Central Basin |
Walleye fishing in the central basin has been very good. Fish have been caught on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, 5-6 miles N of the Cleveland Crib in 58-62of water, 10 miles N of Wildwood State Park (Euclid) to Eastlake in 68-70 of water, 10 to 12 miles N of Geneva in 68 to 74 of water, and 10 to 12 miles N of Ashtabula in 70 to 74 of water. Fish have been caught on worm harnesses or spoons colored in orange and black, red and black, or purple and black with copper backs, trolled with dipsy divers or jet divers off planer boards. Some anglers are also drifting worm harnesses. Fish are suspended and anglers are fishing down 35 to 50'.
Yellow perch fishing is improving in the central basin with very good catches reported 5 miles N of Bratenahl in 49-60 feet of water, 4 miles N of Wildwood State Park (Euclid) in 42 to 45 of water, 2 to 4 miles N of Fairport in 35 to 50 of water, and 2 to 4 miles N of Ashtabula and Conneaut in 55 to 65 of water. Fish have ranged from 7 to 11 inches. Perch rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent on Ruggles Reef between Huron and Vermilion, and along the shoreline from Fairport Harbor to Conneaut in 15 to 29 of water. Fish have been caught on goby color tube jigs, goby color drop shot rigs, jigs tipped with minnows or leeches, or by trolling crankbaits.
The best white bass fishing has been 1/2 mile N of Eastlake CEI power plant. Anglers are using agitators with white, yellow and green twister tails. Shore anglers are catching white bass at the Eastlake CEI, Mentor Headlands lighthouse, Wildwood State Park, Rocky River, Avon Lake and Lorain piers using agitators with white, yellow and green twister tails or small spoons.
Lake Erie surface temperatures are in the mid 70s.