** 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 yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.**
** The steelhead daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler September 1 through May 15. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.
** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 14”.**
Walleye: There has been very little walleye fishing effort in the western basin recently. The best reports have been from Gull Island Shoal and Kelleys Island Shoal. Expect fishing to improve around Kelleys Island and the Bass Islands as temperatures drop and fish start returning to the area.
Yellow perch: Perch fishing has been good in the western basin. The best reports have come from N-NW of West Sister Island, the Toledo water intake, the gravel pit W of West Sister Island, between “A” and “B” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, Green Island, N of Kelleys Island, E of Kelleys Island on the airport reef, and off of the Marblehead lighthouse. Most fish have been in the 7 to 9” range. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing has been fair in 72 to 73’ NE of Conneaut. Anglers are fishing down 54-60’. Trollers are using green, yellow, and orange spoons off dipsy divers, planer boards and jet divers.
Yellow perch fishing has been very good 9 miles N of Vermilion, around the 31N/13 to 14W lines off of Lorain, 40’ N of Gordon Park (E. 72nd St), 40’ and 58-61’ N of Chagrin River, 50-53’ NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump), 42-52’ N of Geneva and 69-72’ NE of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
White bass fishing has been fair off the Eastlake CEI and Fairport Piers. Always difficult to predict when they will come in close to shore. Anglers are using agitators and small yellow or white jigs along with small spinners. Mornings and evenings have been the best.
Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 64 degrees off of Toledo and 67 degrees off of Cleveland.