ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 9/03/03: Western Basin, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: September 03, 2003

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Posted by ODNR on September 03, 2003 at 22:58:21:

Western Basin-

Walleye fishing has slowed down, but limits are still being caught
occasionally in the western basin. The best catches have come along the
Canadian border from North Bass Island to Middle Sister 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 16
to 23".
Yellow perch fishing in the western basin continues to be excellent. Best
areas have included B and C cans along the north edge of the Perry firing
range in 25 to 30 feet of water, W of Rattlesnake Island in 24 to 30 feet of
water, SW and NW of Kelleys Island in 25 to 40 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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