ODNR Fishing Report 6/28/2005: OH

Article Posted: June 28, 2005

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**On Saturday, June 25 the black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass)
season opened on Ohio waters of Lake Erie. The daily bag limit is 5 and
the minimum size limit is 14 inches.**

Western Basin

This past weekend (June 25 and 26) walleye fishing was slow in Ohio
waters of the western basin. The best walleye fishing has been NW of
the turnaround buoy, between the turnaround buoy and West Sister Island,
and S of "F" and "G" cans of the Canadian border. Drifting or trolling
worm harnesses and trolling spoons produce the most fish.

Yellow Perch
Yellow perch fishing has been good recently. The best areas have been S
of Niagara Reef, W of Kelleys Island, and around Gull Island Shoal.
Fish just off the bottom using perch spreaders tipped with shiners.

Smallmouth Bass
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands,
Kelleys Island and Sandusky Bay. Largemouth bass have been caught in
Sandusky Bay, East Harbor and West Harbor.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been excellent in eastern Ohio's waters of the
Central Basin. The best fishing has been 3 to 5 miles N off Fairport
Harbor in 50 to 70' of water, 3 to 7 miles NW of Ashtabula in 50 to 70'
of water, and 3 to 5 miles N of Geneva in 50 to 70' of water. Trolling
spoons or crawler harnesses using planer boards, dipsy divers or jet
divers, have produced the best catches. The best spoon colors have been
confusion and watermelon. Fish have ranged from 15-28 inches.

Yellow Perch
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent 1-3 miles out from Fairport
Harbor to Geneva in 30 to 50' of water and 1 to 3 miles out from
Ashtabula to Conneaut in 25 to 50' of water. A perch spreader tipped
with shiners is the most popular set-up. Fish have ranged from 7-13

White Bass

The best white bass fishing has been from the shore at the Eastlake CEI
wall. Anglers are using agitators with small spinners and twister

Fish have ranged from 9 - 12 inches.

Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent on Ruggles Reef and around
the shoreline and harbors in 15 to 30 feet of water around Fairport,
Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Jigs tipped with shiners, tube jigs,
jerkbaits and crankbaits have been the most productive lures.

Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 68 to 74 degrees.

Source: ODNR

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