using spoons with Jet or Dipsy Divers have been most
successful, with casters also catching fish on weapon-style lures. Fish have
ranged from 14 to 22".
Yellow perch fishing in the western basin continues to be excellent. Best
areas have included W of Green and Rattlesnake Islands in 25 to 30 feet of
water, SW and SE of Kelleys Island in 21 to 35 feet of water, and 1 to 3
miles N of the Toledo water intake. Spreaders tipped with shiners have been
most productive for 7 to 11" fish.
For smallmouth bass try fishing Kelleys Island and nearshore areas around
the Bass Islands and Marblehead. Tube jigs have been used to catch fish
between 15 and 20". Largemouth Bass fishing continues to be good in East
Harbor around thick beds of vegetation and in the harbor channel.

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