ODNR Fishing Report for 06/28/2011:

Article Posted: June 28, 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. The bass season opens Saturday, June 25 with a daily bag limit of 5 fish and a minimum size limit of 14”.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing slowed over the past week (as of 6/28). The best reports came from West Sister Island, Niagara Reef, and the area around Lucy’s Point of Middle Bass Island. Fish have been caught by trolling with divers and spoons, and also on inline weights with worm harnesses. Fish can also be caught by casting mayfly rigs or drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing is improving. The best areas have been around Ballast Island, Lakeside, and the SE corner of Kelleys Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

Bass: There have been good catches of largemouth bass reported from the harbors and nearshore areas from Catawba to Marblehead.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good near the weather buoy at the N end of the Sandbar, 60-62’ N of Rocky River, 55-72’ N of Chagrin River, 65-70’ NE and NW of Fairport Harbor, 65-70’ NW of Ashtabula. Anglers are using jet divers, and dipsy divers with pink, blue, and silver spoons. Anglers are also using worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing has been good off of the condos between Vermilion and Beaver Creek, 23-45’ NW of Gordon Park, 35-45’ NE of Wildwood Park, 42-52’ NW of Fairport, 28-55’ NE of Ashtabula and 38-41’ NE of Conneaut. 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

and Fairport Harbor Pier. 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, dark green and red tube jigs, blade baits and crank baits.

Catfish and White Perch Anglers are catching catfish and white perch in the Grand River.

White Bass Anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall. Look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners.

According to the nearshore marine forecast the water temperature is 64 degrees off of Toledo and 63 degrees 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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