** 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 2 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 12”.
** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish with a minimum size limit of 14”.**
Walleye: There have been very few walleye reports from the western basin recently. The best reports have come from Kelleys Island Shoal and Gull Island Shoal. Expect walleye fishing to improve as water temperatures drop and migratory walleye move back towards the west from the central basin.
Yellow perch fishing has been fair in the western basin when weather allows. The best areas have been NW of West Sister Island, E of Niagara Reef, around Rattlesnake Island, off of West Reef, off of Ballast Island, and E of Kelleys Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners (emerald or golden) fished near the bottom.
Walleye: The walleye have scattered offshore of Ashtabula and Conneaut and not many boats are targeting walleye. There was one report of anglers catching fish fishing 72-74’ NE of Ashtabula using dipsy divers.
Yellow perch: Fair fishing has been reported 42-60’ NE of Gordon Park, 42-50’ NW of Chagrin River, Good fishing has been reported 51’ N-NW of Fairport, 60-62' NE of Ashtabula and 59-62' NW-NE of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished on the bottom produces the most fish. Anglers have been using golden shiners when emerald shiners are not available. A few fish have been caught off the Mentor Headlands breakwall. Mornings and evenings have been best.
White Bass: Fishing has been slow off the Eastlake CEI breakwall and Mentor Headlands breakwall. For boat anglers, fishing has been good in the Cleveland area, 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.
Steelhead Trout: Heavy rains on Monday has the Grand River high and muddy. Before the rain event, anglers were catch a fish in the Grand River off the Painesville Township Park, Mentor Headlands and Fairport Harbor breakwalls using small spoons and jigs tipped with maggots. Fish have also been caught in Euclid Creek at Wildwood State Park.
The water temperature is 63 degrees off of Toledo and 66 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.