ODNR Fishing Report for 8/01/2006: OH

Article Posted: August 01, 206

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**The walleye daily bag limit is 6 fish. A 15" minimum size limit for walleye remains in effect for the entire season. The Lake Erie daily bag limit for yellow perch is 40 fish. The daily bag limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 5. The minimum size limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 14". The steelhead trout bag limit is 5. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing continues to be excellent with many limits being caught. The best fishing has been from Crane Creek to Michigan in 20 of water, SW of Kelleys Island around American Eagle Shoal, and from Cedar Point east to Huron in 34 to 36 of water. Drifters are using mayfly rigs or weight forward spinners, while most trollers are using worm harnesses or spoons with jet or dipsy divers. The best spoon colors have been patterns that include gold and purple or red.

The best yellow perch fishing in the western basin has been around the Toledo water intake and NE of Ballast Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing in the central basin has been good. Fish have been caught on Ruggles Reef, NW of the Huron pier lighthouse in 34 to 36 of water, 6 miles N of Edgewater State Park (Cleveland Crib) in 50-56 of water, 3 to 4 miles N of Bratenahl in 51 of water, 12 miles N of Geneva in 72 to 74 of water, and 10 to 11 miles N of Ashtabula in 70 to 72 of water. Fish have been caught on worm harnesses or wonderbread, bloody nose, watermelon, killer bee and copper/back spoons trolled with dipsy divers or trolled with jet divers off planer boards. Some anglers are also drifting worm harnesses. Fish are suspended and anglers are fishing down 30 to 50'.

The best yellow perch fishing in the central basin has been 1 to 2 miles N of Lakewood in 42-46 feet of water, 4 miles N of Edgewater State Park around the Cleveland Crib in 44 of water, and 4 to 5 miles N of Ashtabula in 62 of water. Fish have ranged from 7 to 11 inches. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent on Ruggles Reef between Huron and Vermilion, and along the shoreline from Fairport Harbor to Conneaut in 15 to 25 of water. Fish have been caught on goby color tube jigs, goby color drop shot rigs, jigs tipped with minnows or leeches, or by trolling crankbaits.

White bass fishing has been very good 1/2 mile N of Eastlake CEI power plant. Anglers are using agitators with white, yellow and green twister tails. Shore anglers are also reporting good catching of white bass at the Eastlake CEI, Mentor Headlands lighthouse, Wildwood State Park, Rocky River, Avon Lake and Lorain piers, using agitators with white, yellow and green twister tails and small spoons.

Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 75 to 78 degrees.



Source: ODNR






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