Lake Erie Fishing Report: May 30, 2002: , OH,
Fishing Report Posted: May 30, 2002

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Posted by ODNR on May 30, 2002 at 23:41:36:

Lake Erie Fishing Report: May 30, 2002

Western Basin - Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 58* F. Fishing
has improved with better weather and should continue to improve as water
temperatures rise. Walleyes are being caught and fishing pressure continues
to increase. However, some anglers are having better success than others.
Much of the angling pressure is west of West Sister Island and along the
Toledo Shipping Channel north of the Toledo Harbor Light. Other good spots
have included A Can, north of Kelleys Island, off Davis Besse, and the Reef
Complex. Anglers are casting weight-forward spinners, mayfly rigs, and
bottom bouncers with worm harnesses tipped with nightcrawlers, as well as
trolling deep-diving lures. Gold is the most successful color. Catches are
15 to 20 inches with some larger fish. The legal bag limit for walleyes on
Lake Erie and its tributaries is six fish from May through February.
Anglers also continue to take many nice-size yellow perch. Best perch
fishing locations have been around the islands, especially north and
northeast of Kelleys Island. Perch catches are in the 9- to 13-inch range.
Anglers are using perch spreaders tipped with minnows. The yellow perch bag
limit is 30 perch per angler per day.
Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good around the islands and on Sandusky
Bay. Most catches measure 14 to 18 inches. Anglers are using softcraws or
leeches. The legal limit for smallmouth bass is five fish per angler per
day with a minimum length requirement of 14 inches.

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