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Here’s what the fishing looks like this week in Ohio’s Lake Erie waters, from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Fishing in Cleveland’s inner harbor. (Laura Johnston, RocktheLake)

Western Basin

Where: Fishing on the reefs has slowed down and the best fishing has been in the open water. Anglers trolling crankbaits in the western basin have been doing well. Anglers drifting are picking up fish on harnesses with varying success.

How: Anglers trolling have been fishing 12 to 18 feet down in 18 to 30 feet of water at speeds of 1.5 to 2.2 mph.

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass  

Where: Largemouth and smallmouth bass will be moving up shallower to spawn in the coming weeks. Anglers are beginning to target largemouth in some of the harbors and tributaries. Reports of incidental catches have been reported near the Islands, the mid-lake reef complex, and near Vermillion.

How: Texas rigged soft plastics and wacky worms usually produce well for largemouth bass. For anglers targeting smallmouths, tubes often work well, though plenty of fish are being taken on hair jigs and blade baits, as well as trolling crankbaits.


Where: Look for fish starting to move into harbors and river mouths in the coming weeks as fish begin staging to spawn. Anglers have reported intermittent success, but the warmer weather should start to bring fish into shore.

How: A 1/16- or 1/32-ounce jig and minnow fished under a slip bobber is the most common technique this time of year. Casting small crankbaits or jigs and plastics also work well.


Where: Anglers targeting catfish are doing extremely well in the Sandusky Bay.

How: Shrimp is a popular bait in Sandusky Bay; although, fish are also taken on shiners, nightcrawlers, and stink bait. Most anglers fish a Carolina rig, but fish can also be caught below a bobber. Central Basin

Where: Anglers are catching fish from Cleveland to Conneaut in 10 to 40 feet of water. How: Walleye have been caught by trolling with crankbaits or worm harnesses, and by casting weight forward spinners. Anglers fishing from shore have been catching fish using spinners and stick baits.

Smallmouth Bass  

Where: Fishing has been excellent in 8 to 25 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut.

How: Anglers are trolling crankbaits, tube jigs, small spoons and using night crawlers.