Surface temperatures are in the 60's.|
The best walleye fishing has been in the triangle between Niagara reef,
Green Island and Northwest Reef (W of North Bass Island). The walleye have
generally been near the bottom in 30 to 32 feet of water. Drifting mayfly
rigs and trolling spoons produce the most fish. Walleye above the 15"
minimum size limit have ranged from 16 to 24" with a few larger fish mixed
in. Many of the walleye hatched in 2003 are being caught already. The
yearling walleye range from 5 to 10 inches. Please handle these sub-legal
fish as gently as possible and quickly return them to the water.
Yellow perch fishing has been best near the Marblehead lighthouse, on the
Kelleys Island airport reef, and near Niagara Reef. Fish just off the
bottom using perch spreaders tipped with shiners.
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands, Kelleys
Island and Sandusky Bay.