OHIO: Lake Erie – Fish Have Been Caught by Trolling with Divers & Spoons

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was good over the past week.  Most reports came from the reef complex and from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island.  Fish have been caught by trolling with divers and spoons, and also on inline weights with worm harnesses.  Fish can also be caught by casting mayfly rigs or drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing continues to be good over the past week in the western basin.  The best areas have been the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, SE of Kelley’s Island, S of Green Island, and N of Ballast Island.  Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

Bass fishermen continue to have good catches of largemouth bass around the harbors and nearshore areas from Catawba to Marblehead.  Smallmouth bass have been caught around South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island.

Central Basin

Walleye Very good fishing has been reported 70-74’ NE of Geneva and 70-74’ N-NW of Ashtabula.  Anglers are using jet divers and dipsy divers with purple, blue, pink, silver and black spoons.  Anglers are also using wireline with stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair off of the Huron River mouth, in 26’ to 30’ of water off of Cranberry Creek, and off of the condos between Vermilion and Beaver Creek.  Very good fishing has been reported 42-46’ of N-NE of Edgewater Park, 40-48’ NE of Wildwood Park, 42-47’ N-NW of Fairport and 48′ NE of Conneaut.  Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produces the most fish.  Fish the bottom and keep the bait moving.  Mornings and evenings have been best.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25’ around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.  Fish are being caught on crayfish and leeches, dark green and red tube jigs, blade baits and crank baits.

Steelhead trout fishing has been fair while trolling for walleye at the same locations listed above for walleye off Geneva and Ashtabula.

White Bass   Anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall and Mentor Headlands breakwall.  Anglers are using agitators with white jigs and twister tails.  Mornings and evenings are the best times.  For boat anglers, look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface.  The white bass will be below the shiners.

The water temperature is 77 degrees off of Toledo and 77 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Dept of Natural Resources

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