ODNR Fishing Report 09/07/2004: Western Basin, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: September 07, 2004

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Posted by ODNR on September 07, 2004 at 17:04:34:

Surface temperatures are around 70 degrees.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing is slowing down in the western basin; however, fish continue
to be caught NW of Rattlesnake Island 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
Yellow perch fishing is improving in the western basin. The best fishing
has been W of West Reef near North Bass Island, around the Turnaround Buoy
of the Toledo shipping channel, E of Ballast Island, and around "C" can of
the Camp Perry firing range. Fish just off the bottom using perch spreaders
tipped with shiners.

Smallmouth Bass
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.

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