ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 8/07/03: OH

Article Posted: August 07, 2003

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Western Basin-

Limits of walleye continue to be caught in the West Sister Island area. The
best fishing has been NE of West Sister to the Canadian border between G can
and F can. Walleye are also being caught just N of B can and C can of the
Camp Perry firing range. Trollers using spoons with Jet or Dipsy Divers have
been most successful, with casters also catching fish on weight forward worm
harnesses. Fish have ranged from 14 to 22".
Yellow perch fishing was excellent in the past week. Best areas have
included the C can area of the Camp Perry firing range, west of the shipping
channel near the turnaround buoy, and E of Kelleys Island around the airport
reef. Spreaders tipped with shiners have been most productive for 7 to 12"
For smallmouth bass try fishing the east side of Kelleys Island and
nearshore areas around the Bass Islands and Marblehead. Tube jigs have been
used to catch fish between 15 and 20". Largemouth Bass fishing has been good
in East Harbor around thick beds of vegetation and in the harbor channel.

Central Basin-

Walleye fishing in the Central Basin has been best on the sandbar 7 miles NW
of Lorain, 10 to 12 miles NE of Eastlake in 70 to 72 feet of water, 8 to 10
miles N of Wildwood St Park in 65 to 68 feet of water, and 4 to 8 miles N of
Geneva and Ashtabula in 60 to 72 feet of water. Anglers have been trolling
dipsy divers with spoons (most color schemes with copper, green, watermelon,
chartreuse or pink have been best) or crawler harnesses for fish from 15 to
Yellow perch fishing has been best 3 to 4 miles NW of Edgewater St Park in
43 to 50 feet of water, 4 miles N of Gordon Park ramp (Cleveland) in 49 to
52 feet of water, and 4 to 5 miles N of Geneva in 60 to 63 feet of water.
Spreaders tipped with shiners are taking fish from 8 to 11".
Smallmouth bass have been caught near Ruggles Reef and in nearshore
breakwall and harbor areas around Lorain, 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 10 to
12 miles NW of Eastlake in 70 to 72 feet of water, 18 to 22 miles N of
Wildwood St Park in 75 to 80 feet of water, and 4 to 8 miles N of Geneva in
60 to 72 feet of water. The steelhead have ranged in size from 23 to 29".

Source: OODNR

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