ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 7/09/03: OH

Article Posted: July 09, 2003

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Western Basin-

The best walleye fishing in the past week has been in the area between West
Sister Island and Middle Sister Island in 30 feet of water and also on the
reef complex in 13 to 16 feet of water. Best methods have included casting
gold weapons or drifting bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses, and
trolling gold, orange or purple spoons. Fish have ranged from 13 to 22".
Yellow perch fishing has been best near Kelley's Island Shoal in 45 feet of
water and N of the Marblehead lighthouse. Spreaders tipped with shiners have
been most productive for 8 to 13" fish.
The east side of 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 on the sandbar NE of
Vermilion in 35 to 45 feet of water, 8 to 10 miles NW of Euclid and East
Lake in 60 to 67 feet of water, and 4 to 6 miles N of Geneva and Ashtabula
in 52 to 65 feet of water. Anglers have been trolling dipsy divers with
spoons (most color schemes with copper, blue, watermelon, chartreuse or gold
have been best), crankbaits or crawler harnesses for fish from 15 to 30".
Yellow perch are being caught within 4 miles of Lorain in 30 feet of water,
within 1 to 6 miles of Vermilion in 40 feet of water, 2 miles N of Geneva in
52 feet of water, in 40 to 45 feet of water 1 to 2 miles N of E 72nd St. in
Cleveland, and 1 to 2 miles N of the Rocky River in 40 to 44 feet of water.
Spreaders tipped with shiners are taking fish from 7 to 12".
Smallmouth bass are being caught near Ruggles Reef in 30 feet of water and
in nearshore breakwall and harbor areas from 10 to 20 feet of water around
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 4 to 6
miles N of Geneva in 52 to 65 feet of water. The steelhead have ranged in
size from 23 to 29".

Source: ODNR

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