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Walleye fishing has been excellent from Cranberry Creek to Beaver Creek in 26 to 32 feet 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 20 to 30 feet of water off Eastlake, Fairport, Cleveland and Rocky River, also two to three miles off Eastlake, Fairport, Geneva and Ashtabula in 45 to 55 feet of water. Anglers are trolling jet divers or dipsy divers with spoons ranging in purple/black, blue/silver, or copper/orange color combos. Trolling worm harnesses (same colors) and long crankbaits have also been successful. 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 40 to 55 feet of water off of Ashtabula and Conneaut. Shore anglers are catching yellow perch off the piers in Lorain, Fairport and Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners or worm harnesses fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in harbor areas, and in 15 to 25 feet of water along the shoreline in Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva and Fairport Harbor. Fish were caught on tube jigs, crankbaits, and jigs tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers, or leeches.
Surface temperatures range from 62 degrees off of Toledo to 56 degrees off of Cleveland