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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – September 26th, 2014

Western Basin

Walleye
Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from northwest of North Bass Island and north of Kelleys Island.
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 number of fish, but the size of fish has been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been off Little Cedar Point, south of West Sister Island, three miles north of the Toledo water intake, Rattlesnake Island, east of Middle Bass Island, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, around “F” can of the Camp Perry firing range, southeast of Kelleys Island, northwest of Kelleys Island, and off the Marblehead lighthouse.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth Bass
Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around Middle Bass Island and Kelleys 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 also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics.

Central Basin

Walleye
Where: Fishing has been good four miles north of Vermilion. Excellent fishing has been reported in 68 to 74 feet of water north of Ashtabula. Some fish are starting to move in closer to shore.
How: Anglers are using planer boards or divers with worm harnesses, spoons, and stick baits.
Yellow Perch
Where: Anglers are catching perch off St. Anthony’s at Lorain. Excellent perch fishing has been reported in 38 to 40 feet of water north of Edgewater Park and downtown Cleveland, in 34 to 48 feet of water northeast of Gordon Park and off Bratenahl, in 38 to 60 feet of water north-northeast of Fairport Harbor, and in 48 to 67 feet of water north of Conneaut. 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 and Largemouth Bass
Where: Fishing has been good in the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using crankbaits, soft plastic lures with jigs, 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 39 to 44 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 Grand River, with the evenings being the best. It is always hard to predict when the fishing will pick up for white bass, according to the Division of Wildlife.
How: Anglers are using small spoons, spinners, and agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails.
Steelhead
Where: Anglers are trolling and casting in harbors, breakwalls, and nearshore areas at Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport Harbor, Eastlake, and Rocky River.
How: Anglers are using spoons, spinners, and small crankbaits either by casting or trolling.

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