This past weekend (July 2 and 3) walleye fishing was again slow in Ohio
waters of the western basin. The best walleye fishing has been N and NE
of the Toledo shipping channel turnaround buoy and N of West Sister
Island. Drifting or trolling worm harnesses and trolling spoons produce
the most fish.
Yellow perch fishing has also slowed. The best areas have been W of the
stone docks on the W side of Kelleys Island, and Gull and Kelleys Island
shoals. Fish just off the bottom using perch spreaders tipped with
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands,
Kelleys Island and Sandusky Bay. Largemouth bass have been caught in
Sandusky Bay, East Harbor and West Harbor.
Walleye fishing continues to be good in eastern Ohio's waters of the
central basin. The best fishing has been 5 to 7 miles N off Fairport
Harbor in 60 to 70' of water, 5 to 9 miles NW of Ashtabula in 60 to 71'
of water, and 4 to 7 miles N of Geneva in 60 to 70' of water. Trolling
20 to 40 feet down with spoons or crawler harnesses using planer boards,
dipsy divers or jet divers, have produced the best catches. The best
spoon colors have been confusion, watermelon and black/silver. Fish
have ranged from 15-28 inches.
Yellow perch fishing remains excellent 1-3 miles out from Fairport
Harbor in 30 to 50' of water and 1 to 3 miles out from Ashtabula to
Conneaut in 25 to 50' of water. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is
the most popular set-up. Fish have ranged from 7-13 inches.
The best white bass fishing has been from the shore at the Eastlake CEI
wall. Anglers are using agitators with small spinners and twister
Fish have ranged from 8 - 12 inches.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent on Ruggles Reef and around
the shoreline and harbors in 15 to 30 feet of water around Fairport,
Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Jigs tipped with shiners, tube jigs,
jerkbaits and crankbaits have been the most productive lures.
Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 71 to 74 degrees.