Boats find a hot fishing spot near the Lorain lighthouse in June 2018. (Laura Johnston, RocktheLake)

Going fishing this weekend? Here’s where the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the fish are biting.

Meanwhile, here’s your marine forecast.

Western Basin

Where: Anglers are doing well around Kelleys Island, 1 mile out from Marblehead, and off Huron and Vermilion. There are quite a few reports of limits being caught in two or three hours.

How: Anglers trolling worm harnesses behind bottom bouncers at 1.5 to 2.2 mph seemed to be catching the most fish. Anglers drifting have been picking up fish on harnesses with varying success. Color did not seem to matter. Anglers are also having success trolling spoons 45 to 75 feet back behind divers, and trolling deep diving crankbaits unassisted 30 to 50 feet back.

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass  

Where: Anglers fishing for largemouth have been doing well in the Portage River mouth, East and West Harbors, and Sandusky Bay, as well as picking up the occasional fish around Catawba. Anglers targeting smallmouth have been fishing deeper marinas around Kelleys and the Bass islands, and the rock reefs adjacent to the islands. Reports of incidental catches have been reported near the mid-lake reef complex and Vermilion.

How: Texas rigged soft plastic and wacky worms usually produce well for largemouth bass. For anglers targeting smallmouth, tubes and drop-shot rigs work well, though plenty of fish are being caught trolling crankbaits.


Where: Anglers targeting catfish are doing extremely well in Sandusky and Maumee bays. Shoreline fishing opportunities are available from the Shoreline Park, Battery Park, or Meigs Street Pier in Sandusky, and the Sandusky Bay Bridge access.

How: Shrimp is a popular bait in Sandusky and Maumee bays; although, fish are also taken on shiners, nightcrawlers, and stink bait. Most anglers fish a Carolina rig; although, fish can be taken below a bobber suspended just off the bottom.

Central Basin

Where: Excellent fishing has been reported in 38 to 45 feet of water off Edgewater and Gordon parks in Cleveland, in 10 to 30 feet of water northeast and northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 8 to 40 feet of water north-northwest of Ashtabula.

How: Walleye have been caught by trolling with crankbaits, spoons, worm harnesses flat-lined or with divers, and by casting weight forward spinners. Good colors to try are blue, green, silver, pink, purple and yellow. Anglers fishing from shore are having the best luck in the evenings catching fish using spinners and stick baits.

Smallmouth Bass  

Where: Fishing has been excellent in 10 to 25 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.

How: Anglers are trolling crankbaits, tube jigs and small spoons, and are also using jigs tipped with maggots and golden shiners.