Western Basin |
Walleye fishing has been excellent in many areas of the western basin. In the far west the best fishing has been west of the Toledo shipping channel turnaround buoy and around “K” and “L” cans of the Camp Perry range. The islands area has also been excellent. Fish have been caught west of Green and Rattlesnake Islands, on Kelleys Island shoal and Gull Island shoal, from the west side of Kelleys Island to Mouse Island, and along the east shore of Kelleys Island. Worm harnesses have been very effective drifted behind bottom bouncers or trolled with inline weights or jet divers. Trollers have also had success with spoons on jets or dipsys, and with crankbaits.
Although most of the angling effort has been directed towards walleye plenty of opportunities exist to catch yellow perch and smallmouth bass. Remember that we are currently in the catch and release only season for smallmouth bass and the yellow perch daily bag limit has been reduced to 30 for the entire season.
Surface temperatures range from 57 degrees off of Toledo to 55 degrees off of Cleveland.