ODNR Fishing Report 04/25/2012: OH

Article Posted: April 25, 2012

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** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 4 fish per angler from March 1 through April 30. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15”. On May 1 the daily limit will return to 6 fish per angler.**

** 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” through April 30. It is illegal to possess black bass in Ohio waters of Lake Erie from May 1 through June 29. The season re-opens on Saturday, June 30.**

Walleye fishing was good until the past weekend (as of 4/25/12). Recent winds have limited access to the lake and have greatly reduced water clarity in the western basin. Prior to the windy weather anglers trolling around the outer buoys of the Camp Perry firing range and west of the Bass Islands have had success with crankbaits in the top 15’ of water and also on worm harnesses fished with inline weights. Jig fishing has slowed, but has been best along the shoreline from Davis-Besse to Turtle Creek and on some of the reefs in the Camp Perry firing range.

Yellow Perch – some yellow perch have been caught near the Marblehead Lighthouse to the southeast corner of Kelley’s Island. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

For Maumee River and Sandusky River updates please visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/

The water temperature is 50 degrees off of Toledo and 49 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Source: ODNR

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