ODNR Fishing Report for 09/30/2009: Central, OH,
Fishing Report Posted: October 01, 2009

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Posted by ODNR on October 01, 2009 at 08:52:47:

Central Basin

*High winds on 9/28 and 9/29 kept anglers off of the lake and have greatly reduced water clarity.

Excellent Walleye fishing was reported on the W drop off of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, with the best action being on the N half of the sandbar. Anglers are still catching fish 14-16 miles northwest of Geneva in 72 feet, and 7-11 miles north-northwest of Ashtabula in 72 feet. Trollers are using monkey puke, perch, and blackjack stick baits and spoons off of dipsy divers. Trollers have also had success on deep diving crankbaits and worm harnesses with inline weights.

Yellow perch fishing has been excellent between Cranberry Creek and Vermilion in 30 of water, 40-42 feet northwest of Gordon Park, 38-42 feet north-northwest of Wildwood State Park, 35-45 feet north-northwest of Fairport, and 40-50 feet north-northwest 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 slowed down along with the walleye fishing off Cleveland. The best spot to try is 7-11 miles north-northwest of Ashtabula in 72 feet. Anglers are trolling dipsy divers with black and purple or silver and blue spoons.

White Bass fishing has been good from the shore at the Eastlake CEI pier. 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 forecast the water temperature is 60 degrees off of Toledo and 67 degrees off of Cleveland.

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