Still fishing? You can fish year-round on Lake Erie, and the fishing has been good.
Walleye have been caught day and night from the East 55th and East 72nd breakwalls, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report.
He says, “Lakefront steelhead have been biting on small jigs tipped with minnow suspended between 4-6 feet under a bobber, as well as for anglers casting spoons (ie Little Cleo or KO Wobbler) or spinner (ie Vibrax or RoosterTail). Some jumbo yellow perch are being caught on the west side of the East 55th north facing breakwall on emerald shiners near the lake bottom.”
The wooden docks at Edgewater and Gordon Park boat ramps have been removed. But concrete and steel docks can be used all winter. The Rocky River launch ramp will be pulled Dec. 12.
Here’s the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report:
Where: Fishing has been good. Most anglers are focusing their efforts from Huron to Cleveland targeting 30 to 45 feet of water and moving nearshore around dusk and after dark. Anglers have also reported doing well off Kelleys Island in similar depths.
How: From Huron to Lorain, anglers have been trolling deep diving crankbaits 40 to 80 feet back at speeds of 1.2 -1.7 mph. Moving farther east, anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits at speeds 1.4 to 1.8 mph, 90 to 130 feet back unassisted. Anglers have also reported success jigging lipless crankbaits and spoons tipped with shiners where fish are being marked.
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.