ODNR Fishing Report for 6/18/2014:

Article Posted: June 18, 2014

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Regulations to Remember:


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 inches.
The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
From May 16 through August 31 the trout and salmon daily bag limit increases to 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): May 1 through June 27 is closed to possession (catch and release only). On June 28 the daily bag limit returns to 5 fish per angler with a 14 inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin

Walleye
Where: Walleye fishing has been excellent at the gravel pit, northwest of West Sister Island, north of "A" and "B" cans of the Camp Perry firing range, around "E" and "F" cans of the Camp Perry firing range, Northwest Reef and West Reef near North Bass Island, west of Rattlesnake Island, around Gull Island Shoal, and east of Kelleys Island.
How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and also spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow Perch
Where: Yellow perch fishing effort has been low with most good reports coming from between Green and Rattlesnake islands, east of Ballast Island, east of Starve Island, and west of Kelleys Island.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass
Where: Smallmouth bass have been caught around island shorelines in less than 25 feet of water. How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs and on crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass
Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in harbors and bays in the western basin and also on the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.


Central Basin

Walleye
Where: Fishing has been excellent on the Lorain dumping ground, southeast of the sandbar between Lorain and Vermilion, in 30-to-50 feet of water north of Cleveland, in 50-to-63 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, and in 35-to-71 feet of water north of Ashtabula.
How: Anglers are using Dipsy Divers or planer boards with worm harnesses and pink, white, green and purple spoons.

Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching fish in 40-to-50 feet of water north of Cleveland, Wildwood Park and Chagrin River. Good fishing has been reported in 41-to-48 feet of water northwest of Ashtabula and in 29-to-60 feet of water north-northwest Conneaut. Shore fishing has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland. Fish are being caught off the west pier of the Grand River.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass
Where: Fishing has been excellent in 15-to-27 feet of water around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using soft craws, shiners, leeches, tube jigs and trolling crankbaits.

White bass
Where: Anglers fishing from boats are catching white bass north of Cleveland in 20-to-30 feet of water. Watch for the gulls feeding on the surface and the white bass will be below the school of emerald shiners. Anglers shore fishing are catching fish off the Cleveland piers and Eastlake CEI pier with the evenings being the best.
How: Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails, small spoons and spinners.

Channel Catfish
Where:Fishing has been very good along the Grand River.
How: Anglers are using night crawlers and large chubs.


The Lake Erie water temperature is 69 off Toledo and 60 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.


Source: ODNR






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