If you’re fishing, be cautious.
The Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 41 degrees, off Cleveland 37
degrees and off Erie 34 degrees, which puts anglers at risk for hypothermia. Always wear your lifejacket.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it’s walleye season in the open lake.
Anglers are doing well trolling around 1 mph, especially near the islands and Catawba, in 25 to 35 feet of water. Stick baits in darker colors have been producing best with short leads.
Closer to home, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report that the breakwall at East 55th Street Marina and the rocks at Edgewater Park offer possibilities fot steelhead and yellow perch.
The boat launch ramps at Edgewater, Gordon Park and Wildwood park are all usable, and harbor areas are a good place to find pre-spawn northern pike are largemouth bass, Durkalec reports A white spinnerbait with silver blades worked slowly is a good early season choice for both species. The post-spawn shoreline bite for walleye typically picks around Cleveland around mid April.
Steelhead are well dispersed throughout the river systems, with the freshest fish concentrated closer to Lake Erie. There has been very good fishing in the deeper water by the Rocky River Reservation marina this week for very bright fish that are staging there, Durkalec reports These fish will move upstream following this coming rain.
Note: The Metroparks will charge a $5 daily (or $30 seasonal) fee to use its four Lake Erie boat ramps this season.