Anglers have reported some of the best fishing of the year on Cleveland-area rivers over the past two days, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec says.
Fish are spread throughout the system, with anglers reporting some 25-29-inch fish this week, Durkalec wrote in his weekly fish report. Steelhead have been caught on marabou jigs under floats, brightly colored dime to nickel size spawn sacks, beads that mimic salmon eggs, flies, and lures such as Little Cleo spoons and Vibrax spinners.
Fishing along the Cleveland lakefront has also been good, with catches of walleye reported day and night from the East 55th and East 72nd Street breakwalls. Lakefront steelhead have been biting. Some jumbo yellow perch have been caught on the west side of the East 55th north-facing breakwall on emerald shiners near the lake bottom.
Here’s the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report.
Where: Fishing has been good for anglers that have been able to get out. Most anglers are focusing their effort from Huron to Cleveland targeting 30 to 45 feet of water.
How: From Huron to Lorain, anglers have been trolling deep diving crankbaits 40 to 80 feet back at speeds of 1.0 to 1.4 mph, adding snap weights up to 2 oz. to get down to the fish. Anglers have also reported success jigging lipless crankbaits and spoons tipped with shiners where fish are being marked.
Where: Fishing for yellow perch has been decent. Good fishing reported in 40 feet of water north of Gordon Park, and in 48 feet of water north of Conneaut with reports of fish over 13 inches.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Where: Good fishing reported from anglers trolling inside the Fairport Harbor break wall and inside the Conneaut break wall. Anglers fishing from shore are catching fish off the Edgewater, Gordon Park, Fairport Harbor, and Painesville Township piers, and the Fairport Harbor break wall.
How: The best baits have been small spoons and crankbaits for anglers trolling fishing from boats, and jigs tipped with maggots fished under a bobber or small spoons for anglers fishing from shore.