Walleye have been caught on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Not many reports coming in from the Ashtabula area due to the rough lake conditions the last 5 days. Look for walleye in 70-71’ of water 10-11 miles out NE of Ashtabula and in 60-74’ of water 7.5-10 miles out NE of Conneaut. Trollers are using wire line off planer boards and dipsy divers, with purple, black, red, green, orange and brown spoons and stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been good N of the Vermilion River in 31’ of water and E of Vermilion off of the condos. Farther east fishing continues to be excellent with many limit catches. The best locations to fish are in 38-40’ of water N of Gordon Park, in 38’ of water N of Wildwood State Park, in 50-52’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump) and in 59-62’ of water NE 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 continues to be very good in 15 to 23’ depths around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. 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 10-25’ 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 off the Fairport Pier at the mouth of the Grand River. Try using small spoons, spinner baits and jigs and maggots.
The water temperature is 59 degrees off of Toledo and 68 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.