ODNR Fishing Report October 23, 2019: Western Basin, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: October 24, 2019

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Posted by ODNR on October 24, 2019 at 05:47:06:

Lake Erie Western Basin
Where: Walleye are starting to show up in their traditional fall feeding grounds as they follow shad nearshore. The best bite during the day remains offshore in 30 to 45 feet of water off Huron and Vermillion, and 45 to 55 feet of water off Lorain.
How: Anglers trolling spoons are still catching fish; however, many anglers are switching over to trolling crankbaits this time of year. Anglers fishing from shore are starting to picking up walleye near and after dark casting crankbaits and lipless crankbaits that imitate shad.

Yellow Perch
Where: Yellow perch fishing has been consistent with the best bite west of the Catawba Peninsula in 20 feet of water, and around A,D, and L cans of the Camp Perry firing range. Anglers are catching mostly 7 to 9-inch fish, with some larger fish.
How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing better where baits can be presented at different depths. Anglers are reporting that small lifts and long pauses between lifts have been triggering the most bites.

Smallmouth Bass
Where: Fish are being caught around the reefs and islands areas in 10 to 14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and South Bass islands.
How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce the best.

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