ODNR Fishing Report 06/05/2012:

Article Posted: June 05, 2012

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** 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.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has slowed due to the rough lake conditions. Fish have been caught by trolling or drifting and casting around West Sister Island, around D can of the Camp Perry firing range, and along the Canadian border from North Bass Island to Gull Island Shoal. 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 Niagara Reef and in the south passage off of West Harbor.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has slowed due to the rough lake conditions. Fish have been caught around Cranberry Creek in 25 of water, in 52-53 W of Edgewater State Park, 49-57 NE of Gordon Park, and 60 NW of Fairport Harbor. Trollers are using divers with purple, yellow, black, pink and blue spoons and also worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing should improve once the lake calms down from 5 days of windy conditions. The best locations to fish include 34-35 E of Gordon Park, 40-45 NE of Geneva, and 44 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 very good in the Grand River around the Grand River Landing. Anglers are catching large fish using night crawlers.

The water temperature is 64 degrees off of Toledo and 60 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.

Source: ODNR

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