ODNR Fishing Report for 4/11/2006: OH

Article Posted: April 11, 206

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**The walleye daily bag limit is 4 fish through April 30. A 15" minimum size limit for walleye remains in effect for the entire season. The Lake Erie daily bag limit for yellow perch is 40 fish. Lake Erie black bass (smallmouth and largemouth bass) are closed to possession (catch and release only) May 1 through June 23. The daily bag limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 5 before May 1 and after June 23. The minimum size limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 14". See the 2006 regulations brochure for specific hook restrictions and closed areas pertaining to tributary and bay fishing during the walleye runs in March and April.**

Main lake walleye spawning is under way. Males are being caught on most of the Camp Perry firing range reefs and in 12’ to 20’ of water from Turtle Creek to K can of the Camp Perry firing range. Both pre and post spawn females are being caught around the eastern and northern cans of the Camp Perry firing range and around the islands. Yellow perch have been caught around Marblehead.

Jigging with minnow tipped jigs, hair jigs, jigging spoons, or vibrating blade baits is the best opportunity to catch walleye on the reefs. Troll crankbaits or worm harnesses to catch the larger fish off of the reefs and around the islands. In the rivers walleye can be caught on jigheads tipped with twister tails and on floating jigheads on a Carolina rig.

For Walleye Run reports on the Maumee and Sandusky rivers, visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife/fishing/freport/walleyerunreport.htm

For Steelhead fishing information visit: http://www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/Fishing/fairport/steelhead.htm

Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 41 to 44 degrees.

Source: ODNR

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