Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – July 31st, 2014

Western Basin


Where: Walleye fishing has been excellent northeast of the gravel pit, near the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, south of Middle Sister Island, northwest of West Sister Island, north of “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range, from west of Rattlesnake Island to Northwest Reef, 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, and around Kelleys Island.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around island shorelines in less than 25 feet of water.
How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs and also crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass

Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits, and soft plastics.

Central Basin


Where: Fishing has been excellent around Ruggles Reef, on the Lorain dumping ground, in 40 to 60- feet of water north of Cleveland, in 50 to 65 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, in 55 to 68 feet of water north-northwest of Geneva, and in 42 to 70 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula.
How: Anglers are using divers with worm harnesses and pink, white, green, and purple spoons.

Yellow perch

Where: Anglers are catching fish in 30 to 50 feet of water north of Cleveland, Wildwood Park, and the Chagrin River. Good fishing was reported in 43 to 48 feet of water northeast and west of Ashtabula, and in 40 feet of water north-northwest of Conneaut. Shore fishing has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and the west and east 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 17 to 22- feet of water around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using drop shot rigs with tubes baits, leeches, and soft craws.

White bass

Where: Boat anglers are catching white bass north of Cleveland, Eastlake, and Fairport Harbor in 20 to 40 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, Eastlake CEI pier, and the east and west piers on the Grand River with the evenings being the best.
How: Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails, small spoons, and spinners.

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