ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 8/27/03: OH

Article Posted: August 27, 2003

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Western Basin-

Walleye fishing has somewhat slowed, but limits are still being caught
occasionally in the western basin. The best catches have come along the
Canadian border from Middle Sister Island to Northwest Reef near North Bass
Island and around West Sister Island. Trollers using spoons with Jet or
Dipsy Divers have been most successful, with casters also catching fish on
weapon-style lures. Fish have ranged from 16 to 23".
Yellow perch fishing in the western basin continues to be excellent. Best
areas have included W of Green and Rattlesnake Islands in 24 to 30 feet of
water, E and NW of Kelleys Island in 24 to 32 feet of water, and 1 to 3
miles N of the Toledo water intake. Spreaders tipped with shiners have been
most productive for 7 to 11" fish.
For smallmouth bass try fishing 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 continues to be 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 5 to 8 miles NW of
Lorain, 6 to 7 miles NW of the Chagrin River in 56 to 65 feet of water, 17
to 22 miles NE of Geneva in 70 to 75 feet of water, and 22 miles NE of
Ashtabula in 70 to 75 feet of water. Anglers have been trolling dipsy divers
with spoons (most color schemes with copper, blue, watermelon, chartreuse or
pink have been best) or crawler harnesses for fish from 15 to 28".
Yellow perch fishing continues to improve in the central basin. Best areas
have been within 2 miles of Huron, Vermilion and Lorain in 30 to 35 feet of
water, 3 miles N of Gordon Park Ramp Cleveland in 49 to 51 feet of water, 2
to 4 miles N of Geneva in 47 to 60 feet of water, 2 to 4 miles NW of
Fairport H. in 50 to 60 feet of water and 3 to 5 miles N of Conneaut in 50
to 60 feet of water. Spreaders tipped with shiners are taking fish from 8 to
Smallmouth bass have been caught near Ruggles Reef. 14 to 18 inch fish have
been caught on tube jigs and crankbaits.
Steelhead have been caught by trollers using dipsy divers with spoons 15 to
18 miles N of Wildwood St. Park in 72 to 78 feet of water and 16 to 26 miles
NW of Fairport Harbor in 70 to 75 feet of water. The steelhead have ranged
in size from 20 to 28".

Source: ODNR

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