Walleye have been caught in traditional pre-spawn areas including Catawba Island, east of the Camp Perry Firing Range cans, and from Crane Creek to K can of the Camp Perry Firing Range. Yellow perch have been caught in 27 to 32’ feet of water around Marblehead.|
As the water temperatures warm walleye, yellow perch and smallmouth bass fishing will improve. Lake Erie reef walleye spawning usually gets started in mid to late March and peaks in mid April. Large female walleye can be caught in the island area and around the Camp Perry reefs before and after they spawn. Numbers of male walleye can be caught during spawning on and around the reefs.
Jigging with jigheads, jigging spoons, or vibrating blade baits are popular methods for catching walleye on the reefs. Troll crankbaits or worm harnesses to catch the larger fish staging off of the reefs and around the islands. In the rivers walleye can be caught on jigheads tipped with twister tails.