**The daily bag limit for Lake Erie yellow perch dropped from 30 to 25 fish per angler effective July 1, 2008 in waters west of the Huron pier. The daily bag limit will remain at 30 fish per angler in Ohio waters from Huron eastward. Any boats landing west of Huron, Ohio will be subject to the 25 fish daily bag limit, while boats landing at Huron or points east will be subject to a 30 fish daily bag limit. Shore-based anglers west of the Huron pier will be subject to a 25 fish daily bag limit, while those on the pier and eastward will remain at 30 fish daily.**|
**The walleye bag limit is 6 fish per day. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15.**
**The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish with a 14 minimum size limit.**
**The steelhead trout daily bag limit is 5. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**
Walleye fishing has remained slow over the past week. The best fishing was around Northwest Reef (NW of West Reef) and also 5 miles NE of Kelleys Island near the old C can on the Canadian border. Drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses or casting mayfly rigs has been productive. Trollers have been catching fish on spoons with divers, or worm harnesses fished with inline weights, snap weights, bottom bouncers, or divers. The best spoon colors have been pinks and purples.
The best Yellow Perch fishing in the islands area has been between Rattlesnake Island and Green Island. Other areas that have produced perch include B and C cans of the Camp Perry firing range and NE of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing has been good E of the southern half of the sandbar NW of Lorain 5 to 7 miles out. Fishing has slowed down in the Cleveland area this past week so there are no locations to report. Very good fishing has been reported 10-15 miles N of Geneva in 70 to 74 of water, and 7-15 miles NE and NW of Ashtabula in 68 to 74 of water. Trollers are using worm harnesses, spoons or stickbaits off jet divers, dipsy divers, planer boards and downriggers. Worm harnesses and spoons continue to be the top baits. The best action has been about 25-50 feet down, and the best colors have been chartreuse, purple, orange, green, and black with copper or gold/red.
Yellow perch fishing is good offshore in the Cleveland area and also east to Conneaut. The best spots to fish are NW of Gordon Park in 53 to 55 feet of water, NW of Chagrin River in 45 to 50 feet of water, NW of Fairport Harbor in 38 to 50 of water, and N of Conneaut in 60 to 65 of water. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Dont forget to try several turns up from the bottom as some fish may be suspended. Fish have ranged from 8 to 13 inches.
White bass fishing has been very good off Eastlake CEI power plant in 15-30 feet of water. Anglers are using agitators with blue/silver spoons and jigs tipped with twister tails.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 16 to 26 of water around Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut harbors. Fish are being caught on watermelon, pumpkinseed and green tube jigs and drop-shot goby imitations.
Steelhead are being caught by anglers while walleye fishing 7 to 15 miles offshore from Geneva and Ashtabula in 65 to 74 feet of water. Anglers are catching steelhead on blue or green with silver spoons while trolling using downriggers, dipsy divers, or jet divers off planer boards.
Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 71 off of Toledo and 73 off of Cleveland.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.