Lake Erie Fishing Report: June 26, 2002|
Central Basin - Water temperature is 63* off Cleveland. Walleye fishing has
improved at Ruggles Reef, Vermilion and the sandbar 8 miles northwest of
Lorain. Anglers are using dipsey divers and jet divers with spoons in
silver, chartreuse, watermelon and purple, eight miles north of Eastlake in
65 to 70 feet of water, and north of Geneva 10 to 12 miles. Trollers are
also picking up some steelhead trout. Walleyes and steelhead are measuring
23 to 28 inches. Perch fishing has been good off Vermilion, Lorain,
Cleveland, Wildwood, Fairport Harbor (1-3 miles out), Geneva (1-2 miles out)
and Conneaut. The bite has been best in the early morning and evening.
Smallmouth bass anglers have been most successful at Ruggles Reef and
Vermilion. Anglers are jigging lures tipped with minnows, tube jigs, small
spinners, crankbaits, and crayfish at Conneaut, Geneva, Ashtabula, and
Fairport harbors in 10 to 30 feet of water.