ODNR Fishing Report for 9/17/2014: Central, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: September 18, 2014

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Posted by ODNR on September 18, 2014 at 05:03:55:

Central Basin

Where: Fishing has been good 4 miles north of Vermilion. Excellent fishing has been reported in 68-to-74 feet of water north of Ashtabula. Some fish are starting to move in closer to shore.
How: Anglers are using planer boards or Dipsy Divers with worm harnesses, spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching perch off St. Anthony's at Lorain. Excellent perch fishing has been reported in 38-to-40 feet of water north of Edgewater Park and downtown Cleveland, in 34-to-48 feet of water northeast of Gordon Park and off Bratenahl, in 38-to-60 feet of water north-northeast of Fairport Harbor, and in 48-to-67 feet of water north of Conneaut. Fishing from shore has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and at the long pier off Mentor Headlands.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass and Largemouth Bass
Where: Fishing has been good in the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using crank baits, soft plastic lures with jigs, drop shot rigs with leeches, and soft craws.

White bass
Where: Anglers fishing from boats are catching white bass north of Cleveland, Eastlake and Fairport Harbor in 39-to-44 feet of water. Watch for the gulls feeding on the surface and the white bass will be below the school of emerald shiners. Anglers fishing from shore are catching fish off the piers in Cleveland, Eastlake and Grand River, with the evenings being the best. It is always hard to predict when the fishing will pick up for white bass.
How: Anglers are using small spoons, spinners and agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails.

Where: Anglers are trolling and casting in harbors, break walls and nearshore areas at Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport Harbor, Eastlake and Rocky River.
How: Anglers are using spoons, spinners, and small crank baits either by casting or trolling.

The Lake Erie water temperature is 64 off Toledo and 68 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

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