Lake Erie Fishing Report: May 14, 2003|
Strong winds over the past week have limited most fishing to near shore
areas. When conditions have allowed, walleye fishing has been best on the
reef complex near Port Clinton, west of Green and Rattlesnake Islands, and
northwest of Kelley's Island. Jigs tipped with shiners are still producing
some limits on the reef complex, with chartreuse and purple being the most
popular jig colors. Around the islands most walleye have been caught by
drifting bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses with gold blades. The
majority of walleye caught have ranged from 19 to 23", with a few fish
The area between Marblehead and Kelley's Island has continued to be the best
spot for yellow perch, with some also being caught between Green Island and
Clinton Reef. 7 to 13" fish are being caught using spreaders tipped with
Smallmouth bass between 15 and 20" have been caught around many of the
western basin islands, with Kelley's Island and South Bass Island being the
best areas. Brown salted tube jigs have been the most productive.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good near Lorain, Vermillion and
Conneaut. Best areas have been within one mile of shore, with most of the
fish caught measuring 14" and over. The best lures to catch smallmouth in
the central basin have been tube jigs or blade baits.
Yellow perch are being caught in the area 2 miles northwest of Vermillion.
Spreaders tipped with shiners have been the most productive.
Walleye fishing should continue to improve as conditions allow. Some fish
are already being caught on near Ruggles Reef by trolling crankbaits.