Northeast Ohio fishing report: Walleye biting from Toledo to Ashtabula

Bass, Panfish, Catfish providing action inland

CLEVELAND - It's a mixed bag to start the week. The Walleye bite is on fire on Lake Erie, while Panfish and Catfish are providing most of the action inland. Let's take a look at what's biting around northern Ohio:

Lake Erie

Walleye are providing fast action from Toledo to Ashtabula. In the Western Basin, trollers are taking good numbers of fish on Stinger spoons or nightcrawler harnesses. They are fishing the edges of the reefs. The harness bite continues for the headboat fleet out of Port Clinton, too. Shore-Nuf charters at the Drawbridge Marina reports good catches of quality sized fish, though anglers are having to work for them. Go with gold on the blades and green, chartreuse, or red on the beads. A 29 inch Walleye was taken over the weekend.

Decent catches of Yellow Perch are also being made. Emerald shiners will take fish.

In the Central Basin, Craig Lewis at Erie Outfitters says the Walleye are hitting well, and they've moved north of the bar. Walleye are taking spoons and harnesses from Lorain east to Bratenahl fished in 32 to 45 feet of water. Gold, purple, and pink are the best colors.

Craig tell us good catches of Yellow Perch are being made off of Lorain.

The folks at Shine's in Cleveland report excellent catches of Walleye from Rocky River east to the Crib and on to Bratenahl. Fishing right in front of Cleveland has been producing. Harnesses and spoons have been producing. The fish are anywhere between 32 and 52 feet of water.

Yellow Perch are hitting, too, from Avon Point to Cleveland.

Breakwater fisherman are catching Rock Bass and Smallmouth Bass on minnows, worms, and jigs. Some Yellow Perch are also being taken with shiners on bottom rigs.

Good catches of Yellow Perch are being made off the Linda Mae, the headboat that fishes out of Wildwood Marina. They tell us fish are taking Emerald Shiners in 30 to 45 feet of water off of Euclid Beach and Euclid Hospital. Anglers report using a new twist to produce Perch. They've been placing a gold hook on the bottom of a Crappie rig, and a red hook on the top, then baiting both with Emerald Shiners. For some reason, it's paid off with better catches.

Captain Vytas at Wildwood says the Walleye have moved in and are active.  In fact, he calls the water just out from Wildwod, "Hogland," right now.He's been taking good numbers of big fish in 51 feet of water on spoons. The preferred colors hav e been Jager Bomb, watermelon, and purple.  Fish have been running to 10 pounds.

Some Perch and Rock Bass are being caught off the Wildwood breakwall.

Heading out to Fairport Harbor, Don at Harbor Bait says Walleye are cooperating from Mentor to Ashtabula in 54 feet of water. Stinger spoons are the preferred lure.

Perch fishing has been steady, with catches of good sized fish .

One of our readers, Chris from Perry in Lake County wanted to let us know that the Walleye have moved into the area just east of Perry. He tells us, "The fish are hot. 60 feet of water suspended at about 40 feet." Chris was trolling spoons over the weekend.  Thanks for the tip, Chris.

Portage Lakes

Big Bluegills remain on the nests at this popular chain of lakes south of Akron. Jerry at Long Lake Bait says worms, maggots, and waxworms will catch them. The big fish are a little deeper, but are catchable.

Jerry says the Channel Catfish bite is good, too. Chicken livers, nightcrawlers, and Nitro crawlers are taking good-sized cats.

Ron Slater at Portage Lakes Bait and Tackle reports the Largemouth Bass fishing is hot! Ron says to fish plastics and cranks for Bass near shoreline structure, as well as drop offs. East Reservoir, Turkeyfoot, Long, Mud, and Rex Lakes all offer excellent Bass cover.

Ron tells us the Yellow Perch bite has picked up in the deeper water of Turkeyfoot Lake and East Reservoir, if you can find the schools. Standard minnow on a spread tactics will work.

Some Crappies are still being taken, too. Though you'll have to work to find scattered around deeper structure.

Nimisila Reservoir

Good catches of Sunfish are being made around this Reservoir in the City of Green. Nesting fish are on sand bottoms and flats. They can also be caught off the islands on the south end of the lake.

Channel Cats are readily taking chicken livers and cutbait.

Largemouth Bass have been fair. They're taking plastics. They're more cooperative early in the morning and at dusk.

West Branch

The Walleye bite is good at this lake near Ravenna. The folks at Ron's Bait and Tackle say Walleyes are taking nightcrawler harnesses and jigs tipped with crawlers along drop offs and near weed beds.

They also tell us Largemouth Bass are hitting almost everything. Soft plastics, cranks, and spinnerbaits fished near structure and along weed beds will produce. Some muskies are also being taken. Catfish are starting to cooperate. A 23-pound flathead taken last week.


The folks at Les's Bait say the Walleye fishing is fair. Plenty of fish are being caught, but size is the problem, with many throwbacks. Remember there is a 15 inch minimum on Walleye at Berlin. Crappies are schooling deeper, but still hitting minnows fished under bobbers. Good catches of Channel Cats are being made on nightcrawlers, cutbait, and chicken livers. White Bass fishing has been excellent.


Walleye are taken by trollers pulling Shad Raps and Flicker Shads on lead core line. The Mahoning River channel between the Lake Milton Causeway and the I-76 Bridge has been one of the productive areas. Fish deep there.

Largemouth and Smallmouth hitting jigs, plastics, and crankbaits fished around structure, though the action has been slow at times.

White Bass are readily taking jigs tipped with nightcrawlers and minnows.

Mosquito Creek

Go deep to catch Walleye at this lake north of Warren, that's what the folks at Mosquito Lake Marina tell us. Lead core line will help. Walleye are hitting Shad Raps, Flicker Shads, and nightcrawler harnesses. Troll along the creek channel on the south side.

If drifting is more your style, that's producing, too, just keep it deep. Harnesses in Perch patterns and chartreuse have been the colors of choice. Fishing on the deep side of the weeds on the southside near the cemetery has been a good location.

Bass are cooperating, and are being taken in good numbers. Fish soft plastics and spinner baits for best results.

The Bluegill have really turned on. Fishing maggots and worms in the shallows will produce.

Big Channel Catfish are taking shrimp, cutbait, and chicken livers.

Charles Mill & Pleasant Hill

Wipers are hot at Charles Mill. Dusty at Mifflin Lakes Trading Post says outstanding catches of the White Bass/Striped Bass hybrids are being made at the lake between Ashland and Mansfield. Chicken livers fished under a bobber or on the bottom, or Twister Tails or Rooster Tails cast near deep structure are triggering hits.

Channel Cats are biting, too. Dough/stink baits, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers will catch fish. Largemouth Bass are also cooperating. Dusty tells us they're hitting floating worms and buzzbaits fished near structure. Saugeye are taking minnows below the Charles Mill Dam early in the morning, and then again at dusk.

Just to the south, Saugeye are being caught by trollers at Pleasant Hill. Nightcrawler harnesses and diving plugs fished near the beach are taking Saugeye. Decent catches of Muskie have also been reported.


Walleye fishing is reported as fair, right now. Nightcrawler harnesses fished in about 10 feet of water on the south end have been producing. Some crappies are also being taken when the schools can be found near structure.

Chippewa Lake

Panfish have turned on at this Medina County Lake. Bob Nemeth at Chippewa Lake Bait and Tackle says Bass are hitting, too. Crankbaits and spinner baits are producing best.

Catfish have improved. Nightcrawlers and chicken livers are the preferred baits. One note: This lake gets a lot of pleasure boating traffic, so your best bet is to fish it early.

Cleveland Metro Parks

Most of the Metro Parks lakes are producing decent Panfish catches. The Rocky River is also providing good catches of Smallmouth Bass. Fishing crawfish imitations near structure will take fish.

Ohio River

Some huge 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 also hitting. Twister tails, jigging spoons, and live bait fished near the bottom are also taking fish.


Big Bluegill are being taken at this Portage County impoundment. Mogador Bait and Tackle provides a good tip for taking them. They tell us to find the smaller Bluegill nesting near the shore, then fish the deeper water - four to five feet – just around those nests. They suggest using a waxworm with no bobber. Toss the hook into that deeper water near the nests and work it along the bottom.

The Largemouth bite has also really picked up. Soft plastics in purple and red fished near structure is taking good numbers of fish.

The Catfish bite is on, too. Live Bluegills and cutbait will take produce.


Tappan Lake Marina reports the Saugeye bite has tapered off. They classify it as fair, right now. Nightcrawlers trolled or drifted have taken some fish.

Good catches of Largemouth Bass are being made around structure and off of deep points. Jigs, soft plastics, diving cranks, and spinner baits are producing.

Good catches of Channel Cats and Flatheads are being made. Use cutbait or chicken livers for the Channels, live Shiners, Suckers, or Bluegills for the Flatheads. A 40 pound Flathead was caught over the weekend.

Tuscarawas River

Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike are being caught in the stretch near Bolivar. That's the word from NTR Canoe Livery. There are also reports of Smallmouth and Northerns being caught from Canal Fulton. south to Massillon. Crankbaits and jigs are catching both species. The Tuscarawas above Long Lake through the Firestone Metro Park is also producing good catches of Panfish and Yellow Perch.

Cuyahoga River

The Cuyahoga above Cuyahoga Falls is providing good action for Bass and Northern Pike. Spinner baits, spoons, and crankbaits will catch fish.

Good Catch!

Check out the picture of Alan Lammers of Dayton and his stringer of Walleye caught over the weekend on the Watanna II out of Port Clinton. It includes a 29 inch fish. Nice catch, Alan. And, we want to remind you that you can submit photos of your fish catches. Go ahead, brag a little. We might post the photos or broadcast them on Good Morning Cleveland. Send those photos to We also welcome your fishing reports from you home waters, tips, suggestions, and even recipes that we can share.

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This report will be updated through the week to reflect the most recent fishing conditions.

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