Sandusky Bay (Ottawa County) – Anglers are catching channel
catfish during the night while still fishing on the bottom using
night crawlers and raw shrimp. The best location is the Old Bay
Western Basin: Walleye fishing remained slow over the past week.
The best fishing was around the turnaround buoy of the Toledo
shipping channel, around “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range,
and north of Crane Creek. Drifting with bottom bouncers and worm
harnesses or casting mayfly rigs has been productive. Trollers have
been catching fish on spoons with divers, or worm harnesses fished
with inline weights, snap weights, bottom bouncers, or divers. The
best spoon colors have been pinks and purples.
Yellow perch fishing is improving around the islands with the
best areas being west of Rattlesnake Island and Green Island,
northwest of Kelleys Island, south of Kelleys Island, and south of
Starve Island. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished
near the bottom produce the most fish.
Central Basin: Walleye fishing has been good east of the
southern half of the sandbar northwest of Lorain 5 to 7 miles out.
Fishing has slowed down in the Cleveland area with the best areas
northwest of Edgewater Park in 54 of water and northwest of the
Chagrin River in 72 to 78 feet. Very good fishing has been reported
northwest of Geneva in 65 to 74 feet, and 7-13 miles northeast of
Ashtabula in 70 to 74 feet. Trollers are using worm harnesses,
spoons or stick baits off Jet Divers, Dipsy Divers, planer boards
and downriggers. Worm harnesses and spoons continue to be the top
baits. The best action has been about 25-50 feet down, and the best
colors have been chartreuse, purple, orange, green, pink, and black
with copper or gold.
Yellow perch fishing is good offshore in the Cleveland area and
also east to Conneaut. The best spots to fish are northwest of
Edgewater Park in 51 to 54 feet of water, northwest of the Chagrin
River in 53 to 54 feet, northwest of Fairport Harbor (the hump) in
50 to 60 feet, and north of Conneaut in 55 to 65 feet. Perch
spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom
produce the most fish. Don’t forget to try several turns up from
the bottom as some fish may be suspended. Fish have ranged from 8
to 13 inches.
White bass fishing has been very good off Eastlake CEI power
plant in 15-30 feet of water. Anglers are using agitators with
blue/silver spoons and jigs tipped with Twister Tails.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 16 to 26 feet of
water around Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut
harbors. Fish are being caught on watermelon, pumpkinseed and green
tube jigs and drop-shot goby imitations.
Steelhead are being caught by anglers while walleye fishing 9 to
13 miles offshore from Geneva and Ashtabula in 65 to 74 feet of
water. Anglers are catching steelhead on blue or green with silver
spoons while trolling using downriggers, Dipsy Divers, or Jet
Divers off planer boards.
Based on the nearshore forecast, the water temperature is 72 off
of Toledo and 74 off of Cleveland.