Walleye fishing has occasionally been good around the SW corner of the sandbar (N of Vermilion), W of Ruggles Reef, and around the Huron dumping grounds trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses. Excellent fishing, the best of the year, was reported in 70-72’ of water NE of Ashtabula and in 68-72’ of water N-NE of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling wire line with pink, white, orange, yellow and green stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been fair in 47’ of water N of Edgewater Park and in 65’ of water N of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing in 56-58’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor, in 46-60’ of water NE of Geneva, in 58-70’ of water NE of Conneaut. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow.
Smallmouth and largemouth 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 tube jigs.
White Bass fishing has been good with larger adult fish being caught off the E. 55th St and E 72nd St Piers in Cleveland and the short pier in Fairport Harbor. Evenings have been the best. 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.
Channel Catfish are being caught off the Edgewater and E 55 St piers in Cleveland in the evenings. Catfish are also being caught in the Grand River. Anglers are using nightcrawlers.
The water temperature is 72 degrees off of Toledo and 72 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.