Walleye are showing up in their traditional fall feeding grounds from Huron to Cleveland. And to try to catch a trophy, anglers are trolling stickbaits offshore during the day, and nearshore after dark.
This weekend, you’ll be dealing with chilly temperatures, plus a chance of rain and waves.
Where: Walleye are starting to show up in their traditional fall feeding grounds from Huron to Cleveland. Anglers are trolling stickbaits offshore during the day, and nearshore near and after dark at 1.6-1.8 mph.
How: TTrolling 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 stickbaits and lipless crankbaits that imitate shad, especially in the “Clown” color.
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.
Where: Fish are being caught in 50-65’ of water north of Gordon Park during the day. The night bite is along the Cleveland breakwall. Shore anglers are catching walleye off the Cleveland Piers and the Fairport Harbor short pier in the evenings. Boat anglers during the day are targeting fishing depths of 20-40’.
How: Most anglers are trolling using planer boards, dipsy and jet divers with crankbaits. Shore anglers are casting crank baits.
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.
Where: Anglers are catching fish trolling inside the Fairport Harbor breakwall and the Grand River. Shore anglers are catching fish off the Edgewater Park, Gordon Park, Fairport Harbor and Painesville Township Piers, and the Fairport Harbor breakwall.
How: Best baits have been trolling small spoons and crank baits for the boat anglers, and jigs tipped with maggots fished under a bobber and small spoons for the shore anglers.
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.