Summer is winding down. The water is warm — about 76 degrees in the central basin of Lake Erie. The days are getting shorter. And pretty soon the kiddos will be in school!
If you’re looking to plan one last summer fishing trip with the family, here’s what you need know, from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Where: Fishing remains good, though most of the larger fish have moved east to find cooler water, smaller fish remain plentiful. Reports of limits are still coming from Toledo east to the islands, as well as straight out from Huron and Vermilion.
How: Anglers trolling spoons behind divers have been doing well, as well as those trolling worm harnesses. There have been a few reports of anglers trolling crankbaits during low light hours and having success in shallower water, 15 to 20 feet deep. Anglers around the islands have been throwing weight forward spinners with some success as well.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Fish have also been taken on maggots.
How: Texas rigged soft plastic and wacky worms usually produce well for largemouth bass. For anglers targeting smallmouths, tubes and drop-shot rigs have been working well, as well as weighted wacky worms.
Where: Anglers targeting catfish are doing extremely well in Sandusky and Maumee bays. Shoreline fishing opportunities are available from the Jackson Street Pier, 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, though fish have also taken on shiners, nightcrawlers, and stink bait. Most anglers fish a Carolina rig or three-way rig. Fish can also be taken below a bobber suspended just off the bottom.
How: Walleye have been caught by trolling crankbaits, spoons and worm harnesses with divers. Good colors to try are purple, green and white, orange, black, watermelon and chartreuse. Anglers fishing from shore are having the best luck in the evenings catching fish using spinners and stick baits.
How: Anglers are using drop shot rigs with crayfish and leeches, small spoons, and night crawlers.
How: Anglers are using live baits such as night crawlers, leeches and shrimp.
Where: Anglers are picking up steelhead while trolling for walleye off Geneva and Ashtabula in 71 to 75 feet of water.