Lake Erie fish report May 17-19

Guys fishing for perch with shiners on crappie rigs at East 55th Street Marinawere catching some bonus walleye this week. (Mike Durkalec, Cleveland Metroparks)

Head to the river to fish! The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are offering good fishing conditions through the weekend, especially for smallmouth bass, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report

Smallmouth bass hang out in deeper, rocky holes throughout the main branch of the Rocky River. Walleye are making a late spring appearance, and steelhead are starting to thin out.  Anglers fishing a jig, wooly bugger, live shiner, or other lures/flies that mimic a baitfish by the marina have a rare shot at hooking “the gold, silver and bronze” (a walleye, smallmouth bass and steelhead) in the same day, Durkalec writes.

On Lake Erie, the Cleveland shoreline breakwalls are offering a hot post-spawn night bite for walleye.  Perfect 10s, Husky Jerks, and glow swimbaits are a few of the offerings that produce.

See the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report:

Walleye: Despite inconsistent weather and muddy water, anglers are still having success. Anglers continue to find fish near reef complex in the western basin, as well as near the islands and east to Vermilion. Fish are still being taken on hair jigs and blade baits; however, anglers trolling seem to be catching most of the fish. Anglers trolling are having success using deep diving crankbaits and stickbaits, 80-120 feet back without snap weights. Mayfly rigs and harnesses have begun taking some fish as well.

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