Lake Erie Region
Walleye: Fishing has slowed in western Lake Erie with fewer
anglers targeting walleye compared to earlier in the month. The
best reports are coming from the gravel pit west of West Sister
Island, northwest of North Bass Island, and 8 to 10 miles east of
Kelleys Island. Drifters are using bottom bouncers with worm
harnesses or are casting mayfly rigs. Trollers were catching fish
on worm harnesses fished with in-line weights or bottom bouncers,
and also on spoons fished with Dipsy Divers or Jet Divers.
Yellow perch fishing is improving. The best areas have been the
gravel pit west of West Sister Island, east of the Toledo water
intake, 20′ of water off of Ward’s canal, Green Island and
Rattlesnake Island, around Kelleys Island, and off of Cedar Point.
Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom
produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing has been good in open water around the weather
buoy at the north end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain,
and also nearshore from Huron to Vermilion. Excellent fishing
continues with many boat limits 10-13 miles north-northeast of
Geneva in 70-72 feet and 7-9 miles north of Ashtabula in 70-72
feet. Trollers are using watermelon, green, yellow jacket, perch,
orange, pink or blackjack stick baits, spoons and worm harnesses,
off of Dipsy Divers. Anglers are fishing down 50-55 feet.
Yellow perch fishing has been good in 48-50 feet northwest of
Edgewater State Park, 49-55 feet northwest of Wildwood State Park,
50-55 feet northwest of Fairport, 60-65 feet northeast of Ashtabula
and 60-68 feet north-northeast of Conneaut. Perch spreaders or
perch and crappie rigs with shiners fished as far up as 6 feet off
the bottom have been producing the most fish.
Steelhead fishing has been good this past week with the best
location 14-18 miles northwest off Fairport in 75-78 feet (the
Cleveland Hole) while trolling using black and purple or silver and
blue spoons. Anglers are fishing down 55-60 feet just above or in
White bass fishing has been good from the shore at the Eastlake
CEI wall, Grand River and Fairport Harbor piers. Anglers are using
agitators with blue and silver spoons and jigs tipped with twister
tails. Fish range from 7-11 inches. Boat anglers watch for the
gulls feeding on the surface – these are usually good spots to try
for white bass which are also feeding on the same schools of
Based on the nearshore marine forecast the water temperature is
71 off of Toledo and 73 off of Cleveland.