Regulations to Remember: |
The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.
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 with a minimum size limit of 12 inches.
The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
Walleye: Recent weather has limited fishing opportunities.
Where: Most walleye anglers have been fishing nearshore from Catawba Island to Kelleys Island and Cedar Point to Vermillion. Fish have also been caught off traditional fall pier locations.
How: Troll using deep diving crankbaits such as Reef Runners or Deep Husky Jerks, fished in the middle portion of the water column or higher. On the piers, anglers are using traditional techniques.
Where: For some of the biggest perch of the year try traditional fall spots such as the green buoy off Catawba State Park; Green and Rattlesnake Islands; Ballast Island; Kelleys Island shoal; east of Kelleys Island airport; between Kelleys Island and Lakeside; the Marblehead Lighthouse; north of Cedar Point; the south end of the sandbar offshore between Vermilion and Lorain; and just off most of the ports from Huron to Conneaut.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners, near the bottom.
Where: Bass start moving shallow to feed as water temperatures drop. Try fishing rocky areas along both island and mainland shorelines to find feeding smallmouth bass. Areas with gizzard shad, shiners or gobies will be best.
How: Tube jigs, drop shots with goby imitations, and crankbaits or jerkbaits.
The water temperature is 42 degrees off Toledo and 49 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.