ODNR Fishing Report for 05/01/2007: OH

Article Posted: May 01, 2007

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**The yellow perch daily bag limit on Lake Erie has been reduced to 30 fish per day. The change in yellow perch bag limit occurred after the printing of fishing regulations brochure. The 2007-2008 fishing regulations brochure incorrectly lists the Lake Erie yellow perch bag limit as 40 fish per day, which has now been changed to 30.**

**As of May 1 the walleye daily bag limit returned to 6 fish. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15.**

**From May 1 through June 29 black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) are illegal to possess on Ohio waters of Lake Erie. It is legal to fish for black bass during the closed season, but any that are caught must me immediately released.**

**The steelhead trout bag limit 2. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**

Walleye fishing continues to be excellent on Lake Erie. The best areas for quick limits have been the Toledo Harbor Light outside of Maumee Bay, nearshore from Turtle Creek to Wild Wings and on the Camp Perry reefs. Hair jigs are still producing fish, but crawler harnesses drifted on bottom bouncers are starting to catch fish. Trollers are catching large post-spawn females around the Bass Islands, along the Canadian border east of North Bass Island, and north of Kelleys Island. The best trolling lures have been deep diving crankbaits and worm harnesses.

Surface temperatures range from 54 degrees off of Toledo to 45 degrees off of Cleveland.

Maumee and Sandusky River walleye report- For recent updates on the tributary walleye fishery visit the Division of Wildlife web page at: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife/fishing/freport/walleyerunreport.htm

Steelhead- 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

Source: ODNR

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