Lake Erie Region
The DNR Division of Wildlife will be setting experimental gill
nets to assess the fish population in Ohio waters of Lake Erie
extending into the first week of November. These nets will be
clearly marked with gill net staffs (black flags) at both ends of
the net and individual orange or white buoys spaced approximately
100 feet apart. For further information please contact the DNR at
Recent strong winds greatly limited fishing opportunities.
Heading into the late fall season, the Bass Islands, Kelleys
Island, and nearshore from Port Clinton to Marblehead will all
produce walleye. Stable conditions and clear water produce the
best results. The best technique to catch fall trophies is
trolling crankbaits around open water baitfish during the day or
along rocky shorelines at night. Shore anglers can also catch
walleyes from western basin piers after dark as walleye move
inshore to feed on shiners and gizzard shad.
Muddy water resulting from the strong winds has slowed perch
fishing in the western basin. The best yellow perch fishing had
been around the northern cans (A, B, and C) of the Camp Perry
range, north of the Toledo water intake, at the Toledo Harbor
Light, north of West Sister Island, off of Kelleys Island shoal,
and north of the Marblehead lighthouse. Perch spreaders with
shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish that have
averaged around 8 inches with several catches averaging in the 9-
to 10-inch range.
When conditions have allowed, the best walleye fishing has been
from Cedar Point to Vermilion. The best technique to catch fall
trophies is trolling crankbaits around open water baitfish during
the day or along rocky shorelines at night. Shore anglers can also
catch walleyes from piers after dark as walleye move inshore to
feed on shiners and gizzard shad.
Steelhead fishing has been good. Fish are being caught off the
Fairport, Ashtabula, and Conneaut break walls in 10 to 25 feet and
also in the Ashtabula and Grand rivers, and at the mouth of
Conneaut Creek. Anglers are catching steelhead by trolling
green/white, red/white, black/purple, chartreuse, and silver/blue
Yellow perch fishing has been good off of the Vermilion break
wall in 35 to 38 feet of water, off of the Lorain lighthouse,
northwest of Gordon State Park (Cleveland) in 42 feet, north of
Edgewater State Park (Cleveland) in 40 feet, north-northwest of
Fairport Harbor in 45 to 60 feet, and north of Conneaut in 35 to 40
feet. Perch spreaders with shiners or crappie rigs fished near the
bottom produce the most fish. Shore fisherman are catching yellow
perch at the Lorain ore dock pier using perch spreaders with
shiners or crappie rigs.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in harbor areas, and in 15
to 25 feet along the shoreline in Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva, and
Fairport Harbor. Fish are being caught on goby-colored tube jigs,
crankbaits, and jigs tipped with minnows or night crawlers.
Steelhead fishing has been good at the mouths of the rivers and
major streams. Water levels remain low in the main channels on the
rivers and streams. Anglers are catching fish at the Lorain Ore
dock, East 72nd St. Pier in Cleveland, Euclid Creek (Wildwood State
Park), Chagrin River, Grand River, Arcola Creek, Geneva State Park,
Conneaut Creek and along the Conneaut west break wall. Shore
anglers are using small spinners and spoons, and jigs and maggots
rigged with a split shot under a light bobber.
The Lake Erie surface temperature was of Oct. 30 was 53 degrees
off of Toledo and 59 degrees off of Cleveland.