** The 15" walleye minimum size limit remains in effect for the entire|
season. The smallmouth and largemouth bass season opened on June 26. The
daily bag limit for bass is 5 with a 14" minimum size limit.**
Surface temperatures are in the upper 60's.
The best walleye fishing has been NW of the Turnaround buoy of the Toledo
shipping channel. Fish have also been caught between West Sister Island and
Middle Sister Island. Drifting mayfly rigs or trolling spoons and crawler
harnesses produce the most fish. Walleye hatched in 2003 (ranging in size
from 5 to 10 inches) are already being caught. Please handle these
sub-legal fish as gently as possible and quickly return them to the water.
Yellow perch fishing has been best on the Kelleys Island airport reef and
Kelleys Island shoal, around Green Island, and near Niagara Reef. Fish just
off the bottom using perch spreaders tipped with shiners.
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands, Kelleys
Island and Sandusky Bay.
The best walleye fishing has been in 35 to 50 feet of water N of Lorain, 6
to 7 miles N of Ashtabula in 60 to 70 feet of water, 8 to 9 miles N of the
Chagrin River in 52 to 70 feet of water, and 6 to 8 miles W of Geneva in 65
to 70 feet of water. Trolling spoons using divers or downriggers has
produced the best catches.
Yellow perch fishing has been best within one mile of Lorain, 1 to 2 miles N
of Cleveland in 30 to 40 feet of water, and 2 to 3 miles out from Ashtabula
to Conneaut in 50 to 55 feet of water. A perch spreader tipped with shiners
is the most popular set-up.
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around Ruggles Reef and the
shoreline and harbors in 15 to 30 feet of water from Fairport Harbor to
Conneaut. Jigs tipped with shiners, tube jigs and crankbaits have been the
most productive lures.
Steelhead have been caught occasionally by walleye anglers trolling spoons 8
to 9 miles N of the Chagrin River in 52 to 70 feet of water. Target areas
with schools of baitfish where walleye are also being caught.