**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”.**
**The steelhead trout daily bag limit is 5. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**
Walleye fishing has been excellent in many areas of the western basin. In the far west the best fishing has been from 1 mile north of the Toledo water intake to the Gravel Pit. The islands area has also been excellent. Fish have been caught west of Green Island to Niagara Reef, from the west side of Kelleys Island to Mouse Island, and along the east shoreline 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.
Walleye fishing has been excellent from Cranberry Creek to Beaver Creek in 26 to 32’ of water, including Ruggles Reef and Vermilion. Trolling dipsys or jets with spoons or worm harnesses has been productive. Drifters are catching fish on bottom bouncers with worm harnesses. Walleye have also been caught trolling in 10-30’ of water off Eastlake, Fairport, Cleveland and Rocky River, also 2-3 miles off Ashtabula in 50-60 feet of water. Anglers are trolling jet divers with silver and gold spoons. Anglers are also catching walleye along the piers at Eastlake, Cleveland and Lorain at night using surface rapalas.
Yellow perch fishing has been best off of the Lorain lighthouse, off of the Vermilion breakwall, and in 20-30 of water off of Fairport Harbor and Conneaut. Shore anglers are catching yellow perch off 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 tube jigs,
crankbaits, and jigs tipped with minnows or leeches.
Surface temperatures range from 62 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