Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 1

A surprise coho salmon caught at the Rocky River marina this week by Captain John O’Sage. He reported it was delicious. (Mary Lou Czajka, via Cleveland Metroparks)

Walleye are in their traditional fall spots, and perch fishing has picked up.

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

Western Basin

Walleye 
Where: Walleye are starting to show up in their traditional fall feeding grounds as they follow shad nearshore. The best bite during the day remains offshore in 30-45 feet of water of Huron and Vermillion, and 45-55 feet of water in Lorain. Shore anglers are having success after dark with “Clown” colored stickbaits.
How: Trolling stickbaits has been the best presentation at speeds 1-8 to 2.8 mph. Slower presentations have been better after dark. Shore bound anglers can start picking up walleye near and after dark casting crankbaits and lipless crankbaits that imitate shad.

Yellow Perch 
Where: Yellow Perch fishing has picked up slightly, however limits are still tough. The best reports coming from west of Catawba in 18-22 feet of water, North and Southwest of Kelleys Islands, and between Huron and Vermilion in 28-32 feet of water.
How: Vertical crappie rigs seems to be producing better where baits can be presented at different depths. Anglers are reporting that small lifts and long pauses between lifts have been triggering the most bites.

Smallmouth Bass 
Where: Fish are being caught around the reefs and islands areas in 10-14 feet of water, especially around Middle Bass, Rattlesnake, and South Bass Islands.
How: Tubes and dropshots in rocky areas continue to produce the best.

Central Basin

Walleye 
Where: Good fishing in 30-55’ of water northwest of Edgewater Park and in 30-50’ of water north-northwest of Gordon Park. Some fish are being caught in 20-35’ of water northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 50-65’ of water north-northwest of Lakeshore Park in Ashtabula. Shore anglers are catching walleye off the Cleveland Piers and the Fairport Harbor short pier in the evenings.
How: Most anglers are trolling using planer boards, dipsy and jet divers with crankbaits, worm harnesses and spoons. Try using bright colors including blue, silver and chrome. Shore anglers are using crank baits.

Yellow Perch  
Where: 
A few reports of yellow perch being caught in 30-35’ of water off the East 72nd St. lighthouse in Cleveland. Shore anglers are catching a few fish in the mornings and evenings off the breakwalls in Cleveland.
How: Try minnows on spreaders and crappie rigs near the bottom.

Smallmouth Bass  
Where: Best spots have been in 20-30’ of water in the harbor areas and rock piles in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using crank baits and drop shot rigs tipped with night crawlers.



The Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 54 degrees, off Cleveland 58 degrees and off Erie 57 degrees.

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