ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 9/17/03: Central, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: September 17, 2003

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Posted by ODNR on September 17, 2003 at 21:17:24:

Central Basin-

Walleye fishing in the central basin has been best E of the sandbar 6 to 10 miles NW of Lorain, 6 miles NW of the Chagrin River in 60 feet of water, and 8 to 15 miles N of Geneva and Ashtabula in 66 to 72 feet of water. Anglers have been trolling dipsy divers with spoons (most color schemes with copper, blue 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 6 miles N of Beaver Creek in 30 to 40 feet of water, 1 to 2 miles N-NE of Vermilion in 30 to 40 feet of water, 3 to 4 miles N of Gordon Park in 43 to 52 feet of water, 3 to 6 miles N of Conneaut and Fairport in 47 to 62 feet of water, and 2 to 3 miles N of the Rocky River in 42 to 50 feet of water. Spreaders tipped with shiners are taking fish from 8 to 12".

Smallmouth bass have been caught on Ruggles Reef and in harbor areas and along the shoreline in 19 to 30 feet of water near Lorain, Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport and Cleveland. 14 to 18 inch fish have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits, jigs tipped with shiners, and crayfish.

Steelhead have been caught by trollers using dipsy divers with spoons 6 to 8 miles N of Eastlake, Geneva and the Rocky River in 62 to 70 feet of water. The steelhead have ranged in size from 23 to 29". Steelhead are also beginning to show up at creek and river mouths.

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