**In the past few weeks many dead freshwater drum have been reported floating on Lake Erie and washing up on the shoreline. Samples have been taken from the drum and all symptoms point toward a viral infection. A lab analysis will be available in 6 to 8 weeks to confirm the cause of the die off. Although a few other species have been found with the drum there is no evidence of the viral symptoms in anything but drum. The other species found dead are common this time of year and can most likely be attributed to normal spawning stress induced mortality. The drum die off will continue to be monitored and results of the lab analysis will be reported when available.**|
Walleye fishing has been best around A and D cans of the Camp Perry firing range, W of West Sister Island, and north of Kelleys Island. Drifters are using mayfly rigs or worm harnesses with bottom bouncers, while trollers are using worm harnesses, jet divers and spoons, or crankbaits.
The yellow perch spawn is primarily over and fishing has slowed compared to a few weeks ago, but many nice perch are still being caught. The best areas have been NW of Kelleys Island, SE of Kelleys Island, around Gull Island Shoal, and S of Luciís Point (Middle Bass Island). Most perch have been 8 to 10 inches with some up to 13 inches. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most perch.