ODNR Fishing Report 7/26/2005: OH

Article Posted: July 26, 2005

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Western Basin

Walleye fishing has been slow. Expect fishing to improve as the large
2003 year class begins to surpass the 15" minimum size limit. The best
walleye fishing has been W of West Sister Island, around the Toledo
water intake, S of "F" can on the Canadian border, and along the
northern border of the Camp Perry firing range from "A" can to "C" can.
Drifting or trolling worm harnesses and trolling spoons produce the most

Yellow Perch
Perch fishing has remained slow, but occasional decent catches have come
from NW of Kelleys Island and S of "F" can on the Canadian border. A
perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up.

Smallmouth Bass
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands,
Kelleys Island and Sandusky Bay. Largemouth bass have been caught in
Sandusky Bay, East Harbor and West Harbor.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good in eastern Ohio's waters of the central
basin. The best fishing has been around Ruggles Reef W of Vermilion, on
the sandbar NW of Lorain, 10 to 15 miles N of Geneva in 70 to 72' of
water, and 10 to 15 miles N of Ashtabula in 70 to 72' of water.
Trolling 30 to 50 feet down with spoons or crawler harnesses using
planer boards, dipsy divers or jet divers, have produced the best
catches. The best spoon colors have been confusion, watermelon and
black/silver. Fish have ranged from 15-28 inches.

Yellow Perch
Yellow perch fishing has been best 1 mile N of Eastlake in 25 to 30' of
water, 2 to 4 miles N-NE of Fairport Harbor in 35 to 45' of water, and 2
to 6 miles N-NE of Conneaut in 40 to 65' of water. A perch spreader
tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up. Fish have ranged from
7-11 inches.

Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good around breakwalls and rocky
drop-offs from Lorain to Avon point. Tube jigs and drop-shot rigs with
goby imitations have been the most productive lures.

Steelhead have been caught by walleye anglers in the same areas
mentioned in the walleye report. Fish have ranged from 22 to 30".

White Bass

The best white bass fishing has been from shore at the Eastlake CEI wall
and in Cleveland on the E 72nd and E 55th street piers. Anglers are
using agitators with small spinners and twister tails. Fish have ranged
from 8 - 14 inches.

Lake Erie surface temperatures are between 76 and 82 degrees.

Source: ODNR

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