ODNR Fishing Report for 05/15/2007: OH

Article Posted: May 16, 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.**

**On May 16 the steelhead trout bag limit returns to 5. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**

As walleye begin to migrate post-spawn they can be caught in many areas around the western basin. The best areas have been the Toledo Harbor Light outside of Maumee Bay, from Niagara Reef to Rattlesnake Island, and around Green, South Bass and Starve Islands. Worm harnesses have been very effective drifted behind bottom bouncers or trolled with inline weights or jet divers. Trollers have also had success with spoons on jets or dipsys, and with crankbaits.

Surface temperatures range from 57 degrees off of Toledo to 48 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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