Lake Erie Fishing Report:
It should be another beautiful weekend in NE Ohio for fishing! Here is what we have heard in the shop about Lake Erie fishing:
Walleye fishing is still about as good as it gets while the fish continue their seasonal migration east into the Central Basin. A good spot has been northeast of Kelleys Island and between Kelleys Island and Cedar Point, in 35-40 feet of water. In Lorain and Vermilion, the fishing has been excellent trolling in 50+ feet of water while trolling dipsy divers and spoons. Fish have been a bit higher in the water column, a good bet is to target them at 20 feet down. The most productive techniques have been trolling spoons and crankbaits, as well as casting and trolling with worm harnesses. If you head towards the Central Basin, the walleye have been a bit young and undersized, but larger fish can be found in deeper waters. Around Cleveland, the best bite has come from Edgewater and Gordon Park in 25-45 feet of water while drifting and casting crawler harnesses and weight forward spinners and trolling in 55-70 feet of water with spoons behind dipsy divers and deep diving crankbaits. If you’re looking to fish farther east, Fairport Harbor and Ashtabula have had reports of excellent fishing in 40-75 feet of water, trolling 35-50 feet down, with spoons and crawler harnesses. In Conneaut, fishing has been best in 60-70 feet of water, with fish suspended at 50-55 feet, using purple and blue BadMo Spoons. In Geneva, fishing has produced in 45-55 feet of water, with the fish suspended at 35-42 feet, using Nascar and Sir Walleye Spoons.
Yellow Perch fishing has been very good in the Western Basin, though it can be sporadic day to day, in 20-22 feet of water near the Toledo Water Intake. Other locations that have been getting good bites are the “B” and “D” cans of Camp Perry Firing Range, and northwest and southwest of Green Island in 26-30 feet of water. Most of the fish have been 7-9 inches in length, with bigger fish also being caught.
Largemouth Bass have been caught in nearshore areas, especially near structures such as breakwalls, and have produced large numbers of fish. Popular bait has been spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and soft plastic presentations.
Water temps are as follows: Toledo at 78°, Cleveland at 75°, and off Erie at 75° as well.
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