ODNR Fishing Report 07/13/2004: Western Basin, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: July 13, 2004

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Posted by ODNR on July 13, 2004 at 22:33:06:

** The 15" walleye minimum size limit remains in effect for the entire
season. The smallmouth and largemouth bass season opened on June 26. The
daily bag limit for bass is 5 with a 14" minimum size limit.**

Surface temperatures are in the lower 70's.

Western Basin

The best walleye fishing has been in the area around West Sister Island from
the island north to Middle Sister and from the island northwest to the
turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel. Drifting mayfly rigs and
trolling spoons or worm harnesses produce the most fish. Walleye hatched in
2003 (ranging in size from 5 to 10 inches) are already being caught. Please
handle these sub-legal fish as gently as possible and quickly return them to
the water.

Yellow Perch
Yellow perch fishing has been best at the Kelleys Island airport reef,
around Ballast Island, and around the cans along the north boundary of the
Camp Perry firing range. Fish just off the bottom using perch spreaders
tipped with shiners.

Smallmouth Bass
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands, Kelleys
Island and Sandusky Bay.

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