How’s the fishing on Lake Erie this fall? The best in recent memory.

Lots of steelhead have been caught along the lakefront and in local rivers, said Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. And the lake has a great there mix of trophy walleye from a record 2003 spawn, complemented by two years in a row of well above average spawns, which are just reaching the legal size to keep.

Plus, the weather has been mild enough to enjoy being outside!

Jill Dershaw caught this walleye in Lake Erie this week. (Mike Durkalec, Cleveland Metroparks)

In his weekly fishing report, Durkalec writes that anglers can find steelhead at Edgewater Park, East 55th Street Marina (especially along the east-facing breakwall), East 72nd Street, the pier to the old Cosat Guard Station, off the breakwall at Wildwood Park, and off the jetties at Huntington Beach. 

“Excellent numbers of walleye” are near shore on Lake Erie. From shore, anglers are doing best casting stickbaits and glow-in-the-dark spoons at dusk and after dark. 

Walleye are also good from the Erie islands area to Lorain, according to the Fish Ohio report. Fishing at night has been good nearshore for anglers trolling and fishing from piers near Catawba, Lakeside and Marblehead, Huron to Lorain, and Cleveland.

The Fall Brawl, which has drawn 3,700 anglers from more than a dozen states, to Lake Erie to compete for the biggest walleye in Ohio waters, ends Sunday.

So far, Mark L. Frase is leading the competition, with a fish weighing 13.625 pounds.

The winner gets a $75,000 boat, with all the trimmings; the next four finishers walk away with tens of thousands of dollars in prizes.