Walleye fishing effort has been low recently. There have been a few reports from “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range, NE of Crib Reef, and Green Island. 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 the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, the gravel pit, NE and NW of West Sister Island, “C” can and “F” can of the Camp Perry firing range, Northwest Reef, SW of Green Island, Rattlesnake Island, the green buoy NW of Catawba State Park, Gull Island Shoal, and E 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 around Kelleys Island.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.