ODNR Fishing Report for 03/31/2009:

Article Posted: March 31, 2009

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**From March 1 through April 30 the walleye bag limit reduces to 4 fish per day, returning to 6 fish per day on May 1. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15.**

**The daily bag limit for Lake Erie yellow perch is 25 fish per angler in waters west of the Huron pier. The 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, 2008 through May 15, 2009 the steelhead trout daily bag limit is 2 fish. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**

**The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish through April 30, 2009 with a 14 minimum size limit. May 1 through June 26 is closed to possession (catch and release only) with the limit returning to 5 fish on June 27, 2009.**

Western Basin

Walleye are being caught in the western basin on days that weather allows. The week of 3/23 was excellent until Saturday and Sunday when cold weather and wind slowed fishing. Most reports have come from reefs in the Camp Perry firing range and to a lesser extent nearshore from Locust Point to Crane Creek. Jig fishermen typically have success in spawning and staging areas such as the Camp Perry reefs, Maumee Bay, the Bass Islands, and various nearshore areas from Toledo to Cedar Point. Early trollers will have success fishing the open water around the Camp Perry reef complex and the Bass Islands.

Based on the nearshore marine forecast the water temperature is 42 off of Toledo and 38 off of Cleveland.

Steelhead

For up-to-date steelhead reports visit our web site at:

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/fishingfairportsteelhead/tabid/6166/Default.aspx

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



Source: ODNR






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