Walleye fishing is slowing down in the western basin; however, fish continue
to be caught in the northwest reef area along the border and also 4 to 5
miles N of Crane Creek. Drifting mayfly rigs and trolling spoons or worm
harnesses produce the most fish. Walleye hatched in 2003 are already being
caught; please handle these sub-legal fish as gently as possible and quickly
return them to the water.
Yellow perch fishing is improving in the western basin. The best fishing
has been W of west reef near North Bass Island, E of Ballast Island, around
the foghorn near Cedar Point, and around "C" can of the Camp Perry firing
range. Fish just off the bottom using perch spreaders tipped with shiners.
Smallmouth bass fishing should improve as temperatures begin dropping and
fish move nearshore. The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the
Bass Islands, Kelleys Island and Sandusky Bay.