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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – August 29th, 2014

Western Basin

Walleye

Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin and fewer anglers have been targeting them. The best reports have come from west of Rattlesnake Island up to the Canadian border, including Northwest Reef and the red bell buoy near the Canadian border. Other spots to try include West Sister Island, Green Island, and off Cedar Point.

How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and 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 has been good based on numbers of fish, but the size of fish has been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been north of West Sister Island, north of the “B” and “C” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, the red bell buoy north of North Bass Island, Rattlesnake Island, south of Green Island, Lucy’s Point of Middle Bass Island, and southeast of Kelleys Island.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range, around Kelleys Island, and around North Bass Island.
How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits, or jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass

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

Central Basin

Walleye

Where: Fishing has been good at the dumping grounds off Huron, off Ruggles Reef, and near the weather buoy at the north end of the Sandbar. Fishing has slowed down in the Cleveland area. Excellent fishing has been reported in 70-to-74 feet of water north of Geneva and in 70-to-74 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula.
How: Anglers are using wireline, divers, with worm harnesses and stick baits.

Yellow perch

Where: Anglers are catching some perch off the condos east of Vermilion, off St. Anthony’s near Lorain, and in 40 to 50 feet of water north of Gordon Park and in 45-feet of water north of Wildwood Park. Excellent fishing has been reported in 53 to 63 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 53 to 64 feet of water north of Ashtabula. Fishing from shore has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and at the long pier off Mentor Headlands.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass

Where: Fishing has been good around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using drop shot rigs with leeches and soft craws.

White bass

Where: Anglers fishing from boats 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 fishing from shore are catching fish off the piers in Cleveland, Eastlake, and the Grand River, with the evenings being the best. It is always hard to predict when the fishing will pick up for white bass.
How: Anglers are using small spoons, spinners, and agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails. 

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