Fishing information based on reports from the week of 10/02/2006.|
Fishing effort directed towards walleye has greatly decreased as western basin anglers have switched to perch fishing. Some success has been reported 3 miles W of Rattlesnake Island in 31’ of water. Drifters are using mayfly rigs or weight forward spinners, while most trollers are using worm harnesses or spoons with jet or dipsy divers, and crankbaits.
Yellow perch fishing has produced good numbers of fish in the Western Basin, but on average fish have been under 9”. Over the past week the best areas have been 25’ of water on Cone Reef of the Camp Perry range, S of Green Island, S of Rattlesnake Island, E of Kelleys Island Shoal, and E of the Kelleys Island airport. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass should start moving shallower as water temperatures drop heading into fall. Fish rocky drop-offs and reefs around the Bass Islands and Kelleys Island along with nearshore areas from Catawba Island to Sandusky Bay to find active fish. Tube jigs and drop shot rigs with goby imitations are the most popular set-ups for smallmouth.