ODNR Lake Erie Fishing Report 6/25/03: Central, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: June 26, 2003

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Posted by ODNR on June 26, 2003 at 18:31:19:

Central Basin-

Smallmouth bass are being caught in nearshore breakwall and
harbor areas from 15 to 30 feet of water around Vermilion, Lorain, Conneaut,
Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport and Cleveland. 14 to 18 inch fish have been
caught on tube jigs, jigs tipped with shiners and crankbaits. June is the
peak spawning period for smallmouth bass in Lake Erie. When practicing
catch-and-release please return fish to the water as quickly as possible so
that the bass may return to its nest to protect its eggs from goby
Yellow perch are being caught 2 miles N of Lorain in 35 to
45 feet of water, in 32 feet of water off of the "castle" between Ruggles
Reef and Vermilion, 1 to 3 miles NW of Ashtabula in 40 to 47 feet of water,
1 to 3 miles NW of Fairport in 40 to 47 feet of water, in 40 to 44 feet of
water at the Cleveland Crib and 1 mile NW of Wildwood State Park in 35 to 42
feet of water. Spreaders tipped with shiners are taking fish from 7 to 12".
Walleye fishing in the Central Basin has been best from
Beaver Creek to Lorain 3 to 4 miles out in 35 to 48 feet of water, in 34 to
38 feet of water N of Vermilion, 2 to 4 miles N of Lakewood in 40 to 51 feet
of water, 3 to 4 miles N of Euclid and East Lake in 39 to 52 feet of water,
and 4 to 7 miles N of Geneva and Ashtabula in 40 to 70 feet of water.
Anglers have been trolling dipsy divers with spoons (most color schemes with
a copper back have been best) or crawler harnesses for fish from 15 to 30".
Steelhead have been caught by trollers using dipsy divers
with spoons 5 to 7 miles N of Fairport, North Perry and Geneva in 62 to 70
feet of water. The steelhead have ranged in size from 23 to 29".

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