The best walleye fishing has been from Cedar Point to Vermilion. Fish have been caught offshore in 30 to 45 feet of water and also nearshore in less than 25 feet of water. Trolling spoons or crankbaits have produced the best catches. Night fishing on Huron area piers is also improving.
Yellow perch fishing in November is typically best within a few miles of most central basin harbors. Look for baitfish on your depthfinder and move around to find active schools of perch. Fish just off the bottom using perch spreaders or crappie rigs tipped with shiners.
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around Ruggles reef. Use tube jigs, drop shot rigs with goby imitations, soft craws or shiners for best results.
The Lake Erie tributaries continue to have low flows and the rivers are clear. Anglers are having good success in the lower sections of the rivers. Good catches of steelhead have been reported at the Painesville dam and along the lowers stretches of the Grand River and also in Conneaut Creek. Steelhead fishing in the tributaries during shallow water requires light tackle and patience. During low water check the deeper lower stretches of the rivers and harbors. Piers and breakwalls have produced the best action on jigs tipped with maggots, spinners, spoons and small crankbaits.