Lake Erie Region

Western Basin: Walleye fishing has remained slow recently. The
best fishing has been around Northwest Reef (northwest of West
Reef). Drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses or casting
mayfly rigs have been productive. Trollers have been catching fish
on spoons with divers, or worm harnesses fished with inline
weights, snap weights, bottom bouncers, or divers.

Yellow perch fishing has been good in the western basin. The
best spots have been the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping
channel, between Green and Rattlesnake Islands, north of
Rattlesnake Island, and four miles west of North Bass Island. Perch
spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom
produce the most fish.

Central Basin: Walleye fishing has slowed west of Cleveland with
the best area being the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Very
good fishing has been reported 10 to 20 miles north of Geneva in 72
to 74 feet of water, and eight to 12 miles north of Ashtabula in 70
to 74 feet of water. Trollers are using worm harnesses, spoons or
stickbaits 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 to 50 feet down, and the
best colors have been chartreuse, purple, orange, green, and black
with copper or gold/red.

Yellow perch fishing is very good offshore in the Cleveland area
and also east to Conneaut. The best spots to fish are northwest of
Gordon Park in 35 to 45 feet of water, northwest of Edgewater Park
in 40 to 45 feet of water, north of Ashtabula in 65 to 70 feet of
water, and north of Conneaut in 60 to 65 feet of water. You may try
fishing further offshore than normal. Fish may also be suspended in
the water column until the recent upwelling of low oxygenated water
settles back down to the deeper portions of the lake. Perch
spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom
usually produce the most fish, however, this week you may want to
fish five to 10 feet up from the bottom due to the conditions. Fish
have ranged from eight to 13 inches.

White bass fishing has been good off Eastlake CEI power plant
between 15 to 30 feet of water. Anglers are using agitators with
blue/silver spoons and jigs tipped with plastics.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good prior to the
upwelling of low oxygenated waters. The Division of Wildlife
expects fishing to pick back up in the harbor areas around
Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut harbors. Anglers
have been fishing in 15 to 25 feet of water. 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 7 to
15 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 as of Sept. 3, the water
temperature is 71 off of Toledo and Cleveland.

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