ODNR Fishing Report for 08/16/2011:

Article Posted: August 16, 2011

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** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie 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 5 fish per angler through August 31. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12.

** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish with a minimum size limit of 14.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was good over the past week. Most reports came from the reef complex, from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island, NW of Gull Island Shoal, and N of Kelleys 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 continues to be good in the western basin. The best areas have been the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, D can of the Camp Perry firing range, SE of Kelleys Island, and SW of Kelleys Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

Bass: Bass fishermen continue to have good catches of largemouth bass around the harbors and nearshore areas from Catawba to Marblehead. Smallmouth bass have been caught around South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island.

Central Basin

Walleye: Very good fishing has been reported 72-74 NW of Ashtabula and 72-74 N-NW of Conneaut. Anglers are using wireline, jet divers and dipsy divers with red, gold, silver, black, pink, green and purple spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair off of the condos between Vermilion and Beaver Creek. Good fishing has been reported 42-52 of N-NW of Edgewater Park, 38-52 N-NW of Gordon Park, 52-54 N-NW of Fairport, 45 NW of Geneva and 40-60' NE of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished on the bottom produces the most fish. Anglers have been using golden shiners when emerald shiners are not available. Shore fishing off the Mentor Headlands breakwall and Fairport Pier has been spotty. Mornings and evenings have been best.

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 crayfish and leeches, dark green and red tube jigs, blade baits and crank baits.

Steelhead Trout fishing has been fair while trolling for walleye at the same locations listed above for walleye off Ashtabula and Conneaut.

White Bass Anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall and Mentor Headlands breakwall. Anglers are using agitators with white jigs and twister tails. Mornings and evenings are the best times. For boat anglers, look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners.

Channel Catfish Anglers are catching fish off the Mentor Headlands breakwall at night using night crawlers.

The water temperature is 73 degrees off of Toledo and 76 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Source: ODNR

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