Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Central Basin—Walleye fishing

has been good on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, northwest of the Chagrin River in 60 to 65 feet of water, northwest of Edgewater State Park in 58 to 64 feet of water, north-northwest of Fairport Harbor in 60 to 70 feet of water, northwest and northeast of Ashtabula in 68 to 72 feet of water. Trollers are using crank baits or spoons and worm harnesses off jet divers, dipsy divers, planer boards and down riggers. The best action has been about 20 feet down and the best colors have been chartreuse, silver, orange, green and pink, and monkey puke.
Yellow perch fishing slowed down in the Cleveland area this past week. The best spots to try are northwest of Edgewater Park in 42 to 48 feet of water and northwest of Gordon Park in 45 to 50 feet of water. To the east, fishing remains good northwest of Fairport Harbor in 40 to 50 feet of water, and north of Ashtabula and Conneaut in 50 to 60 feet of water. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Fish have ranged from 7 to 12 inches.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 5 to 20 feet of water around Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut harbors. Fish are being caught on watermelon, pumpkinseed and green tube jigs.

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