Walleye fishing effort has dropped recently and there have been very few reports from the western basin. The best areas have been Northwest Reef, West Reef, and “F” can of the Camp Perry firing range. As temperatures drop expect fishing to improve as migratory walleye return to the islands and also nearshore areas. Trolling crankbaits behind planer boards is a popular method for catching fall walleye.
Yellow perch fishing improved over the past week. The best areas have been N and E of West Sister Island, near the N end of the Toledo shipping channel, N of “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, West Reef, W of Green and Rattlesnake islands, NW of Kelleys Island, and Kelleys Island Shoal. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead, and also in Sandusky Bay. Some smallmouth bass have been reported on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range.
The water temperature is 63 degrees off of Toledo and 67 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.