** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15”. **|
Walleye fishing improved over the past week (as of 7/19). The best reports came from NE of West Sister Island, “D” can and Niagara Reef of the Camp Perry firing range, and Northwest Reef (NW of North Bass Island). Fish have been caught by trolling with divers and spoons, and also on inline weights with worm harnesses. Fish can also be caught by casting mayfly rigs or drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.
Yellow perch fishing was good over the past week. The best areas have been around the Toledo water intake, Lakeside, and the SE corner of the Kelleys Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.
Bass: There have been good catches of largemouth bass reported from the harbors and nearshore areas from Catawba to Marblehead. Smallmouth bass have been caught around South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island.
Walleye fishing has been good near the weather buoy at the N end of the Sandbar and in 8’ to 18’ of water off of Cranberry Creek. Fishing has been excellent in 70-74’ NE of Geneva and 70-74’ N-NW of Ashtabula. Anglers are using jet divers and dipsy divers with purple, blue, and silver spoons. Anglers are also using wireline with stick baits.
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, dark green and red tube jigs, blade baits and crank baits.
Steelhead Trout fishing has been good while trolling for walleye at the same locations listed above for walleye off Geneva and Ashtabula.
White Bass Anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall. Look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners.