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Joann Jones, left, and Aaron Jackson, both of Euclid, Ohio, catch catfish in Port Clinton.(Photo: Molly Corfman/The News-Messenger)Buy Photo

PORT CLINTON – Fishing has picked up after recent storms and bad weather with walleye, perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass and catfish being caught on Lake Erie, sources said.

"There's a lot of good summer fishing to be had, " said Bernie Whitt, owner of Anglers Supply in Fremont.

Walleye have been caught near the Canadian line and in Canadian waters lately, according to Rickard's Bait and Tackle's fishing report. Good spots have been north of North Bass and east of Middle Island, both near along the Canadian line and at Mill Point in Canada.

Another spot near the Canadian line that has been good for walleye is east of Gull Island Shoal, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Fish Ohio report.

Anglers need a Canadian fishing license to fish in that country's waters.

For those wanting to stay in U.S. waters, good walleye spots have been the Gravel Pit, 3 miles west of West Sister Island, north of Niagara Reef and around Cone Reef and Toussaint Reef of the Camp Perry firing range, according to ODNR.

Successful baits for anglers casting have been gold worm harnesses, according to Rickard's. The bait store recommends using a lighter weight sinker with the harnesses because many walleye are higher in the water column chasing mayflies.

Those trolling have caught walleye with spoons and nightcrawler harnesses, according to Rickard's.

Perch have been caught at the end of the Toledo shipping channel and near Niagara Reef, according to ODNR. They also have been caught near the Marblehead Lighthouse, but the catch has not been consistent, according to Rickard's.

Smallmouth bass have been caught around the Camp Perry firing range reefs and along the shores of the Bass Islands, according to ODNR. Largemouth have been caught along the shores of Catawba and Marblehead.

Anglers are using tube jigs, crankbaits and drop shot rigs, according to ODNR.

Channel catfish also are being caught on the Sandusky Bay and Sandusky River, Whitt said in his store's fishing report.

Crappie and bluegills have been caught at the Raccoon Creek and Beaver Creek reservoirs in Clyde in the evenings, Whitt said.

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