ODNR Fishing Report for 10/31/2006: OH

Article Posted: October 31, 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. The daily bag limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 5. The minimum size limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 14". The steelhead trout bag limit 2. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**

Fishing information based on reports from the week of 10/23/2006. Over the weekend of 10/28 high winds limited fishing opportunities.

With decreasing water temperatures be sure to take extra precaution when fishing on Lake Erie.

Western Basin

With dropping temperatures walleye should be found in historical fall areas. Kelleys Island Shoal and the E side of Kelleys Island have been productive when conditions have allowed. Trolling dipsys or jets with spoons or trolling minnow imitating crankbaits with planer boards have produced the most fish. Night pier fishing has been sporadic with a few fish being caught.

Yellow perch fishing in the western basin has been limited by windy weather and muddy water. The SE corner of Kelleys Island has produced the best average size perch, while the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel has produced numbers of smaller fish. Use perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom for the best results.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing was good before the gale wind on 10/28. Walleye were caught from Cedar Point to Huron south of the 30 N latitude line. Fish have been caught on spoons trolled with dipsy divers or jet divers and also on deep diving crankbaits.

Yellow perch fishing had been excellent in the central basin and should improve when conditions allow. The best areas had been off the condos E of the Vermilion River, 3 miles N of Lakewood (Gold Coast) in 42 of water, 4 miles NE of the Cleveland water intake crib in 48 of water, 3-4 miles N of Fairport in 55 of water, and 3-4 miles N of Ashtabula 50 to 55 of water. Fish have ranged from 7 to 12 inches. Perch rigs with shiners fished near the bottom have produced the most fish.

Steelhead fishing has been fair to good in the Vermilion River, Rocky River, Chagrin River, Grand River, Arcola Creek, Cowles Creek, Geneva State Park, Conneaut Creek, and along the Conneaut west breakwall. Shore anglers are using small spinners and spoons, and jigs and maggots rigged with a split shot under a light bobber. For recent updates on the steelhead fishery visit the Division of Wildlife steelhead web page at: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife/fishing/fairport/steelhead.htm

Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 46 to 55 degrees.

Source: ODNR

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