Walleye: Some walleye have been reported within 5 miles of shore from Cedar Point to Lorain. Trolling crankbaits behind planer boards is a popular method for catching fall walleye. Farther east try in 70’ of water N of Ashtabula. Anglers are trolling wire line with all colors of stick baits. Anglers are also beginning to catch walleye nearshore off Cleveland during the evening trolling deep diving lures.
Yellow perch fishing has been good in between the storm events just N of the Huron River mouth, in 38-52’ of water N of Cleveland, in 47’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor, and in 48-54’ of water NE of Ashtabula. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has picked up at the Cleveland piers.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good in 10 to 20’ of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Anglers are using crayfish and leeches.
White Bass fishing has been hit and miss off the E. 55th St and E 72nd St Piers in Cleveland and the long pier in Fairport Harbor. Evenings have been the best. On the lake, look for gulls feeding on shiners at the surface; the white bass will be below. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.
Steelhead Trout are being caught off the long and short Piers in Fairport Harbor and also in the Grand River up to Helen Hazen Wyman Park. Anglers are using jigs tipped with maggots or minnows with a bobber and small spoons. A few fish are being caught off the Cleveland shore piers. Anglers are using jigs and minnows with a bobber.
The water temperature is 48 degrees off of Toledo and 56 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.