ODNR Fishing Report for 5/2/2006: OH

Article Posted: May 03, 206

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**The walleye daily bag limit is 6 fish. 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 after June 23. The minimum size limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 14". The steelhead trout bag limit is 2 through May 15 and increases to 5 on May 16. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**

Walleye fishing continues to be excellent when conditions permit in Maumee Bay, from Crane Creek to “K” can of the Camp Perry firing range, and on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range. Purple hair jigs, chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows, and blade baits have been productive. Large walleye have been caught by trollers W of the Bass Islands and N of Kelleys Island. Most trollers are using minnow-imitating stick baits behind inline planer boards, but worm harnesses are also starting to catch some fish.

Yellow perch fishing has been excellent. Limits of perch were caught south of Kelleys Island towards Marblehead and Cedar Point. Most perch have been 8 to 10 inches with many up to 13 inches. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most perch.

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

Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 49 to 55 degrees.

Source: ODNR

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