Walleye fishing has been slow. Expect fishing to improve as the large
2003 year class begins to surpass the 15" minimum size limit. The best
walleye fishing has been around the Toledo water intake in 21' of water,
S of "F" can on the Canadian border, and along the northern border of
the Camp Perry firing range from "A" can to "C" can. Drifting or
trolling worm harnesses and trolling spoons produce the most fish.
Perch fishing has remained slow, but occasional decent catches have come
from W and NW of Kelleys Island and around West Reef near North Bass
Island. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands,
Kelleys Island and Sandusky Bay. Largemouth bass have been caught in
Sandusky Bay, East Harbor and West Harbor.
The best walleye fishing has been around Ruggles Reef W of Vermilion, 10
to 16 miles N from Fairport Harbor to Geneva in 70 to 72' of water, and
10 to 20 miles N of Ashtabula in 70 to 72' of water. Trolling 30 to 50
feet down with spoons or crawler harnesses using planer boards, dipsy
divers or jet divers, have produced the best catches. The best spoon
colors have been confusion, watermelon and black/silver. Fish have
ranged from 15-28 inches.
Yellow perch fishing has been best 3 miles N of Eastlake in 37 to 44' of
water, 2 to 4 miles N-NE of Ashtabula in 45 to 56' of water, and 2 to 4
miles N-NE of Conneaut in 44 to 55' of water. A perch spreader tipped
with shiners is the most popular set-up. Fish have ranged from 7-11
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good 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 have been caught by walleye anglers in the same areas
mentioned in the walleye report. Fish have ranged from 22 to 30".
The best white bass fishing has been from shore at the Eastlake CEI wall
and in Cleveland on the E 72nd and E 55th street piers. Anglers are
using agitators with small spinners and twister tails. Fish have ranged
from 8 - 14 inches.
Lake Erie surface temperatures are between 76 and 80 degrees.