*High winds from Thursday October 6 through Tuesday October 11 severely limited fishing on Lake Erie. The following fishing report is from the previous week. It might take most of the week for the lake to calm down and clear up following the high winds. Western basin water temperatures have fallen into the lower 60’s.*
Walleye fishing has remained slow with little targeted effort. A few walleye, mostly from the 2003 year class, have been caught by trolling spoons or worm harnesses around Gull Island shoal and Kelleys Island shoal. As water temperatures drop larger adult walleye will migrate back towards Kelleys Island, the Bass Islands, and the area around Marblehead and Lakeside.
Last week the best western basin perch areas included the Toledo water intake, the northern cans of the Camp Perry firing range, E of the Gull Island shoal buoy, S of “C” can of the Ontario border, E of the Kelleys Island airport, and S of Kelleys Island shoal. Most fish are still running on the small side, but larger fish (10-12”) are starting to appear in the catch. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up.