Lake Erie yellow perch biting: Fishing Report

Lake Erie yellow perch are biting from Toledo to Conneaut, with Cleveland a hot spot. Walleye fishing continues to be fair to good, with the Lorain-Vermilion area and Ashtabula topping the list. Inland lakes and local rivers suffer from low water. Algal blooms are popping up on some lakes. Boaters must be cautious in low-water areas while launching and fishing.

Cleveland area

Yellow perch are being caught all around Cleveland in 47 to 50 feet of water. The best areas have been around the Cleveland Crib, off the mouth of the Rocky River, off East 72nd Street and Bratenahl, and off Wildwood State Park in 53 feet. Perch fishermen are doing a lot of sorting to keep a limit of perch that are 8 inches or longer. Extra minnows are needed to wade through the small perch, white perch and small sheepshead. Some large white perch and a few rock bass are being caught while casting from breakwalls around Cleveland. Some steelhead have been caught by trolling the mouths of the Rocky River and Euclid Creek, with a few trout moving into the lower stretches of local rivers.

Lake Erie

Lorain area perch fishing has been very good in 40 feet of water. The St. Anthony Church area east of the Black River is a top location, but perch are being caught from Huron to Cleveland, especially off The Castle just east of Cranberry Creek in 36 feet, and off the green can north of Huron in 32 to 38 feet. East of Cleveland, perch are biting in 49 to 52 feet northwest of Fairport Harbor, and a little deeper off Ashtabula and Conneaut.

Perch fishing is starting to pick up around western Lake Erie, west and northwest of Rattlesnake and Green islands, the same location where some walleye are being caught. Perch are also being taken off the southeast corner of Kelleys Island, but lots of small white bass and sheepshead are also being caught.

Good walleye fishing is still located around the weather buoy on the Canadian border north of Vermilion, and around the north end of the Lorain Sand Bar. Spinner rigs in pink and purple are still the top choice for walleye. A shallow-water walleye bite has been good in 13 to 24 feet from Old Woman’s Creek to The Castle on Reef Runner lures.

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