ODNR Fishing Report for 05/17/2011:

Article Posted: May 17, 2011

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** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie walleye is 6 fish. 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 through May 15. May 16 through August 31 the daily bag limit is 5. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.

** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is closed to possession May 1 through June 24.**

Walleye fishing in the western basin picked up last week following several days of good weather. A few walleye continue to be caught on the reefs although success has been minimal. Anglers caught fish in clean water throughout the western basin (outside of the Camp Perry firing range, around the Bass Islands, and north of Kelleys Island) trolling Reef Runner crankbaits 140-160' behind planer boards. Some walleye were caught on crawler harnesses, but crankbaits were still dominant. Yellow perch fishing is starting to pick up in traditional early spring spots in water depths ranging from 25'-35' using minnows on perch spreaders fished near the bottom.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught in the evenings in 15 around the Cleveland breakwalls. Anglers are using stick baits such as rapalas, husky jerks, and bombers.

Yellow perch fishing has been good 25-38 NW of Gordon Park in Cleveland, 38-40 NW of Wildwood State Park, 35-56 NW of Fairport Harbor and 42 N of Geneva.

Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25 around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Fish are being caught on soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, blade baits and crank baits.

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To view the most recent steelhead fishing report on the Division of Wildlife web page visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/fishingfairportsteelhead/tabid/6166/Default.aspx

Source: ODNR

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