Smallmouth Bass Fishing Kelleys Island

Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass

This is a great video detailing some areas and timing for Smallmouth Bass

Finding Smallmouth Bass around Kelley’s Island

North Bay

The North side of Kelleys Island is a great place to start while searching for smallmouth bass around Kelleys Island. North Bay holds fish at all times of the year, but at different depths. In the spring, focus on the flats in 9-12 FOW. In the summer/fall focus on the ledges in the East side of the bay in 18-24 FOW.

West Bay

West Bay is most productive after the spawn in July and August. Fish can be found in 12-15 FOW shortly after the spawn. In late summer focus on 20+ FOW in West Bay.

South Side

The South Side of Kelleys Island is a hot spot during the pre-spawn and spawn. Fish can be found in 17-21 FOW pre-spawn. During the spawn fish are around 9-12 FOW just off the shore. This is a great numbers area if you are looking to catch a lot of fish in the spring.

East Side

The East side of Kelleys Island is a community fishing ground. This is where most fisherman will be mid to late summer. Smallmouth Bass will roam the entire East side during this time to look for food. Fish 19-24 FOW in mid to late summer.

Smallmouth Bass Lures


Fishing a dropshot for smallmouth bass is the most productive way. On Lake Erie, most choose to fish a smaller profile bait with a 1/4-3/8 ounce weight depending on current and depth. A good dropshot lure to try is a halfshell. Fish the dropshot bait on a #6 hook.


In late spring and summer, a swimbait can be a fun way to catch Smallmouth Bass. With a swimbait you can fish points and underwater structure. Cast the swimbait out and reel in touching the bottom. A 3.8 swimbait works best on a 1/4 ounce head.

Tube Jig

A tube jig is an all around good bait to catch smallmouth bass. On Lake Erie, most fisherman are using a 3/8 ounce head and a 4″ bait. If the fish are neutral, switch to a 3″ tube. Green pumpkin works best. Drag the bait slow over the structure, don’t pop it.

If you like this article check out our other article on Fishing South Bass Island.