ODNR Fishing Report for 08/18/2009: Central, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: August 18, 2009

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Posted by ODNR on August 18, 2009 at 21:57:40:

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good in open water around the weather buoy at the N end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, and also nearshore from Huron to Vermilion. Excellent fishing continues with many boat limits 7-12 miles north-northeast of Geneva in 70-74 feet and 7-10 miles north of Ashtabula in 70-74 feet. Trollers are using watermelon, green, yellow jacket, perch, orange, pink, or blackjack worm harnesses and spoons, off of dipsy divers. Anglers are fishing down 45-60 feet.

Yellow perch fishing has been good in 44-52 feet northwest of Edgewater State Park, 50-65 feet northeast of Wildwood State Park, 35-55 feet northwest and northeast of Fairport, 55-60 feet northeast of Ashtabula and 55-60 feet north of Conneaut. Perch spreaders or perch and crappie rigs with shiners fished as far up as 6 feet off the bottom have been producing the most fish.

Steelhead fishing has been very good this past week with the best location 14-18 miles northwest off Fairport in 75-78 feet (the Cleveland Hole) while trolling using black and purple or silver and blue spoons. Anglers are fishing down 45-60 feet just above or in the thermocline.

White Bass fishing has been good from the shore at the Eastlake CEI wall, Grand River and Fairport Harbor piers. Anglers are using agitators with blue and silver spoons and jigs tipped with twister tails. Fish range from 7-11 inches. Boat anglers watch for the gulls feeding on the surface - these are usually good spots to try for white bass which are also feeding on the same schools of emerald shiners.

Based on the nearshore marine forecast the water temperature is 74 off of Toledo and 73 off of Cleveland.

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