What’s biting? Ohio Lake Erie fishing report Aug. 9-12

Steve Farley caught two quality northern pike at East 55th Marina on Lake Erie. (Andy Young, for Cleveland Metroparks)

Heading out with your fishing pole this weekend? Here’s the Fish Ohio report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Western Basin

Where: Fishing remains good, though most of the larger fish have moved east to find cooler water, smaller fish remain plentiful. Reports of limits are still coming from Toledo east to the islands, as well as straight out from Huron and Vermilion.

How: Anglers trolling spoons behind divers have been doing well, as well as those trolling worm harnesses. There have been a few reports of anglers trolling crankbaits during low light hours and having success in shallower water, 15 to 20 feet deep. Anglers around the islands have been throwing weight forward spinners with some success as well.

Yellow Perch 
Where: Fishing for yellow perch has been good, with the best reports coming from Rattlesnake and Green islands in 25 to 35 feet of water. Anglers are still doing well near the Toledo Water Intake, West Sister Island, and “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range.

How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Fish have also been taken on maggots.

Black Bass  
Where: Anglers fishing for largemouth have been doing exceptionally well in the Portage River mouth, East and West Harbors, and Sandusky Bay, as well as picking up the occasional fish around Catawba. Smallmouth fishing has been good, with anglers targeting 8 to 20 feet of water near Kelleys Island and the reefs around the islands.

How: Texas rigged soft plastic and wacky worms usually produce well for largemouth bass. For anglers targeting smallmouths, tubes and drop-shot rigs have been working well, as well as weighted wacky worms.

Where: Anglers targeting catfish are doing extremely well in Sandusky and Maumee bays. Shoreline fishing opportunities are available from the Jackson Street Pier, Shoreline Park, Battery Park, or Meigs Street Pier in Sandusky, and the Sandusky Bay Bridge access.

How: Shrimp is a popular bait in Sandusky and Maumee bays, though fish have also taken on shiners, nightcrawlers, and stink bait. Most anglers fish a Carolina rig or three-way rig. Fish can also be taken below a bobber suspended just off the bottom.

Central Basin

Where: Good fishing continues with a few limits reported in 40 feet of water north-northeast of Edgewater Park and in 35 to 40 feet of water north-northeast of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing was reported in 62 to 70 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, in 69 to 72 feet of water northwest-northeast of Geneva, and in 70 to 74 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula. Fish are suspended and anglers are targeting fishing depths of 40 to 60 feet while trolling.

How: Walleye have been caught by trolling crankbaits, spoons and worm harnesses with divers. Good colors to try are blue, green and white, orange, black and white, pink and purple, and chartreuse. Anglers fishing from shore are having the best luck in the evenings catching fish using spinners and stick baits.

Smallmouth Bass  
Where: Fishing has been good in 20 to 27 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut.

How: Anglers are using drop shot rigs with crayfish and leeches, small spoons, and night crawlers.

Where: Fishing for channel catfish has been good on the Grand River, Fairport piers, at the Route 535 bridge, and the Grand River landing.

How: Anglers are using live baits such as night crawlers, leeches and shrimp.

Steelhead Trout  
Where: Anglers are picking up steelhead while trolling for walleye off Geneva and Ashtabula in 69 to 74 feet of water.

How: Try setting your lures down a bit deeper than for walleye.