ODNR Fishing Report for 09/20/2011:

Article Posted: September 22, 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 2 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 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: There have been very few walleye reports from the western basin recently. The best reports have come from the area around Kelleys Island Shoal. Expect walleye fishing to improve as water temperatures drop and migratory walleye move back towards the west from the central basin.

Yellow perch fishing continues to be good in the western basin when weather allows. The best areas have been N of West Sister Island, around Niagara Reef, between Green Island and Rattlesnake Island, off of West Reef, and off of Ballast Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners (emerald or golden) fished near the bottom.

Central Basin

Walleye: The walleye have scattered offshore of Ashtabula and Conneaut and not many boats are targeting walleye so no report is available this week.

Yellow perch: Excellent fishing has been reported 43-55 N-NE of Gordon Park, 43-53 N-NE of Wildwood State Park, 45-50 NW of Fairport and 60-62' NE of Ashtabula. Perch spreaders with shiners fished on the bottom produces the most fish. Anglers have been using golden shiners when emerald shiners are not available. A few fish have been caught off the Mentor Headlands breakwall. Mornings and evenings have been best.

White Bass: Fishing has been slow off the Eastlake CEI breakwall and Mentor Headlands breakwall. For boat anglers, fishing has been good in the Cleveland area, 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. Fish are also being caught along the Grand River at the St Clair St bridge.

Steelhead Trout: Anglers are catch a few fish in the Grand River off the Mentor Headlands and Fairport Harbor breakwalls using small spoons and jigs tipped with maggots. Fish have also been caught in Euclid Creek at Wildwood State Park.

The water temperature is 63 degrees off of Toledo and 67 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Source: ODNR

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