Walleye fishing has been excellent in many areas of the western basin. In the far west the best fishing has been from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to the gravel pit and West Sister Island. The firing range and the islands area have also been excellent. Fish have been caught near “A” and “B” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, west of Green Island, west of North Bass Island around West Reef, on Gull Island Shoal, and the west side 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.
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.