ODNR Fishing Report for 06/30/2009: OH

Article Posted: June 30, 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. **

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

** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) is 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 14. **

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was slow in the western basin during the week of June 22. The best fishing has been 5 to 10 miles E of Kelleys Island shoal up to the Canadian border. Farther west the best fishing has been between West Sister Island, the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel and the gravel pit. Drifters are using bottom bouncers with worm harnesses or are casting mayfly rigs. Trollers were catching fish on 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 around Green Island and between Kelleys Island and Marblehead. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good at the N end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, in 65-72 NW off Edgewater State Park, 61-66 NW off Wildwood State Park, and 65-75 NE and NW off Fairport. Trollers are using green, yellow jacket, orange, silver, and purple worm harnesses, crank baits, stick baits, and spoons off jet divers, dipsy divers and planer boards. Anglers are fishing down 30 to 40. The best times are in the evening and early morning.

Yellow perch fishing has been good in 28-32 NW of Rocky River, 37-43 NW off Edgewater State Park, 38-40 N of Fairport, and 38-42 NW off Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 10 to 25 around harbor areas in Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Fish are being caught on pumpkinseed, green or brown tube jigs, jigs tipped with minnows, leeches, and by trolling crankbaits.

Steelhead are being caught by anglers trolling for walleye. The best location has been NE and NW of Fairport in 72-76. See the walleye section for trolling details.

Based on the nearshore marine forecast the water temperature is 71 off of Toledo and 66 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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