With decreasing water temperatures be sure to take extra precaution when fishing on Lake Erie.|
Walleye fishing from Sandusky to Vermilion has been good as the number of fish present continues to increase. Walleye have been taken from the Huron dumping grounds to Vermilion around the 27 to 30 north latitude lines. Fish have been caught on spoons trolled with dipsy divers or jet divers and also on deep diving crankbaits.
Yellow perch fishing is excellent in the central basin 3 miles N of Lakewood (Gold Coast) in 42� of water, 4 miles NE of the Cleveland water intake crib in 48� of water, 3-4 miles N of Fairport in 55� of water, and 3-4 miles N of Ashtabula 50 to 55� 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 fair to good in the Vermilion River, Rocky River, Chagrin River, Grand River, Arcola Creek, Cowles Creek, Geneva State Park, 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 48 to 56 degrees.