Luke caught a big walleye fishing out of Rocky River with grandpa last summer. (Carl Schweisthal, via Cleveland Metroparks).

The kids are out, and it’s time to take the family fishing. Walleye fishing is really heating up.

And this season is supposed to be epic.

Here’s the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report:

Western Basin

Where: Fishing really heated up this past week, especially around the islands with many quick limits being reported. Fish were being caught off the Marblehead peninsula as well as off of Lucy’s Point in 15-35 feet of water.
How: Fish were being caught trolling stick baits 80-120 feet back without snap weights, and worm harnesses behind bottom bouncers. Trolling spoons behind divers has also picked up recently. Fish are still being taken on hair jigs and blade baits; however, trolling seems to be taking most of the fish. 

Where: The bite in Sandusky Bay has really picked up with high numbers of fish being caught, many weighing over ten pounds. Shoreline access to the bay is available at the old Route 2 bridge in Bay View and Port Clinton. 
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 reported in 30-40 feet of water north of Gold Coast in Lakewood, in 30-50 feet of water northwest of Geneva, and in 45-60 feet of water northeast of Ashtabula. 
How: Walleye have been caught by trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses, as well as casting and drifting weight forward spinners. Good colors to try are chrome, blue, silver, green, and red. Anglers fishing from shore are catch fish off the piers in Cleveland using spinners and stick baits. 

Yellow Perch  
There were a few reports of anglers catching fish in 15-30 feet of water around the Gordon Park east break wall lighthouse in Cleveland, and in 30-35 feet of water north of the Chagrin River. 
How: Anglers are fishing from the bottom to 3-5 cranks above the bottom. Try different depths near the bottom until you locate the fish. Use minnows on spreaders. 

Smallmouth Bass  
Where: Very good fishing was 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. 

Steelhead Trout  
Please visit our Lake Erie steelhead page:The Lake Erie water temperature is 62 off Toledo and 56 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.