Walleye fishing in the Central Basin has been best on the sandbar 7 miles NW
of Lorain in 30 to 50 feet of water, between Huron and Vermilion in 30 to 40
feet of water, 9 to 10 miles N of Eastlake in 68 to 72 feet of water, 7 to 8
miles N of Gordon Park ramp (Cleveland) in 65 to 70 feet of water, and 7 to
8 miles N of Geneva and Ashtabula in 70 feet of water. Anglers have been
trolling dipsy divers with spoons (most color schemes with copper, blue,
watermelon, chartreuse or pink have been best) or crawler harnesses for fish
from 15 to 28".
Yellow perch fishing has slowed recently, but typically improves in August.
Best areas to try include 2 to 3 miles N of Fairport and Geneva in 45 to 50
feet of water and 3 miles N of Gordon Park ramp (Cleveland) in 48 to 51 feet
of water. Spreaders tipped with shiners are taking fish from 8 to 11".
Smallmouth bass are being caught near Ruggles Reef in 15 to 25 feet of water
and in nearshore breakwall and harbor areas around Lorain, Conneaut,
Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport and Cleveland. 14 to 18 inch fish have been
caught on tube jigs, jigs tipped with shiners and crankbaits.
Steelhead have been caught by trollers using dipsy divers with spoons 9 to
10 miles N of Eastlake in 68 to 72 feet of water and 7 to 8 miles N of
Gordon Park ramp (Cleveland) in 65 to 70 feet of water. The steelhead have
ranged in size from 23 to 29".