ODNR Fishing Report 09/14/2004: Western Basin, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: September 14, 2004

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Posted by ODNR on September 14, 2004 at 20:25:58:

Surface temperatures are around 70 degrees.

Hurricane Frances brought high winds and rain to Lake Erie the week of
9/6/2004 resulting in muddy water in most areas for the weekend of 9/11 and
9/12. Fishing for most species was slow. The water is currently clearing
up and fishing is improving, but the track of hurricane Ivan will determine
fishing conditions for the weekend of 9/18.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has been best from west of Green Island north to the border,
including the northwest reef area. 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
The best fishing has been W of west reef near North Bass Island and around
"C" and "D" cans 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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