Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Lake Erie Region

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has remained slow over the past week. The best
fishing was north of Kelleys Island, including Gull Island Shoal
and Kelleys Island Shoal. Fish have been caught by both trolling
and casting. 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, north of West Sister Island near the Canadian border,
around Green and Rattlesnake Islands, east of Kelleys Island,
Kelleys Island Shoal, southeast of Kelleys Island, north of the
Marblehead lighthouse, near the Cedar Point bell buoy, around the
Catawba Island green buoy, and Gull Island shoal. Perch spreaders
or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the
most fish.

Smallmouth bass have been caught around Middle Bass Island and
South Bass Island, and on the southern shoreline of Kelleys Island.
Some of the fish have been up to 19 inches long.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been excellent from Huron to Lorain. The
best area has been the 30 north line west of the sandbar. Trollers
are still having success on worm harnesses and spoons, but
crankbaits are starting to catch more fish.

Yellow perch fishing has been excellent. The most consistent
action has been on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, north
of Vermilion, and also off of Lorain near the lighthouse. Fishing
has been very good all along ports from Cleveland east to Conneaut.
The best spots include northwest of Gordon Park in 48 to 55 feet of
water, northwest of Wildwood State Park in 47 to 53 feet of water,
north-northwest of Fairport in 45 to 55 feet of water (the hump),
north of Geneva and Ashtabula in 40 to 50 feet of water. Perch
spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom
usually produces the most fish. Fish have ranged from seven to 12
inches.

Steelhead fishing is picking up as fish begin to move up into
the harbors and rivers. Anglers are catching fish near the
breakwalls, at the mouths and downstream locations in the Rocky,
Chagrin, Grand and Ashtabula Rivers, Geneva State Park, Euclid
Creek (Wildwood State Park) and Conneaut Creek. Water conditions in
the rivers and streams remain low and slightly stained. Best times
have been in the morning. Shore anglers are using small spoons,
spinners, or jigs and maggots rigged with a split shot under a
light bobber.

Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature as of Oct.
29 was 57 off of Toledo and 61 off of Cleveland.

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