ODNR Fishing Report 10/02/03: OH

Article Posted: October 03, 2003

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*Recent winds have produced rough, hazardous conditions and also reduced
water clarity in the western basin. Be sure to check the latest marine
forecast for up-to-date lake conditions.*

Western Basin-

No walleye fishing reports have been received in the past week. If the
weather stabilizes walleye fishing should improve in the Bass Islands area
and in the area between Kelleys Island and the Huron River.
Perch fishing in the western basin has continued to be excellent when
conditions have allowed. Wind protected areas around the Marblehead
lighthouse and SE of Kelleys Island in 20 to 30 feet of water have been
excellent, along with the West Sister Island area and the turnaround buoy of
the Toledo shipping channel. Spreaders tipped with shiners have been most
productive for 7 to 12" fish.
For smallmouth bass try fishing Kelleys Island shoal, Gull Island shoal, and
nearshore areas around the Bass Islands, Kelleys Island and Marblehead.

Central Basin-

Walleye fishing in the central basin has been best 4 to 6 miles N of
Vermilion in 40 feet of water, and 8 to 12 miles N of Geneva and Ashtabula
in 70 feet of water. Anglers have been trolling dipsy divers with spoons
(most color schemes with copper, blue, gold and fire tiger have been best)
for fish from 16 to 28".
Yellow perch fishing continues to be excellent in the central basin. Best
areas have been less than 1 mile E of Lorain, 2 to 3 miles N of Gordon Park
in 43 to 49 feet of water, 3 to 6 miles N from Fairport to Conneaut in 48 to
62 feet of water, and 2 to 4 miles N of Wildwood St. Park in 46 to 52 feet
of water. Spreaders tipped with shiners are taking fish from 8 to 13".
Smallmouth bass have been caught on Ruggles Reef in 15 to 25 feet of water,
and in harbor and shoreline areas in 19 to 30 feet of water near Lorain,
Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport and Cleveland. 14 to 18 inch fish have
been caught on green tube jigs, crankbaits, jigs tipped with shiners, and
Steelhead have been caught by trollers using dipsy divers with spoons 8 to
12 miles N of Ashtabula and Geneva in 70 feet of water. The steelhead have
ranged in size from 23 to 29". Anglers are also beginning to catch
steelhead on small spoons and spawn sacks in the Grand and Chagrin Rivers,
although river flows are currently high due to heavy rains. Check with
local bait shops for up-to-date river conditions.

Source: ODNR

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