ODNR Fishing Report 07/24/2012: Central, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: July 24, 2012

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Posted by ODNR on July 24, 2012 at 17:20:57:

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good at the weather buoy near the Canadian line N of Vermilion and nearshore in 15 to 30 from Old Woman Creek to Vermilion. Anglers are picking up a few fish in 73 of water N of Chagrin River and in 58 of water N of Wildwood State Park. There has been excellent fishing in 68-72 of water NE and NW of Ashtabula. Trollers are using planer boards, dipsy divers, jet divers and wire line with purple, blue, green, pink and yellow spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been good. The best locations to fish include 35 of water N of the Cuyahoga River and in 32 of water N of Gordon Park Ramp. Further east, perch catches have been excellent in 40-45 of water NW of Fairport Harbor and in 43-48 of water N of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore anglers are catching fish off the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor out at the lighthouse. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best. Shore anglers are also catching rock bass off the Cleveland piers.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 29 depths and around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Fish are being caught using drop shot rigs with rubber worms, soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, and crank baits. In the Grand River, anglers are catching smallmouth bass and some largemouth bass.

White bass anglers are catching white bass near shore in 12-25 of water N of Cleveland Harbor, NE of Gordon Park (Bratenahl), and in 10-15 of water N of Eastlake CEI. Look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners. Shore anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall. Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails or using small spoons.

Steelhead Trout anglers are catching fish while trolling for walleye off Ashtabula. A potential state-record brown trout and some large steelhead have been caught. See locations for walleye above.

The water temperature is 77 degrees off of Toledo and 77 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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