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The Blade Fishing Report: 9-12

09/12/2014, 12:00am EDT
By THE BLADE

The best angling information from area experts

■  Maumee River: If the big flush of water from Wednesday’s heavy rain does not turn the river into a week-long mess, the change in the weather should bump up the activity with the waterway’s smallmouth bass, according to guide and fly angler Hunter Hayes. He expects crawfish patterns and olive-colored clouser minnows to work early in the morning for smallmouth and carp. For those fishermen in pursuit of catfish, river watcher Joe Roecklein suggests the Rossford marina area as the most productive, but adds that cats have been cooperative all along the river.

■ Lake Erie/Ohio: The fishing experts over at Jann’s Netcraft report that the walleye fishing in the western end of the lake remains slow, with a few fish being caught in the Niagara Reef area and around “B” can of the firing range. Crawler harnesses rigged behind Dipsy Divers, along with Reef Runner 800 series crankbaits, are working for trollers. The yellow perch fishing outlook is more positive, with Netcraft reporting decent catches from around West Sister Island, especially southwest of the uninhabited island in 22-25 feet of water. Perch anglers have also had success in 38-40 feet of water on the east side of Kelleys Island, using the conventional rig -- spreaders tipped with emerald shiners. Try tube jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits for smallmouth bass, around Middle Bass and Kelleys islands.

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■ Lake Erie/Michigan: The MDNR reports that yellow perch are being caught off Stony Point in 24-26 feet of water, with the best success found when anglers start working in about 20 feet of water and gradually move to deeper areas. Perch were also being caught a mile-and-a-half off Toledo Beach, around Turtle Island, and around the “E” buoy and the Edison Stacks. The perch have been running small, so expect to do a lot of sorting.

■ Fish safe to eat: Anglers are reminded that the walleyes and yellow perch from Lake Erie are safe to eat, despite the recent algae scare. Extensive testing of fish tissues has indicated no toxins present in the meat.

■ Sandusky Bay: The ODNR reports the bay is serving up some big cats to anglers fishing at night and using shrimp or worms fished on the bottom. Willow Point, the Bay Bridge Access and Bay View Fishing Access have all been productive locations.

■ Nettle Lake: In this 115-acre Williams County water, the largemouth bass are hitting surface baits and Crème worms for anglers fishing the northwestern bay area in the evenings.

■ Ohio strip mine lakes: The AEP lakes in the southeastern part of the state are producing bass in the one and two-pound range for anglers working the banks in the mornings and evenings with Zoom Super Fluke in pearl white. Hocking Hills Adventure Trek guide Corneilus Harris reports that bass have been very active feeding on baitfish along the banks, and he expects the larger fish to be part of the action as fall develops.

■ Lake St. Clair: The MDNR reports anglers are having success with smallmouth bass while fishing in Anchor Bay and south of Huron Point in deeper water. Muskie aficionado Fred Lederer of Perrysburg reports a tough go on a recent visit here, with five muskies caught over two days, fishing the American side of the lake.

■ Irish Hills: The scientific angler is studying the data and working the water column just above the thermocline, trying to seduce a few more keeper bluegills out of these lakes before the leaves come off the trees and the fair weather fishermen head for Mexico. The bass anglers report finding a few fish in the shallow flats in the morning hours, and then tracking them to the deep-water weed beds later in the day. Crayfish imitations are the best choice in the weed beds, while top-water lures have turned the trick in the flats in the mornings.

■ Nicaragua tournament: At the recent Flor de Cana XI International Fishing Tournament in Chinandega, Nicaragua, Toledoan Scott Kozak’s team finished seventh, with 40 sailfish and one blue marlin registered. The anglers arrived in Managua, and for security reasons spent the night there before making the four-hour drive to the north coast. Kozak fished off a 43-foot Willis that came from Guatemala for the event. Kozak said his team fished about 52 miles out in the Pacific, where the water was 400-feet deep and “full of wildlife”, including humpback whales and sea turtles.

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