The walleye bite remains consistent on Lake Erie, and it's picking up on some inland lakes, defying the usual summer slowdown. Yellow Perch, Saugeye, Bass, Catfish, and Panfish are also providing fast action. Let's take a look at what's biting around the Buckeye State:
In the Western Basin, good catches of Walleye are being reported by the Port Clinton head boat fleet. Chester at Shore-Nuf Charters says gold has been the "go to" color for nightcrawler harnesses and Erie Dearies. Fish have been running from a pound to eight pounds. Trollers are also catching good numbers of fish. The areas near Niagara Reef and Green Island have been producing.
Moving east, Craig Lewis at Erie Outfitters in Sheffield Lake tells us Walleye are being taken off of both sides of the bar from Lorain down to Avon Lake in 31 to 44 feet of water. Green and orange have been the preferred colors for spoons and harnesses. Craig says the Perching has been excellent. Good numbers of big Yellow Perch are being caught from Rocky River west to Lorain in 41 to 44 feet of water. Emerald Shiners are the bait of choice. Smallmouth Bass are also being caught. Drop rigs and Goby type lures have been productive in 16 to 20 feet of water.
Off of Cleveland, the folks at Shine's say to fish 40 feet of water off the East 72 nd Street Dike for Yellow Perch. Perch are also being caught near the Cuyahoga Light. Walleye are cooperating off of Cleveland, too. Harnesses and spoons fished in 48 to 52 feet of water are producing. Purple, pink, and white have been the best colors.
Plenty of Yellow Perch are being caught off the Linda Mae, the head boat that runs out of Wildwood Marina. The boat's been scoring fish in 37 feet of water right off of Wildwood on Emerald Shiners, of course. Captain Vitas has also been picking up limit Walleye catches when he runs private charters. He's been fishing in 48 to 52 feet of water. White Bass and Rock Bass are providing quality action for breakwall fishermen at Wildwood.
"The Perch are on fire!" That's what Don at Harbor Bait in Fairport Harbor reports. Limit catches of big Yellow Perch are coming from 38 to 53 feet of water from Fairport back to Mentor. The Walleye bite remains steady, too. Good numbers of fish are being caught in 65 feet of water. They're hitting spoons in Jager Bomb and yellow jacket patterns.
Chris is our source for information in North Perry. He got into Walleye this week in 69 feet of water off of Perry. He was pulling harnesses to catch some quality fish. Check out the photo of his son holding four of the Walleye they boated.
Largemouth Bass fishing is hot, right now at this popular chain of lakes south of Akron. Ron Slater at Portage Lakes Bait and Tackle tells us the morning bite is better. He suggests topwater lures and plastic worms fished near weed beds or shoreline structure. Watermelon and pumpkin are popular colors for plastics on the Portage Lakes. Good catches of Bluegill are being made. The fish are coming off the beds, but good sized fish are hitting well. Crappies are hitting if you can find a pocket of them. Schools of Crappie are holding near submerged structure in eight to 16 feet of water. Minnows will take fish.
Jerry at Long Lake Bait and Tackle reports Redears are biting on waxworms and maggots in all of the Portage Lakes. Fish a little deeper for them, in around five to eight feet of water. Jerry is also seeing some good catches of Yellow Perch from Long Lake and North Reservoir. He tells us the Channel Catfish spawn is almost over and they will take nightcrawlers, nitro worms, cutbait, and chicken liver. A basic bottom rig will do the trick.
Good catches of bluegills are coming from the outside edges of weed beds at this impoundment in Green in Summit County. Red worms, waxworms, and maggots are the preferred baits. Consistent catches of Largemouth Bass are being made along drop offs, weed lines, and structure on points. Soft plastics in purple and black have taken fish. Some Yellow Perch have been caught on minnows in the dam area. We are also hearing of good catches of Channel Cats from Nimisila. Cutbait and chicken livers will catch the Cats. There are also reports of a few Walleye being taken, mostly as an incidental catch by Bass anglers.
Mark at Mark's Bait and Tackle says the Walleye bite is on in the weed beds. Big Walleye move up into the weeds to feed on small Bluegill this time of the year at West Branch. Anglers fishing jigs tipped with nightcrawlers jig in openings in the weed beds to catch some monster fish. Mark has seen Walleye in the eight to 10 pound range come in, in the past week. The weed bed in the shallows west of Rock Spring Road has been especially productive. Ron says the Musky fishing is also picking up. Trolling large crankbaits has been productive. Channel Catfish are hitting cutbait, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers.
Alvin at Ron's West Branch Bait reports good catches of Largemouth Bass are being made along drop offs and the outer edges of weed beds. Good numbers of Panfish are being taken in the shallows on waxworms and maggots.
We checked in with the folks at Les' s Bait at Berlin, and they tell us good numbers of Walleye are being caught, with fewer throwbacks reported. The Walleye success has come two ways at Berlin. Casters are jigging the shallows early in the day with jigs tipped with crawlers. They're working six to eight feet of water. Trollers are pulling Flicker Shads along the river channel in 15 to 17 feet of water. Both methods are producing, right now. Good catches of White Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Channel Catfish are also being reported. White Bass will hit minnows and nightcrawlers. Bass are taking soft plastics and cranks. Early morning is the best time for Bass. Channel Cats are hitting on cutbait and chicken livers.
Some Walleye are being caught by trollers working the river channel with deep diving cranks and nightcrawler harnesses. Bass have become more active. Fish the middle shallow south of the causeway for Smallmouth, as well as rocky cover. Largemouth are feeding in the shallows early in the day, then moving to deeper structure later. White Bass have been cooperating. They're hitting minnows and trolled harnesses.
Joe at Mosquito Lake Marina says Largemouth Bass are everywhere. He says the action has been "crazy." They are in their summer patterns holding along weed beds and drop-offs. Topwater lures, frog imitations, and buzzbaits are working early. Switch to jigs, soft plastics, and cranks later in the day when the Bass move to submerged structure. Joe says to look for them suspended over structure at the mouths of bays. Walleye are hitting trolled nightcrawler harnesses along the outer edges of weed beds.
Causeway Sporting Goods reports good catches of Crappies are being made by fishermen on the causeway. Minnows have been producing. Some Walleye are being reported in the southside weed beds, and deeper along the creek channel contour.
Good catches of Walleye are coming from this Ashtabula County reservoir. Go deep to get them, that's what we're hearing from Duck and Drake. Limits have been taken in 18 to 21 feet of water. The program is pretty basic, drift a nightcrawler tipped jig. Crappies are also being taken the same way.
Charles Mill & Pleasant Hill
The night bite for Saugeye is consistent below the dam at Charles Mill. Minnows fished on the bottom or under a float will take plenty of fish. Size is the problem. Fishermen are reporting one keeper for every five fish caught. Dusty at Mifflin Lakes Trading Post reports good catches of Wipers are being made. These White Bass/Striped Bass hybrids are being caught on trolled nightcrawler harnesses. If a school of them can be located, they'll hit minnows or chicken livers under a bobber. Dusty says the bass are in their summer pattern at Charles Mill and can be taken on creature baits and spinnerbaits. Good catches of Channel Cats are also being made on cutbait and chicken livers.
Good numbers of Saugeye are being caught at Pleasant Hill, though they're running smaller. Flicker Shads, Rapalas, and nightcrawler harnesses trolled near the beach area will take fish. White bass have also been cooperating at Pleasant Hill.
Panfish are being caught at this Medina County lake. Bob Nemeth at Chippewa Lake Bait and Tackle says worms or waxworms under a bobber will take them. Good catches of bass are being made. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits have produced lately. Catfish have been taking nightcrawlers and chicken livers. One note: This lake gets a lot of pleasure boating traffic, so your best bet is to fish it early.
Cleveland Metro Parks
The Rocky River is turning up good catches of Smallmouth Bass. Jigs and small spinners are working, especially around submerged wood and rocks. Most of the Metro Parks lakes are providing good Panfish catches. Wallace Lake has been a consistent producer.
Some big Channel Cats and Flathead Cats are being taken below the New Cumberland Dam in Columbiana County. Cut herring, chicken livers, and garlic shrimp are producing fish. Sauger are hitting Twister Tails, jigging spoons, and live bait fished near the bottom. Some Bass are being reported on jigs below Pike Island.
The Bluegills are off the beds at this Portage County reservoir, but they are still hitting. Mogadore Bait and Tackle says to fish the deeper areas just off of where the fish were nesting in five to seven feet of water. Maggots and waxworms are the preferred baits. Largemouth Bass are holding near weed lines, submerged structure, and off of points. Darker soft plastics will take Bass. Good catches of Channel Cats are being made on nightcrawlers, leeches, and stinkbaits.
Excellent catches of Saugeye are being made trolling nightcrawler harnesses and crankbaits. The submerged road west of the marina has been producing. The folks at the Tappan Lake Marina also tell us Smallmouth Bass are being taken in rocky areas, while Largemouth Bass are hitting soft plastics around submerged wood and weed beds. Good numbers of Channel Cats are also being reported.
The folks at Atwood Lake Boats, Marina East report very good catches of Largemouth Bass. They tell us Bass are in their summer patterns, holding off of submerged structure, and they will take crankbaits and plastic worms. Saugeye are being caught by trollers and drifters along deep structure. Flicker Shads and crawler harnesses will produce. The Catfish action is heating up. Average sized Channel Cats are cooperating on chicken livers and cut bait. A 25 pound Flathead Catfish was reported at Atwood last week.
This impoundment near Freeport provides a very good summer fishery. The Piedmont Lake Marina reports good catches of Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. Fish deeper submerged rocks for the Smallmouth. Jig and minnow combos should work. Shallow structure will hold Largemouth. Use soft plastics to take Largemouth. Musky have been cooperating, especially in the Marina Bay. Trolling large crankbaits like Grandmas and Big Forks will produce. Plenty of Saugeye are being taken in the dam area, though they're running smaller. Drifting or trolling various nightcrawler presentations will work. Channel Cats have picked up, good numbers of them are being caught on crawlers and chicken livers. Some Flatheads are being caught on the upper end of the lake on live bluegills and cut shad.
Some Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass are being caught from Clinton to Dover. Spoons and jigs will take fish. The Lake Lucerne outflow just north of Canal Fulton has turned up some nice catches of Largemouth Bass. The fish are readily taking minnows, as well as crankbaits and spinners. Good catches of Panfish and Yellow Perch are being made in the stretch of the Tuscarawas that runs through Firestone Metro Park in Akron.
Gone Fishing Bait and Tackle in Cuyahoga Falls tells us the stretch from Kent to Cuyahoga Falls is producing good catches of Smallmouth Bass and decent catches of Northern Pike. Spinnerbaits, spoons, and jigs have been effective. Just a reminder that parts of the Cuyahoga through the Falls are off limits for a while due to dam demolition.
There are good catches for Panfish from this Stark County Lake. If you are looking for a great place to introduce a child to the great sport of fishing, Sippo is a good location. It offers a nice fishing pier, boat rentals, a bait shop, and a snack bar. Bass, Catfish, Crappies, and White Perch can also be caught.
Long Lake Bait and Tackle will sponsor a Catfish tournament Saturday night. It runs on Long Lake and North Reservoir in the Portage Lakes from 6 P.M. to 1 A.M. Biggest fish take prizes. For more information call Long Lake Bait at 330-208-0230.
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