Walleye Fishing Recovers Early Off Lorain: Northeast Ohio Fishing Report

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Lake Erie walleye anglers are having a little trouble finding open boat launches right now, and for good reason. Walleye are rumored to be biting just off the Lorain shoreline in 40 feet of water, and often less, a surprisingly early start to the season around Lake Erie’s central basin.

Many popular ramps, including Lake Sheffield and Lake Avon, are not yet fully open. Some ramps are used in winter to store the heavy snowfall this winter and the snows are slow to melt.

Many boat ramps are open, including Lorain, but are very busy.

Michael (Moke) Mochan of Strikemaster Charters has posted photos of early season trophies his clients have landed off Lorain on social media. The Cleveland Charter Guide arranges walleye and catfish charters from Cleveland to the Lake Erie Islands throughout the year.

Erie Outfitters reports that one of his customers ran to the last spot where he managed to catch walleye before winter. On his first outing this week, the angler returned to the same spot and started trolling with the same lures. Walleyes were still biting.

Walleye spawning off Cleveland? There have been reports of walleye spawning in the central basin of Lake Erie, including Cleveland and Lorain. That would explain the number of egg-laden walleye caught in the central basin again this year, as reported by the Ohio Wildlife Division.

There are patches of rocky reef structure along the Ohio coastline in the central basin. With Lake Erie’s walleye population at record highs right now, the curiosity of anglers is whether the fish choose to spawn in the rivers and streams of the central basin or the coastal reefs.

Or maybe both?

Perch limits will probably change a bit: The Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission will hold a virtual meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 25. High on the agenda is Lake Erie’s problematic fishery, yellow perch.

The number of perch in the big lake has been declining in recent years, leading to a reduction in the daily bag limit in Ohio’s central basin in 2021 from 30 perch per day to a very meager 10 perch. Although the western basin perch population is in good condition, it is expected that the 10 perch limit between Huron and Fairport Harbor will be maintained.

There have also been hints that in the waters east of Fairport Harbour, anglers will see the limit lowered from 30 to 20 perch. As sport fishing limits fall, the total allowable catch will also be reduced for commercial fishers.

Rainbow trout fishing ready to flower: Rivers and streams in northeast Ohio have been high and muddy for the past few days, but waters are steadily receding and clearing. Rainbow trout fishing had also been a little slow, but the forecast for the weekend was generally very good, with rivers at the dawn of excellent spring rainbow trout fishing. sky.

Bait anglers toss nickel-sized spawn bags for large trout, tied with pink, orange and chartreuse mesh. Plastic beads that mimic salmon eggs and tiny jigs filled with live maggots, waxworms and minnows also score points.

Let’s talk rainbow: Cleveland Metroparks will begin releasing rainbow trout into the East Arm of the Rocky River. These trout will be stocked in the next week or two between Strongsville and Berea.

Rainbows are also biting back into Cleveland Metroparks stocked lakes. Wallace Lake in Berea takes the lion’s share of these trout, followed by Shadow Lake. The other stocked lakes are Ledge, Judge’s and Ranger lakes.

Break out the Barbie Rods: The annual Barbie Rod Steelhead Derby will take place on Saturday, April 2 on the Rocky River, and bragging rights and a few prizes will reward anglers lucky enough to successfully land a killer on the small tackle. Register early at clevelandmetroparks.com. Admission is $30.

Check in after 8:00 a.m. at the South Mastick Picnic Area in the Rocky River Preserve. There will also be a BBQ at noon, an awards ceremony and a draw from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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