Walleye fishing has been excellent from Cranberry Creek to Beaver Creek in 26 to 32’ of water, including Ruggles Reef and Vermilion. Trolling dipsys or jets with spoons or worm harnesses has been productive. Drifters are catching fish on bottom bouncers with worm harnesses. Walleye have also been caught trolling in 10-30’ of water off Eastlake, Fairport, Cleveland and Rocky River, also 2-3 miles off Ashtabula in 50-60 feet of water. Anglers are trolling jet divers with silver and gold spoons. Anglers are also catching walleye along the piers at Eastlake, Cleveland and Lorain at night using surface rapalas.
Yellow perch fishing has been best off of the Lorain lighthouse, off of the Vermilion breakwall, and in 20-30 of water off of Fairport Harbor and Conneaut. Shore anglers are catching yellow perch off the piers in Lorain. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in harbor areas and in 15 to 25’ of water along the shoreline in Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva and Fairport Harbor. Fish were caught on tube jigs,
crankbaits, and jigs tipped with minnows or leeches.
Surface temperatures range from 62 degrees off of Toledo to 55 degrees off of Cleveland.