ODNR Fishing Report 09/18/2012: Eastern, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: September 18, 2012

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Posted by ODNR on September 18, 2012 at 16:30:37:

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught off of the Castle near Ruggles Reef and on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Excellent fishing continues in 70-71 of water 10-11 miles out NE of Ashtabula and in 60-74 of water 7.5-10 miles out NE of Conneaut. Trollers are using wire line off planer boards and dipsy divers, with purple, black, red, green, orange and brown spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been good E of the Huron River channel buoys and N of the Vermilion River. Farther east fishing continues to be excellent with many limit catches. The best locations to fish are in 42-47 of water N of Gordon Park, in 40-43 of water NE of Chagrin River, in 50-52 of water NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump) and in 51-71 of water NE of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. The best shore fishing spots to try are the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor and the Fairport Harbor Pier. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best.

Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be very good in 15 to 23 depths around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Anglers are having good luck using crayfish, drop shot rigs and tube jigs.

White bass has been spotty but can pick up at any time. Try near shore in 10-25 of water N of Cleveland Harbor, NE of Gordon Park (Bratenahl), and in 10-20 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 a few fish while trolling for walleye off Ashtabula. Some large steelhead have been caught. See locations for walleye above.

The water temperature is 67 degrees off of Toledo and 71 degrees off of 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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