ODNR Fishing Report 04/06/2005: Western Basin, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: April 06, 2005

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Posted by ODNR on April 06, 2005 at 21:38:37:

With highs in the 10 day forecast all being in the 50's and 60's fishing
should really improve in the Maumee and Sandusky Rivers and Lake Erie.
Anglers are fishing the Camp Perry firing range reef complex, the Bass
Islands area, and nearshore from Toledo to Marblehead (including Maumee
Bay and Sandusky Bay). Gale force winds over the past weekend (4/2,
4/3) greatly reduced water clarity in the western basin. Look for
transitions between dirty and clear water to find active walleye.
During March and April walleye can be caught by jigging on the reefs or
by trolling the open water flats around the reefs. Yellow perch have
also been caught recently with the Marblehead lighthouse being the most
popular spot. Use spreaders with shiners or small jigging spoons to
catch big early season perch.

Extreme caution is necessary with sub 40 degree surface temperatures.
Boaters should dress appropriately and always wear life jackets. Recent
surface temperatures have been from the upper 30's to the lower 40's.

.Walleye fishing in the Maumee and Sandusky Rivers is improving as more
migratory walleye move into the rivers to spawn. Most fish being caught
in both rivers are 18 to 22" males with occasional trophy females up to
and over 10 pounds. The most popular technique is to Carolina rig a
floating jighead tipped with a soft plastic curly tail. The first two
weeks of April have historically been the best time to catch walleye in
the rivers.

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