Walleye fishing has been good in Ohio waters of the central basin. The best areas were the sandbar NW of Lorain near the 35/15 and 38/19 lines, and 5 to 15 miles N of Ashtabula and Conneaut in 60 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. Fish have ranged from 15-24 inches.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent N of Lorain in 37 to 43’ of water, 1 to 2 miles N of Wildwood State Park in 38 to 42’ of water, 3 to 6 miles N of Ashtabula and Conneaut in 50 to 60’ of water, and 3 to 5 miles NE and NW of Fairport Harbor in 40 to 60’ 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 low to mid 70’s.