Catfishing in Ohio Port Clinton
Anglers fished for white bass last weekend off the pier at Water Works Park in Port Clinton.(Photo: Kristina Smith/Staff photo)Buy Photo
PORT CLINTON The mayfly hatch has slowed the walleye and perch bite on Lake Erie, but anglers are having success with catfish in the Sandusky Bay, sources said.
With thousands of mayflies hatching and readily available for the fish, they have been less likely to take anglers' bait, said Cory Aust, who works at Herb's Sportsman's Supply on Catawba Island.
"So fishing has been slow, " he said.
Some are still catching walleye and yellow perch near the Canadian line and the Canadian border, Aust said. Good spots have been around Middle Sister Island and near the weather buoy of Vermilion.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that good spots for walleye have been the Gravel Pit and West Sister Island, east of West Sister Island, north of B-can of the Camp Perry firing range, north of Niagara Reef, around Rattlesnake Island, around Gull Island Shoal and north of Kelleys Island Shoal.
"Anglers trolling have caught fish on spoons behind divers and on worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers, " according to ODNR. "Anglers casting are using weight forward spinners or mayfly rigs."
Anglers have caught perch near the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel and between Kelleys Island and the Marblehead Lighthouse, according to ODNR's Fish Ohio report. They are using perch spreaders or crappie rigs fished near the bottom.
Catfishermen have had success on the Sandusky Bay, said Bernie Whitt, owner of Anglers Supply in Fremont. The Old Bay Bridge Access has traditionally been a catfishing spot, and catfishermen have had success fishing from the pier at Water Works Park in Port Clinton.
White bass also should be coming into the areas around the Marblehead Lighthouse soon, Aust said. They also have been caught off the pier at Water Works Park.
Bluegill have been caught in the evenings at Beaver Creek Reservoir near Clyde, Whitt said in his store's fishing report.