Walleye fishing has been good in open water around the weather buoy at the N end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Excellent fishing continues with many boat limits 14-20 miles north of Ashtabula in 71-75 feet and 14-22 miles north-northwest of Conneaut in 72-74 feet. Trollers are using watermelon, monkey puke, yellow jacket, perch, blackjack stick baits, spoons and worm harnesses, off of dipsy divers. Anglers are fishing down 50-55 feet.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 42-46 feet northwest of Edgewater State Park, 42-45 feet northwest of Wildwood State Park, 65-70 feet northwest of Fairport, and 70 feet north of Conneaut. Perch spreaders or perch and crappie rigs with shiners fished as far up as 6 feet off the bottom have been producing the most fish.
Steelhead fishing has slowed down along with the walleye fishing off Cleveland. The best spot to try is 14-18 miles northwest off Fairport in 75-78 feet (the Cleveland Hole). Anglers are trolling dipsy divers with black and purple or silver and blue spoons. Anglers are fishing down 55-60 feet just above or in the thermocline.
White Bass fishing has been good from the shore at the Eastlake CEI pier. Anglers are using agitators with blue and silver spoons and jigs tipped with twister tails. Fish range from 7-11 inches. Boat anglers watch for the gulls feeding on the surface - these are usually good spots to try for white bass which are also feeding on the same schools of emerald shiners.
Based on NOAA buoy data, surface water temperature is 71 in the Western Basin and 70 at the Vermillion Weather Buoy.