Walleye fishing has occasionally been good around the weather buoy along the Canadian border, W of Ruggles Reef, and around the Huron dumping grounds trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses. Excellent fishing was reported in 68-74’ of water N of Ashtabula and in 65-74’ of water NW of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling dipsy divers, jet divers and wire line with blue, yellow, purple, green, and orange spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been good in 46-50’ of water N of Cleveland and in 52’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor. Excellent fishing was reported in 46-53’ of water NE of Geneva, in 48-52’ of water N of Ashtabula, and in 56-62’ of water NW of Conneaut. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in 10 to 20’ of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Anglers are using nightcrawlers, soft-craws, leeches and crankbaits.
White Bass fishing is picking up with small fish being caught off the short pier in Fairport harbor. Best spots to try are E. 55th St and E 72nd St Piers in Cleveland and the long pier in Grand River and the short pier in Fairport Harbor. On the lake, look for gulls feeding on shiners at the surface; the white bass will be below. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.
The water temperature is 70 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.