** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 15”.**|
** The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.**
** The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler from May 16 through August 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12”.
** It is illegal to possess black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie from May 1 through June 29. The season re-opens on Saturday, June 30 with a daily bag limit of 5 fish and a 14” minimum size limit.**
Walleye fishing has been good over the past week (week of 5/21/12). Fish have been caught by trolling or drifting and casting from West Sister Island to the Gravel Pit, off of “A” and “D” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, between Green Island and “D” can, and SW of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been using worm harnesses with inline weights or divers, and also divers with spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been slow, but fish have been caught on shiners off of the Toledo water intake, Marblehead, and Kelleys Island.
Walleye fishing has been very good around Ruggles Reef, N of Lorain, in 45-47’ N and NE of Gordon Park, 50-66’ NE of Fairport Harbor, and 42-60’ NW of Geneva. Trollers are using divers with purple, yellow, black, or blue spoons and also worm harnesses.
Yellow perch fishing has been good 30’ E of Gordon Park, 26’ NE of Chagrin River, 38’ NW of Fairport Harbor, 37-42’ NE of Ashtabula, and 36-40’ N-NE of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore anglers are catching fish off the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor out at the lighthouse.
Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best. Shore anglers are also catching rock bass off the Cleveland piers.
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 using drop shot rigs with rubber worms, soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, and crankbaits. Anglers are also catching fish in the Grand River up to the Painesville dam using tube jigs and golden shiners.
Catfish fishing has been excellent in the Grand River around the Grand River Landing. Anglers are catching large fish using night crawlers.
The water temperature is 69 degrees off of Toledo and 58 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.