ODNR Fishing Report for 05/24/2011:

Article Posted: May 25, 2011

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** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish. 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.


** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is closed to possession May 1 through June 24.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has been best around the islands, with the cleaner water north of Kelleys Island and east of Kelleys Island producing the best results. Fish have been caught by trolling mostly with crankbaits, but also with worm harnesses or spoons fished behind inline weights or divers. Fish can also be caught by casting mayfly rigs or drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

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.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught in the evenings in 15-25 around the Cleveland breakwalls. Anglers are using stick baits such as rapalas, husky jerks, and bombers.


Yellow perch fishing has been fair to average 36-40 NW of Gordon Park in Cleveland, 25-28 NW of Wildwood State Park, 44-52 NW of Fairport Harbor and 42 NE of Geneva.

Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore anglers are catching fish off East 55 St Pier in Cleveland and Headlands Beach Pier out at the lighthouse.

Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best.

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.

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



Source: ODNR






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