The following report was submitted by Matt Mattison, the fishing pro at Anglers’ Bay.
With temperatures dropping the walleye are going into a transition stage. This means you wont find many bunched up in your traditional summer spots. Instead, look for fish on the move chasing shad–we are noticing a ton coming into shore at night. There are big numbers on the east end as well. I targeted water 38-42 feet deep from Cleveland to North Bay and found fish suspending from 15-30 feet. There bait of choice was #7 flicker shads that were similar in color to the forage they are feeding on. It seemed anything with a blue pattern on the back and silver sides performed the best. Use lead-core to target those specific areas in the water column and cover ground to find active fish. Try to stay between 1.8-2.1 mph.
Tip: To keep those weeds from sliding down your line and onto your lure. Keep the tip of your rods slightly in the water. Remember fish are on the move so use your electronics to locate them in the water column. Good luck and be safe