ODNR Fishing Report for 05/12/2009:

Article Posted: May 12, 2009

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** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie walleye is 6 fish per angler. 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. **

** Through May 15 the steelhead trout daily bag limit is 2 fish. From May 16 through August 31 the daily bag limit is 5 fish. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches. **

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

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was good in the western basin during the week of May 4. The best fishing was around the island complex including N of North Bass Island, S of Starve Island to Kelleys Island, N of Kelleys island, and N of Kelleys Island Shoal. Fish can still be caught on jigs in Maumee Bay and on the Camp Perry reef complex, but jig fishing is slowing down as the spawning season ends. Trollers were catching fish on crankbaits, worm harnesses fished with inline weights or bottom bouncers, and also on spoons fished with dipsy divers or jet divers.

Yellow perch fishing has been best off of Ballast Island and around Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

The best smallmouth bass fishing reports have come from the north bay of Kelleys Island.

Based on the nearshore marine forecast the water temperature is 57 off of Toledo and 51 off of Cleveland.

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

Source: ODNR






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