I caught a walleye! Ohio Lake Erie fish report July 19-22

Laura Johnston reels in a walleye, one of seven we caught on two lines in about 45 minutes. (Dave Petkiewicz, cleveland.com)

This is the best walleye season just about anyone can remember on Lake Erie.

We caught seven walleye in about 45 minutes, when Danny McConnell of Midtown Fishing Charters took us out from the Gordon Park boat ramp this week.

Once we had two fish on the line at the same time! All of them were between 16 and 20 inches.

See our the full story on our fishing trip on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

Meanwhile, here’s the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report:

Western Basin

Walleye  
Where: Fishing remains good, however following two large mayfly hatches last week, angler success has declined in the far Western Basin. The best fishing continues to be from Huron west to Lorain in 30 to 55 feet of water. 
How: The majority of anglers trolling are using spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph. Anglers are also having success trolling worm harnesses with in-line weights or bottom bouncers at 1.0 to 1.2 mph. Anglers drifting worm harnesses or weight forward spinners are also having success. 

Largemouth Bass  
Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors in the Western Basin, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks as water temperatures have been increasing. 
How: Anglers have been doing well casting crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure. 

Yellow Perch  
Where: Anglers are starting to turn their attention toward yellow perch with some good reports coming from the Toledo Harbor Light in 20 to 25 feet of water. 
How: Minnows fished under a perch spreader continue to be the presentation of choice for perch anglers, but consider trolling small crankbaits behind a bottom bouncer to locate active fish in loose aggregations. 

Catfish  
Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay continues to be good, with many fish weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton, the Dempsey Fishing Access, and various locations in downtown Sandusky. 
How: Anglers have been fishing the bottom with shrimp, night crawlers, and cut bait. 

Central Basin

Walleye 
Where: Excellent fishing continues in 48 to 55 feet of water north-northwest of Edgewater Park, in 40 to 52 feet of water north of Chagrin River, in 35 to 50 feet and 55 to 75 feet of water north-northwest of Fairport, and in 50 to 65 feet of water north of Geneva. Fish are suspended and anglers are targeting fishing depths of 15 to 40 feet. 
How: Walleye have been caught trolling using crankbaits or worm harnesses with planer boards, dipsy and jet divers. Anglers are also casting and drifting worm harnesses and weight forward spinners. Good colors to try are lemon, chartreuse, orange, green, and pink and purple. Anglers fishing from shore are catching fish off the piers in Cleveland using spinners and stick baits. 

Smallmouth Bass  
Where: Excellent fishing has been reported in 17 to 22 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. 
How: Anglers are using crank baits, tube jigs, spinner baits, drop shot rigs tipped with night crawlers, golden shiners, crayfish and leeches.

Catfish  
Where: Anglers are catching fish off the Cleveland and Fairport Harbor piers.
How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp. 

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