** 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 yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.**
** The steelhead daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler through August 31. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.
** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) season is closed to possession (catch-and-release only) from May 1 through June 25. On June 26 the daily bag limit will return to 5 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 14”.**
Walleye: The best fishing in the western basin has been NW of West Sister Island, east of Middle Sister along the Canadian border, and 3-5 miles east-northeast of Kelleys. Casters are using mayfly rigs or drifting bottom bouncers with worm harnesses. Trollers are catching fish on spoons and dipsys or jet divers, worm harnesses with inline weights, or with crankbaits.
Yellow perch: The best perch reports have come from Marblehead, Kelleys Island, and Green Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing has been good offshore between Vermilion and Avon, 50 to 60’ NW off Edgewater Park, 60’ NE off Gordon Park, 51 to 52’ NE off Fairport and 60 to 65’ NE off Ashtabula. Trollers are using pink, yellow, black, purple, orange and green spoons and worm harnesses off planer boards and jet divers.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 42’ NW off Edgewater Park, 42’ NW off Wildwood Park, 50 to 55’ NW off Fairport, 47 to 58’ N off Ashtabula and 50 to 70’ NE off Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 10 to 20’ around harbor areas in Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Fish are being caught on jigs tipped with minnows, leeches, green, smoke and brown tube jigs, and by trolling crankbaits.
Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 74 degrees off of Toledo and 65 degrees off of Cleveland.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.