Walleye fishing was excellent over the past weekend (8/6/05). The best
areas were 7 to 21 miles N from Fairport Harbor to Geneva in 70 to 75'
of water, and 10 to 18 miles N of Ashtabula in 70 to 72' of water.
Trolling 30 to 50 feet down with spoons, crawler harnesses or
stickbaits, using planer boards, dipsy divers, downriggers or jet
divers, have produced the best catches. The best spoon colors have been
confusion, watermelon and black/silver. Fish have ranged from 15-28
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent 3 miles N of Edgewater state
park in 45' of water, 3 to 5 miles N of Ashtabula in 45 to 60' of water,
and 3 to 4 miles off of Fairport Harbor in 45 to 55' of water. A perch
spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up. Fish have
ranged from 7-11 inches.
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around breakwalls and rocky
drop-offs from Lorain to Avon point. Tube jigs and drop-shot rigs with
goby imitations have been the most productive lures.
Steelhead have been caught by walleye anglers in the same areas
mentioned in the walleye report. Fish have ranged from 16 to 28".
Lake Erie surface temperatures are in the upper 70's.