With decreasing water temperatures, be sure to take extra precaution when fishing on Lake Erie.|
Walleye fishing has been hot around from Cedar Point to Vermilion, especially at Huron. Water depths have ranged from 20’ to 30’, with some fish coming in shallower water. Crankbaits have been the ticket for both numbers and size, and large fish are being taken on Reef Runners and Ripsticks (Blueberry Muffin, Barbie, and Mooneye Minnow are good colors to try). Night trolling is getting popular. Night pier fishing is still sporadic, but reports are improving.
Yellow perch fishing had been spotty. The best reports have been from Cleveland to Huron, where scattered schools of fish have yielded a slow but steady bite. Be prepared to search for fish; start at 40’ and move in or out until you find active schools. Fish have ranged from 8 to 12 inches. Perch rigs with shiners fished near the bottom have produced the most fish.
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 are in the lower to mid-40’s.