Walleye fishing has been good in Ohio waters of the central basin. The best areas were E of the sandbar off Lorain and 5 to 12 miles N of Ashtabula and Conneaut in 63 to 72’ of water. Trolling 30 to 50 feet down with spoons, crawler harnesses or stickbaits, using planer boards, dipsy divers, or jet divers have produced the best catches. Fish have ranged from 15-24 inches.
Yellow perch fishing has been good from Vermillion to Lorain in 30 to 40’ of water. Further east, excellent perch fishing can be found 1 to 2 miles N of Wildwood State Park in 38 to 42’ of water, 4 to 7 miles N of Ashtabula to Conneaut in 50 to 65’ of water, and 2 to 6 miles N between Eastlake and Fairport Harbor in 40 to 60’ of water. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up. Fish have ranged from 6-13 inches.
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around breakwalls and rocky drop-offs from Lorain to Avon point. Tube jigs and drop-shot rigs with goby imitations have been the most productive lures.
Steelhead were caught by walleye anglers in the same areas mentioned in the walleye report. Fish have ranged from 16 to 28”.
Lake Erie surface temperatures are in the low to mid 70’s.