Walleye fishing effort has been low recently. Look for fishing to improve as the water cools, as fish from the 2003 year class surpass 15”, and when the migratory walleye return from the east.
Perch fishing has good lately with many limit catches. As with walleye, there are many fish from the 2003 year class. These 2003 yellow perch currently range from 6 to 8 inches. As the 2003 perch continue to grow the average size of the catch will improve. The best areas have been the Toledo shipping channel turnaround buoy, the cans of the Camp Perry firing range, E of Ballast Island, and just N of Cedar Point. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up.
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 has been good in Ohio waters of the central basin. The best areas were the sandbar NW of Lorain, 7 to 14 miles N of Geneva in 68 to 72’ of water, and 7 to 14 miles N of Ashtabula in 68 to 72’ of water. Trolling 30 to 50 feet down with spoons, crawler harnesses or stickbaits, using planer boards, dipsy divers, downriggers or jet divers, have produced the best catches. Fish have ranged from 15-27 inches.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent N of Lorain in 37 to 43’ of water, 3 miles N of Wildwood state park in 32 to 40’ of water, 3 to 6 miles N of Ashtabula and Conneaut in 50 to 62’ of water, and 2 to 6 miles NE and NW of Fairport Harbor in 45 to 60’ of water. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up. Fish have ranged from 7-11 inches.
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around breakwalls and rocky drop-offs from Lorain to Avon point. Tube jigs and drop-shot rigs with goby imitations have been the most productive lures.
Steelhead have been caught by walleye anglers in the same areas mentioned in the walleye report. Fish have ranged from 16 to 28”.
Lake Erie surface temperatures are in the low to mid 70’s.