Fishing improving on the lake

May 21, 2024 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

BY MARK CAHLIK

The weather was a little touchy this past week, but there were some good days to get out and fish. This week looks better for the weather, most of the week. Most of the charters were running half and half this past week between Tru-Trips 40’s and spoons and Dead Eye crankbaits on each side. Then they transitioned completely over to spoons. When they were running the crankbaits, they were 70 to 90 back, and spoons on average were 35 to 45 back. There are many trolling spoons to choose from. Michigan Stingers and Yeck spoons are just a few to start with and are the most popular in this area.

From the reports I have received, northwest of Kelleys Island has been good, and west of the islands, there are a few guys still picking up fish down at the cans by the firing range. Casting bite is still slow at the bottom right now, but they are still working the reefs around the islands and some of the cans at the firing range. They are using a single hook casting harness known as a weapon with 3/4 oz. to 1 oz. egg sinker.

The catfish bite seems to be getting stronger in the Sandusky Bay, with more and more reports coming in. The daytime bite seems to be improving now as well, with more people coming into the bait store. The night bite is still outperforming right now, though the bait of choice seems to be shrimp. Average fish being caught is 13 to 15 lbs., but there is nothing saying that you cannot catch something bigger out of the bay. It is known for some big catfish.

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