Walleye fishing has improved on Gull Island Shoal and Kelleys Island Shoal. Most of the fish caught have been from 15 to 18” from the 2003 year class, but a few bigger fish are also present. Drifting with crawler harnesses or casting weight forward spinners have been the most productive techniques. As water temperatures drop larger adult walleye will migrate back towards Kelleys Island, the Bass Islands, and the area around Marblehead and Lakeside.
The best western basin perch areas have included the Toledo water intake, the northern cans of the Camp Perry firing range, the gravel pit W of West Sister Island, between Rattlesnake and Green Islands, and E of the Kelleys Island airport. Most fish are still running on the small side, but larger fish (10-12”) are starting to appear in the catch. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up.