ODNR Fishing Report 8/20/2014:

Article Posted: August 21, 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 been slow in the western basin and fewer anglers have been targeting them. The best reports have come from west of Rattlesnake Island up to the Canadian border, including Northwest Reef and the red bell buoy near the Canadian border. Other spots to try include West Sister Island, Green Island and off Cedar Point.
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: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on numbers of fish, but the size of fish has been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been north of West Sister Island, north of "B" and "C" cans of the Camp Perry firing range, the red bell buoy north of North Bass Island, Rattlesnake Island, south of Green Island, Lucy's Point of Middle Bass Island, and southeast of Kelleys Island.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass
Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range, around Kelleys Island and around 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 along 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 at the dumping grounds off Huron, off Ruggles Reef, and near the weather buoy at the north end of the Sandbar. Fishing has slowed down in the Cleveland area. Excellent fishing has been reported in 70-to-74 feet of water north of Geneva and in 70-to-74 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula.
How: Anglers are using wireline, Dipsy and Jet divers, with worm harnesses and stick baits.

Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching some perch off the condos east of Vermilion, off St. Anthony's near Lorain, and in 40-to-50 feet of water north of Gordon Park and in 45-feet of water north of Wildwood Park. Excellent fishing has been reported in 53-to-63 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 53-to-64 feet of water north of Ashtabula. Fishing from shore 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 been good around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using drop shot rigs with 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 69 off Toledo and 70 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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