** 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) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 14”.**
Walleye: There has been very little walleye fishing effort in the western basin recently. The best catches have come from E of Kelleys Island along the Canadian border and also between Kelleys Island and South Bass Island. Casters are using mayfly rigs or drifting bottom bouncers with worm harnesses. Trollers are catching fish on spoons with dipsys or jet divers, or on worm harnesses with inline weights.
Yellow perch: Perch fishing is improving. The best reports have come from the Toledo water intake, the Toledo lighthouse, Green Island, SE of Starve Island, N of Kelleys Island, and SE of Kelleys Island. Most fish have been in the 7 to 9” range. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing has been very good in 70 to 72’ NE and NW of Ashtabula and 70-75’ NW of Conneaut. Anglers are fishing down 54-60’. Trollers are using pink, black, orange, green, and yellow spoons and stick baits off dipsy divers, planer boards and jet divers.
Yellow perch fishing has been good to excellent in 37-48’ NW of Gordon Park, 37-40’ also 50’ NW and NE of Wildwood State Park, 41-47’ NW of Fairport Harbor and 47’ NE of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
White bass fishing has been fair off the Eastlake CEI and Fairport Piers. Always difficult to predict when they will come in close to shore. Anglers are using agitators and small yellow or white jigs along with small spinners. Mornings and evenings have been the best.
Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 73 degrees off of Toledo and 74 degrees off of Cleveland.