Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – November 9th, 2012

Western Basin

All reports are based on fishing information before the major storm hit on Monday, Oct. 29.
Walleye: There have been very few reports recently. As temperatures drop, walleyes will return to the islands area. Most walleyes are caught in the fall by trolling crankbaits off of planer boards.
Yellow perch fishing has been good when the weather has allowed. The best areas have been 1 to 3 miles off Little Cedar Point, east of West Sister Island, north of “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range, north of Green Island, east of Kelleys Island, and between Kelleys Island and Marblehead. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleyes have been caught 4 to 8 miles north-northwest of Huron. Most fish are being caught by trolling with worm harnesses or crankbaits.
Yellow perch fishing has been good within a mile of Huron and Vermilion. Farther east, fishing continues to be excellent with many limit catches. The best locations to fish are in 32-35 feet of water northwest of Wildwood State Park, in 35 feet of water north of Chagrin River, in 49-52 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor (the hump), and in 45-62 feet of water northeast of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. The best shore fishing spots to try are the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor and the Fairport Harbor Pier. Fair catches were reported recently at the Fairport Harbor Pier. Anglers are using crappie rigs and spreaders with shiners, and the mornings and evenings have been best.
Steelhead Trout: All rivers are near flood stage and it will be several days or longer before they are fishable again. Call ahead to your local bait shops to check on river and stream conditions. Before the storm, anglers were catching fish off the Fairport Pier at the mouth of the Grand River and also in the river up to the Uniroyal hole. Boat anglers were having good luck in the Grand River as well as the Ashtabula River and Conneaut Creek. Try using small spoons, spinnerbaits, and jigs with maggots.
The water temperature as of Oct. 31 was 50 degrees off of Toledo and 57 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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