ODNR Fishing Report for 6/20/2006: OH

Article Posted: June 20, 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 5. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing continues to be excellent with many limits being caught. Fishing has been best in Ohio waters near the Michigan border straight E of Monroe MI, N of Niagara reef and “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range, and N of Kelleys Island to the Canadian border. Drifters are using mayfly rigs or worm harnesses with bottom bouncers, while trollers are using worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers and jet or dipsy divers with spoons.

The best yellow perch fishing in the western basin has been around Lucy’s point of Middle Bass Island, E of Kelleys Island, and SW of Gull Island Shoal. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing in the central basin has been good. Fish have been caught 3 miles offshore from Vermilion to Lorain, 5 miles N of the Cleveland in 52’ to 58’ of water, 6 miles N of the Wildwood State Park in 60 to 63' of water, 2 to 3 miles E of Fairport Harbor in 45 to 50’ of water, and 2 to 3 miles W of Geneva in 45 to 50’ of water. Fish have been caught on worm harnesses or spoons trolled with dipsy or jet divers. Fish are suspended and anglers are fishing down 20 to 40'.

Yellow perch fishing has been good less than 1 mile out of Lorain, 2 miles N of Willowick in 38' feet of water, 3 miles NE of Eastlake in 32-40', 1 miles N of Ashtabula in 35’ of water, 1 mile N of Conneaut in 35’ of water. Fish have ranged from 7 to 11 inches. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Shore anglers are catching yellow perch at the west pier along the Black River in Lorain, E 55th St. piers in Cleveland, Mentor Headlands and Fairport Harbor.
Anglers are using spreaders with shiners.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent from Fairport Harbor to Perry in 10 to 24’ of water. Fish have been caught on tube jigs, jigs tipped with minnows or leeches, or by trolling crankbaits.

White bass fishing has been good 1/4 mile N of Eastlake CEI power plant. Anglers are using agitators with white jigs.

Shore anglers are catching white bass at the Eastlake CEI pier using agitators with white/yellow twistertails and small spoons.

Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 68 to 70 degrees.

Source: ODNR

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