Lake Erie Fishing Report: Aug. 29, 2002|
Western Basin - Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 74* F. Some good
catches of walleye were being taken in the West Sister to B Can area, at
many of the reefs in the Reef Complex, Kelleys and Bass Islands area.
Anglers are trolling with deep diving crank baits, spoons and drifting with
weight-forward spinners, mayfly rigs, and bottom bouncers with worm
harnesses tipped with nightcrawlers. Some limits were reported. Most fish
are 18 to 22 inches with some larger fish. The legal bag limit for walleyes
on Lake Erie and its tributaries is six fish from May through February.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent at many locations, with many limit
catches. Some good perch fishing locations include the reef complex,
Kelleys Island Shoal, Gull Island Shoal, Rattlesnake Island, Ballast Island,
Starve Island, SE of Perry's monument and east of Marblehead Lighthouse.
Perch catches are in the 7- to 11-inch range. Many anglers are sorting out
smaller perch. Anglers are using perch spreaders tipped with minnows. The
yellow perch bag limit is 30 perch per angler per day.
Central Basin - Water temperature off Cleveland is 75*. Walleye fishing has
been fair to good, 1 mile off of Sawmill Creek in 32 feet of water, north of
Ruggles Reef at the Lorain Sand Bar, 6 to 9 miles north of Euclid in 60 to
65 feet of water, northeast of Ashtabula, in 10 to 15 miles offshore in 65
to 74 feet of water and 11 to 15 miles northeast of Geneva in 70 to 74 feet
of water. Anglers are using dipsy divers and planer boards with stinger
spoons in chartreuse, watermelon, black/purple, green/gold and worm
harnesses. Trollers are also picking up fair numbers of steelhead trout at
the listed walleye locations. Walleyes are measuring 15 to 28 inches and
steelhead 22 to 29 inches. Perch fishing has been good off Huron,
Vermilion, Lorain, Fairport, Edgewater State Park and Conneaut, 2 to 5 miles
offshore. Yellow perch are 8 to 13 inches long.