ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 7/02/03: OH

Article Posted: July 02, 2003

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Western Basin-

Good walleye fishing continued in the Western Basin over the past week. 18 to 22" fish have been caught in the area around the Toledo Shipping Channel Turnaround Buoy, between West Sister Island and Middle Sister Island, NE of Kelley's Island and NE of Toussaint Reef. Best methods have included casting gold weapons or drifting bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses, and trolling purple or gold spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been best near the Marblehead Lighthouse and NE of Kelley's Island. Spreaders tipped with shiners have been most productive for 7 to 13" fish.

Kelley's Island and the Bass Islands have produced the best smallmouth bass catches. Tube jigs have been used to catch fish between 15 and 20".

Central Basin-

Walleye fishing in the Central Basin has been best 1 to 4 miles NE of Avon in 28 to 30 feet of water, from Beaver Creek to Lorain 4 to 8 miles out in 36 to 54 feet of water, 5 to 6 miles N of Edgewater Park in 50 to 60 feet of water, 6 to 8 miles N of Euclid and East Lake in 58 to 65 feet of water, and 5 to 7 miles N of Geneva and Ashtabula in 50 to 70 feet of water. Anglers have been trolling dipsy divers with spoons (most color schemes with copper, blue, watermelon or gold have been best) or crawler harnesses for fish from 15 to 29".

Yellow perch are being caught from Beaver Creek to Lorain within 2 miles of shore, within 1 mile of Vermilion, 2 to 3 miles NE of Fairport in 40 to 48 feet of water, in 45 to 50 feet of water 2 to 3 miles N of E 72nd St. in Cleveland and 2 to 3 miles N of Conneaut in 40 to 47 feet of water. Spreaders tipped with shiners are taking fish from 7 to 12".

Smallmouth bass are being caught in nearshore breakwall and harbor areas from 15 to 30 feet of water around Avon, Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport and Cleveland. 14 to 18 inch fish have been caught on tube jigs, jigs tipped with shiners and crankbaits.

Steelhead have been caught by trollers using dipsy divers with spoons 5 to 7 miles N of Fairport, North Perry and Geneva in 62 to 70 feet of water and 6 to 8 miles N of Avon in 62 to 65 feet of water. The steelhead have ranged in size from 23 to 29".

Source: ODNR

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