Lorain, Ohio is located about 40 minutes outside of Cleveland. This is a popular port for anglers targeting a variety of fish such as walleye, perch and steelhead. This area has lots of public launches available and good fishing isn’t too far away in the spring and fall. In the summer, most anglers report the better bite being farther offshore, however, there are numerous anglers and charters who go offshore and do well with walleye, perch and more.
The walleye fishing is very good here on Lake Erie. In the spring and fall, anglers don’t have go as far offshore to find some active walleye, but in the summer, you will definitely have to go further offshore to fill your limit consistently. This area has been an outstanding walleye area for numbers and plenty of big fish are found here too.
Yellow Perch Fishing
The yellow perch fishery is also very good in the Lorain area on Lake Erie. Many anglers find plenty of walleye and perch in many of the same areas, however, big schools of perch will roam these waters, so if you’re looking to catch a lot more perch, it pays to look for these bigger schools of fish. Spring and fall usually provide better fishing closer to shore, while summer means going further offshore to find the schools of bigger jumbo perch.
Smallmouth Bass Fishing
The smallmouth bass fishing is very good along the entire length of Lorain County’s rocky shoreline and artificial reef structures. Spring and fall might be the best times to fish here, but the summer bite can be pretty good too. You will just have to go farther offshore to find a more consistent bite through the heat of the summer. Good numbers are here with plenty of big fish too. This is also a popular destination for bass tournaments as well.
Walleye, perch and smallmouth bass definitely get the bulk of the attention here, but there is a steelhead fishery here as well. Some anglers will fish for them in Lake Erie from spring through fall. They will definitely be shallower in the spring and fall with cooler water temperatures. In the summer, you will have to go much deeper to find these fish. The annual spawning runs is what drives many people to the Black River from late fall through early spring.