ODNR Fishing Report for 9/3/2014:

Article Posted: September 04, 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.
The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 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. The best reports have come from north of the Camp Perry firing range, around Crib Reef and south of "G" can of the Camp Perry firing range.
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 sizes of fish have been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, north of West Sister Island, "G" and "H" cans of the Camp Perry firing range, Rattlesnake Island, Green Island, southeast of Kelleys Island and northeast of Kelleys Island.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

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

Largemouth bass
Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in 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 around the sandbar including the weather buoy at the north end of the sandbar. Excellent fishing has been reported in 70-to-74 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula and in 68-to-72 feet of water north of Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using wireline or Dipsy Divers with worm harnesses and stick baits.

Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching perch around the sailing buoys near Vermilion, off St. Anthony's near Lorain, in 30-feet of water north of Edgewater Park, and in 26-to-40 feet of water northeast and northwest of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing has been reported in 42-to-60 feet of water north-northwest of Fairport Harbor, and in 58-to-65 feet of water north-northeast Conneaut. Fishing form 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 and Largemouth Bass
Where: Fishing has been good around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and north-northwest.
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 72 off Toledo and 69 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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