Surface temperatures range from 55 to 58 degrees.
Most walleye fishing effort has shifted to the area between Huron and
Lorain. As water temperatures drop shallow nearshore areas and reefs
around the Bass Islands and Kelleys Island will produce walleye. Troll
or cast crankbaits during low light periods for best results. Night
pier fishing is improving at the Lakeside pier and Catawba State park.
The best fishing has been W of west reef near North Bass Island, E of
Kelleys Island, around Lucy Point of Middle Bass Island, and around Gull
Island shoal. Fish just off the bottom using perch spreaders or crappie
rigs tipped with shiners.
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been on the reefs of the Camp Perry
firing range, around the Bass Islands, Kelleys Island and Sandusky Bay.
Use tube jigs, drop shot rigs with goby imitations, soft craws or
shiners for best results.