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Walleye fishing has been good offshore at the weather buoy near the Canadian border N of Vermilion. A few walleye have been caught near shore early in the morning off Cleveland. Excellent fishing, probably the best of the year with many limit catches, continues in 69-73�� of water NW and NE of Ashtabula and in 74-75� of water NE of Conneaut. Trollers are using wire line off planer boards and dipsy divers, with purple, pink, yellow, orange and brown spoons and stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been good. The best location to fish is 46-50� of water N of the Cuyahoga River to Bratenahl. Further east, perch catches have been excellent in 49-52� of water NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump), in 46-55� of water N of Geneva, and in 50-58� of water N of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been slow off the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 23� depths around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. This past week anglers are having good luck using crayfish, drop shot rigs and tube jigs.
White bass has been spotty but can pick up at any time. Try near shore in 15-30� of water N of Cleveland Harbor, NE of Gordon Park (Bratenahl), and in 10-20� of water N of Eastlake CEI. Look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners. Shore anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall. Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails or using small spoons.
Steelhead Trout anglers are catching fish while trolling for walleye off Ashtabula. Some large steelhead have been caught. See locations for walleye above.
The water temperature is 70 degrees off of Toledo and 75 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.