ODNR Fishing Report 10/10/2012:

Article Posted: October 12, 2012

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** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 15”.**

** The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.**

** The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12”.

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

Western Basin

Walleye: There have been very few reports over the past week. As temperatures drop walleye will return to the islands area. Most walleye are caught in the fall by trolling crankbaits off of planer boards.

Yellow perch fishing has been good when the weather has allowed. The best spots have been 2 to 3 miles off Little Cedar Point, N and W of West Sister Island, N of “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, W of Green Island, S of Rattlesnake Island, N of North Bass Island, the green buoy W of Catawba, and between Kelleys Island and Marblehead. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain and around the Huron dumping grounds. Not many reports are coming in from the Ashtabula-Conneaut area. Look for walleye in 64’ of water 8.5 miles out N of Conneaut. Trollers are using dipsy and jet divers, or inline weights, with worm harnesses. Walleye are also being caught with crankbaits off of planer boards.

Yellow perch fishing has been good 10 miles N of Vermilion, off the Vermilion breakwall, and off of Cranberry Creek. Farther east fishing continues to be excellent with many limit catches. The best locations to fish are in 38’ of water N of Gordon Park, in 35’ of water NW of Wildwood State Park, in 49-50’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor, and in in 56-66’ of water NE of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. The best shore fishing spots to try are the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor and the Fairport Harbor Pier. Fair catches were reported this past week at Headlands Beach Pier and the Fairport Harbor Pier. Anglers are using crappie rigs and spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best.

White bass has been spotty but can pick up at any time. Try near shore in 10-25’ of water N of Cleveland Harbor, NE of Gordon Park (Bratenahl), and in 10-20’ of water N of Eastlake CEI. Look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners. Shore anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall. Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails or using small spoons.

Steelhead Trout anglers are catching fish off the Fairport Pier at the mouth of the Grand River and also in the river up to Mason’s landing at Vrooman Rd. Try using small spoons, spinner baits, and jigs with maggots.

The water temperature is 55 degrees off of Toledo and 63 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.

Source: ODNR

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