Over the past weekend (4/16, 4/17) walleye and yellow perch fishing were|
excellent in the western basin. Limits of walleye were caught by
jigging on the Camp Perry firing range reef complex, nearshore from
Davis Besse to Crane Creek, and Maumee Bay. Popular jigging lures
include jigheads tipped with shiners, hair jigs tipped with shiners, and
vibrating blade baits. Trollers caught walleye on the flats north and
also east of the reef complex, around the Bass Islands, and north of
Kelleys Island. Shallow minnow-imitating stickbaits in the top half of
the water column pulled behind planer boards will produce occasional
trophy walleye during the spring. Large yellow perch were caught east
of Kelleys Island, near the Marblehead lighthouse and around the
Sandusky Bay foghorn. Spreaders or crappie rigs tipped with shiners are
the best technique to catch yellow perch.
Surface temperatures are generally in the mid 40's.
Walleye are still being caught in the rivers, but the runs are past peak