ODNR Fishing Report October 16, 2019: Western Basin, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: October 20, 2019

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Posted by ODNR on October 20, 2019 at 10:46:14:

Lake Erie
Western Basin
Walleye
Where: Walleye fishing in the western basin should continue to get better as the water temperatures continue to fall. The best reports are coming out of Lorain and Vermilion in 45 to 55 feet of water.
How: Most anglers are trolling spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph.

Yellow Perch
Where: Yellow perch fishing remains inconsistent with the occasional good report. The best bite has been west of the Catawba Peninsula in 20 feet of water, and the A,D, and L cans of the Camp Perry firing range.
How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing better where baits can be presented at different depths. Yellow perch are feeding heavily on small invertebrates right now, so small ice fishing plastics or wax worms might be worth trying.

Smallmouth Bass
Where: A few good reports of fish being caught around the island areas in 10 to 14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and Kelleys islands.
How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce, but anglers have also been throwing spinnerbaits and swimbaits around weed edges with some success.





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