ODNR Fishing Report for 8/13/2014:

Article Posted: August 14, 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.
Through August 31 the trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
The daily bag limit for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for black bass is 14 inches.

Western Basin

Walleye
Where: Walleye fishing has slowed in the western basin and fewer anglers are targeting them. The best reports have come from west of Rattlesnake Island up to the Canadian border, including West Reef (west of North Bass Island). Other spots include "F" can of the Camp Perry Firing range and off Niagara Reef.
How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses

Yellow Perch
Where: The best yellow perch fishing has primarily been in the island region, including Green Island to Rattlesnake Island, North Bass Island, South Bass Island and Kelleys Island.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass
Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around Kelleys Island and North Bass Island.
How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

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


Central Basin

Walleye
Where:Fishing has been good off Sawmill Creek, at the dumping grounds off Huron and at the south end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Fishing has slowed down in the Cleveland area with a few fish being caught in 40-to-50 feet of water north of Edgewater Park, and in 60-feet of water north of Wildwood Park. Excellent fishing has been reported in 70-to-74 feet of water north-northeast of Geneva and in 70-to-74 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula.
How: Anglers are using planer boards, wireline, Dipsy and Jet divers, with worm harnesses, spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching some perch off St. Anthony's near Lorain and in 40-to-50 feet of water north of Cleveland. Excellent fishing has been reported in 45-to-68 feet of water north-northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 55-to-70 feet of water north of Conneaut. Shore fishing has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and at the long pier off Mentor Headlands.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass
Where: Fishing has slowed down around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. A few fish are being pickup off the Perry bubble early in the mornings.
How: Anglers are using drop shot rigs with tubes baits, leeches and soft craws.

White bass
Where: Anglers fishing from boats are catching white bass north of Cleveland, Eastlake and Fairport Harbor in 20-to-40 feet of water. Watch for the gulls feeding on the surface and the white bass will be below the school of emerald shiners. Anglers fishing from shore are catching fish off the piers in Cleveland, Eastlake and the Grand River, with the evenings being the best. It is always hard to predict when the fishing will pick up for white bass.
How: Anglers are using small spoons, spinners and agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails.


The Lake Erie water temperature is 71 off Toledo and 71 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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