Fishing in Cleveland’s inner harbor. (Laura Johnston, RocktheLake)

Lake Erie water levels are at record highs, but the fish don’t mind. It remains excellent!

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Western Basin

Where: Fishing remains excellent as the fish continue to transition to the deeper waters of the Central Basin. The bite east of West Sister Island remains good in 30-35 feet of water. Anglers trolling have been outperforming those casting. Good reports are also coming from east of Kelleys Island, the Cedar Point dumping ground, and from Huron east to Cleveland in 35-60 feet of water targeting the mid water column. 
How: The majority of anglers trolling are using spoons behind dipsy or jet divers, as well as crankbaits behind boards at speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph. Anglers are also having success trolling worm harnesses with in-line weights or bottom bouncers at 1.0 to 1.2 mph. Anglers drifting worm harnesses and weight forward spinners are also having success. 

Largemouth Bass  
Where: Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in various marinas and harbors, as well as Sandusky Bay in recent weeks as the water temperature has been increasing. 
How: Anglers have been doing well throwing crankbaits, jigs, and various soft plastic riggings including tubes, Texas rigged worms and creature baits, and Ned rigs at shoreline structure. 

Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay continues to be good, with many fish weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton, the Dempsey Fishing Access, and various locations in downtown Sandusky. 
How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp. 

Central Basin

Where: Excellent fishing continues in 35-55 feet of water north-northwest of Edgewater Park, in 35-55 feet of water north-northeast of Gordon Park, in 45-55 feet of water north of Fairport and in 45-60 feet of water north of Geneva. Fish are suspended and anglers are targeting fishing depths of 20-40 feet. 
How: Walleye have been caught by trolling with crankbaits or worm harnesses assisted by divers, and by casting and drifting weight forward spinners. Anglers are also casting and drifting worm harnesses and weight forward spinners. Good colors to try are yellow, black, orange, green, and pink and purple. Anglers fishing from shore are catch a few fish off the piers in Cleveland using spinners and stick baits. 

Smallmouth Bass  
Where: Excellent fishing has been reported in 10-30 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula, and Conneaut. 
How: Anglers are using crank baits, tube jigs, spinner baits, and drop shot rigs tipped with night crawlers. 

Where: Anglers are catching fish off the Cleveland and Fairport Harbor piers. 
How: Most anglers fish the bottom or drift with baits on the bottom. Common baits include nightcrawlers, cut bait, and frozen shrimp. 

Steelhead Trout  
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