What’s biting on Lake Erie? Fish report for Dec. 8

Tim Fischer’s 6-year-old son caught this steelhead in the Rocky River after spotting a bald eagle. (Tim Fischer, via Cleveland Metroparks)

Winter, and the fishing is still great in Cleveland. It’s been a big season for walleye and steelhead, reports Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec in his weekly fishing report. Prospects remain good as the weather gets colder.

Steelhead are plentiful throughout the Rocky River and into North Chagrin Reservation on the Chagrin River, Durkalec reports. Steelhead are also good in the Cuyahoga, as far south as Brecksville.

Says Durkalec: Steelhead have been biting on smaller spawn sacks, single salmon eggs or beads that mimic them, small marabou jigs tipped with a few maggots or a waxworm drifted under a float, live minnows, flies (egg patterns and baitfish streamers), and lures such as Little Cleo spoons and Vibrax spinners as the water clears further.

On Lake Erie, the steelhead bite is strong at Edgewater Park and the east-facing breakwall at East 55th Street Marina, at East 72nd, the Old Coast Guard Station, at Wildwood Park and off the jetties at Huntington Beach.

And then there’s the walleye, including the 14.97 beauty caught last Friday in the Cleveland harbor, which won the Fall Brawl.

Shore-based walleye anglers are doing best casting stickbaits and glow-in-the-dark spoons at dusk and after dark, Durkalec says. On Tuesday night locals reported around 100 big walleye landed from shore at East 55th.

Last Friday, a Lorain man caught the biggest lake trout ever in Ohio, at 27 pounds.

The Ohio fish report looks a little farther.

The best walley reports have been from the dumping grounds east of Marblehead, from Cedar Point to Huron in 38 to 45 feet of water, and off Cleveland harbor. Fishing at night has been good nearshore for anglers trolling and fishing from piers near Lakeside and Marblehead, from Huron to Lorain, and near Cleveland Harbor.

Walleye have been primarily by trolling with crankbaits or by casting jerkbaits at night from piers.

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