Lake Erie Fishing Report: Aug. 15, 2002: OH

Article Posted: August 15, 2002

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Lake Erie Fishing Report: Aug. 15, 2002

Western Basin - Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 74* F. Some good
catches of walleye were being taken in the Toledo Shipping Channel, the West
Sister Island area, west of North Bass Island in the flats area, at many of
the reefs in the Reef Complex, Kelleys and Bass Islands area. Anglers are
trolling with deep diving crank baits, spoons and drifting with
weight-forward spinners, mayfly rigs, and bottom bouncers with worm
harnesses tipped with nightcrawlers. Trollers are doing best. Most fish
are 18 to 22 inches with some larger fish. The legal bag limit for walleyes
on Lake Erie and its tributaries is six fish from May through February.
Yellow perch fishing had been good at many locations in waters over 25 ft.
in depth with some limit catches. Some good perch fishing locations include
the reef complex, Kelleys Island Shoal, Gull Island Shoal, Rattlesnake
Island, Ballast Island, Starve Island, SE of Perry's monument and east of
Marblehead Lighthouse. Perch catches are in the 7- to 11-inch range. Many
anglers are sorting out smaller perch. Anglers are using perch spreaders
tipped with minnows. The yellow perch bag limit is 30 perch per angler per

Central Basin - Water temperature off Cleveland is 75*. Walleye fishing has
been good, 1 mile off of Sawmill Creek in 32 feet of water, north of Ruggles
Reef and Vermilion, and at the sandbar, 8 miles northwest of Lorain.
Anglers are using dipsy divers and jet divers with stinger spoons in
chartreuse, watermelon, purple, and blue and worm harnesses 6 to 9 miles
north of Eastlake in 60 to 65 feet of water, and north east of Ashtabula
(12 miles out) in 70 to 74 feet of water, and 14 to 16 miles northwest of
Conneaut in 70 to 74 feet of water. Trollers are also picking up good
numbers of steelhead trout at the listed walleye locations. Walleyes are
measuring 16 to 28 inches and steelhead 20 to 29 inches. Perch fishing has
been good off Vermilion, Lorain, Euclid, Ashtabula and Conneaut, 2 to 4
miles offshore.

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