We have struck GOLD around the islands and western end of the lake in these last weeks. Perch fishing is excellent and we cannot complain as these great eating fish are being very cooperative. Perch are being caught from the Ballast Island area to the G, D, and B cans of the Camp Perry Firing range. Many bigger fish are also being caught west of the Bass Islands in 30-32ft. of water and along the U.S./Canadian line.
Perch can be caught many places and you should be able to find yourself some open water to fish alone if you pay attention to your fish finder. Look for small "sprinkles" of marks near the bottom or a unique set of humps to determine if you are driving over a nice school. If you do find a good pocket be sure to anchor right over them. I personally favor using a 1 and 1/2oz. perch spreader with 12in. + leader hooks on a 6ft. medium rod with a fast tip. Pair this with some power pro braided line and look forward to an amazing time on the water
Surprisingly, although small, perch take a large amount of finesse, paying close attention to your fishing should help improve your catch. A few walleyes are still biting at our end of the lake in shallow water. Trolling in 18-22ft. offshore the long beach area and to the east can produce some nice walleyes. They are being caught mainly trolling hot n tot lures flat-lined and J'7 rapalas trolled behind tru-trip 40 deep divers and dipseys. There are still a few fish being caught casting mayfly rigs and crawler harnesses but the only fish for casting have been caught in the west sister area.
Look for the perch bite to continue to be great and the smallmouth fishing to really heat up. Largemouth and most of the panfish will be slow throughout the month of September but also will begin to put on the fall feed bag soon enough. Lastly catfish will always provide a constant action in many areas. Overall, what a great season we are having and expect it to continue! I see success in your future! If you're looking to get up and fish this year call Sea Breeze Charters at (877)-616-780 and book your trip