Weather has continued to hinder April fishing on Lake Erie’s western basin as of 4/15/09. Poor water clarity and cold weather have limited both jig fishing and open water trolling for walleye. When conditions stabilize fishing should improve. During the month of April jig anglers typically have success in spawning and staging areas such as the Camp Perry reefs, Maumee Bay, the Bass Islands, and various nearshore areas from Toledo to Cedar Point. Early trollers will have success fishing the open water around the Camp Perry reef complex and the Bass Islands. Limited perch fishing success has been reported east of Kelleys Island.
Based on the nearshore marine forecast the water temperature is 43 off of Toledo and 40 off of Cleveland.