Nice walleye catch off 72nd Street Marina. (Dana Daugherty-Klonowski, via Cleveland Metroparks)

How is fishing in Cleveland?

In his weekly Cleveland Metroparks fish report, aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec reports lots of success on the Rocky River and other area streams. Fallen leaves can pose a challenge when drifting some holes, though. 

Steelhead opportunities will remain good until stream conditions change, Durkalec says.  The greatest concentration of steelhead are in the northernmost river stretches, although fish are well spread at at this time. 

“The big trout, averaging 5-7 pounds, have been biting especially well on marabou jigs under floats this week.  They can also caught on brightly colored dime to nickel size spawn sacks, beads that mimic salmon eggs, flies (egg patterns and baitfish streamers), and lures such as Little Cleo spoons and Vibrax spinners,” he said.

Fishing along the Cleveland lakefront has been good, with steelhead and yellow perch by day and walleye after dark caught from the breakwalls. Lakefront steelhead will bite on a whole nightcrawler on a plain hook or small jig tipped with minnow suspended between 4-6 feet under a bobber, as well as for anglers casting a spoon (ie Little Cleo or KO Wobbler) or spinner (ie Vibrax or RoosterTail). For walleye, try a Husky Jerk or Perfect 10 stickbaits.  

See the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report.

Walleye  
Where: Fishing has been decent as the water starts to clear up. Most anglers are focusing their effort from Huron to Cleveland, targeting 30 to 45 feet of water. Anglers trolling and fishing from shore are targeting nearshore areas around dusk and into the night. 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. Fish are suspended, and anglers are targeting fishing depths of 30 to 50 feet while trolling. 

How: 

    • Anglers are trolling deep diving stick baits at speeds 1.4 to 1.8 mph, 90 to 130 feet back unassisted. Anglers fishing from shore have been throwing large stick baits, shallow or deep diving, with a slow retrieve. 

Yellow Perch  
Where: 

    • Fishing for yellow perch has been decent. 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 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. 

Steelhead Trout  
Where: 

    • Good fishing 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. 

 

    • The Lake Erie water temperature is 43 off Toledo and 49 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.