Rocky River volunteer clean up: Ohio Lake Erie fish report May 31-June 2

Sam Horn caught a northern pike along the Cleveland lakeshore. (Sam Horn, via Cleveland Metroparks)

Help clean up the Rocky River on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m to noon, followed by a cookout. 

The clean-up is an effort between caring citizens, Rocky River Watershed Council, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Earnest Machine, local groups and Cleveland Metroparks.  All are welcome at this family-friendly event, and please come dressed to possibly get a bit wet and muddy.

Cleveland Fishing Co. is offering all attendees 20 percent off their merchandise. 

The perch and walleye bite has been excellent along in the nearshore waters of Lake Erie, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report. Rock bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, northern pike, catfish, freshwater drum and sunfish species are also possible to catch on tube jigs and live minnows.   

In the Rocky and Chagrin rivers, you can find smallmouth bass in the deeper, rocky pools of the river during the day in early summer, and often move to the heads of such pools in the early morning and evening hours to feed actively, Durkalec writes. A dark olive or brown tube jig of 3-4 inches is one of the best producers of bass in the river. 

Durkalec writes: “Smallies” also bite well on live bait (ie: minnow, crayfish, and leeches), lures (ie: spinners and minnow plugs), and flies (ie: crayfish patterns, Clouser minnows, dark brown or olive sculpin or muddler minnow patterns).  Bass of all sizes are abundant bass in the river, with a healthy number of trophy lake-run fish available through at least early June. 

Here’s the 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 stick baits 80-120 feet back without snap weights, and worm harnesses behind bottom bouncers. Trolling spoons behind divers has also picked up recently. 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: Excellent fishing reported in 30-40 feet of water north of Gold Coast in Lakewood, in 30-50 feet of water northwest of Geneva, and in 45-60 feet of water northeast 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, silver, green, 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 15-30 feet of water around the Gordon Park east break wall lighthouse in Cleveland, and in 30-35 feet of water north of 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 10-30 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut. 
How: Anglers are using crank baits, tube jigs, spinner baits and drop shot rigs tipped with night crawlers. 

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