ODNR Fishing Report 10/2/2014:

Article Posted: October 03, 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 North Bass Island, along the Canadian border to Gull Island Shoal, and on Kelleys Island Shoal.
How: Anglers trolling are using crankbaits, 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 for based on fish, but the size of fish have been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been north of "B" can of the Camp Perry firing range, 1.5 miles north of West Sister, between Green and Rattlesnake islands, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, the red bell buoy north of North Bass Island, off Kelleys Island airport reef, southeast of Kelleys Island Shoal, and the dumping grounds east of Marblehead.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

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

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


Central Basin

Walleye
Where: Some walleye have been caught around the Huron dumping grounds. Good fishing has been reported in 68-to72 feet of water north of Ashtabula and in the same depth north of Conneaut. Some fish are starting to move in closer to shore.
How: Anglers are trolling planer boards or Dipsy Divers with worm harnesses or stick baits.

Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching perch 10 miles north of Huron, on the dumping grounds near Lorain, and near the weather buoy. Excellent perch fishing has been reported in 41-to-60 feet of water north-northwest of Edgewater Park and in 40-to-60 feet of water north-northeast of Gordon Park, in 58-to-70 feet of water north-northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 64-to-70 feet of water north-northeast of Conneaut. 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 and Largemouth Bass
Where: Fishing has been good around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using crank baits, soft plastic lures with jigs, drop shot rigs with leeches, and soft craws.

White bass
Where: Anglers fishing from boats are catching white bass north of Cleveland while fishing for yellow perch. 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 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.

Steelhead
Where: Anglers are trolling and casting in the harbors, break walls and nearshore areas at Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport Harbor, Eastlake and Rocky River.
How: Anglers are using spoons, jigs and maggots, spinners, and small crank baits either by casting or trolling. More information is available on our Lake Erie steelhead fishing report page: Steelhead Fishing Reports


The Lake Erie water temperature is 65 off Toledo and 65 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

River Walleye Fishing Reports

Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.



Source: ODNR






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