ODNR Fishing Report September 17, 2019: Eastern, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: September 19, 2019

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Posted by ODNR on September 19, 2019 at 08:18:27:

Lake Erie Central Basin
Where: Excellent fishing continues in 65 to 75 feet of water north of Edgewater Park, in 65 to 75 feet of water north of Wildwood Park, in 70 to 75 feet of water north of Fairport Harbor, and in 65 to 70 feet of water north of Lakeshore Park in Ashtabula. Fish are suspended and anglers are targeting fishing depths of 45 to 55 feet down in the water column, above the thermocline.
How: Walleye have been caught trolling using crankbaits or spoons with planer boards, dipsy and jet divers. Try using bright colors including blue, purple, and bronze.

Yellow Perch
Where: There have been a few reports of anglers catching perch off Conneaut in 30 to 40 feet of water.
How: Anglers are using spreaders and crappie rigs tipped with minnows. Try different depths near the bottom until you locate the fish.

Smallmouth Bass
Where: The best locations to try are around the harbor areas and rock piles in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using crank baits, tube jigs, drop shot rigs tipped with night crawlers, golden shiners, leeches, and crayfish.

Where: Anglers are catching fish off the Cleveland, Ashtabula, Conneaut, and Fairport Harbor piers.
How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

The Lake Erie water temperature is 71 off Toledo and 72 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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