ODNR Fishing Report for 05/22/2007: OH

Article Posted: May 23, 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.**

**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 walleye daily bag limit is 6 fish. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15.**

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

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has been excellent in many areas of the western basin. In the far west the best fishing has been west of the Toledo shipping channel turnaround buoy and around K and L cans of the Camp Perry range. The islands area has also been excellent. Fish have been caught west of Green and Rattlesnake Islands, on Kelleys Island shoal and Gull Island shoal, from the west side of Kelleys Island to Mouse Island, and along the east shore of Kelleys Island. 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.

Although most of the angling effort has been directed towards walleye plenty of opportunities exist to catch yellow perch and smallmouth bass. Remember that we are currently in the catch and release only season for smallmouth bass and the yellow perch daily bag limit has been reduced to 30 for the entire season.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught trolling in 10-20 of water off Eastlake, Cleveland and Rocky River and along the piers at Eastlake and Cleveland at night using surface rapalas.

Fish have been caught on worm harnesses, crankbaits and spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been best in 30 of water off of Fairport Harbor and Chagrin. Perch have also been caught off of the piers in Lorain. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in harbor areas and in 15 to 25 of water along the shoreline in Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva and Fairport Harbor. Fish were caught on jigs tipped with minnows or leeches, tube jigs, or by trolling crankbaits.

Surface temperatures range from 57 degrees off of Toledo to 55 degrees off of Cleveland.

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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