Central Basin |
**** All reports are based on fishing information before the major storm hit on Monday October 29, 2012.
Walleye had been caught 4 to 8 miles N-NW of Huron. Most fish were caught by trolling with worm harnesses or crankbaits.
Yellow perch fishing has been good within 1 mile of Huron and Vermilion. Farther east fishing continues to be excellent with many limit catches. The best locations to fish are in 32-35’ of water NW of Wildwood State Park, in 35’ of water N of Chagrin River, in 49-52’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump), and in 45-62’ 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. Fair catches were reported this past week at the Fairport Harbor Pier. Anglers are using crappie rigs and spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best.
Steelhead Trout. All rivers are near flood stage and it will be several days or longer before they are fishable again. Call ahead to your local bait shops to check on river and stream conditions. Before the storm, anglers were catching fish off the Fairport Pier at the mouth of the Grand River and also in the river up to the Uniroyal hole, Boat anglers were having good luck in the Grand River as well as the Ashtabula River and Conneaut Creek. Try using small spoons, spinner baits, and jigs with maggots.
The water temperature is 50 degrees off of Toledo and 57 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.