Walleye time! Lake Erie fish report May 10-12

Brad Gardener caught this walleye in the Cleveland harbor. (Brad Gardener, via Cleveland Metroparks)

The Cleveland shoreline breakwalls are offering a great night bite for walleye, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report

Perfect 10s, Husky Jerks, and glow swimbaits are a few of the offerings that produce. The breakwall at East 55th Street Marina, the old Coast Guard station, rocks at Edgewater Park and East 72nd Street Marina are good spots for walleye and yellow perch, steelhead and other fish. The harbors at Edgewater, Gordon, and Wildwood parks in spring are a good place to find largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, as well as panfish, Durkalec says.

The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are offering good fishing conditions, though rain on the way could change that, Durkalec says. Anglers fishing a jig, wooly bugger, live shiner, or other lures/flies that mimic a baitfish have a shot at hooking “the silver and bronze” — a smallmouth or steelhead — in the same day for the next few weeks. 

Cleveland Metroparks will host their annual kids fishing derbies on May 18 at Wallace Lake and May 19 at the Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area. The event is free, fish will be stocked for the event, and fishing gear and bait will be provided for free.

Here’s the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report for Lake Erie:

Walleye  
Where: Fishing has been tough recently due to the very turbid water conditions caused by the rain and winds. Anglers have been doing best where they can find cleaner water. Trolling dark colored stick baits have been producing best with leads ranging from 30-120 feet back at 1.2-1.6 mph. Action has been best north and west of Kelleys Island, between Kelleys Island and the monument on South Bass Island, and off Vermillion. Anglers have also reported doing well off Lucy’s Point on the northeast corner of Middle Bass Island.


  • Anglers are advised to be cautious in the early spring. Extremely cold water temperatures put anglers at a high risk for hypothermia. Always wear your life jacket and leave a float plan with someone on shore of your intended plans.
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