** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie walleye is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15”. ** |
** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie yellow perch is 25 fish per angler in waters west of the Huron pier. The limit will remain at 30 fish per angler in Ohio waters from Huron eastward. Any boats landing west of Huron, Ohio will be subject to the 25 fish daily bag limit, while boats landing at Huron or points east will be subject to a 30 fish daily bag limit. Shore-based anglers west of the Huron pier will be subject to a 25 fish daily bag limit, while those on the pier and eastward will remain at 30 fish daily. **
** The steelhead daily bag limit is 2 fish September 1 through May 15. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches. **
** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) is 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 14”. **
Walleye: There were very few walleye fishing reports from the western basin over the past week. Boat anglers should try trolling around Kelleys Island and shore anglers fishing on the Lakeside pier. In November most walleye are caught by trolling or casting minnow-imitating crankbaits.
Yellow perch reports have been scarce. Perch up to 13” have been caught E of Kelleys Island, off of Marblehead, and off of Cedar Point. Other areas to try include the Toledo water intake, around Niagara Reef, W of Green Island and Rattlesnake Island, and around the Catawba green can. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing was best from Cedar Point to Vermilion in 30 to 45’ of water. Trolling deep diving minnow-imitating crankbaits in white, pink, and purple patterns 50-100’ back seemed to produce the best results. Fishing shallower after dark around Huron and Cleveland has been yielding trophy class fish.
Yellow perch fishing has been very good 8 to 10 miles N-NE of Vermilion, 32-38 feet off Rocky River to Cleveland and 50-52 feet northwest of Fairport. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners have been producing the most fish.
Steelhead fishing has been spotty this past week. River conditions are low and clear. Anglers are catching fish at the mouth and downstream locations in the Chagrin River, Grand River, Geneva State Park, Euclid Creek (Wildwood State Park), Conneaut Creek and along the Conneaut west breakwall. Anglers are also catching fish along the Cleveland breakwalls at E55 th and E 72 nd. Anglers are using small spoons, spawn sacks and jigs and maggots rigged with a split shot under a light bobber. Fly anglers are catching fish on wooly buggers.
For the most current steelhead information visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/fishingfairportsteelhead/tabid/6166/Default.aspx
Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 49 degrees off of Toledo and 51 degrees off of Cleveland.