Central Basin |
Walleye fishing in the central basin has been good. Fish have been caught 4 to 5 miles NW of Lorain (E of the S end of the sandbar), 4 to 5 miles NE of Lorain (E of the old trash dump), 4 to 5 miles N of the Cleveland Crib in 45 to 50 ‘ of water, 12 miles N of the Cleveland Crib in 62’ to 65’ of water, 2 to 3 miles N-NW of Fairport Harbor in 54 to 60’ of water, and 2 to 3 miles N-NW of Geneva in 54 to 60’ of water. Fish have been caught on worm harnesses or monkey puke, bloody nose, watermelon, killer bee and copper/back spoons trolled with dipsy or jet divers. Fish are suspended and anglers are fishing down 20 to 40'.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent 3 miles N of Willowick in 38 to 42' feet of water, 2 miles N of Bratenal in 32', 3 miles N of Ashtabula in 54’ of water, 2 miles NW of Conneaut in 42-54’ of water. Fish have ranged from 7 to 11 inches. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent from Fairport Harbor to Perry in 10 to 24’ of water. Fish have been caught on tube jigs, jigs tipped with minnows or leeches, or by trolling crankbaits.
White bass fishing has been good 1/2 mile N of Eastlake CEI power plant. Anglers are using agitators with white and yellow jigs.
Shore anglers are catching white bass at the Eastlake CEI pier using agitators with white/yellow twistertails and small spoons.
Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 70 to 72 degrees.