Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – July 4th, 2014

Western Basin

Walleye
Where: Walleye fishing has been excellent at the gravel pit, northwest of West Sister Island, north of “A” and “B” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, around “E” and “F” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, Northwest Reef and West Reef near North Bass Island, west of Rattlesnake Island, around Gull Island Shoal, and east of Kelleys Island.
How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and also spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.
Yellow perch
Where: Yellow perch fishing effort has been low with most good reports coming from between Green and Rattlesnake islands, east of Ballast Island, east of Starve Island, and west of Kelleys Island.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass
Where: Smallmouth bass have been caught around island shorelines in less than 25 feet of water.
How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs and on crankbaits or jerkbaits.
Largemouth bass
Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in harbors and bays in the western basin and also on the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits, and soft plastics.

Central Basin

Walleye
Where: Fishing has been excellent on the Lorain dumping ground, southeast of the sandbar between Lorain and Vermilion, in 30 to 50 feet of water north of Cleveland, in 50 to 63 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, and in 35 to 71 feet of water north of Ashtabula.
How: Anglers are using divers or planer boards with worm harnesses and pink, white, green, and purple spoons.
Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching fish in 40 to 50 feet of water north of Cleveland, Wildwood Park, and Chagrin River. Good fishing has been reported in 41 to 48 feet of water northwest of Ashtabula and in 29 to 60 feet of water north-northwest of Conneaut. Shore fishing has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland. Fish are being caught off the west pier of the Grand River.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass
Where: Fishing has been excellent in 15 to 27 feet of water around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using soft craws, shiners, leeches, tube jigs, and trolling crankbaits.
White bass
Where: Anglers fishing from boats are catching white bass north of Cleveland in 20 to 30 feet of water. Watch for the gulls feeding on the surface and the white bass will be below the school of emerald shiners. Anglers shore fishing are catching fish off the Cleveland piers and Eastlake CEI pier with the evenings being the best.
How: Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails, small spoons, and spinners.
Channel Catfish
Where: Fishing has been very good along the Grand River.
How: Anglers are using nightcrawlers and large chubs. 

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