ODNR Fishing Report for 08/30/2011:

Article Posted: August 30, 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 and then reduces to 2 fish per angler beginning September 1. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12”.

** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish with a minimum size limit of 14”.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing slowed in the past week. Some reports came from the reef complex, from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island, NW of Gull Island Shoal, and N of Kelleys 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 continues to be good in the western basin. The best areas have been W of West Sister Island around the gravel pit, around “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, W of Niagara Reef, SW of South Bass Island, between Kelleys Island and South Bass Island, N of North Bass Island, and N of Lucy’s Point. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

Bass: Good catches of largemouth bass are still available around the harbors and nearshore areas from Catawba to Marblehead. Smallmouth bass have been caught around South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island.

Central Basin

Walleye: Very good fishing has been reported 70-72’ NE of Ashtabula and 70-72’ N of Conneaut. Anglers are using wireline, dipsy divers with red, gold, silver, black, copper and purple spoons and stick baits. Fair fishing has been reported around the Sandbar near Vermilion and Lorain. Spoons and harnesses produce best.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair off of the condos between Vermilion and Beaver Creek. Excellent fishing has been reported 44-48’ of N-NE of Gordon Park, 42-48’ NW of Chagrin River, 44-50’ NW of Fairport and 42-50' N-NW of Ashtabula. Perch spreaders with shiners fished on the bottom produces the most fish. Anglers have been using golden shiners when emerald shiners are not available. Shore fishing off the Mentor Headlands breakwall and Fairport Pier has been spotty. Mornings and evenings have been best.

White Bass: Anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall and Mentor Headlands breakwall. Anglers are using agitators with white jigs and twister tails. Mornings and evenings are the best times. For boat anglers, look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners.

Channel Catfish: Anglers are catching fish off the Mentor Headlands breakwall at night using night crawlers. Fish are also being caught along the Grand River at the St Clair St bridge.

The water temperature is 71 degrees off of Toledo and 73 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Source: ODNR

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