** 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 come from the Canadian border between Gull Island Shoal and North Bass Island. 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 the gravel pit W of West Sister Island, N of West Sister Island, the Toledo water intake, NW of North Bass Island, Ballast Island, and off of the Marblehead lighthouse. Most fish have been in the 7 to 10” range. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing is improving in the west end of the central basin. Fish have been caught from Vermilion to Cedar Point. The best area has been around the Huron dumping grounds. Fish have been caught on various trolling techniques including spoons off of dipsy divers or jet divers, harnesses off of divers or inline weights, and crankbaits.
Yellow perch fishing has been very good in 42-45’ N-NW of Gordon Park (East 72nd St.), 45-58’ N-NW of Wildwood State Park, 42-51’ NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump) and 41-51’ N-NE of Ashtabula. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Steelhead fishing from shore is picking up as fish begin to move up into the rivers and anglers are catching fish at the mouth of the Rocky River, Chagrin River, Grand River, Geneva State Park, Euclid Creek (Wildwood State Park), Conneaut Creek and along the Conneaut west breakwall. Boat anglers are trolling crank baits and spoons. On the Grand River, fish have been caught upriver at Recreation Park in Painesville. Shore anglers are using jigs and maggots rigged with a split shot under a light bobber and small spoons.
To view the most recent steelhead fishing report on the Division of Wildlife web page visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/
Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 55 degrees off of Toledo and 59 degrees off of Cleveland.