** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie walleye is 6 fish. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15”. ** |
Walleye fishing in the western basin picked up last week following several days of good weather. A few walleye continue to be caught on the reefs although success has been minimal. Anglers caught fish in clean water throughout the western basin (outside of the Camp Perry firing range, around the Bass Islands, and north of Kelleys Island) trolling Reef Runner crankbaits 140-160' behind planer boards. Some walleye were caught on crawler harnesses, but crankbaits were still dominant. Yellow perch fishing is starting to pick up in traditional early spring spots in water depths ranging from 25'-35' using minnows on perch spreaders fished near the bottom.
Walleye have been caught in the evenings in 15’ around the Cleveland breakwalls. Anglers are using stick baits such as rapalas, husky jerks, and bombers.
Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25’ around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Fish are being caught on soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, blade baits and crank baits.
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