Lake Erie Fishing Report: Oct. 23, 2002|
Western Basin - Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 51* F.
When the weather cooperates, yellow perch fishing has been very good at many
locations. Some good perch fishing locations include the Toledo Harbor
light, Toledo water intake, the reef complex, Kelleys Island Shoal, Gull
Island Shoal, Rattlesnake Island, Ballast Island, Starve Island, east of
Marblehead Lighthouse and east of Kelleys Island. Perch catches are in the
7-1/2 to 11-inch range. Many anglers are sorting out smaller perch.
Anglers are using perch spreaders tipped with minnows. The yellow perch bag
limit is 30 perch per angler per day.
Central Basin - Water temperature off Cleveland is 59*. Walleye fishing has
been fair, north of Huron 4 to 7 miles, Ruggles Reef and at the Lorain Sand
Bar. Anglers are using bottom bouncers, dipsy divers and downriggers with
spoons in confusion, watermelon, green/white, blue/yellow and worm
harnesses. Walleyes are measuring 15 to 28 inches. Perch fishing has been
good off Huron, Vermilion, Lorain, Geneva, Cleveland Edgewater and Wildwood
State Park, 2 to 5 miles offshore in 45 to 55 feet of water. Yellow perch
are 8 to 12 inches long.
Smallmouth Bass fishing has been good at the breakwalls of Fairport,
Ashtabula and Conneaut in 15 to 25 feet of water using leeches, crayfish,
jigs and small spinners.
Steelhead fishing is good on the Grand River from the short pier in
Fairport Harbor to the Painesville dam. Anglers are using small spinners,
spoons and jigs tipped with maggots. Anglers are also trolling for
steelhead in the Grand River. The steelhead limit is 2 fish per day per