Walleye fishing has been good offshore at the weather buoy near the Canadian border N of Vermilion. Excellent fishing continues in 70-71’’ of water NE of Ashtabula. Trollers are using wire line off planer boards and dipsy divers, with purple, pink, blue, green, orange and brown spoons and stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been good E of the Huron River channel buoys and off of the Castle near Ruggles Reef. Farther east fishing has been excellent. The best locations to fish are in 47-53’ of water NE of the Cuyahoga River (water intake crib), in 52-53’ of water N of Wildwood State Park, in 51-58’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump), and in 57-58’ of water N of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. The best shore fishing spots to try are the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor and the Fairport Harbor Pier. 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 a few fish while trolling for walleye off Ashtabula. Some large steelhead have been caught. See locations for walleye above.
The water temperature is 73 degrees off of Toledo and 73 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.