Lake Erie lovers are thankful for good fishing this Thanksgiving.
The walleye bite has been good from a boat lately, though fishing from shore is proving tougher, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The Lake Erie water temperature is 40 off Toledo and 47 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.
See the full ODNR fish report here.
Where: Fishing has been good as the water is clearing up. Most anglers are focusing their effort from Huron to Cleveland targeting 30 to 45 feet of water. Anglers fishing from shore are having limited success fishing off break walls and piers from Catawba to Ashtabula. Fish have been caught in 50 feet of water northwest of Edgewater Park, in 47 to 55 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, and in 60 to 70 feet of water northwest of Conneaut.
How: From Huron to Lorain, anglers have been trolling deep diving crankbaits, 40 to 80 feet back at speeds of 1.2 to 1.7 mph. Farther east anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits at speeds of 1.4 to 1.8 mph, 90 to 130 feet back unassisted. Anglers fishing from shore have been throwing large crankbaits, shallow or deep diving, with a slow retrieve. Alternatively, large paddle-tail swimbaits have been taking a few fish from shore.
Where: Fishing for yellow perch has been good. Fish have been caught in 20 to 30 feet of water off Huron and Vermillion, with good size fish (9 to 11 inches) being caught, but bites have been sporadic. Fish are being caught occasionally by the islands, south of Green Island, and east of Kelleys Island. Good fishing was reported in 40 feet of water northwest of Edgewater Park and in 48 feet of water north of Conneaut.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Where: Good fishing was reported from anglers trolling inside the Fairport Harbor break wall and inside the Conneaut break wall. Anglers fishing from shore are catching fish off the Edgewater, Gordon Park, Fairport Harbor and Painesville Township piers, and Fairport Harbor break wall.
How: The best baits have been small spoons and crankbaits for anglers trolling fishing from boats, and jigs tipped with maggots fished under a bobber or small spoons for anglers fishing from shore.
What are you fishing for this Thanksgiving weekend?