ODNR Fishing Report for 01/15/2009:

Article Posted: January 15, 2009

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**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.**

**From September 1 through May 15 the steelhead trout daily bag limit is 2 fish. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**

**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.**

Western Basin

Cold weather is building ice on the western basin and limited ice fishing is getting underway. There are reports of 6” of ice in the Bass Islands area. High temperatures in the ten day forecast as of 1/15/09 are all below freezing and ice conditions should continue to improve. Ice anglers should be very cautious with newly forming ice. Check with local ice guides or tackle stores before heading out. Remember that shifting winds can cause large cracks to open up between sheets of ice. Currents below the ice can also eat away at the thickness of the ice and cause thin areas that aren’t obvious from the surface.

When ice conditions allow the best walleye fishing is usually west of the Bass Islands between Green and Rattlesnake Islands, and also west of Catawba. Most ice anglers use jigging spoons or jigheads tipped with shiners fished near the bottom.


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Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

Source: ODNR

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