Central Basin |
Walleye fishing from Huron to Lorain has been good as the fish continue to migrate west. Farther east most fishing effort has been directed at yellow perch. Walleye have been taken in open water W of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, and around the 30 north line between Cranberry Creek and Vermilion. Fish have been caught on worm harnesses or spoons trolled with dipsy divers or jet divers, and also on deep diving crankbaits. Best spoon colors have been patterns with red or purple. Fish are suspended and anglers are fishing down 25 to 40'.
Yellow perch fishing is excellent in the central basin from 1-3 miles N of Huron to Lorain, 3 miles NE of Cleveland (E. 72nd St. lighthouse) in 43� of water, 2-3 miles N of Euclid in 42' of water, 2-3 miles N -NW of Fairport in 40 to 45� of water, and 2-3 miles N of Ashtabula 45 to 50� of water. Fish have ranged from 7 to 12 inches. Perch rigs with shiners fished near the bottom have produced the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good along the shoreline from Fairport Harbor to Conneaut in 15 to 25� of water. Fish have been caught on goby color tube jigs, goby color drop-shot rigs, jigs tipped with minnows or leeches, or by trolling crankbaits.
Steelhead fishing has been good in the Rocky River, Chagrin River, Grand River, Geneva State Park, Euclid Creek (Wildwood State Park), Arcola Creek, Conneaut Creek and along the Conneaut west breakwall. Shore anglers are using small spinners and spoons, and jigs and maggots rigged with a split shot under a light bobber.
Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 60 to 64 degrees.