Good fishing for Memorial Day weekend: Lake Erie fish report

Happy kids fishing at the Cleveland Metroparks Kids Fishing Derby. (Mike Durkalec, cleveland.com)

Going fishing this Memorial Day weekend?

The Rocky and Chagrin rivers will offer good fishing conditions through the weekend, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report. For the second year, some adult walleye and white bass are making a late spring appearance by the Emerald Necklace marina.

“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.

The Cleveland shoreline breakwalls are offering a good post-spawn night bite for walleye, especially when you’re using Perfect 10s, Husky Jerks, and glow swimbaits. Yellow perch are also biting on a crappie rig baited with live or salted emerald shiners. 

Here’s the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report:

Western Basin

Walleye  
Where: Fishing really heated up this past week, especially around the islands with many quick limits being reported. Fish were being caught off the Marblehead peninsula as well as off of Lucy’s Point in 15-35 feet of water.

How: Fish were being caught trolling stickbaits 80-120 feet back without snap weights, and worm harnesses behind bottom bouncers. Fish are still being taken on hair jigs and blade baits; however, trolling seems to be taking most of the fish. 

Catfish  
Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay has really picked up with high numbers of fish being caught, many weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton. 

How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp. 

Central Basin

Walleye 
Where: Good fishing was reported in 10-40 feet of water off the Gold Coast in Lakewood, in 40-55 feet of water north-northwest of Geneva, and in 30-50 feet of water northwest of Ashtabula. 

How: Walleye have been caught by trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses, as well as casting and drifting weight forward spinners. Good colors to try are chrome, blue, chartreuse and red. Anglers fishing from shore are catch fish off the piers in Cleveland using spinners and stick baits. 

Yellow Perch  
Where: 
There were a few reports of anglers catching fish in 30-32 feet feet of water off the Chagrin River. 

How: Anglers are fishing from the bottom to 3-5 cranks above the bottom. Try different depths near the bottom until you locate the fish. Use minnows on spreaders. 

Smallmouth Bass  
Where: Very good fishing was reported in 10-20 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut. 

How: Anglers are using crank baits, tube jigs, and drop shot rigs tipped with night crawlers. 

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