** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler. 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 trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5 through August 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12”.
** Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) fishing is closed to possession (no harvest) through June 28. On Saturday, June 29 the daily bag limit returns to 5 fish per angler with a 14” minimum size limit.**
Walleye fishing was excellent over the past week (as of 6/18). The best areas were West Sister Island, West Reef and Northwest Reef (W of North Bass Island), E of Gull Island Shoal, and Kelleys Island. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons. Drifters are using worm harnesses with bottom bouncers or are casting mayfly rigs.
Yellow perch fishing was good over the past week (as of 6/18). The best areas have been around the Toledo water intake, the northern cans (A, B, and C) of the Camp Perry firing range, SW of Green Island, 4 miles off of East Harbor, around Kelleys Island Shoal, and 2 miles E of the Kelleys Island airport. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth Bass fishing has been very good around South Bass Island. Anglers are using soft-craws, tube jigs, and crankbaits.
Walleye fishing has been good on Ruggles Reef, at the weather buoy, on the sandbar, nearshore from Sheffield to Avon point, in 65’ of water N of Rocky River, and in 60-62’ of water N of Edgewater Park. Fishing has been excellent in 35-55’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor, in 68-70’ of water N of the Geneva, and in 65’ of water NW of Ashtabula. Anglers are trolling dipsy divers, jet divers and inline weights, with worm harnesses and spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been good off of Beaver Creek and Lorain in 25-30’ of water, in 38-40’ of water N of Gordon Park, in 32’ of water NE of Wildwood State Park, and in 50-53’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor. Fishing has been excellent in 48’ of water NE of the Ashtabula and in 30-45’ of water NE of Conneaut. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25’ of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Largemouth bass are also being caught in the same areas. Anglers are using soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, and crankbaits.
Channel Catfish has been very good along the Grand River. Anglers are using chicken livers and large chubs.
The water temperature is 68 degrees off of Toledo and 61 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.