Fishing effort directed towards walleye has greatly decreased as western basin anglers have switched to perch fishing. Some success has been reported on Kelleys Island Shoal. Drifters are using mayfly rigs or weight forward spinners, while most trollers are using worm harnesses or spoons with jet or dipsy divers, and crankbaits.
Yellow perch fishing has been fair in the Western Basin. Over the past week the best areas have been “D” can of the Camp Perry range, NW of Green Island, from Lakeside to Kelleys Island, NE of Ballast Island, and NE of the Marblehead lighthouse. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Yellow perch are averaging 8" long.
Smallmouth bass should start moving shallower as water temperatures drop heading into fall. Fish rocky drop-offs and reefs around the Bass Islands and Kelleys Island along with nearshore areas from Catawba Island to Sandusky Bay to find active fish. Tube jigs and drop shot rigs with goby imitations are the most popular set-ups for smallmouth.