ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 9/10/03: Western Basin, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: September 10, 2003

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Posted by ODNR on September 10, 2003 at 22:41:51:

Western Basin-

Walleye fishing pressure has been very low recently. Sporadic catches have been reported in the area NW of West Sister and between Kelleys Island and the Huron River. As temperatures drop expect fishing to pick up E of Kelleys Island.

Perch fishing in the western basin has been excellent with anglers targeting perch averaging more than 20 fish per trip. Best areas have included W of Green and Rattlesnake Islands, NE and E of Kelleys Island in 35 to 41 feet of water, within 2 miles of shore in the Lakeside/Marblehead area, and just N of the Toledo water intake. Spreaders tipped with shiners have been most productive for 7 to 12" 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". For largemouth bass try East Harbor around thick beds of vegetation and in the harbor channel.

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